The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) For PhD Studies

Deadline: 1st June, 2021

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) for PhD Studies in Singapore has commenced accepting applications for it’s January 2022 award session. Singapore is known to be one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and with the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) , international students can pursue PhD education in Singapore, establish global links and take their research career to greater heights.

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NTU, NUS or SUTD. 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 NTU, NUS or SUTD. The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) for PhD studies fosters a vibrant and culturally diverse research community of international students. You’ll be working in a multi-cultural environment alongside distinguished and world-renowned researchers in state-of-the-art facilities.

Research Areas for the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) For PhD Studies
  • Biomedical Sciences, and
  • Physical Science and Engineering.
Eligibility Criteria for the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) For PhD Studies
  • Open for application to all international graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results
  • Good skills in written and spoken English
  • Good reports from academic referees

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.

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) Benefits

The Award will provide 4 years support for PhD studies in Singapore including:

  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend of S$2,000, which will be increased to S$2,500 after the passing of the Qualifying Examination
  • One-time airfare grant of up to S$1,500
  • One-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000
How to apply for the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)

1. Browse PhD Research Projects: Go to Research Areas to browse the projects you are interested in.

2. Documents Required: the documents listed below are to be available at hand before applying for SINGA.
N.B: Do NOT mail any hard copy documents to SINGA Office. All necessary documents are to be submitted online.

a. Valid Passport
b. A recent passport-sized photo (in .jpeg or .png format)

3.Transcripts & Reports: All transcripts need to be in English translation


Bachelor’s and/or Master’s academic transcripts.
Bachelor’s Degree certificate(s) / scroll(s) 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).


GRE / IELTS / TOEFL / SAT I & II / GATE results. However, do note that you may be requested by the university to submit satisfactory scores as part of the university admission requirement.

Please endeavour to read the important information below.

a. Please ensure that the information you provide during account registration in the application portal is accurate, as the information will be used for verification upon your first log-in.

b. Please ensure that you apply for the correct scholarship – “Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)” – in the application portal after logging in.

c. Please do NOT mail any hard copy documents to the SINGA Office.

d. Please submit your applications as early as possible. This will provide ample time for your referees to submit their online recommendation reports before the application deadline, as only applications with 2 recommendation reports will be processed.

e. 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.

Submission deadline for January 2022 intake: 1st June, 2021 (2359hrs GMT +8 Singapore time)

N.B: only shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 12weeks of the application closing date.

For more information visit official website of SINGA or see FAQS.

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