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 (PhD)

<p>Embark to further your career in science and further your studies overseas in areas of biomedical sciences, computing and information science, physical sciences, or engineering? On top of extensive coverage, awardees will also have the opportunity to gain experiencethrough a one-year paid research attachment at an A*STAR Research Institute prior to their PhD studies.</p>


• Applicants must be Singaporean. Those of other nationalities must intend 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 will be applying for a PhD 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 a more detailed information.

Value of Scholarships

Successful applicants will be given support for up to 5 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

• Computer allowance

• Warm clothing

Settling-in allowance *Rates/allowances vary according to country and university, and are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time. 4 years at an A*STAR research institute upon completion of PhD studies

Bond Duration

4 years at an A*STAR research institute upon completion of PhD studies

Where to Pursue

Top global universities

Choice of Courses

• Biomedical Sciences

• Physical Sciences

• Engineering & Technology

• Computing & Information Science


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