Research Attachments

**Important Update on COVID-19**

October 2020 - Latest - With global travel restrictions remaining in-place, physical research attachment programmes may remain limited in 2021. More information about available opportunities will be made known at a later date, when there is clarity about the programmes offered by NUS' partner universities.

In response to the rapidly evolving global situation with COVID-19, the Singapore Ministry of Education together with the Institutes of Higher Learning (including NUS) have suspended all official overseas placements, including all internships and exchange programmes, until end-July 2020. This suspension affects all upcoming overseas research attachment programmes in 2020.

GRO will close all applications for existing research attachment programmes with immediate effect. NUS students who have already applied for a programme will receive email instructions from GRO about cancelling your registration with the host university.

Global Relations Office (GRO) offers opportunities for students to broaden and enhance their undergraduate experience through global research attachments under the mentorship of world-class researchers. Students will have the chance to live in another country and conduct research in a different academic/research environment through summer research exchanges offered by NUS’ partner universities.

Remarks: NUS undergraduate students must have a clean disciplinary record and be a strong ambassador for NUS and Singapore in order to be eligible for these programmes.

Available Research Attachments:

East & Central Asia


University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Internship (not offered in 2020)
  • Science and Engineering



University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
Chinese University of Hong Kong (not offered in 2020)
  • Arts
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering
  • Social Science
  • Science and Engineering



University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
University of Tokyo – Research Internship Program (UTRIP)
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Biological Sciences

Not offered in 2019

University of Tokyo – Amgen Scholars Program
  • Science and Engineering

1 February 2019, 3.00PM (JST)


University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
KAIST International Summer School Track 2: Individual Research Program (26 Jun to 24 Jul 2020)
  • Science and Engineering

13 March 2020 (Early Bird)

17 April 2020 (Regular)


University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline

National Chiao Tung University: 2020 NCTU Short-Term Research Scholarship

  • Various

6 March 2020

Africa & Middle East


University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
Tel Aviv University Summer Research Program in the Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Engineering

1 April 2020
(Please apply as soon as possible as applicants are considered on a first-come-first-served basis.)

Saudi Arabia

University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Visiting Students Research Program
  • Full-Scholarship Programme
  • Computing
  • Engineering (Biological, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, etc)
  • Science (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc)

Rolling Admissions


University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
Koç University Summer Research Program
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Social Sciences (Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc)

6 April 2020



University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
École Polytechnique Internship Program for International Students
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering

19 January 2020 (application to GRO)
31 January 2020 (application to host university; only for nominated students)


University & Programme Research Areas Programme Fee in SGD (Estimated) Programme Dates & Application Deadline
University of Darmstadt: INSPIRED 2021 via Unite

*Fully online for 2021
*No module-mapping allowed

International Project Week for Interdisciplinary Research-Oriented Digital Learning

Fees from €600
(approximately S$960)

Programme Dates
E-learning: Weekly starting from 22 March 2021
Virtual Team Project: 14 June 2021 to 2 July 2021 

Application Deadline
31 January 2020

Humboldt University of Berlin: 2020 Humboldt Internship Program

Various Research Topics (largely for FoS with some options for FASS and SoC) + Compulsory German language course or History, Culture and Society in Berlin course


Programme Dates
11 May - 31 July 2020 (including Kick-off and Farewell events)

Application Deadline
15 December 2019


University/Programme Research Area(s) Application Deadline
ETH Zurich Student Summer Research Fellowship 2020
  • Computer Science

Programme Dates
1 July to 31 August 2020
Please note that the time and duration of the fellowship is fixed to cover the full two months of July and August.

Application Deadline
15 December 2019 at 12 noon (Central European Time)