Surrey and Singapore A*STAR PhD Programme

A*STAR, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, is a prominent research organisation in Singapore, dedicated to fostering talent for the global research community. The University of Surrey is an integral part of the esteemed A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP), offering fully funded four-year PhD studentships. 

Start date



4 years

Application deadline


Funding information

Fully funded


A*STAR PhD studentships

Studentship offers involve collaborative project development and supervision between Surrey and an A*STAR supervisor. Students have the chance to collaborate in laboratories at Surrey and an A*STAR research institute in Singapore. Students typically spend the first year at Surrey, the second and third years in Singapore, then return to Surrey for the fourth and final year. The programme provides training and support at both locations, offering an exciting prospect for students to enhance their scientific skills in top-tier international research settings. 

Throughout the four years, students are registered at the University of Surrey and are conferred with a University of Surrey PhD upon successful completion of the programme.  

The studentships are open to all applicants, with intakes usually occurring in January and September of each year. 

What you gain: 

  • Comprehensive training and support for your PhD in both Surrey and Singapore, with supervisors in both locations 
  • A chance to study at a prestigious institute in Singapore, experiencing life in another country 
  • A diverse range of projects related to health and medical sciences to choose from 
  • Access to a network of PhD researchers, fostering international collaborations. 

 A*STAR Research Attachment Programme

Annually, we seek outstanding applicants interested in undertaking research projects in Surrey and Singapore as part of ARAP. This collaborative programme, established between the University of Surrey and A*STAR, follows a structured approach: 

Year 1 - Surrey: 

  • Induction 
  • Literature report 
  • Project planning and design 
  • Continuation report 

Years 2 and 3 - Singapore: 

  • Continuation of research project 

Year 4 - Surrey: 

  • Final project work 
  • Preparation of thesis 
  • Final submission and viva. 

Eligibility criteria

Applicants to the programme must have obtained or be about to obtain a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or an equivalent qualification gained outside the UK in an appropriate area of health and medical sciences. 

Please visit the A*STAR website for a thorough understanding of the programme and nomination criteria. 

How to apply

Calls for expression of interest 

If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to be considered for ARAP, expressions of interest are invited, with calls published twice a year. 

All projects are centred around health and medical sciences. 

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Studentship FAQs

Read our studentship FAQs to find out more about applying and funding.

Contact details

To learn more about our A*STAR PhD studentships, please reach out to Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh in the Doctoral College at

Kathrin Cohen Kadosh
27 AC 04
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683968

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