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Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

 By: Anushangi Weerakoon


A good graduate programme costs big bucks, and if you enroll in full-time post-graduate studies, you also give up your primary source of income. Even if you have significant savings, it is still a good idea to look into whether graduate scholarships are offered by your school or other organizations in order to ease the financial burden.


BrightSparks keeps turning up on all our financial aid related articles, and there is a reason for that.  They offer plenty of information about scholarships offered by a wide range of organizations whether you are looking at graduate programs in Singapore or abroad. Not only are you able to browse and compare the various scholarships offered, you can also apply to multiple scholarships through the BrightSparks website without having to fill out separate application forms for each one.

Below are a few of the scholarship providers:

  • Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
  • Singapore Airlines (SIA)
  • SPRING Singapore
  • International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore)

This is by no means an exhaustive list. You can go to their website and find many others that offer scholarships that may be suited to your requirements and post-graduate course of study.


The Fullbright Singapore Student Program

Fullbright scholarships are a one-year grant for graduate studies in the United States, awarded based on individual merit with the objective of enabling scholars to develop as leaders who can promote relations between Singapore and the United States. These scholarships are mostly awarded to students undertaking graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. For more information on eligibility and application requirements, visit the following website:


Scholarships Offered by Local Institutions

There are different types of scholarships offered to graduate students by the top institutions in Singapore. For more information, you can visit the universities’ websites.




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Scholarships Offered by Foreign Universities

Many institutions offer scholarships to promising students undertaking Masters or PhD studies. The best way to find out more information is to visit your school’s website or write directly to the graduate admissions office.

If you are keen on studying a research PhD in a foreign university, there is often funding available in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Graduate assistantships are another option. All these assistantships fund all or a portion of your tuition and perhaps provide a small stipend that covers some basic daily living expenses in exchange for part-time work for the university. Graduate assistantships are sometimes available to Master’s level students as well.

Fellowships are available to the best and brightest applicants. These are simply scholarships without the work requirement or opportunity.


A*STAR Scholarships

A*STAR scholarships are available to individuals taking on graduate studies in Singapore or abroad to advance their research interest in preparation for an R&D career.

Overseas Scholarships

National Science Scholarships (PhD)

This is a scholarship offered to those pursuing their PhDs at reputed overseas universities in the following disciplines: Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering

A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (Overseas)

This is a four year scholarship which covers two years of PhD studies at an A*STAR Research Institute followed by two years at one of the below institutions.

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Imperial College London
  • Karolinska Institute
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Warwick

Local Scholarships

National Science Scholarships (MD-PhD)

This scholarship is only offered to those who enroll under the MD-PhD programme at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

A*STAR Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship funds 4 years of PhD studies in Singapore at NUS, NTU or SUTD. Students are also offered the opportunity to undertake an overseas attachment of up to 1 year during their PhD candidature.

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