NSS (PhD) applicants should have secured a place in an overseas university, or be in the process of applying to one or more universities.
The AGS Partnership Programme is tenable
at any one of the following AGS partner universities: Nanyang
Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS),
Singapore Management University(SMU), Singapore University of Technology
and Design (SUTD), and
University of Warwick for a period of up to four (4) years.
I am interested in the AGS Partnership Programme. Is my PhD project thesis limited to the ones placed on the A*STAR website?
I have already applied for the AGS scholarship. Do I need to make a separate application to the partner universities?
The nominated supervisor has to be approved by the respective A*STAR Partnership University’s Governing Boards. In
most cases, the main and co-supervisors should hold at a minimum, the
designation of Principal Investigator or Principal Scientist at an
A*STAR Research Insittute.
Should I apply for a scholarship after I have gotten a place at NUS/NTU?
I am interested to do my PhD studies locally, under the AGS (Singapore), but my supervisor does not have an existing collaboration with A*STAR. Can I still apply for the AGS (Singapore)?
I am currently studying overseas. Do I have to make a physical appearance for an interview if I am short-listed?
How long will it take before I get a reply on my application?
While the criteria for applying for an A*STAR Scholarship is a Second Class Upper degree, A*STAR will make a holistic assessment of each application, and take into consideration other factors such as research experience and achievements.
the PhD studies, A*STAR scholars receive competitive monthly allowance
besides full sponsorship of the tuition fees. Scholars will also be
given annual allowances to attend conferences overseas and to purchase
books related to their research area. At the commencement of the PhD
studies, there will also be a one-off settling-in allowance to help
scholars who will be pursuing their studies overseas purchase
miscellaneous items for settling in. Please refer to the coverage section of the scholarships (NSS (PhD), AGS (O), and AGS (S))for
the detailed list of allowances provided under the scholarships.
Is it possible to change my course of study/research midway through my PhD programme?
scholars need to seek A*STAR’s written permission before changing their
course of study/research project. Each case will be assessed on its own
merit. However, scholars are encouraged to consider their research
area seriously before commencing their PhD studies as a mid-point change
of their research focus may badly affect their PhD progress.
(PhD) and AGS awardees who are intending to pursue their PhDs at an
overseas university can be provided funding to visit the overseas
universities that they intend to enrol in, prior to their PhD studies.