Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Through several scholarships, A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) offers Masters and PhD level studies in the form of short research visits and full degree studies at leading research institutions in Singapore.

Browse the two programmes of A*STAR: SINGA and SIPGA, for more information.

SINGA (Singapore International Graduate Award):
SINGA (SIngapore International Graduate Award) allows you to complete a PhD at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) or the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Financial Benefits:
  • Attractive monthly stipend over 4 years of PhD studies
  • The stipend amount is SGD 24,000 annually, to be increased to SGD 30,000 after passing Qualifying Examination
  • Full support for tuition fees for 4 years of PhD studies
  • One-time SGD 1,000 Settling-in Allowance*
  • One-time Airfare Grant of SGD 1,500*

Application Deadline: Application for January 2019 is now open. 

For more information about the SINGA scholarship, visit the SINGA website.

SIPGA (Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award):

The SIPGA award is a research opportunity for postgraduate students enrolled for full degrees at Stellenbosch University. The SIPGA award includes bursary money to assist the successful applicant to cover living expenses whilst in Singapore. The scholarship offers research opportunities in Singapore at research institutions in affiliation with National University of Singapore, Nanyang University of Technology and Singapore University of Technology and Design. Students can apply for the SIPGA award for a placement period of 2 to 6 months.

A student who participates in a SIPGA research opportunity via A*STAR is expected to graduate from Stellenbosch University within the original degree’s graduation timeframe. The research period in Singapore ought to contribute to the student’s research as part of the Stellenbosch University degree. Interested students ought to first liaise with their current academic supervisor at Stellenbosch University, in order to request consent for the intended period of research to be spent abroad. It is of vital importance that the Stellenbosch University academic supervisor agree to allow the student’s period of research abroad – a discussion which is to determine whether such a period of research abroad would be beneficial in contributing to the student’s current degree at Stellenbosch University.

All Stellenbosch University students planning to submit applications for the SIPGA award, are requested to notify the A*STAR coordinator (Sarah van der Westhuizen; sarahvdw@sun.ac.za) at Stellenbosch University International (SU International) with their application reference number, and attach all the supporting documents as submitted on the A*STAR website for the SIPGA application. SU International will review the application and if the applicant’s academic standard adheres to the needed academic average of 60%, SU International will recommend your application to A*STAR. Prospective applicants are reminded to cross check consent for the application with their current academic supervisor at Stellenbosch University.

Financial Benefits: Monthly stipend of $1,500

Application Deadline: There are 6 application cycles per year. Please refer to the website below.

For more information about the SIPGA scholarship, visit the SIPGA website.


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