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(S) is tenable at any one of the following partner universities: Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University(SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS)for a period of up to four (4) years.
The ACIS is tenable at the following schools: NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering, NUS School of COmputing, SMU School of Information Systems and SUTD Information Systems Technology and Design Pillar.
I have already applied for the AGS/ACIS scholarship. Do I need to make a separate application to the partner universities?
Should I apply for a scholarship after I have gotten a place at NUS/NTU/SMU/SUTD/Duke-NUS?
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)?
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.
During the PhD studies, A*STAR scholars receive competitive monthly allowance besides full sponsorship of the tuition fees. Please refer to the coverage section of the scholarships (NSS (PhD) 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.
NSS (PhD) 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.