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


Applicants must be university graduates with at least a Class II Honours degree or equivalent and, at the time of award of the Scholarship, must have been offered admission as a candidate for a full-time higher degree by research at NUS.

Award Details (For Singaporean Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students)

i. For Research Scholars in a PhD programme, monthly stipends for Singapore Citizens1, Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students are S$2,700, S$2,200 and S$2,000 respectively.

ii. Research Scholars will be given a monthly stipend, and a full tuition fee subsidy.

iii. Research Scholars in a PhD programme may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $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.

1With 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 an initial 1 year and, subject to the Research Scholar's satisfactory progress, renewable annually up to a maximum of 1-2.5 years for Masters candidates and 3-4 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).

Term 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. A copy of the current terms and conditions can be assessed


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