Scholarship Details

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 innovation technology to further economic growth and improve lives.

We firmly believe that people are our greatest asset.

The A*STAR Graduate Academy provides scholarships and fellowships to enable young aspiring scientific talent to pursue their passion in science, and prepare them for a rewarding career in R&D. In addition to offering scholarships and awards for undergraduate, PhD and post-doctoral studies at top universities and laboratories locally and overseas, we offer awards and attachment opportunities for pre-university students.

Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise ecosystem has developed significantly over the past decade, and has grown to include a growing number of public and private R&D players.  This has in turn resulted in a growing demand for PhD talent in various fields.

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, academia, spin-off companies, patent examination, technology transfer and research management after their first two years with A*STAR.

Embark on a bright future in Science, Technology, Research and Innovation 

Apply for an A*STAR scholarship today.

National Science Scholarship (Masters)

Enhance your research expertise! The Master by Reseach trains you for professional work in a commercial or industrial career where some research experience is valuable.


  • Applicants must be Singaporean.
  • Have obtained at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours Degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines
  • Have strong interest in a research career
  • Have applied or will be applying for a Masters by research programme at a top global university
  • 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. Please refer to for more detailed information.

Value of Scholarships

The National Science Scholarship (Masters) supports up to 2 years of Masters by research studies. Successful applicants will be given the following support* for their Masters by research:

• Full tuition fees

• Monthly overseas living allowance

• Annual return airfare

• Other allowances including:

• Conference allowance

• Thesis allowance

• Computer allowance

• Settling-in allowance 2 years at an A*STAR research institute upon completion of Masters studies. The 2 years may be served at another public agency or in private industry companies, subject to approval by A*STAR.

Where to Pursue

Top global universities • Food Technology and Research, Nutrition • Bioinformatics • Information Sciences, specific topics • Product Design and Engineering • Molecular Science and Engineering • Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology • Environmental Technology


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