National Science Scholarship (PhD)

Calling all outstanding undergraduates with a passion for biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering!

The National Science Scholarship (PhD) funds your PhD studies for up to five years. Successful candidates are required to participate in a one-year paid research attachment at an A*STAR Research Institute prior to their PhD studies.

Unleash your talent for science and discovery and be part of Singapore’s flourishing R&D scene.

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    Applicants must:

  • Be Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Have strong interest in a research career 
  • Have outstanding undergraduate results (preferably 1st Class Honours Degree or equivalent) in relevant disciplines

  • 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  

    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
  • Book 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.

Service Commitment

Upon completion of the PhD programme, scholars will return to Singapore and contribute to A*STAR’s research institutes for four (4) years.

Application Procedure

To apply for the NSS (PhD), please click here.

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 March

Next Year

1 October

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For frequently asked questions, please click here.

Please contact us at if you have further queries


Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

1 Fusionopolis Way, #20-10 Connexis North Tower, Singapore 138632


(65) 6826 6111

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