Fully Funded A*STAR Computing and Information Science (ACIS) Scholarship in Singapore, 2019


Scholarship Description: The new A*STAR Computing and Information Science (ACIS) Scholarship is now available on offer to pursue a PhD in computing and information science (CIS) disciplines. This scholarship is available to Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship.

Scholarship Provider: The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) drives mission-oriented research that advances scientific discovery and technological innovation. We play a key role in nurturing and developing talent and leaders for our Research Institutes, the wider research community, and industry.

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University

Degree Level: Scholarships are available to pursue PhD programme.

Available Subject: Scholarships are awarded in computing and information science (CIS) disciplines.

Scholarship Benefits: The ACIS Scholarship provides a competitive stipend of up to S$5,000 monthly, on top of other allowances, and full tuition fees support for up to four years of PhD studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) or Singapore Management University (SMU).

Successful applicants will be given the following support* for up to four years:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly sustenance allowance and CPF contribution (where applicable) based on the prevailing employer’s contribution rate^
Monthly Sustenance AllowanceAmount
For Singapore CitizensS$5,000
For Singapore Permanent Citizens^S$4,000
For Non-Singapore Citizens^S$3,750
  • Other allowances including
    • Book allowance
    • Computer allowance
    • Conference allowance
    • Miscellaneous allowance
    • Thesis allowance
  • Support for up to 12 months of overseas attachment

Eligible Nationalities: This scholarship is available to Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Be Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Satisfy the criteria for and gain admission to a PhD programme* in one of the following schools:
    1. NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering
    2. NUS School of Computing
    3. SMU School of Information Systems
    4. SUTD Information Systems Technology and Design Pillar
  • Have obtained at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Have strong interest to pursue a CIS research career in industry R&D labs, technology enterprises, spin-off companies and/or academia

*Applicants for thematic programmes who are applying for or have gained admission to schools/departments other than the 4 specified CIS schools may be considered for the ACIS Scholarship if their PhD project is in CIS, on a case-by-case basis. 

Thematic Programmes:

  • Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning (I2R)
  • Big Data Analytics (I2R)
  • Complex Systems (SIMTech)
  • Industrial Internet of Things (I2R)
  • Video & Image Analytics (I2R)

The above eligibility criteria are not exhaustive. A*STAR may include additional selection criteria based on prevailing scholarship policies. These policies may be amended from time to time without notice.

Application Procedure: To apply for the ACIS, please click here.

The application cycle is aligned to the university admission intakes in August or January each year, as follows.

Admission IntakeLast day for submission of online application with complete set of supporting documents
August31 December of the preceding year
January31 July of the preceding year

Online Application

Scholarship Link

Deadline: December 31 of the preceding year and July 31 of the preceding year.

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