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A*STAR - Research Attachment Programme

Apply now to enhance your PhD research through a collaborative project with A*STAR in Singapore

Programme Overview

If you’re a first or second-year PhD student at Newcastle University, here’s your chance to expand your research horizons. The A*STAR Research Attachment Programme offers you the opportunity to collaborate on a research project in both Newcastle and Singapore.

If you’re successful, you’ll:

  • work on a collaborative project between Newcastle and Singapore
  • spend up to two years in a government-funded A*STAR research institute in Singapore
  • benefit from the expertise of supervisors from both universities

Before applying, visit the A*STAR Research Attachment Programme website to understand the programme and eligibility criteria.

For more details, download the ARAP Brochure (2 MB)

Expression of Interest

Submit your expression of interest by 1st of April 2024 to be considered for nomination by Newcastle University. Ensure you have your academic supervisor’s endorsement before applying.

Expressions of interest will not be accepted from an applicant who does not have the active engagement and endorsement of their academic supervisor.

Key dates

Calls for expression of interest are published twice a year:

  • May 2024: Nominations to A*STAR by November 2024
  • November 2024: Nominations to A*STAR by May 2025

Application process

Both the student and their academic supervisor must submit an online expression of interest form.

Your expression of interest forms must be submitted by the internal deadline of 1st April 2024.

This expression of interest is part of the Newcastle University decision-making process. 

Because this is a collaborative nomination, both parties in Newcastle and Singapore must agree to support and develop the nomination for a PhD supervisee to work in Singapore.

Getting supervisor support

With your expression of interest application, you’ll need to get support from your supervisor.

Talk to your academic supervisor and discuss your potential under the thematic areas identified as a priority focus.

Your supervisor must confirm that:

  • your research is of a high-quality to undertake the rigours of a period of study in Singapore
  • they would support a period of outside study while in Singapore
  • there would be no adverse impact on the completion of your award

Once your academic supervisor has been contacted, if they need more information, they can email doctoralcollege@ncl.ac.uk. We’ll then arrange for a face-to-face meeting as required.

If you’re sponsored, talk to your sponsor to check that they would approve in principle your collaborative project with an A*STAR laboratory.

Funding and Support

Students will receive:

  • Stipend and allowances: Receive financial support while you’re in Singapore. Detailed figures can be found in the A*STAR FAQs.
  • Supervisors and training: Benefit from PhD training and supervision in both Newcastle and Singapore.  
  • Global experience: Study at a prestigious institute in Singapore and experience life in another country.  
  • Networking: Join a community of PhD researchers and establish international collaborations 

Doctoral College A*STAR Award

We have funding available for one PhD student per academic year. They’ll receive fees and a stipend (equivalent to UKRI level) for their period of study at Newcastle. Indicate your interest on the Expression of Interest Form.

Sponsored students

We welcome applications from sponsored students. But you must cover your own costs during your studies at Newcastle University. 

Your sponsor must also provide written approval that they'll cover your fees and stipend during your studies at Newcastle University.

Singapore campus team

Contact our Singapore campus team for support. They're happy to answer any questions you may have about life in Singapore, accommodation and more. 

Our Singapore campus team is led by Dr Duncan Rayner

Meet Burak: A success story from the A*STAR Programme

Discover how Burak enhanced his research and career prospects through the A*STAR Research Enhancement Programme.  After two years at Newcastle, he's now studying at A*STAR in Singapore.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this process please contact doctoralcollege@newcastle.ac.uk.