ADSC Graduate Programs
To fund their studies at ADSC, Singaporean students with first-class honors may apply for scholarship support under A*STAR's Awards & Scholarships programs. A*STAR will fund ADSC's students through A*STAR's scholarship programs (including stipend, basic travel, and education fees), unless circumstances dictate that other methods will be considered.
Students eligible for A*STAR's AUIP program must apply to and be accepted by a graduate program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for which completion of the program will result in a Ph.D. degree from Illinois. For students funded under A*STAR's AUIP program in partnership with Illinois, students will typically complete the first two years of their Ph.D. graduate studies in residence at Illinois. During that stay, students will satisfy the residency requirements for their degrees, and, more importantly, will also become integral members of their research groups and become acclimated to the College of Engineering's proven and successful research culture. They will spend the next two years of their program at ADSC in Singapore, having developed bonds at Illinois that will allow them to remain fully engaged with their research groups at Illinois even as they integrate their work into the ongoing programs in Singapore.
Students from around the world, especially those who are receiving their bachelor's degrees from universities with very strong programs in computer science and electrical engineering, are welcome to apply for A*STAR's SINGA program. Non-Singaporean students can receive scholarship support through SINGA (including stipend, basic travel, and education fees). Students funded under A*STAR's SINGA program will receive a Ph.D. from either NUS or NTU while carrying out their research at ADSC on projects related to the Human Sixth Sense Project. To learn more about the projects, visit the SINGA A*STAR Supervisors & Projects page. Information on ADSC's projects can be found by clicking the "+" sign next to Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) and then clicking the "+" next to Advanced Digital Science Center, either under Interactive and Digital Media or Computer Science.
How to Apply
- All Singapore citizen and Permanent Resident interested students must apply to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to request admission to graduate school at Illinois. Students must choose a specific department to apply to. It is likely that most students will apply to the Department of Computer Science (CS) or the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), but some other departments may be more appropriate for some students. If you have difficulty choosing the right department to apply to, or if you're interested in applying to a department other than CS or ECE, please contact Marianne Winslett, the ADSC Director, for advice.
- The CS Department is recognized throughout the world as a leader in education and research. The department and its graduates have long been at the forefront of modern computing, from the ILLIAC in 1952 to the Internet age of YouTube, Mosaic, and PayPal. Students who graduate from CS's top-five-ranked graduate program are among the most highly recruited on campus and are prized by companies worldwide. For more information and application information, see CS's website for CS graduate student admissions.
- The ECE Department has built an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Its over 100-member faculty has produced innovations in microelectronics, semiconductors, telecommunications, photonics, image and signal processing, electromagnetics, computer architecture and circuits, and bioengineering, among other areas. ECE students are exposed to an unmatched breadth and depth of expertise, learning from the best in the classroom and in the laboratory. For more information and application information, see ECE's website for prospective ECE students.
- Students eligible for A*STAR’s AUIP scholarship programs must also apply to those programs separately. Visit the website of A*STAR's University of Illinois Partnership (AUIP) Ph.D. Programme for details and application instructions.
- All interested international students (non-Singaporean 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 https://www.singa.a-star.edu.sg/howtoapply.php and specify ADSC (as their suggested research institute), the ADSC faculty supervisor, and the associated local university (NUS or NTU) that will award the degree.
- Students who have questions about the AUIP and SINGA programs should contact mirarefiillinois [dot] edu (Asghar Mirarefi) from the University of Illinois to discuss their situation (mirarefiillinois [dot] edu, or +1-217-333-5732).
- All applicants must contact Masadsc [dot] com [dot] sg (Mas Saleh) after submitting their application(s), to inform her that they have applied.