Smart Graduate Fellowship

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Smart Graduate Fellowship

Are you interested in the SMART Graduate Scholarship? We know how important scholarships and fellowships are for international students so we have provided all the information that you may need to get the fellowship. But first, you need to know what this scholarship is all about therefore we have explained that too for you. Let’s read in the blog more about Smart Graduate Fellowship!

What is Smart Graduate Fellowship?

SMART Graduate Fellowship or The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) offers a 4 year Fellowship for new international doctoral students at the following 4 universities – Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU) or the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) where they will be conducting their research at the SMART Centre. This fellowship program is intended to attract talented students to NTU, NUS, SMU and SUTD from Singapore and beyond to educate them and polish them into future leaders in science and technology for Singapore and the world. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to be involved in the strategic research programs at the SMART Centre and to be co-advised by an MIT faculty member. The students may spend up to 6 months doing research at MIT.

Tentative Deadline for SMART Graduate Fellowship

Applications close  December, 2021
Notification of Awardees by SMART March 2022 onwards
Review Period January 2022 to March 2022

Notification of admission to the university will be sent directly by the university the student has applied to. So please keep checking with them directly.

How to Apply for the SMART Graduate Fellowship

The application must include the document listed below because failing to adhere to this may jeopardize your application. We have provided a step by step process for your convenience and it goes as given below:

  • Fill out the Fellowship application form from the SMART online portal.
  • The applicant should also fill out the university admission form. This process has become easier now because only 1 registration is enough to apply to all 4 universities.
  • Select the SMART Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) that you would like to work with and select your options for the below-given points too.
    • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
    • Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine (CAMP)
    • Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP)
    • Future Urban Mobility (FM)
  • Select a project from the IRGs Project List that fits your research interest.
  • The applicant must provide a research statement based on the research project you selected.
  • NTU/NUS/SMU/SUTD requires your referee to submit an online referee report form too. The deadline to submit the form will be in December 2021. Recommendation letters will NOT be accepted in lieu of the referee report.
  • The documents must be in English. Submit all the supporting documents in PDF format except for the passport photo which will be in JPEG format.
  • Upload Master/Degree certificate(s) or Diploma certificate(s)
  • Upload copies of awards (which should not be more than 5)

Fellowship Award

You should also know about what all you get through the Smart Graduate Fellowship before you decide to apply for it so we have provided the value of this fellowship and all the other things you get from it below for your knowledge –

  • Up to 4 years of full tuition and school fees at the student’s home university
  • A monthly stipend of S$3,500 (CPF contribution for Singapore citizens)
  • Eligible to conduct a 1 time research residency at MIT for up to 6 months
  • Co-supervision by an MIT and NTU/NUS/SMU/SUTD faculty.
  • There is no bond associated with this fellowship.

NOTE: If the student is awarded the SMART PhD Fellowship and has a tuition bond from the MOE or the Ministry of Education of Singapore then that student will be required to provide a Banker’s Guarantee.

Eligibility Criteria of Smart Graduate Fellowship

One must be aware of the eligibility criteria to be able to apply and get the fellowship. Eligibility criteria is one of the most important things that makes a student stand out among the other applicants. The more eligible a person the more chances of you getting the fellowship. So make sure you read the criteria given below properly –

  • The applicant must be successfully admitted to NTU, NUS, SMU or SUTD. (any of the 4)
  • The applicant who applied to 1 university out of these will only be considered for that university
  • If the applicant is admitted to more than 1 university they have the option to select the university through which to accept the SMART Graduate Fellowship
  • If the applicant has identified more than 1 potential SMART IRG, they have the option to select which IRG they would like to work for provided they have been awarded the SMART Graduate Fellowship to both IRGs.
  • If the applicant has more than 1 potential research advisor from SMART-NTU or SMART-NUS or SMART-SMU or SMART-SUTD then they have the option to select the advisor provided by the SMART-MIT advisor who is collaborating with that particular university.
  • The applicant who is not awarded the SMART Graduate Fellowship will be considered for other fellowships within the university provided that they indicated this on their application and applied directly to that particular fellowship.

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We hope all the provided information helped you in understanding what all you need to do to get the scholarship. If you want to browse other scholarships, colleges or university options or need detailed step by step guidance through the admission process and the scholarship application process contact our experts at Leverage Edu

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