NRF Clean Energy PhD Scholarships, Economic Development Board, Singapore

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The 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 the following areas related to Clean Energy, with focus on solar:

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Fuel cells
  • Energy efficiency in green buildings
  • Storage
  • Smart grid technology
  • Carbon capture & utilization
  • 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:

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 studies.
  • 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$3,300/month for local PhD study
^ All rates/allowances are subject to adjustments by CEPO from time to time

Upon 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 PhDs or 4 years for overseas PhDs. Scholars will be allowed the flexibility to choose the organization that they work for when they near the end of their study.

Application for Admission to Universities
Scholars are expected to gain entrance to the various overseas and local universities on their own merits, before they apply for the scholarship.

Application Procedure
Applications are to be submitted using the attached application form. For further information, please contact us at Email: or Tel: 6516 6937

Closing Date for Application
Applications are open throughout the year. For admission for the Academic Year starting in August 2011, the closing date for applications is 28 February 2011.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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