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.

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A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS)

<p>The A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) supports PhD studies in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering & Technology at a Singapore university. A collaboration between A*STAR, NTU, NUS, SUTD and SMU, the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) enables you to undertake research at an A*STAR Research Institute and register your PhD candidature at NTU, NUS, SUTD or SMU. The scholarship finances up to four years of your PhD studies in Singapore.</p>


The AGS funds up to 4 years of PhD studies in NTU, NUS, SMU and SUTD.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake research at their chosen A*STAR Research Institute and register candidature at NTU, NUS, SMU or SUTD.
AGS scholars will have opportunities for an overseas attachment of up to 12 months during their PhD studies, and are eligible to apply for the AGS (Post-doctoral Fellowship) which provides support for up to 2 years of overseas post-doctoral training:

• Applicants must be Singaporean. Those of other nationalities must intend to take up Singapore Citizenship.
• Satisfy criteria for and seek admission to PhD programme in an autonomous university
• Have obtained at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours Degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines
• Have strong interest in a research career

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.

Application Deadline
August Intake: 1 February
January Intake: 1 August of the preceding year

Value of Scholarships

Successful applicants will be given support* for up to 4 years of academic pursuit. They will receive:
• Full tuition fees
• Monthly sustenance allowance, inclusive of CPF contribution (where applicable)
Other allowances including:
• Book allowance
• Computer allowance
• Conference allowance
• Thesis allowance
• Support for up to 12 months of overseas attachment

AGS scholars are eligible for up to 2 years of post-doctoral fellowship under AGS (PDF).

* All rates/allowances are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time.

Bond Duration

Singaporeans (at point of award): No service commitment
Non-Singaporeans (at point of award): 2 years in Singapore-based companies^ without commitment to any specific organisation. The area of work should preferably in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering.

AGS awardees who are subsequently awarded the AGS (PDF) for overseas post-doctoral training: 3 years

^Singapore-based companies refer to local companies and international companies that have a base in Singapore and which is registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).

Where to Pursue

• Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
• National University of Singapore (NUS)
• Singapore Management University (School of Information Systems) (SMU)
• Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


Choice of Courses

• Biomedical Sciences
• Physical Sciences
• Engineering & Technology


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