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 2021

1st April 2021



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

According to NTU staff Benefits​

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) shall be provided.