NUS Research Scholarship

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


The Scholarship is open to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  1. have graduated with an undergraduate degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper division) / Honours (Distinction) or equivalent;
  2. have been offered admission to / or already admitted to a full-time graduate research programme at NUS; and
  3. must be eligible for MOE Subsidy1
    1Please click here for Eligibility Guidelines for MOE Subsidy 

Award Details

  1. A monthly stipend as follows:
For PhD candidates: For Master’s candidates:
Singapore Citizen2 S$2,700 S$2,500
Singapore Permanent Resident S$2,200 S$1,500
International Student S$2,000 S$1,500

2With 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.

  1. Tuition fees at the University.
  2. Scholars in a PhD programme may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $500 per month upon passing the PhD Qualifying Examination (QE), which is normally held 12 to 18 months after registration of candidature. The additional stipend is renewable each semester subject to good performance. The quantum and duration of the additional stipend may vary between Faculties and Schools.

Award Period

The Scholarship is tenable for one (1) year in the first instance and thereafter may, subject to the Scholar's satisfactory progress, be renewed each semester at the University's discretion. The maximum period of the Scholarship is two (2) years for Master's candidates and four (4) years for PhD candidates, as determined by the relevant faculty or school in each case. In addition, not all faculties or schools offer scholarships for Master’s by Research programmes. Please check with the respective faculty or school.

Application Procedure

Incoming graduate students should indicate their interest in the Scholarship in their application for admission.

Notification of Award

Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications sometime in May (for admission in August) or October (for admission in January). Successful applicants are required to sign a letter of undertaking agreeing to observe the terms and conditions for the award of the Scholarship.


The above information is subject to change at any time. For the latest updates on the Scholarship, please contact the graduate division of the relevant faculty or school.