A*STAR University of Warwick (AWP) EngD Partnership

AWP Scholar


The A*STAR-University of Warwick Engineering Doctorate Partnership (AWP) provides a more industry-oriented doctorate compared to the traditional PhD. 

The four-year scholarship programme with University of Warwick comprises two years of studies at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) in the UK, and two years of research-based studies in an A*STAR research institute.

The programme will help candidates  develop vital skill sets  in innovative thinking, rigorous analysis and good management practices to be a step ahead of the competition.  Programme themes include aspects of manufacturing significant to the economy, such as 3D additive layer manufacturing, big data analytics, biomedical manufacturing, and robotics.

EngD candidates are evaluated on their portfolio, which comprises coursework, project reports, publications and a personal profile that demonstrate their innovation and project leadership abilities. 

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The University of Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. In less than fifty years since being founded, Warwick has been consistently ranked within the top 10 UK universities, and is rapidly climbing the international league tables of world class universities.

For more information about the university, please visit www.warwick.ac.uk


As an academic department of the University of Warwick, the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) was founded in 1980 to reinvigorate manufacturing to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies, and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organizational practice.

It is one of the world’s leading research and education groups, with 500 people working in seven countries. Over the last 25 years, WMG has worked with over 500 companies to train their key executives to become effective leaders. Alumni of its EngD programmes include directors from companies such as GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce and Tata Motors as well as owners of small and medium enterprises.

WMG is at the forefront of innovative technology, with research teams leading major multi-partner projects to create and develop exciting new products and processes that can lead to major breakthroughs and be of huge benefit to organisations around the world. These projects have seen WMG impact a wide range of sectors including automotive, aerospace and defence, digital, construction, energy and utilities, finance, food and drink, healthcare, IT, pharmaceutical and rail. WMG has collaborated with government sponsored bodies, innovative SMEs and global corporations such as Airbus, Arup, AstraZeneca, Auto Insulations Ltd, BAE Systems, Bladon Jets Ltd, Bosch Ltd, Buehler, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and TVS Motor Company to name but a few. For more information, please visit www.warwick.ac.uk


Applicants must:

  • Be Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Satisfy criteria for EngD admission to University of Warwick
  • Have obtained, or are on track to obtain, at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours 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
  • Not be concurrently holding any other scholarships or fellowships

Other requirements:

  • Successful candidates are required to undergo a one-year research attachment at an A*STAR research institute prior to their PhD studies

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:

  • Monthly overseas living allowance
  • Monthly sustenance allowance, inclusive of CPF contribution (where applicable)
  • Full tuition fees
  • Other allowances including
    • Computer allowance
    • Thesis allowance
    • Conference allowance

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


Upon completion of the EngD programme, applicants will return to contribute to an A*STAR research institute for a service commitment period of three (3) years.


The programme will cover the following areas of manufacturing:

Manufacturing Process Manufacturing Automation Manufacturing System Manufacturing Integration
  • 3D additive manufacturing
  • Metal forming
  • Coatings
  • Natural Fibre Composites
  • Machining
  • Powder Processing
  • Multifunctional Materials
  • X-ray computed tomography
  • Robotics
  • Composite Inspection, Characterisation & ND
  • Reliability
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Operations Management and Lean Manufacturing
  • Factory of the Future
  • Complex Supply Chain & Operations Management
  • Sustainability & Life Cycle Management
  • Manufacturing Execution & Control
  • Bio-medical manufacturing
  • Artificial Implants
  • Tissue Engineered Scaffolds
  • Surface Modification
  • Biomedical


Applications for the AWP EngD Programme can be made in two ways:

  • Through WMG - for admission as a Research Student, indicating on the application form an interest in the AWP Scholarship Programme
  • Through A*STAR - Click here to apply. Please observe the instructions indicated.

Successful candidates are required to complete a 1-year Research Attachment (RA) at an A*STAR research institute prior to their PhD studies. Applicants will need to factor in this RA requirement when planning for university admission.

RA commencement year
Last day for submission of online application with complete set of supporting documents
By September of current year1 March
Next year
1 October


For frequently asked questions, please click here.

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