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A*STAR - Research Attachment Programme

Call for Expression of Interest – A*STAR - Research Attachment Programme – Newcastle University

Call for Expression of Interest

The Doctoral College, on behalf of Newcastle University, is supporting a call for Expressions of Interest in the A*STAR Research Attachment Programme, Singapore.

Calls for Expression of Interest

Calls for Expression of Interest are published twice per year:

  • November 2023 – for Nominations to A*STAR by 15 May 2024.
  • May 2024 – for Nominations to A*STAR by 30 November 2023.

Please make sure you have visited the A*STAR ARUP Programme website to familiarise yourself with the programme and the criteria for nominees.  There is also further information and FAQs on the A*STAR programme in the ARAP Brochure (2 MB)

The A*STAR Research Attachment Programme is an excellent opportunity for current first and second year PhD students who wish to undertake a collaborative research project, spending time in Newcastle and in a Singapore, Government funded, A*STAR research institute.

Under this programme the successful awardee would spend one or two years at Newcastle University. They would then spend a minimum of one and a maximum of two years at an A*STAR Research Institute under the supervision of staff of the A*STAR Research Institute and Newcastle University.

Expressions of Interest to be considered as a nominee by Newcastle University are invited from Newcastle University registered first or second year PhD students and their academic supervisors by our internal deadline of the 17th January 2024.

All prospective nominees are required to hold a preliminary conversation with their academic supervisor in the first instance as supervisor engagement (or potential for engagement) in an area of research identified by A*STAR is an important pre-requisite. 

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

Pairs of supervisors in Newcastle and Singapore propose joint projects with the experimental work divided between the nominee’s time in their Newcastle laboratory and their Singapore laboratory.

Computer Science student Burak

After completing the first two years of his research degree in Newcastle, he’s now studying at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore.

Burak explains more about A*STAR, why he applied to the programme and how he thinks it will benefit his career.

Additional Information

If you have any queries about this process please contact