Largest Number of Scholarships Awarded Under the Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme (START)

Published Date: 26 July 2017 12:00 AM

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1. At the third Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme (START) Award Ceremony today, 38 Singaporean students keen on pursuing research and academic careers received their scholarships from Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills). This is the largest number of award recipients since START’s inception in 2015. The list of scholarship recipients can be found in the Annex.

2. START supports young Singaporeans interested in pursuing an academic career at our Autonomous Universities (AUs), and aims to help our AUs build up their pool of academic talent in both research and teaching. START provides a suite of scholarships and support options for undergraduates, postgraduates, and PhD holders interested in academia.

3. At the undergraduate level, the MOE-AU Scholarship sponsors students’ undergraduate studies at local or overseas institutions. Recipients also receive academic mentorship and developmental opportunities from their paired AU. At the postgraduate level, selected postgraduate faculty development schemes support outstanding students as they pursue PhD and postdoctoral programmes at top overseas institutions, before they return to serve at our AUs. For PhD holders, Early Career Awards allow aspiring academics to gain valuable teaching and research experience at the AUs, with the objective of helping them establish a competitive portfolio for their future application and appointment as faculty members at our AUs.

4. START accepts applications for scholarships yearly. The next application cycle for the MOE-AU Scholarship will commence in September 2017. Updates will be posted on our website, at Alternatively, queries can be sent to

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