Joint University of Surrey and A*STAR PhD studentships

The University of Surrey’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore are delighted to announce an exciting new, jointly funded, four-year PhD programme.

Start date

1 October 2023


4 years

Application deadline

Funding source

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore

Funding information

Whilst the candidate is in the UK, the University of Surrey funding will include UKRI-aligned stipend (£17,668 pa for 2022-23) and approved fees. Whilst in Singapore, funding from A*STAR will consist of a stipend (inclusive of housing subsidy) of SGD 3300/month, a one-time airfare grant to Singapore of SGD 1,500, a one-time settling-in allowance in Singapore of SGD 1,000, a one-time IT allowance of SGD 800, medical insurance and a conference allowance.


Successful candidates will be registered for the PhD at Surrey and will be expected to spend up to 2 two years at a designated A*STAR laboratory in Singapore.

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates to undertake fully funded (4 year) studentships in the area of One Health, One Medicine. The University of Surrey and A*STAR provide vibrant, interdisciplinary research environments, with access to state-of-the-art facilities. We see our postgraduate researchers as an integral part of our research community, collaborating and innovating together with academics at all levels. We want the most talented researchers from diverse backgrounds to join us, bringing new ideas and perspectives. We will help you make the most of your potential, removing barriers where we can and supporting you with dedicated career guidance. We offer generous funding packages, sector-leading researcher development training and mentoring, and dedicated employability support.

Project details

Project reference

Understanding B cell development in immunity: age-related changes

Supervisory Team: Deborah Dunn-Walters (University of Surrey) and Jinmiao Chen (A*Star Singapore)


Cellular communities in cancer tissues as a novel marker for prognosis and response to treatment

Supervisory Team: Alex Couto Alves (University of Surrey) Adai Ramasamy (A*Star Singapore)


Unravelling pathogenic processes at cellular levels in head and neck and thoracic cancer

Supervisory Team: Paul Townsend (University of Surrey) and Radoslaw Sobota (A*Star Singapore)


Eligibility criteria

Open to UK and international students with the project starting in October 2023.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our Biosciences and Medicine PhD programme.

How to apply

Full details of the projects available can be obtained using the links below.

You can apply for 1, 2 or all of the 3 available projects. A single online application should be submitted via the application portal for the Biosciences and Medicine PhD programme.

N.B. Please select the October 2023 start date when applying.

When completing your application, in place of a research proposal, please provide a 1-page document containing the reference numbers(s), project title(s) and supervisor name(s) of the project or projects you have selected, together with an explanation of your motivations for wanting to study for a PhD and your reasons for selecting the project(s) you have chosen.

To complete a full application, you MUST also email a copy of your CV and 1-page motivational statement directly to the relevant project principal supervisor of each project you apply for.

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