Call for NRF Fellowship (Class of 2019)

The Singapore NRF Fellowship provides opportunities for early career researchers from all over the world to lead impactful research in Singapore.

The Singapore NRF Fellowship offers:

  • A five-year research grant of up to SGD 3 million (approximately USD 2.15 million1), inclusive of general overheads.
  • Freedom to lead ground-breaking research in host institution of choice in Singapore2.
This call for the class of 2019 will have two tracks: 

  • Track A: Applicants in all disciplines of science and technology (Computer Science, including Infocomm Technologies and Interactive Digital Media, Engineering, Life Sciences and Natural/Physical Sciences).
  • Track B: Applicants with research experience in the field of Science of Learning (SOL). The NRF’s SOL seeks to develop a science-based understanding of the effectiveness of Singapore’s education methods, as well as develop new methods to realise better learning outcomes. Applicant’s proposals could be based on, but need not be limited to, research in the following priority areas:

    • Developing neuroscience-informed interventions for translation – This refers to the development of interventions built on existing related neuroscience knowledge.
    • Validation of cognitive theories or interventions with neuroscientific evidence – This refers to the corroboration of existing interventions/theories with the development of new neuroscience knowledge.
    • Development of platform technologies as tools to support scaling of interventions with neuroscientific evidence – This focuses on methods to scale up application of established intervention methods.


  • Outstanding researchers of any nationality, in their early stage of their research careers and are ready to take on their independent research, are eligible to apply.
  • PhD holders with research experience in any discipline of science and technology or Science of Learning. 
Please refer to the self-assessment checklist here.

Application Details

Applications for the class of 2019 has closed. Applicants shortlisted to the final rounds will be invited to Singapore in October 2018 for an interview by the NRF Fellowship Evaluation Panel (FEP), an international panel of eminent scientific leaders.

1 Based on the currency exchange rate of 1 SGD = 1.4 USD
2 The award is contingent on the awardee taking on a full time appointment in an eligible host institution in Singapore. The list of institutions is available here.


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