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ADSC Graduate Programs

Students with first-class honors who are interested in carrying out research at ADSC may apply for Ph.D. scholarship support under A*STAR's Awards & Scholarships programs.

The National Science Scholarship (PhD), and the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (Overseas)/AUIP, allow scholars to pursue Ph.D. education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (NTU/NUS/SUTD) supports Ph.D. education at top Singaporean universities.

There are also options available for international students who wish to carry out research at ADSC while earning Ph.D. degrees from Singapore universities, through the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA), or those who are seeking research exposure at ADSC through the A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP). Through these international award programs, international Ph.D. students have contributed to the growing diverse and vibrant R&D community in Singapore.

All graduate program candidates should have the following traits:

  1. Candidates with a passion for research and excellent academic results.
  2. Candidates must have a first degree in relevant disciplines and have obtained UK universities: 1st Class Honors Degree; U.S. universities: GPA of 3.8 and above; Local universities: CAP of 4.5 and above, First Class Honors. Candidates with 2nd Upper Class Honors: Good O and A level track records. Polytechnic students who obtained a Diploma with Merit will also be considered.
  3. Good skills in written and spoken English.
  4. Excellent reports from academic references.

SINGA and AUIP A*STAR Programs

Type of Scholarship Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (Overseas) (AUIP)
Eligibility For all international students who have completed their undergraduate studies in foreign universities For students who have completed their undergraduate studies in Singapore universities (Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship.)
  • Satisfy criteria for Ph.D. admission to the University of Illinois
  • Candidates must not concurrently hold any other scholarships or fellowships
  • Successful candidates are required to undergo a one-year research attachment at an A*STAR RI, prior to Ph.D. studies

Awardees are expected to sit for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and attain at least a score of:

  • 319 Combined Verbal and Quantitative
  • 4.5 Analytical Writing
Brief Description

SINGA was first conceived to foster a vibrant and culturally diverse research community in Singapore. A collaboration between A*STAR, NUS, NTU and SUTD, PhD training is carried out in English at ADSC as your chosen lab/A*STAR Research Institute--a multi-cultural environment, alongside distinguished and world-renowned researchers in state-of-the-art facilities.

Upon successful completion, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NUS, NTU or SUTD.

AUIP is a four-year scholarship comprises two years of PhD studies at the University of Illinois to enrich students’ academic experience and another two years at ADSC. Under this PhD research training, students will be mentored by a Professor from the University of Illinois and a senior member of ADSC.

Successful students will be conferred a PhD degree by the University of Illinois. Students may be required to undergo a one-year research attachment at an A*STAR research institute prior to your PhD studies including ADSC.

Potential PhD Project Opportunities SINGA Projects at NTU, NUS or SUTD

Visit Interactive Digital Media or Smart Grid for opportunities

Coverage Support for up to 4 years of PhD studies including:
  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend of S$2,000, which will be increased to S$2,500 after passing the Qualifying Examination
  • One-time Airfare Grant of up to S$1,500
  • One-time Settling-in Allowance of S$1,000
  • Medical insurance
  • Conference allowance

Successful candidates will be given support for up to 4 years of academic pursuit.

Successful candidates will receive:

  • Monthly overseas living allowance
  • Monthly sustenance allowance
  • Full tuition

Other allowances including:

  • computer allowance
  • thesis allowance
  • book allowance
  • conference allowance
  • travel allowance
  • subsistence allowance
Closing Date 1) June 1 for January intake, and
2) 1 January for August intake
A*STAR accepts and processes applications throughout the year. However, priority will be given to applications that reach us by 1 April for admission to the University of Illinois in Fall the following year.
Benefits Students funded under A*STAR's SINGA program will receive a Ph.D. from either NUS, NTU, SUTD while carrying out their research at ADSC on projects related to the Human Sixth Sense/Human-Centric Cyber Systems Programmes.

Students will satisfy the residency requirements for their degrees will also become integral members of their Illinois 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 that will allow them to remain fully engaged with their Illinois research groups, integrating their work into ongoing programs in Singapore.

How to Apply
All interested international 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 and:
  1. specify ADSC (as their suggested research institute),
  2. the ADSC faculty supervisor, and
  3. the associated local university (NUS, NTU or SUTD) that will award the degree.

Students should submit their application for AUIP at, observing the instructions indicated.

After accepted, all students must apply to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at to request admission to graduate school at Illinois. Students must choose a specific department to apply to.

If you have difficulty choosing the right program to apply to, or if you're interested in applying to a department other than CS or ECE, please contact us for advice.

  • The Computer Science (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.
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering (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.

Additional A*STAR Programs

Two other PhD Scholarship programs exist for Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship. They are the National Science Scholarships and the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (NUS, NTU, and SUTD). Please refer to A*STAR’s website for details on each. More information on all four of the above program can be found at A*STAR Graduate Scholarship.

How to apply to any of A*STAR’s scholarships

Applications need to be submitted on-line at the A*GA Application Portal to A*STAR. Please observe the instructions indicated. The application form, together with supporting documents, are also to be submitted by mail to:

A*STAR Graduate Academy
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
20 Biopolis Way, #08-01 Centros
Singapore 138668


Students who have questions about the AUIP and SINGA programs should contact Asghar Mirarefi from the University of Illinois to discuss their situation (mirarefiatillinois [dot] edu, or +1-217-333-5732).