Nurturing Scientific Talent for Singapore

A*STAR Scholarship Ceremony Group photo

On 29 July 2019, A*STAR welcomed our latest cohort of scholars at the annual scholarships award ceremony. Minister for Trade & Industry, Mr Chan Chun Sing, presented the awards for the scholarships, including the A*STAR Computing and Information Science Scholarship (ACIS). Launched last year, the latest A*STAR scholarship provides the opportunity to pursue a PhD in AI and Computer Science, to meet Singapore’s growing demand for talent in the computing field.

A*STAR Scholarship Ceremony Group photo


Talent is critical for Singapore to thrive and prosper.

Minister for Trade & Industry, Mr Chan Chun Sing


At the event, Minister Chan outlined Singapore’s talent strategy, stressing the importance of Singapore continuing to invest in the support and training of local talent, welcoming global talent to work alongside Singaporeans, remaining well connected, and attracting overseas citizens and regional talent here.

Through these scholarships, A*STAR continues to contribute to Singapore’s Science and Technology talent base, nurturing a pipeline of around 1,600 Singaporean PhD talent through various scholarship schemes. More than 850 scholars have completed their PhD/postdoctoral training and are now actively contributing to Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) ecosystem. 

Read more:

· For Minister Chan Chun Sing’s speech, read more here.

Media coverage:

· Straits Times, 30 Jul 2019: “Singapore will develop local workforce as it welcomes foreign talent”

· Business Times, 30 Jul 2019: “Singapore must ‘step up’ to global rivalry for talent: Chan Chun Sing”

· Channel NewsAsia, 29 Jul 2019: “Work with global talents to help Singapore stay competitive: Chan Chun Sing”



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