Grant Call



 Nanyang-DSO Graduate Programme (NDGP) 2020

By Temasek Lab @ NTU (TL@NTU) and DSO National Laboratories


​​The objective of NDGP is to attract and nurture Singaporean talents in defence and security research & development (R&D) with the explicit goal of developing future technical thought leaders in our defence ecosystem.


NDGP is a premier graduate programme designed to encourage outstanding Singaporean graduates to pursue a research career by studying for a Ph.D. in NTU. The research topics will be specifically selected for its highest impact in the fields relevant to TL@NTU and DSO (Click here for NDGP Research Topics​). Beyond providing technical training (both locally as well as overseas), the NDGP will also incorporate leadership and management exposure into its comprehensive programme. 

Selected candidates will be employed full-time as a Research Assistant in TL@NTU while pursuing a Ph.D. degree in one of the Schools in NTU on a part-time basis. The key aspects of the programme are as follows:
  • 4 years of employment as a research staff in TL@NTU
  • 4 years of full tuition fee
  • 1-year overseas research attachment with additional financial support
  • Internship at DSO National Lab or other local Defence Technology Community (DTC) partners
  • Local and overseas conference support
  • Leadership development programme
  • Exposure to defence ecosystem

Eligibility Criteria

​​Applicants must be:

  • Be Singapore citizens
  • Have obtained an Honours (Highest Distinction) or equivalent at Bachelor’s level. [If applicant has not yet completed the undergraduate degree programme, applicant shall furnish documentation from the university that applicant is on track to obtain an Honours (Highest Distinction) degree or equivalent.] obtained at least 2nd Upper Class Honours Degree
  • Have strong interest in research for defence science and application


There is no bond attached to this programme.


Shortlisted candidates will be informed by email for a panel interview.

Career Opportunity

Upon successful completion of the studies, the student/staff may be offered continual employment in TL@NTU or its defence partners.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants shall send in CV to​

Admission Intake

Last day for submission of application

August 2020

15 May 2020

January 2021

15 November 2020​


Coverage and Award Terms

The coverage and programme terms are as follows:



Tuition Fee

Full coverage for four academic year (AY2020-2025)

Monthly Stipend

S$4,0001  + S$1,000 (top-up) ​

Yearly Staff Benefits

S$2,000 as a NTU staff​

Research Costs

$20,000 for direct materials used in research

Conference Allowance

Support for two times allowance for Local & Overseas Conference

Overseas Attachment

up to12 months overseas attachment

Other Allowances

S$3,500 for books/references/thesis and IT


​​1Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions shall be provided at a rate pegged to the prevailing employer's contribution rate set by CPF, on top of the monthly stipend received. In addition the monthly stipend, Merit Increment (MI) and Annual Wage Supplement (AWS) shall be provided.