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ADSC Graduate Programs

Students with first-class honors who are interested in carrying out research at ADSC may apply for Ph.D. scholarship support under A*STAR's Awards & Scholarships programs.

The National Science Scholarship (PhD) allows Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship to pursue Ph.D. education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) supports Ph.D. education at top Singaporean universities, NTU, NUS, SUTD or SMU.

There are also options available for international students who wish to carry out research at ADSC while earning Ph.D. degrees from Singapore top universities, through the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA), or those from overseas universities who are seeking between one to two years of research exposure at ADSC under the joint supervision with their home universities' supervisors through the A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) while receiving their Ph.D. degress from their home institutions. Through these international award programs, international Ph.D. students have contributed to the growing diverse and vibrant R&D community in Singapore.

All graduate program candidates should have the following traits:

  1. Candidates with a passion for research and excellent academic results.
  2. Candidates must have a first degree in relevant disciplines and have obtained UK universities: 1st Class Honors Degree; U.S. universities: GPA of 3.8 and above; Local universities: CAP of 4.5 and above, First Class Honors. Candidates with 2nd Upper Class Honors: Good O and A level track records. Polytechnic students who obtained a Diploma with Merit will also be considered.
  3. Good skills in written and spoken English.
  4. Excellent reports from academic references.


Type of Scholarship Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)
Eligibility For all international students who have completed their undergraduate studies in foreign universities
Brief Description

SINGA was first conceived to foster a vibrant and culturally diverse research community in Singapore. A collaboration between A*STAR, NUS, NTU and SUTD, PhD training is carried out in English at ADSC as your chosen lab/A*STAR Research Institute--a multi-cultural environment, alongside distinguished and world-renowned researchers in state-of-the-art facilities.

Upon successful completion, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NUS, NTU or SUTD.

Potential PhD Project Opportunities SINGA Projects at NTU, NUS or SUTD
Coverage Support for up to 4 years of PhD studies including:
  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend of S$2,000, which will be increased to S$2,500 after passing the Qualifying Examination
  • One-time Airfare Grant of up to S$1,500
  • One-time Settling-in Allowance of S$1,000
  • Medical insurance
  • Conference allowance
Closing Date 1) June 1 for January intake, and
2) 1 January for August intake
Benefits Students funded under A*STAR's SINGA program will receive a Ph.D. from either NUS, NTU, SUTD while carrying out their research at ADSC on projects related to the Human Sixth Sense/Human-Centric Cyber Systems Programmes.
How to Apply

All interested international students who are receiving their bachelor's degrees from universities with very strong programs in computer science and/or electrical engineering should submit their application for SINGA at, propose up to three projects from the list of projects under Potential Ph.D. Project Opportunities and make sure to:

  • specify ADSC (as their suggested research institute),
  • the ADSC faculty supervisor, and
  • the associated local university (NUS, NTU or SUTD) that will award the degree.

How to apply to any of A*STAR’s scholarships

Applications need to be submitted on-line at the A*GA Application Portal to A*STAR. Please observe the instructions indicated. The application form, together with supporting documents, are also to be submitted by mail to:

A*STAR Graduate Academy
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
20 Biopolis Way, #08-01 Centros
Singapore 138668


Students who have questions about the SINGA  program should contact at adscjobsearchatillinois [dot] edu.