News Details | 09-Sep-2008

DSO, NTU and NUS partner to award PhDs to nurture local talent for R&D

DSO National Laboratories (国 防 科 技 研 究 院) is partnering Nanyang Technological University (NTU, 南 洋 理 工 大 学) and National University of Singapore (NUS,新 加 坡 国 立 大 学) to establish a PhD Research Award scheme. The objective of this award is to encourage more Singaporeans to pursue PhDs in NTU and NUS in areas that will benefit the defence and security of Singapore.   

Dr Tan Kim Siew, (陈 金 秀 博 士), Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) 常 任 秘 书 (国 防 发 展), Ministry of Defence (国 防 部) and Chairman (主 席) of DSO’s Board of Directors (国 防 科 技 研 究 院 董 事 局) said, “It is very important to develop indigenous R&D talent to push the envelope and create disruptive innovations for Singapore in the field of defence science and technology. I am therefore very happy that the universities have now joined hands with DSO to encourage more of our bright young men and women to pursue a career in research related to fields that could have applications in defence and security." 

To officiate the partnership, Dr Tan will be signing Memorandums of Understanding with NTU President (校 长) Dr Su Guaning (徐 冠 林 博 士) today, and NUS Acting President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan (国 大 代 校 长 陈 祝 全 教 授), on 23 September 2008.   

Said Dr Su, “DSO performs a vitally important function for the nation in conducting defence research. NTU is proud to partner the defence community in contributing to our national defence. This award scheme is yet another new partnership that is aimed at developing the highest calibre of researchers for defence. We also look forward to scientific and technological breakthroughs leading the world, and the spin-offs and start-ups that could result in contributing to our economy.”        

To be eligible for the award, Singaporean graduates must attain a 1st class or 2nd upper honours Bachelor’s degree in fields of study relevant to engineering and science, and are keen to apply their knowledge for defence R&D.

Successful candidates will receive a monthly stipend of between $3,100 - $3,300 per month, full tuition fees, other compulsory fees, as well as allowances for attending both local and international conferences. The sponsorship period is for four years.

Students will be co-supervised by DSO researchers and the universities’ faculty members, and will spend the majority of their time conducting research at DSO. Upon successful completion, they will be conferred a PhD degree by NTU or NUS.

“This new initiative further strengthens our long-standing partnership with DSO. It is critical that we substantially expand the pool of doctorate-level research scientists and engineers in Singapore. We look forward to working closely with DSO in this important initiative, leveraging upon our complementary strengths in science and engineering. Co-supervision of research projects will also accelerate the application of knowledge from basic research conducted at NUS and hopefully, this will lead to innovative applications relevant to national defence and security,” said Prof Tan.      

To date, this is the only PhD Research Award scheme that offers co-supervision by both industry practitioners and academia to support students in pursuing groundbreaking research to address real-life challenging problems.      

In addition, recipients of NTU’s Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship (NPGS) or NUS President’s Graduate Fellowship (PGF), who are also awarded the DSO PhD Research Award, will have their monthly stipends augmented to $4,000 per month. This scheme is respectively known as NPGS with DSO PhD Research Award (Augmentation) and NUS-DSO PGF.
For more information on the DSO PhD Research Award, please visit


Media Contacts

DSO Contact: Ms Vivien Goh
Manager, Corporate Communications
DSO National Laboratories
Office No: 6772 7122

NTU Contact: Ms Esther Ang
Manager, Corporate Communications
Nanyang Technological University 
Office No: 6790 6804
NUS Contact: Ms Fun Yip
Manager, Media Relations
National University of Singapore 
Office No: 6516 1374

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