SINGA Awars for PhD

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) 2018

Last date to apply

1 January 2018
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SINGA is a PhD Scholarship Programme for the International Students studying for the first time in Singapore. There is no application fee for applying to PhD under this programme. SINGA is Singapore International Graduate Award and is organised by NSU, NTU, SUTD & A*STAR. SINGA is for the students who have excellent undergraduate and/or master’s academic results and an interest in doing research leading to doctorate PhD in Science and Engineering at Singapore University.  Admissions under SINGA is conducted twice in a year that is in January and August. The registration of  SINGA Singapore International Graduate Award for August  2018 admission is open and the last date to apply is 1 January 2018.

Under SINGA, a student will be allowed to undertake PhD training in English at the lab of their choice at A*STAR research institutes or any of the universities mentioned above i.e., NUS, NTU and SUTD. The students will work with renowned researchers in a multicultural environment. Every year about 240 SINGA awards are presented to students from all over the world. SINGA awardees will normally complete the PhD in 4 years. Upon successful completion the research thesis and coursework, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NTU or NUS or SUTD.

  • The coursework might be waived off for students with the master's degree subject to approval.

SINGA 2018 Dates


Event Dates
Last date of SINGA Application Form Submission 1 January 2018
Finalisation of SINGA Admissions 2018 August 2018
Finalisation of SINGA Admissions 2019 January 2019
Notification to shortlisted candidates Within 12 weeks from the application closing date


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SINGA Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Any Nationality 
Class/ Age  Graduates or Post Graduates
  • Nationality: The scholarship is open to all International students who are not citizens or permanent residents of Singapore, and who have not previously studied in Singapore. 
  • Academic Qualification: Graduates or postgraduates who have a passion for research and excellent academic results.
  • Age Limit: There's no age limit for SINGA applicants. However, SINGA aims to support younger applicants. An Older person with relevant research experience will be considered.
  • Language: Applicant must have good skills in written and spoken English.
  • Good reports from academic referees.

Important to Note

  • SINGA is a full-time research scholarship and the person is not allowed to take up part-time jobs during their studies in Singapore.
  • A spouse can apply for a Social Visit pass to stay in Singapore.

SINGA Reward

  • Salary: The salary amount is S$24,000 (Approx. INR11.2 lakh) per annum which will be increased to S$30,000 after passing the qualifying examination.
  • Tuition Fees: 4 years full support of tuition fees for Ph.D. studies.
  • Air Fare: One-time airfare grant of S$1,500 (Approx. INR 70,000)
  • Settling Allowance: One-time setting-in allowance of S$1,000 (Approx. INR 46,000)
  • The students will also be provided Medical Insurance & Conference Allowance.

SINGA Application form and Process

Candidates have to fill and submit an online application form which is available on the official website of SINGA and also available the direct link to application form on this page below. Candidates can click on the following link to fill the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) application form. 

Click Here to Apply Online

  • Before filling in the application form the applicant has to register at A*Star Scholarship Portal.
  • The candidate needs to fill in the personal details along with the Passport number to create an account for online application.

Important points for filling up the application form

  • The candidate can indicate up to 3 supervisors and project choices in the online application form.
    • The list of supervisors and project is given on the website and the student can choose from there. 
    • The candidate can also e-mail any SINGA supervisor and propose their own research project or discuss the listed project.
    • The selection panel will determine, in discussion with the candidate, which research project best suits them.
  • The candidate has to be careful while filling the application form as the application once submitted cannot be edited.

The soft copies of documents that need to be uploaded online

  • Identity card or Passport
  • A recent passport-sized photo in JPEG/PNG format
  • Bachelor's Academic Transcripts (in English translation)
  • Bachelor's Degree Certificate / Scroll (in English translation) or a letter of certification from the university on your candidature if your degree certificate/scroll has not yet been conferred
  • Master's Academic Transcripts, if any (in English translation)
  • Master's Degree Certificate / Scroll, if any (in English translation) or a letter of certification from the university on your candidature if your degree certificate/scroll has not yet been conferred
  • 2 recommendation reports (to be completed and submitted online by the referees)

Recommendation Report by Referee

  • After the submission of the online application form, an e-mail would be sent to their academic referee to fill and submit the recommendation letter within 7 days of their application submission date.
  • The Referee has to submit the online recommendation report on the portal before 1 January 2018, i.e. closing date of SINGA application. The student has to ask 2 referees to submit the recommendation report otherwise the application would be rejected.

(There is no application fee for SINGA and no documents have to be sent through the post)

SINGA Selection Process

The candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic record, recommendations, publications, personal achievements, enthusiasm and aptitude to excel in research. Shortlisted candidates will be informed within 10 weeks of the application closed dates and will be called for a Personal Interview

The applications without the required 2 recommendation letters would be rejected.

PhD Research Areas

The candidates who are going to participate in SINGA must select their research area for PhD. The list of research areas according to the universities such as A*STAR, NTU, NUS, and SUTD is given below. Candidates are required to select the research area before filling the application form.

Research Areas in A*STAR

Biomedical Research Council (BMRC)

  • Bioinformatics Institute (BII)
  • Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI)
  • Biotransformation Innovation Platform (BioTrans)
  • Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS)
  • Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN)
  • Institute of Medical Biology (IMB)
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)
  • P53 Laboratory (p53)
  • Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC)
  • Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN)
  • Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS)
  • Translational Laboratory in Genetic Medicine (TLGM)

Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC)

  • Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology (ARTC)
  • Data Storage Institute (DSI)
  • Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)
  • Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences (ICES)
  • Institute of High-Performance Computing (IHPC)
  • Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)
  • Institute of Microelectronics (IME)
  • Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)

Research Areas in NTU

College of Engineering

  • School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE)
  • School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
  • School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE)
  • School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  • School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
  • School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

College of Science

  • Asian School of Environment (ASE)
  • School of Biological Sciences (SBS)
  • School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS)

Interdisciplinary Graduate School

  • Interdisciplinary Graduate School

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMed)

Research Areas in NUS

Faculty of Engineering

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Division of Engineering & Technology Management

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics

School of Computing

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Information Systems

School of Medicine

  • School of Medicine

Duke NUS

  • Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program
  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disorders Program
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases Program
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program

Faculty of Dentistry

  • Faculty of Dentistry

Research Areas in SUTD

Academic Pillars

  • Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD)
  • Engineering Product Development (EPD)
  • Engineering Systems and Design (ESD)
  • Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD)

Research Centers

  • DManD (SUTD Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre) 
  • iTrust (Centre for Research in Cyber Security) 
  • Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities 
  • SUTD-JTC I³ Centre 
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre 
  • Temasek Laboratories @SUTD

SINGA Contact Details

A*STAR Graduate Academy Agency for Science,
Technology and Research
20 Biopolis Way #08-01 Centros Singapore

Phone: (65) 6826 6111
Fax: (65) 6777 1711 
Helpline No.: (65) 68266235 between 8.30am - 6pm, Monday - Friday
Email: singa_enquiries@hq.a-star.edu.sg

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