Application for the NSS (BS) commences in July and closes on 1 March.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed between March and May.
The application deadline for the mid-Term NSS
(BS) is 1 May.
Yes, you may apply with your school preliminary results, or results of the preceding years. Please send in your final transcript as soon as you receive it.
Do I need to secure a place at an overseas university before applying for the scholarship?
You may send in your application before you complete your NS, or even before you receive your A-Level results. If you are successful in your application, an in-principle offer will be made to you, and we will hold the scholarship for you until you complete your NS.
The new A-Level syllabus offers both research-based and examination-based H3 subjects, is there a preference for either type of H3 subjects?
Applicants will be shortlisted based on their results for a relevant H3 subject (i.e. at least a 'merit' in one maths or science H3 subject), and not whether it is a research-based or examination-based subject.
What is the selection process?
Shortlisted applicants will undergo 2 rounds of interviews
We conduct face to face interviews for all shortlisted applicants.
It would take approximately 2-3 months from the submission of a complete application (i.e., including all required supporting documents such as education certificates and referee reports) to the award of the scholarship.
Please note that both academic referee reports are to be submitted within 7 working days of submission of the online application, so do remind your referees about this requirement.
Yes. However you will be required to apply for Singapore Citizenship if you are awarded the scholarship. Non-Singaporean males are required to serve National Service prior to the commencement of undergraduate studies.
The mid-term NSS (BS) is open to Singaporeans only.
Areas of study that are supported under the NSS (BS) include Computer Science, Engineering & Technology, Physical Sciences, and Biomedical Sciences. In particular, A*STAR is seeking talents whose research interests are aligned with Singapore’s priorities in areas such as Green Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and Food Science and Technology.
Please note that each applicant’s proposed universities and courses will be subject to A*STAR’s approval. Successful applicants should only accept a university offer after obtaining A*STAR’s approval for their choice of university and course of study.
Yes, all NSS (BS) scholars are required to undergo a compulsory research attachment of at least 8 weeks at an A*STAR Research Institute (RI) after their first year of studies. NSS (BS) scholars are also required to undergo a 1-year research attachment at an A*STAR RI upon completion of undergraduate, prior to PhD commencement.
These attachments will enable you to gain first-hand research experience, exposure to projects with industry, and a better understanding of the impact of A*STAR’s research to industry and Singapore’s economy.