SMU awards scholarships, fellowships and other financial assistance schemes to PhD students on a competitive basis.

SMU awards scholarships, fellowships and other financial assistance schemes to PhD students on a competitive basis. We assess applicants for different award schemes at the time of admission based on qualification and suitability for these schemes.

 


Full Scholarships

SMU provides full scholarships to PhD students conditioned on good academic performance and renewable annually, for the first 4 years of the PhD candidature.

The SMU PhD Full Scholarships cover registration and subsidised tuition fees (see SMU PhD Programme Fees for details). As a scholarship recipient, you will receive a monthly living stipend (as shown in the table below according to your citizenship). These scholarships are renewed yearly, conditioned on good academic performance, for the first 4 years of your PhD candidature.

Beyond the scholarship duration, you may receive continued support through research assistantships and teaching assistantships (see Financial Assistance Schemes in Year 5) or industry grants at SMU.

Scholars under this scheme are not allowed to engage in any other gainful employment.

Citizenship

Monthly Stipend before
Qualifying Examination (S$)

Monthly Stipend after
Qualifying Examination (S$)

Singapore Citizen 2,700 3,200
Singapore Permanent Resident 2,200 2,700
Foreign Student 2,000 2,500

Notes

  • The monthly stipend rates are from August 2015 onwards.
  • These rates are not applicable to the PhD in Business (General Management).
  • The PhD Qualifying Examination assesses students’ mastery of the foundation required for the next stage of the PhD programme, the dissertation.
  • From August 2015, Singapore Citizens will be provided with 17% CPF Contribution.

 

Terms and Conditions under Full Scholarship

Scholarship recipients will have to observe the terms and conditions (for Singapore Citizens/Singapore Permanent Residents and for International Students) of the scholarship offer. Recipients will have to sign a letter of undertaking.

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SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowships

The SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowships are conferred on exceptionally qualified PhD students in the SMU PhD programmes and SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme for their outstanding performance in their studies.

The SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowship is provided to exceptionally qualified students who are offered candidatures into SMU's PhD programmes. The Fellowship also recognises existing PhD students who are outstanding in their studies.

The Fellowship is a one-year award. At the end of the award term, the Fellowship recipient may be offered another Fellowship award or a Full Scholarship. The award provides a higher monthly stipend than a Full Scholarship, as shown in the table below.

Citizenship Monthly Stipend (S$
Singapore Citizen 3,500
Singapore Permanent Resident 3,200
Foreign Student 3,000

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SMU Multidisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships 

The SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowships are conferred on exceptionally qualified PhD students in the SMU PhD programmes and SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme for their outstanding performance in their studies.

The SMU Multidisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to existing PhD Students whose research output show the use of techniques from two or more fields of research.

The Fellowship is a one-year award that is renewed annually, for up to four years. The award provides a higher monthly stipend than a Full Scholarship, as shown in the table below.

Citizenship Monthly Stipend (S$
Singapore Citizen 3,500
Singapore Permanent Resident 3,200
Foreign Student 3,000

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Financial Assistance Schemes in Year 5

The SMU PhD students have the opportunity to work as Teaching Assistants during their candidature.

After you cease to receive the scholarship stipends at the end of Year 4 of your PhD programme, you may work as a Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Instructor (GI) on a part-time or full-time basis. If you work full-time, you will have to complete your studies on a part-time basis (as approved by the respective School).

If you are a foreign student, you may work up to 16 hours per week on a part-time basis. If you are working on a full-time basis, you will either be on an Employment Pass or a S-Pass to be approved by the Ministry of Manpower. However, to be granted approval to work on a full-time basis, you should have completed all requirements of the PhD programme except your dissertation.

The hiring procedures and rates of payment are based on prevailing guidelines.

Student Development Programmes (such as workshops by the SMU Centre for Teaching Excellence and Centre for English Communication) are available to SMU PhD students. These programmes will strengthen your skills to better contribute as a RA, TA or GI.

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Other Available Scholarships/Fellowships

SMU-China Scholarship Council (CSC) Joint Scholarship Scheme

Citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China are invited to apply to the SMU-CSC Joint Scholarship Scheme for postgraduate studies. Click on the link for details on eligibility and application requirements.

SAP Industry PhD Scholar Program

SAP Asia, in partnership with the National Research Foundation and SMU, is offering the SAP Industry PhD Scholar Program to outstanding individuals who are keen to pursue a higher academic calling, while working at the forefront of technology in a world leading company.  

The SAP Industry PhD Scholar Program was first announced in the SAP Info Magazine on 10 June 2014.  Details can be found in the brochure and video.

National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship

The National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship (NCPS) is offered jointly by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister's Office, Singapore and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) under the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme. It is a prestigious scholarship for graduates and working professionals who are keen to contribute and commit to the protection of Singapore's cyberspace.

Successful applicants may pursue the PhD in Information Systems or Master of Applied Information Systems at SMU.