Singapore International Graduate Award

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

PhD training will take place in English at A*STAR Research Institutes, NTU, NUS, SUTD, or SMU, in the lab of your choice. In these labs, students will be guided by eminent and internationally recognized researchers. Students will receive a PhD degree from NTU, NUS, SUTD, or SMU after successfully completing the program.

Singapore serves as a gateway to some of the region’s fastest-growing economies. With SINGA, you can complete your PhD in Singapore, create global connections, and advance your research career to new heights.
International students at SINGA are part of a vibrant and culturally diverse research community. In state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll be working alongside outstanding and world-renowned researchers in a multi-cultural atmosphere.

Areas of Study for the Singapore International Graduate Award

PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and Physical Sciences are all supported by SINGA.

Additional information on:

More information on:

A*STAR Supervisors and Projects 

NTU Colleges and Schools 

NUS Faculties and Schools 

SMU School of Computing and Information Systems (SCIS) 

SUTD Pillars/Clusters and Research Centres 

Please keep in mind that you will be required to list your supervisor preferences on the application form.


  • All overseas graduates with a strong interest in research and outstanding academic achievements are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent written and oral English abilities.
  • Academic referee recommendations

Financial Benefits

The award covers up to four years of PhD studies and includes:

  • Fees coverage
  • $2,200 monthly stipend, to be upgraded to $2,700 after passing the Qualifying Examination.
  • A one-time flight award of up to $1,500 is available.
  • $1,000 one-time settling-in allowance

Estimated cost of living in Singapore

ItemPer Student Per Month (S$)
FoodUniversity Canteens250 – 350
Meals outside Campus450 – 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 Living1,400 – 2,000
First-year students are frequently given priority for on-campus housing.

Application Procedure

  • Look carefully at PhD Research Projects
  • To find projects that interest you, go to Research Areas.

Required Documents

  • Before applying, make sure you have the necessary documents ready.
  • Please do not send any hard copies of papers to the SINGA Office. All required documentation must be supplied via the internet.
  • A valid passport is required, as well as a recent passport-sized photo (in .jpeg or .png format)


  • Academic transcripts (Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees).
  • If your bachelor’s degree certificate(s) / scroll(s) has not yet been conferred, a letter of certification from the university on your candidature is required.
  • 2 reports with recommendations (to be completed and submitted online by the referees).

English Translation is required for all Transcripts.


GRE, IELTS, TOEFL, SAT I & II, and GATE scores. However, you should be aware that the university may need you to provide satisfactory scores as part of the university admissions process.


The deadline to apply for the January 2023 intake is June 1, 2022 (2359 hours GMT +8 Singapore time).

Within 12 weeks of the application deadline, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

How to Apply

You can submit your application through the online portal. Click here to Apply.

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