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Funding possibilities in Singapore

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). 

PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NTU, NUS or SUTD. Students will be supervised by distinguished and world-renowned researchers in these labs. Upon successful completion, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NTU, NUS or SUTD.

Singapore is the gateway to some of the fastest-growing economies in the Asia Pacific region. And with SINGA, you can pursue your PhD education in Singapore, establish global links and take your research career to greater heights.

SINGA fosters a vibrant and culturally diverse research community of international students. Participants will work in a multi-cultural environment alongside distinguished and world-renowned researchers in state-of-the-art facilities.

Application deadline for August 2020 intake: December 1st, 2019.

For questions, contact: singa_enquiries(at)hq.a-star.edu.sg

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The PHC Merlion Program is a joint French-Singaporean collaboration, managed by the Institut Français de Singapour, in partnership with Singaporean institutions. Its purpose is to encourage and support new scientific research development between French and Singaporean laboratories through funding the scientists’ trip exchanges. There are three different funding opportunities: Merlion Project, Merlion Workshop, and Merlion Ph.D.  

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Status: There are currently no open grant calls.

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The National Research Foundation (NRF), set up on 1 January 2006, is a department within the Prime Minister's Office. The NRF sets the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise. It also funds strategic initiatives and builds up R&D capabilities by nurturing research talent. The NRF aims to transform Singapore into a vibrant R&D hub that contributes towards a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy, and to make Singapore a magnet for excellence in science and innovation.

Watch a video about the NFR Fellowship scheme here.

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Any questions about the Fellowship grants can be directed to nrf_fellowship(at)nrf.gov.sg.

Status: The next international grant call will open in December 2019. 

The Singapore NRF Fellowship for Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides opportunities for early career researchers from all over the world to lead impactful AI research in Singapore. Each award provides a research grant of up to SGD 3 million inclusive of general overheads over five years, to support projects that exhibit high likelihood of a research breakthrough.

Managing Organisation: National Research Foundation

For information on the previous grant, click here and here.

Status: Applications for 2019 are now closed. Please check back for updated information regarding the next NRF Fellowship for AI opportunity.