NSS PhD Scholar - Caroline Wee

The National Science Scholarship (PhD) is awarded to outstanding individuals  who wish to pursue a rewarding career in research. Successful applicants will be funded for up to five years of your academic pursuit, which will commence after you have completed a one year of paid research attachment at an A*STAR Research Institute.

If you are an undergraduate with a passion for Computer and Information Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences or Engineering, the National Science Scholarship (PhD) is for you!

At A*STAR Graduate Academy, we strongly believe that diversity in talent fosters innovation, forward-thinking and interdisciplinary research. We welcome you to join our community of curious minds to share fresh perspectives to help overcome ever-evolving challenges in the field of science and research. As a National Science Scholarship (PhD) scholar at A*STAR, you have the opportunity to study overseas to receive the highest quality education from the best schools and leading Universities from across the globe. You can look forward to making significant contributions to Science, Singapore, and Singaporeans.

Apply for the NSS (PhD) today to advance your career in science!


Applicants must:
  • Be Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship. Non-Singaporeans are required to have obtained minimally Singapore Permanent Residence prior to the commencement of the studies.
  • Have strong interest in a research career
  • Have attained a good class of honours degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines
  • 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 a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent results that meet A*STAR’s requirements
  • Have applied or be applying for a PhD programme at a top global university
Other requirements:
  • Successful candidates are required to undergo a one-year research attachment at an A*STAR research institute prior to their PhD studies
  • It will be an advantage for candidates to have a good track record in research and/or relevant work experience

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 five years:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly sustenance allowance, inclusive of CPF contribution (where applicable)
  • Monthly overseas living allowance
  • Annual return airfare
  • Other allowances including
    • Conference allowance
    • Thesis allowance
    • Computer allowance
    • Warm clothing and settling-in allowance

*All rates/allowances vary according to country and university, and are subject to adjustments made by A*STAR.


Upon completion of the PhD programme, scholars will return to Singapore and contribute to A*STAR’s research institutes and/or relevant organisations for four (4) year


Apply NSS (PhD) via this link now!

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 year
1 April
Next Year
1 October



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