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PhD Programme with University of Manchester and A*STAR Institutes, Singapore

PhD Programme with University of Manchester and A*STAR Institutes, Singapore

A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP)

About the Programme

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, together with the University of Manchester have an established Agreement to support the recruitment and training of PhD students as part of the A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP). The Programme enables students to spend two years in Manchester and two years in Singapore at a prestigious Research Institute. Training and support is provided at both locations and students benefit from the expertise of their supervisors in Manchester and Singapore.

Students will work with distinguished and renowned supervisors from A*STAR and Manchester, in vibrant research-intensive environments and be awarded a University of Manchester PhD upon completion of the 4 year Programme.

The University of Manchester has now extended the Programme and projects are now available across the breadth of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Available projects for September 2022 entry are listed on the dedicated website:

Studentships include:

University fees, Monthly stipend, Airfare grants, Settling-in allowance (Singapore), Medical insurance (Singapore)


To be eligible for the programme, applicants should be from the UK and have obtained (or be about to obtain) at least an Upper Second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area.

Many of our students have also undertaken a master's degree, although this is not compulsory.

International applicant eligibility requirements

We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK.

Funding will cover tuition fees and stipend only. This scheme is open to both UK and international applicants. However, we are only able to offer a limited number of studentships to applicants outside the UK. Therefore, full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates due to the competitive nature of this scheme.

Some restrictions apply to applicants from certain Asian countries. In general, students from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan are eligible to apply for the programme. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from south-east Asian countries such as Singapore, China and Malaysia. Please contact us before applying if you are unsure of your eligibility for the Programme.

For a list of projects on offer, details on how to apply and full eligibility requirements, please visit our website:

Deadline for receipt of online applications is Sunday 20 March 2022.

Interviews will be held in Manchester week commencing 9 May 2022.

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