Friday, August 21, 2009

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) for PhD in Science and Engineering for August 2010 Intake, SIngapore

SINGA is an award given to international students with excellent academic undergraduate and/or master’s results, and strong interest in doing research leading to a doctorate (PhD) in Science and Engineering at a Singapore University. The students can choose to do their research work mainly at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), National University of Singapore (NUS), or Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The PhD degree will be conferred by either NUS or NTU.

“International students” refer to students who are not citizens or permanent residents of Singapore, and who have not previously studied in Singapore. We hope to award up to 240 SINGA scholarships per year with no bond. You are not required to take up citizenship and you are not required to work in Singapore after graduation.

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)
A unique opportunity to pursue your PhD in Science and Engineering

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NUS or NTU. Students will be supervised by distinguished and world-renowned researchers in these labs. Upon successful completion, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NUS or NTU.

“We want to encourage more such exchanges, to build friendships and mutual understanding. This is why we are introducing a new Singapore International Graduate Award (or SINGA), for international students to do their PhD training in a multi-disciplinary environment in Singapore. 240 SINGA Awards will be given every year to top students from all over the world. I hope that this will enhance the close educational ties between our countries and will bring our young talents even closer together.”

Extracted from Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech at the Honorary Doctorate Degree Conferment Ceremony, Eotvos Lorand University, 9 October 2007, Budapest, Hungary


-Open to all international students
-Graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results
-Good skills in written and spoken English
-Good reports from academic referees

The Research

SINGA brings together top scientists from A*STAR, NUS, and NTU. These scientists have made a mark in the international R&D landscape and are currently pursuing research work here at A*STAR, NUS, or NTU.

Through SINGA, you will be able to work with these top scientists in finding cures for aids, cancer, infectious diseases, diabetes, obesity, aging etc, establishing novel approaches in bioengineering and nanotechnology for the next big scientific breakthrough, and developing ground-breaking and cutting-edge methods in data storage, optical communication, wireless and mobile technology, artificial intelligence etc.

There is no limit when it comes to research. And SINGA provides you the opportunity to begin the exciting journey of discovery and betterment of human life.

Research areas under the PhD Programme fall broadly under two categories:
(i) Biomedical Sciences; and
(ii) Engineering and Physical and Mathematical Sciences.


-Attractive monthly stipend over 4 years of PhD studies, which can support you comfortably.
The stipend amount is SGD 24,000 annually, to be increased to SGD 30,000 after passing Qualifying Examination.
-Full support for tuition fees for 4 years of PhD studies.
-One-time SGD 1,000 Settling-in Allowance
-One-time Airfare Grant of SGD 1,500

Estimated cost of living in Singapore (Per Student Per Month)
- University Canteens: SGD 200 – 300
- Meals outside Campus : SGD 440 – 525
Accommodation – per person based on twin sharing: SGD 300 – 600
Transport Expenses (local): SGD 100 – 150
Other Expenses (stationery, toiletries, laundry, recreation, etc): SGD 300 – 500
Total Estimated Cost of Living: SGD 1,100 – 1,700

* 1 USD is about 1.4 SGD


Application for January 2010 intake has closed. Click here to apply for August 2010 intake.

-Hard copies of the following supporting documents must be submitted to the SINGA Office:
-A copy of your Identity Card or Passport
-Certified true copies of university transcript(s), one in English translation and the other in the original language
-Certified true copies of degree scroll(s) or a letter or certification from the university on your candidature if your degree scroll has not yet been conferred.
-Two Academic Referees’ Recommendation (download the recommendation form here)
-Two recent passport-sized photographs

Not compulsory but good to include (if any):
-A certified true copy of TOEFL / IELTS results
-A certified true copy of SAT I & II / GRE / GATE results
-Certified true copies of awards / prizes and certificates
-List of publications
-List of patents filed

The application deadline for August 2010 intake is 1 January 2010. Only applications with complete supporting documents received by SINGA Office before or on 1 January 2010 will be processed for the August 2010 intake.

Applications for the August 2010 intake received before or on 1 January 2010 but whose complete supporting documents are received after 1 January 2010 will be considered late, and will be processed for the January 2011 intake instead.

All supporting documents are to be submitted by post to:

Attention: Ms Lee Suet Leng / Ms Pris Ang
A*STAR Graduate Academy
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
20 Biopolis Way, #07-01 Centros
Singapore 138668

Please check and ensure that all data you have entered in the online application form is correct and accurate before you submit the application. Amendments to the application will not be possible after it is submitted.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified within 10 weeks from the application closing date.

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