A*STAR Graduate Scholarship

AGS -Nichola Tan

The A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) will finance up to four years of your PhD or EngD studies at  Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) or Singapore Management University (SMU).

As an AGS scholar, you will be exposed to industry-oriented and user-inspired R&D projects. You will also have the opportunity to take part in an overseas attachment for up to 12 months during your studies.

After completing their PhD or EngD studies, AGS scholars can apply for the A*STAR International Fellowship (AIF) to pursue post-doctoral training at top overseas universities or research entities to further deepen their research expertise and expand their global network,.

Embark on your research journey with AGS at an A*STAR Research Institute and register your PhD or EngD candidature at NTU, NUS, SUTD or SMU.


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Research Areas and Supervisors


Please click the links below for the lists of supervisors and projects:

As research is increasingly interdisciplinary, we encourage applicants to review the projects in all categories regardless of your previous research experience and background.

If the supervisor that you are interested to work with is not found in the lists, you may like to contact the supervisor to discuss possible projects.

More information on:

A*STAR Directory of Researchers

A*STAR Research Focus


Applicants must:

  • Singaporeans and other nationals are welcome to apply 
  • Non-Singaporeans must have completed or are on track to complete a degree in a Singapore autonomous university
  • Satisfy criteria for and seek admission to PhD or EngD programme in an autonomous university
  • Have obtained, or are on track to obtain, at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Applicants who are in the last semester of their final year of undergraduate studies are welcome to apply; however, successful candidates will only be awarded the scholarship if they obtain at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours or equivalent results that meet A*STAR’s requirements
  • Have strong interest in a research career

The above eligibility criteria are not exhaustive.
A*STAR may include additional selection criteria based on prevailing scholarship policies. These policies may be amended from time to time without notice.


Successful applicants will be given the following support* for up to 4 years :

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly sustenance allowance, inclusive of CPF contribution (where applicable)
  • Other allowances including
    • Book allowance
    • Computer allowance
    • Conference allowance
    • Thesis allowance
  • Support for up to 12 months of overseas attachment

*All rates/allowances are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time.


Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents: No service commitment

Non-Singaporeans: 3-year service in Singapore-based companies^ without commitment to any specific organization. The area of work should preferably be in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences or Engineering. 

^Singapore-based companies refer to local companies and international companies that have a base in Singapore and which is registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).


To apply for the AGS, please click here.

A*STAR accepts and process applications:

Admission Intake Last day for submission of online application with complete set of supporting documents
August 2022 1 February 2022
January 2023 1 August 2022

Please concurrently apply to the university for admission.

Please note that the choice of PhD or EngD supervisor(s), project and university of successful candidates is subject to approval by A*STAR.  Please refer to the "Research Areas and Supervisors" tab for a list of A*STAR approved supervisors. 


For frequently asked questions, please click here.

Please contact us at student_services@hq.a-star.edu.sg  if you have further queries.