Singapore: Clean Energy Scholarships

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Energy with emphasis on solar energy, has been identified as a key
growth area for Singapore. To expand Clean Energy R&D and grow the
industry, following Graduate scholarships have been announced by Clean
Energy Programme Office (CEPO) Singapore:

  • NRF (Clean Energy) PhD Scholarships
  • NRF (Clean Energy) Company Scholarships
  • PhD Scholarships: 15 December 2008 (start: 1st half of 2009)
  • PhD Scholarships: 28 February 2009 (start: 2nd half of 2009)
  • Company Scholarships: open throughout the year

NRF (Clean Energy) PhD Scholarships


Coverage and Disciplines of Study

NRF (Clean Energy) PhD Scholarships offer support for up to four years
of academic pursuit, leading to a PhD in related disciplines such as
Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or Engineering, Chemistry,
Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science or Engineering, Civil
Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. All research topics should be
in areas related to Clean Energy. Most of the scholarships given would
be in solar , with a possible few others in fuel cells, energy
efficiency and other renewable energies. Scholars must obtain CEPO’s
agreement before embarking on a particular research area and project,
so as to be in line with CEPO’s technology roadmap. For local PhD
scholarships, CEPO will work with the universities to ensure that the
candidate has a specific research project and supervisor identified
before the award.

The scholarships are tenable at NUS, NTU or overseas universities renowned in Clean Energy such as:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA
  • Loughborough University, UK
  • Sandia National Labs, USA
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  • TU Munich, Germany
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany

University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

Please note that this list is non-exhaustive but all foreign universities must be recognized by CEPO.


  • Local
    PhD: All nationalities. Foreigners who take up the scholarship are
    expected to become Singapore PRs within 2 years of completion of
  • Overseas PhD: Singapore Citizens
  • A relevant Bachelor’s Degree with Honours (at least 2nd Class Upper) or its equivalent.
  • Good GRE test score preferred.
  • Good TOEFL score for applicants whose mother tongue is not English

Award Details

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly subsistence allowance**

Other allowances including:

  • Annual Book allowance
  • Computer allowance
  • Conference allowance
  • Thesis allowance
  • Travel allowance*
  • Warm clothing allowance*
  • Settling-in allowance *

* For overseas PhD
** Monthly allowance of S$3000/month for local PhD study


completion of their studies, candidates will be bonded to work in
Singapore (in the Clean Energy area) for a period of 3 years for local
PhD or 4 years for overseas PhD. Scholars will be allowed the
flexibility to choose the organisation that they would work for when
they near the end of their study.

Application for Admission to Universities

are expected to gain entrance to the various overseas and local
universities on their own merits, before they apply for the

Application Procedure

are to be submitted using the application form (see link below). For
further information, please contact Ms Cecilia Wong at Email:

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  or Tel: 6516 6937

Click here to download scholarship application form

Closing Date for Application

are NOW open for all applications . However, for those who are looking
to start your PhDs in the 1st half of 2009, please submit your
application latest by 15 December 2008. For those looking to start your
PhD studies in the 2nd half of 2009 or later, please submit your
application latest by 28 February 2009. 
NRF (Clean Energy) Company Scholarships


scheme allows for CEPO and companies to jointly fund local scholarships
for Clean Energy Research and Coursework Masters and PhDs. The scheme
will help to ensure an adequate supply of CE trained postgraduates for
companies, as they expand their businesses.

Eligibility Criteria for Companies

to be considered for this programme should be key companies that have a
reputation for or that can demonstrate professional personnel
management to ensure that the scholars are gainfully employed. The
companies should preferably be well-established and have a sizeable
operation in Singapore or are considering new investments / projects in



the joint NRF (Clean Energy) Company Scholarships, these would be
branded as the NRF (Clean Energy)-(“company name”) Scholarship


scholars would be bonded to work at the participating company either at
the company’s local operations (for foreign/local companies) and/or
overseas operations (for Singapore companies) upon graduation. The bond
period would be 2 years for local Masters and 3 years for local PhDs

Application Procedure

For further information, please contact Ms Toh Jia Yan at Email:


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  or Tel: 6832 6315

Closing Date for Application

Applications are open throughout the year. Interested companies are advised to contact EDB for further discussions

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