Press Releases

August 06, 2019

Introduction of Inauguration Grant at AUs

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will introduce a new Inauguration Grant under the Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme (START) to attract Singaporean academics to join our Autonomous Universities (AUs) as pre-tenure Assistant Professors. The Grant also seeks to support the development of research leadership in these universities.

2. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will introduce a new Inauguration Grant under the Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme (START) to attract Singaporean academics to join our Autonomous Universities (AUs) as pre-tenure Assistant Professors. The Grant also seeks to support the development of research leadership in these universities.

3. Under the grant, each recipient will receive a cash bonus, to be given out in two tranches. The recipient will receive the first payment after two years of service, and the second payment after another two years of service. 50% of this cash bonus will be funded by MOE and the other half by the awarding AU.

4. The Inauguration Grant will be offered at the four local universities which are participating in START - NUS, NTU, SMU and SUTD. The first batch of awardees will be announced in the later part of the year.

About the Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme (START)

MOE introduced START to support young Singaporeans keen on pursuing an academic career at our local universities. It also helps our universities strengthen their pool of academic talent in both research and teaching. The scheme provides a suite of scholarships and support options for undergraduates, postgraduates and those in the early stages of their academic career. To date, we have given out 91 awards under START over the last four years.

START comprises the following:

  • Ministry of Education – Autonomous University (MOE-AU) Scholarship
  • Overseas PhD Scholarship
  • Overseas Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Early Career Awards