The Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA) supports short-term research attachments for top international students at A STAR, giving you the unique opportunity to experience the vibrant scientific environment in A STAR Research Institutes and Consortia, and work with distinguished and world-renowned researchers.
This award is eligible for students who are pursuing their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. If you’re considering Ph.D. studies in A*STAR, do apply for the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) programme.
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).
Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree by either NTU, NUS or SUTD.
Singapore is the gateway to some of the fastest-growing economies in the Asia Pacific region. And with SINGA, you can pursue your Ph.D. education in Singapore, establish global links and take your research career 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.
Financial Coverage and Benefits of BS & MS Students
- Monthly stipend of $1,500
- The research attachment period should be a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 6 months.
- A simple report detailing the student’s experience and research project is required to be submitted to A*GA 3 weeks before completion of the attachment.
Financial Coverage and Benefits of Ph.D. Students
The award provides support for up to 4 years of Ph.D. studies 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$1,000
The estimated cost of living in Singapore
|Item||Per Student Per Month (S$)|
|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|
Priority for on-campus accommodation is usually given to first-year students.
Eligibility of BS, MS Students of Singapore International Awards 2021
- Open for application by international students in Biomedical Sciences and Physical Science and Engineering related disciplines who are undergraduate students in their third or fourth year, or Master students
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.
Eligibility of P.h.D. Students of Singapore International Awards 2021
- 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.
Research Areas of P.h.D. Programme
Research areas under the Ph.D. Programme fall broadly under two categories:
- Biomedical Sciences; and
- Physical Science and Engineering.
More information on:
Please note that you will be required to indicate your choices of supervisor in the application form.
How to Apply for Singapore International Pre-Graduate Awards 2021
For applications in FY2020: Please note that only nominations for attachments from May 2020 to April 2021 will be considered and attachments during this period would be capped at 4 months.
|Attachment period||Please submit the nomination to the A*STAR Research Institute (RI) Coordinator by|
|May to October 2020||29 February 2020|
|November 2020 to April 2021||31 August 2020|
Students interested in pursuing an attachment at A*STAR Research Institutes (RI) under the SIPGA programme should complete this application form for shortlisting by the RI. For attachment opportunities at the Bioinformatics Institute (BII), Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), and/or NanoBio Lab (NBL), interested students should email the following RI coordinators directly for placement.
Please include the following supporting documents in the submission of the application form/ email:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Educational transcripts/certificates
|Research Institute||Contact Person|
|Bioinformatics Institute (BII)|| Ms Betty Kee|
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +65 6478 8292
Ms. Koh Kok Mei
|Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS)||Ms. Ong Yan Ting|
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +65 6808 8003
|NanoBio Lab (NBL)||Ms. Nor Azzah Bte Isnin|
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +65 6824 7042
Students are encouraged to find out more about the capabilities and areas of research of the RI here.
Shortlisted students will be contacted by the identified RI supervisor/ HR for nomination.
How to Apply for Singapore International Graduate Awards 2021
1. Browse Ph.D. Research Projects
Go to Research Areas to browse the projects you are interested in.
2. Documents Required
Do prepare the following documents in advance before applying them.
Note: Do NOT mail any hard copy documents to SINGA Office. All necessary documents are to be submitted online.
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 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.
Apply now via this link here!
The submission deadline for January 2021 intake: 1 June 2020 (2359hrs GMT +8 Singapore time)
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified within 12 weeks from the application closing date.