With its excellent educational system, Singapore is considered one of the best destinations for high-flying international students. Not only is it home to world-famous universities, but its rich government sponsors a variety of scholarship programs as well.

One popular example is the SINGA award, which is short for the Singapore International Graduate Award. This is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology, & Research (A-STAR) and four prominent Singaporean universities.

Singapore Government Scholarship Awards (SINGA)

Singapore’s commitment to research development is apparent in its funding and scholarship programs, most notably, the SINGA award.

The scholarship will cover the entire tuition amount for four years of doctorate studies. It also includes a monthly stipend of SGD 2,200 ($1,608), which may be enough to cover the monthly living costs in Singapore. The amount will then be increased to SGD 2,700 ($1,973) once the student passes the qualifying exam.

The SINGA scholarship will also provide a one-time airfare grant of SGD 1,500 ($1,135) and a one-time settling-in allowance of SGD 1,000 ($755).

Eligibility Criteria: SINGA Award

SINGA is a competitive merit-based Singapore government scholarship that receives over 250,000 applications from 170 countries across the globe. Out of these, only 900 students are selected.

The SINGA scholarship is open to all first-time Ph.D. international students who have not studied in Singapore previously – regardless of age. Applicants are expected to have excellent academic rankings – and more importantly, a passion for research.

Applicants must possess excellent English communication skills (speaking & writing) as well as robust recommendations from their respective academic referees.

While these are the basic expectations, the A-STAR committee may request additional requirements without prior notice.

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Application Process: Singapore Government Scholarship Award

Students who wish to apply for a SINGA scholarship must follow these steps:

Step 1. See if SINGA covers your field of research

Currently, the SINGA scholarship covers 4 general fields: Biomedical Sciences, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and Physical Sciences.

In case your research specialization is included in the list, you should look up the current projects (and supervisors) of the institutions participating in the program: A-STAR, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Singapore Management University (SMU), and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

At the A-STAR for example, students interested in Biomedical research may apply for a spot at the Bioprocessing Institute, Genome Institute, Bioengineering & Nanotechnology Institute, Molecular & Cell Biology Lab, and Singapore Immunology Network, to name a few.

Physical Science/Engineering specialists, on the other hand, may apply for a research spot at A-STAR’s Institutes for Infocomm Research, Chemical & Engineering Science, High-Performance Computing, Materials Research & Engineering, and Microelectronics.

For applicants who wish to perform university-based research, the following institution’s faculties are open:

  • NUS: Engineering, Science, Computing, Medicine, and Duke-NUS
  • NTU: Engineering, Science, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • SMU: Computing & Information System
  • SUTD: Architecture, Engineering, Information Systems Technology & Design, Science & Technology

Step 2. Prepare the necessary documents in advance

To meet the program’s deadlines, you need to prepare the needed documents early on. These include a valid passport, a recent passport-size photo (in jpeg or png), bachelor’s/master’s academic transcripts (in English), and two recommendation letters.

Although GRE, GATE, IELTS, or TOEFL exams are not required for Singapore Government Scholarships, any of these may be warranted at your university of choice.

Step 3. Apply online

After preparing the necessary documents, you may start applying online through this portal. Here, you need to provide all the basic info that the scholarship program needs. It’s important to make sure that the data you supply is correct because you will need to verify it when logging in.

After filling up your information, remember to click the correct scholarship option (SINGA). Don’t forget to include the name of your potential research supervisor as well.

Upload all the documents stated above at the earliest time, if possible.

As always, make sure to verify all the info you have encoded as you will no longer be able to change this once you have submitted your application for Singapore Government Scholarships.

Step 4. Participate in an interview

Shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview, either face-to-face or through online.

Students granted the SINGA scholarship need not make a separate university application. However, if you want to be admitted to the university regardless of scholarship status, then you will need to apply for both the SINGA award and the university.

Compared to other government scholarships, SINGA scholars may not be allowed to apply for a part-time job in Singapore. However, their spouses or partners may accompany them throughout the scholarship period with the use of a social pass. SMU, for one, provides a long-term visit pass scholarship letter for the spouses of SINGA scholars.

Application Deadlines: SINGA Scholarship

The SINGA scholarship has 2 intake periods – August and January. But even with these opportunities, applying early is a must. Given the large number of aspiring scholars, it’s best to submit your application way ahead of time.

The Singapore International Graduate Award (Ph.D.) is accepting applications. For the January 2025 Intake, the deadline for submission will be on June 30, 2024 (23:59 hrs, Singapore time).


We hope that this article on SINGA for international students was helpful. If you’re interested in studying abroad, make sure to also check out the Available Programs for International Students and the Study in Singapore sections!

About the Author: Hyun Lee

Hyun is the founder at Global Scholarships. He has received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College as well as $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for his undergraduate degree and has been offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. Read more about his scholarship journey here.

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  1. Alzira Erlina Soares Amaral - Reply

    A scholarship is something that can be very helpful when it comes to paying for college

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      I absolutely agree with you! Scholarships like SINGA is helpful because it is fully funded.

  2. Gunashree Bhalerao - Reply

    Ph.D. in Microbiology admission application information for Indian Students

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hello, Physical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences fields are eligible for SINGA, and all nationalities, including Indians, are also eligible for SINGA. For application requirements, please see the official program scholarship page.

  3. David E A Bangura - Reply

    Is the SINGA scholarship available for undergraduates

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      No, SINGA is only for Ph.D. students.

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