Funded A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) for Local and International PhD or EngD Students at an Autonomous Universities in Singapore, 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on July 16, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Biomedical Humanities, Engineering-Related Technologies, Physical Sciences
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]

The A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) offers financial support for a doctoral or engineering doctorate (EngD) program at autonomous universities in Singapore, covering up to four years of study. As an AGS recipient, the scholars will have the opportunity to engage in industry-oriented and user-inspired research and development projects. Additionally, you will be eligible for a 12-month overseas attachment during your studies to gain international exposure.

Upon completion of your Ph.D. or EngD studies, AGS scholars can apply for the A*STAR International Fellowship (AIF). The fellowship will provide an additional opportunity to pursue post-doctoral training at renowned overseas universities or research institutions, allowing you to further enhance your research skills and broaden the student’s global network.

Start your research journey with AGS by joining an A*STAR Research Institute and enrolling in a Ph.D. or EngD program at one of Singapore’s autonomous universities.

Eligible Courses

Interested Applicants must be admitted in the following research areas under the Ph.D. program which will fall in to four categories:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Computing and Information Science
  • Physical Science
  • Engineering and Technology

By joining A*STAR, scholars will have the opportunity to pursue their studies both locally and overseas, ensuring they receive the highest quality education available. The students can look forward to making significant contributions not only to the realm of science but also to the development of Singapore and the well-being of its people.

Scholarship Provider:  A*STAR Singapore 

About the Provider 

Embracing diversity as the bedrock of innovation and interdisciplinary research, the A*STAR Graduate Academy welcomes applicants from all corners of the globe. They invite curious minds to join the community and share their fresh perspectives, helping tackle the ever-evolving challenges in the realm of science and research. With a global outlook on research and innovation, scholars hail from prestigious institutions and leading universities worldwide.

At A*STAR, they are excited to invite individuals like you to become part of its dynamic and forward-thinking team. Their mission is to advance scientific knowledge and drive innovation, ultimately fostering economic growth and improving lives. They deeply value their people, recognizing that they are their most valuable asset. As pioneers in research, they take great pride in our community, whose unwavering passion fuels their pursuit of impactful science.

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Source:  A*STAR Singapore

A*STAR appreciates and recognizes the diversity of the student’s interests, strengths, and talents. The scholars will have access to a wide range of career pathways, which will enable them to develop and shape their professional journey. The pathway will encompass diverse sectors in the industry, companies, academics, patent examinations, technology, and research. The scholars will be provided the tools and opportunities to explore various avenues, empowering them to pursue their career goals and make meaningful contributions in their chosen fields.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Applicant’s Nationalities: Local and International
  • Degree Level: PhD
  • Field: Related Fields for the scholarship awards
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Duration: Up to four years
  • Scholarship Country: Singapore
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before proceeding with the application, the students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants can be Singaporeans or nationals from other countries.
  • Non-Singaporean applicants should have completed or be on track to complete a degree from a Singapore autonomous-university.
  • Candidates must meet the criteria and apply for admission to a Ph.D. or EngD program at an autonomous university.
  • A minimum of a 2nd Upper-Class Honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline is required or should be on track to be obtained.
  • Applicants in their final semester of undergraduate studies can apply, but the scholarship will only be awarded if they achieve at least a 2nd Upper-Class Honours or equivalent results that meet A*STAR’s requirements.
  • A strong interest in pursuing a research career is essential.

Please note that the mentioned eligibility criteria are not exhaustive, and A*STAR reserves the right to include additional selection criteria based on current scholarship policies, which may be subject to changes without prior notice.

Application Process 

  • The application can be accessed in an online portal provided on the official webpage of the provider. The applicants are encouraged to apply for admission at any of the autonomous universities in Singapore. The award will be conditional upon the applicants obtaining confirmation of placement at any of the partnered universities.
  • It is important to note that the selection of a Ph.D. or EngD supervisor(s), project, and university for successful candidates is subject to approval by ASTAR. To find a list of ASTAR-approved supervisors, please refer to the “Research Areas and Supervisors” on the official page of the provider. They strive to ensure that candidates are matched with appropriate supervisors and projects that align with A*STAR’s research objectives and priorities.
  • The applicants are required to submit a minimum of two referee reports, along with a detailed description of their proposed research area and all relevant academic credentials. The selection process involves at least 2 rounds of interviews, which will include top management from either the Biomedical Research Council or the Science & Engineering Research Council, as well as researchers from A*STAR’s Research Entities. These interviews are conducted to assess the suitability of candidates and ensure a thorough evaluation of their potential for the scholarship.

Scholarship Benefits 

The successful applicants will be awarded with the following support for up to four years:

  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Monthly allowance
  • Other allowances include books, computers, conference fees, and thesis allowance.
  • Support for up to 12 months in overseas attachments

Scholarship Timeline 

  • January 2024 Admission Intake: Last day for submission of an online application with the complete set of supporting documents is 1 August 2023.
  • August 2024 Admission Intake: Last day for submission of an online application with the complete set of supporting documents is 1 February 2024.

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