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The Singapore International Graduate Award

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)

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


* 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

Items Per Student Per Month (SGD)
- University Canteens
- Meals outside Campus
200 - 300
440 - 525
Accommodation - rental of a hostel room / room outside campus 225 - 400
Transport Expenses (local) 100 - 150
Other Expenses (stationery, toiletries, laundry, recreation, etc) 300 - 500
Total Estimated Cost of Living 1,100 - 1,700

* 1 USD is about 1.4 SGD

Application for January 2009 intake has closed. Click here to apply for August 2009 intake.

The application deadline for August 2009 intake is 1 January 2009. Completed application and supporting documents will have to reach us by mail then.

Incomplete applications and new applications received after 1 January 2009 will be considered for January 2010 intake.

All supporting documents are to be submitted by post to:
Attention: Jeremy Ng
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 form is correct and accurate before you submit the online application. Amendments to the online application will not be possible after it is submitted. In addition, amendments on the hardcopy of the application form will not be included and will render the application invalid.

You may download the Academic Referee`s Recommendation Form here.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified within 2 months from the application closing date.

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