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), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the Singapore Management University (SMU).

PhD training is carried out in English at a student’s chosen lab at A*STAR research institutes and NTU/NUS/SUTD/SMU. Upon successful completion, students are conferred a PhD degree by either NTU, NUS, SUTD or SMU.

Singapore is the gateway to a few of the fastest-growing economies within the Asia Pacific region. And with SINGA, you may pursue your PhD education in Singapore, establish global links and take your research profession to greater heights.

SINGA 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.

Pursue your PhD education in Singapore with SINGA and take your research to greater heights.


  • Open for application to all international graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results
    Note: SINGA is meant primarily for international students studying for the primary time in Singapore. Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents and International students studying/who’ve studied in Singapore tertiary institutions should not eligible.
  • Good skills in written and spoken English
  • Good reports from academic referees

The above eligibility criteria should not exhaustive.
A*STAR may include additional selection criteria based on prevailing scholarship policies. These policies could also be amended every now and then without warning.


The award provides support for as much as 4 years of PhD studies including:

  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend of S$2,700 which can be increased to S$3,200 after the passing of the Qualifying Examination*
  • One-time airfare grant of as much as S$1,500
  • One-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000

Estimated cost of living in Singapore

 Item  Per Student Per Month (S$)
 Food  University Canteens  250 – 350
 Meals outside Campus  450 – 600
 Accommodation (based on a single room)  On – Campus  400 – 700
 Transport Expenses (local)  100 – 150
 Other Expenses (stationary, laundry, toiletries, recreation, etc.)  400 – 500
 Total Estimated Cost of Living  1,400 – 2,000

* These rates are only applicable to awardees starting their PhDs from the January 2024 intake onwards.
 Priority for on-campus accommodation is frequently given to first 12 months students.


  1. Browse PhD Research Projects
    Go to Research Areas to browse the projects you’re eager about.
  2. Documents Required
    Do prepare the next documents upfront before applying.
    Note: Do NOT mail any hard copy documents to SINGA Office. All needed 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 must 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 in your candidature in case your degree certificate / scroll has not yet been conferred.
  • 2 suggestion reports (to be accomplished and submitted online by the referees).
  • Applicants applying to NUS supervisors/projects are required to submit your GRE scores in your SINGA application form.
  • For all other applicants, it’s possible you’ll be requested by the university to submit satisfactory GRE scores as a part of the university admission requirement.
  • The submission of IELTS / TOEFL / SAT I & II / GATE results is optional and should be requested later by the university for admission.

Please read the vital information below.

  1. Please make sure that the knowledge you provide during account registration in the applying portal is accurate, as the knowledge can be used for verification upon your first log-in.
  2. Please make sure that you apply for the right scholarship – “Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)” – in the applying portal after logging in.
  3. Please do NOT mail any hard copy documents to the SINGA Office.
  4. Please submit your applications as early as possible. This will provide ample time to your referees to submit their online suggestion reports before the applying deadline, as only applications with 2 suggestion reports can be processed.
  5. Please check and make sure that all data you could have entered in the net application form is correct and accurate before you submit the applying. Amendments to the applying will NOT be possible after it’s submitted.

Apply SINGA via this link now!

Submission deadline for August 2024 intake: 1 December 2023 (2359hrs GMT +8 Singapore Time)

Only shortlisted candidates can be notified inside 12 weeks from the applying closing date.

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