FAQS for A*STAR Science Awards (Upper Sec, JC and Polytechnic)

AGA FAQ

Upper Sec Science Award

1. What is the selection/ application process? 
Nominations and applications are submitted through the schools. Nominees will be reviewed by A*GA. For more information, please go here

JC Science Award

1. What is the selection/ application process? 
Nominations and applications are submitted through the schools. Nominees will be reviewed by A*GA. For more information, please go here

Polytechnic Science Award

Application & Selection

1. What is the A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic)?
The A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic) is awarded to local polytechnic students who demonstrate strong aptitude for mathematics and science, and a keen interest in scientific research and development (R&D). The award is open to Year 2 and Year 3 students, and is tenable for up to 2 years. The Award includes subsidy of tuition fees capped at S$2,500 per year and an annual allowance of $2,000. Awardees are required to undertake a full-time research attachment at one of the A*STAR Research Institutes, as an Internship Attachment or a Final Year Project. The award also entails invitations to participate in other A*STAR activities such as seminars and conferences by leading scientists.

2. How do I apply for the award?
Application for the award is made through nominations by the Polytechnics, typically in April each year.
If you are interested in the award, please indicate your interest to your polytechnic coordinator / lecturer.
 
List of Polytechnic coordinator for A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic)

Polytechnic

Point of Contact

Email

Nanyang Polytechnic

Mr Joel Tan  

joel_tan@nyp.edu.sg

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Ms Ruzita Saliman / Lee Seok Yee

Ruzita_SALIMAN@np.edu.sg / Lee_Seok_yee@np.edu.sg

Republic Polytechnic

Ms Stephanie Ng

stephanie_ng@rp.edu.sg

Singapore Polytechnic

Mr Glenn Ee  

Glenn_Ee@sp.edu.sg

Temasek Polytechnic

Mr Lim Bin Mok 

limbm@tp.edu.sg


3. What is the selection process?
Nominations submitted by the polytechnics will be reviewed by A*STAR and nominees may be invited for an interview with A*STAR as part of the selection process.\

Fees & Financial Matters
1.How will the tuition fees and allowances be received by awardees?
A*GA will work with the polytechnics to reimburse the tuition fees and allowances to the awardees yearly.

Research Attachments
1.How do I apply for an attachment with A*STAR as part of the award’s requirement?
Awardees are to work with their polytechnics to source for attachment opportunities at
an A*STAR Research Institute (RI), through the respective RIs’ websites.
Please find the list of A*STAR RIs HERE.

Awardees are encouraged to visit the websites of the A*STAR Research Institutes to identify opportunities
in their areas of interest.
Awardees are required to submit their internship request application at least 2 months in advance
of their intended start date/period. 

Internship duration: must be at least 2 full months (full time).

You may contact the respective coordinator in your polytechnic for the list of RIs’ contact persons
to whom you could write directly to request for an attachment as an A*STAR Polytechnic Science Awardee.

2. Will I be paid allowances/stipends during the attachment?
Provision of allowances for the attachment at A*STAR has been made in the annual allowance of $2,000 as
part of the A*STAR Science Award. 

3. Is it compulsory for me to do an attachment with A*STAR?
Yes, an attachment with A*STAR is mandatory as part of the A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic);
you may choose to undertake either your Internship Attachment or Final Year Project
at one of the A*STAR Research Institutes.

A*STAR reserves the right to recover the Award Amount if you do not complete your attachment requirement.

Students who would like to extend their research attachment at A*STAR should discuss it
with the Research Institute and research mentor.
 

Others
1. Am I allowed to hold other scholarship awards concurrent with the A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic)?
Yes, you may hold concurrent scholarship awards, but only one awarding organisation will make payment for your tuition fees. Awardees holding concurrent scholarships award are still required to fulfill a full-time research attachment at one of the A*STAR Research Institutes, as either an Internship Attachment or Final Year Project.

2. What is the process for the renewal of my award?
A*STAR will review your examinations results (as provided by your polytechnic) at the end of your second academic year, together with feedback on your performance during your attachment/internship with A*STAR, where applicable.