Nanyang-DSO Graduate Programme (NDGP) 2021

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

Researcher doing experiment


​​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.


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 IntakeLast day for submission of application
August 20211 April 2021



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

Coverage and Award Terms

The coverage and programme terms are as follows:

Tuition Fee
Full coverage for four academic year (AY2021-2025)
Monthly Stipend1
S$4,000  + S$1,000 (top-up) ​
Yearly Staff Benefits
According to NTU Staff Benefits
Conference Allowance
Support for two times allowance for Local & Overseas Conference
Overseas Attachment
Up to 12 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.