NUS Research Scholarship
The NUS Research Scholarship ("Scholarship") is awarded by NUS to outstanding graduate students for research leading to a higher degree at the University. The scholarship consists of a monthly stipend plus a tuition fee subsidy.


The Scholarship is open to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • have graduated with an undergraduate degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper division) / Honours (Distinction) or equivalent;
  • have been offered admission to / or already admitted to a full-time graduate research programme at NUS; and
  • must be eligible for MOE Subsidy1.


1Please click here for Eligibility Guidelines for MOE Subsidy. 


Award Details

  • For Research Scholars in a PhD programme, monthly stipends for Singapore Citizens2, Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students are S$2,700, S$2,200 and S$2,000 respectively.
  • Research Scholars will be given a monthly stipend, and a full tuition fee subsidy.
  • Research Scholars in a PhD programme may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to S$500 per month upon passing the PhD qualifying examination, which is normally held 12 to 18 months after registration of candidature. The additional stipend is renewable each semester subject to good performance and duration of the additional stipend varies among the different faculties and schools.


2With effect from 1 August 2015, Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions shall be provided at a rate pegged to the prevailing employer's contribution rate set by CPF, on top of the monthly stipend received.


Award Period
The Scholarship is tenable for one (1) year in the first instance and thereafter may, subject to the Scholar's satisfactory progress, be renewed each semester at the University’s discretion. The maximum period of the Scholarship is 4 years for PhD candidates, as determined by the University.


Application Procedure
Applicants will have to indicate their interest in the Scholarship via the NUS Graduate Research Programme Application System.


Notification of Award
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications sometime in May (for August intake).


Terms and Conditions
Successful applicants are required to sign a letter of undertaking agreeing to observe the terms and conditions for the award of the Scholarship.


The above information is subject to change at any time. For the most updated information, please refer to the graduate division of the relevant faculty or school at


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