1. How many years of study does the scholarship support?The NSS (BS-PhD) provides up to 8 years of funding for undergraduate and PhD studies, typically 3 years for undergraduate and up to 5 years for PhD studies. 2. If I am awarded the NSS (BS-PhD), can I study in the same university for both my undergraduate & PhD degree?You are strongly encouraged to explore a different university (and country) for your undergraduate and PhD studies so that you can benefit from the different education systems, social and work environments, and build up your research and academic networks.3. What courses am I allowed to undertake?Areas of study that are supported under the NSS (BS) include Computer Science, Engineering & Technology, Physical Sciences, and Biomedical Sciences. In particular, A*STAR is seeking talents whose research interests are aligned with Singapores priorities in areas such as Green Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and Food Science and Technology. The NSS (BS) does not support medical and veterinary degrees.Please note that each applicants proposed universities and courses will be subject to A*STAR's approval. Successful applicants should only accept a university offer after obtaining A*STAR's approval for their choice of university and course of study.4. Can I choose not to do a PhD under this scholarship?The NSS (BS-PhD) is a through-train scholarship that enables scholars to pursue undergraduate and PhD studies, and aimed at developing research talent and the next generation of scientific leaders for Singapore. Scholars funded under this scholarship are required to obtain PhD qualification in order to maximize their contribution to research and innovation in Singapore. If you are undecided about a research career at this point, you may wish to consider applying for the mid-term scholarship, or after you have completed your undergraduate degree.5. Is there a recommended list of overseas universities which we can choose from?A*STAR values diversity in training, and we want our scholars to explore and study at top overseas universities.
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