The A*STAR and King’s College London Studentships are fully funded awards; this includes tuition fees, stipend and bench fee.
Students recruited to these studentships must spend a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 24 months at an A*STAR Research Institute with the named A*STAR supervisor on each project as part of the research and training programme.
All projects are open to citizens from the UK, the EU, the USA, Canada, Latin America, and Australia.
Students will receive a tax-free stipend for each year of study, this rate will be in line with the UK Research and Innovation minimum rates. For the year 2022/23, this was set at £19,668 per annum.
A Research Training Student Grant (RTSG) will be provided for research consumables and for attending UK and international conferences.
At King’s College London, consumables allowance (1st year £5,000 and 4th year £2,000).
In addition, the student will be spending up to two years conducting their PhD research and training with an A*STAR Research Institute and Supervisor.
During this time, A*STAR will offer the following: one-time allowance comprising an airfare grant of S$1,500; one-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000; one-time computer allowance of S$800; monthly housing allowance of S$600; monthly stipend of S$2,700; conference allowance; medical insurance and miscellaneous research costs of the PhD work are covered by the A*STAR Research Entities.
All tuition fees will be fully covered by the Studentship.
Applicants must have or be predicted to obtain a high-quality BSc degree with a 1st or a high 2:1, or a master’s qualification at Merit/Distinction grade.
English Language requirements
You do not need to take an English Language Test before making submitting the application.
Should you be successful in gaining a studentship, this will become a condition of your offer and an IELTS test must be taken before we can make an unconditional offer.
If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence that you meet the minimum English requirements of the faculty [Band D] as prescribed by the university’s English Language requirements.
If you are unable to provide this confirmation before applying any offer you are made would be conditional upon you meeting these requirements prior to enrolment and no later than the 31 of August 2023.
Do I need to complete the research proposal section?
Yes. In the research proposal section, please enter the funding code that corresponds to the theme in which your first-choice project is listed as the ‘Project Title’ (see below for an example).
Please list three projects of interest in order of preference in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section (see below for an example).
Project Title: Insert funding code: THEME2_2023
State your three preferred PhD projects from the list of PhD projects on offer for 2023 Entry.
These should be listed in order of preference, and you should include the number that is assigned to the project and the project title.
Please list these in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section of the application, for example: 1.1 ‘’Project Title’’ 2.1 ‘’Project Title’’.