Thursday, 3 February 2011

Singapore:NRF (Clean Energy) PhD Scholarships 2011

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 & utilisation
  • 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 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

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