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PhD and Post-Doc

At A*STAR, you will be part of a vibrant and innovative team, dedicated to drive A*STAR's mission to advance science and develop innovative technology to further economic growth and improve lives. We firmly believe that people are our greatest asset.

In recognition of the diverse talents, strengths and interests of our PhD scholars, we have created multiple pathways for our scholars, providing them with opportunities to develop and chart their careers in industry, corporate R&D labs, public administration, technology enterprises, spin-off companies and academia after their first two years with us.

Our post-doctoral fellowships provide opportunities for advanced training at renowned institutions and laboratories to help you develop new scientific capabilities and conduct cutting-edge research in your field of specialisation. You'll not only learn from the best minds but also build invaluable networks with the global research community through this international experience.

The A*STAR Graduate Academy provides scholarships and fellowships to enable young aspiring scientific talent to pursue their passion in science at top global universities and prepare them for a rewarding career in R&D.

For Singaporeans/other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship:

National Science Scholarship (PhD)
The National Science Scholarship (PhD) funds PhD studies at top global universities universities in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering disciplines.

  • Applicants must be Singaporean; those of other nationalities must intend to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Applicants must have outstanding undergraduate results (preferably 1st Class Honours Degree or equivalent) in relevant disciplines.
  • Applicants should have strong interest in a research career
  • Applicants should have applied or be applying for a PhD programme at a top global university
  • Successful Applicants 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.

Value & Benefits
Successful applicants will be given support for up to five years of PhD studies comprising*:
  • 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.

Bond Duration
  • 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 February

Next Year

1 August

Universities/ Institutions
  • Top global universities

Courses/ Disciplines
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering
Deadline: Closed for this cycle