Application Procedure
Applications are invited for prestigious PhD scholarships offered by SCELSE postgraduate research program.

We welcome outstanding candidates who are passionate about making scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow, with good problem-solving skills and self-driven, to apply and join us in shaping future environmental solutions. SCELSE's research students will be enrolled in a highly competitive joint NTU-NUS graduate program. Please indicate your intention for a scholarship on the online application form under the Scholarship section.

There are 2 intakes per year (August and January).  Outstanding candidates with exceptional qualities will be considered at any time of the year. All applications must go through the online system of the Graduate Studies Office (please refer to application procedures at the bottom).
With its multidisciplinary nature, SCELSE represents a new paradigm in Life Sciences Engineering education with a curriculum designed to influence the education of environmental scientists and engineers for the needs of academia and industry. SCELSE students will undertake a minimum of six courses (attaining a minimum cGPA or CAP of 3.8) offered by different schools within the first 15 months to 2 years of their candidature (inclusive of a core component, SCELSE Summer Course), in the SCELSE domain. This is in addition to research projects associated with their elected fields of study.
Who is eligible
Open to graduates from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing
Eligible criteria
First Class Honors degree (Science or Engineering) or equivalent at Bachelor's level. In lieu of degree, certificate of expected date and (1st class) grade of completion can be submitted for admission process followed later by actual degree and grades
Coverage and award terms
  • Award period: 4 years
  • Full tuition fees
  • Conference allowance
  • One-time IT allowance of $1,500
  • Thesis preparation allowance of $500
  • The PhD degree is awarded by either NTU or NUS
  • Monthly stipend
  Pre QE Post QE
Singapore citizens $2,800 $3,200
Singapore PRs $2,600 $3,000
International students $2,400 $2,800

Application Procedure

As a guide, please find below the list of SCELSE research specialisations in NTU and NUS to help you decide on the right institution to apply to.
    SCELSE @ NTU, with elements of engineering aspects applied to the disciplines/topics below
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Meta-'omics
  • Microbiology and microbial ecology
  • Microbial signalling (for c-di-GMP and other signalling types
  • Molecular biology of biofilms
  • Microbial biofilm communities
  • Biofilm matrix
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioreactor bioprocess ecology
  • Used water treatment
  • Temporal & spatial scales in biofilms and bioimaging
  • Chemical Biology
  • Adhesins and virulence factors
  • Animal and tissue models for biofilm - host associations
  • Biofilm-eukaryote interactions
  • Public health and biofilm-mediated chronic diseases
  • Computational and systems biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Metabolomics
  • Microbial ecology of urban waterways - including plants
  • Microbial signalling (for c-di-GMP)
  • Chemical Biology

For NTU applications
Please submit your online application to the University

(Online application link:
  • Go to “How do I Apply”
  • Select “Apply Online”, as indicated in paragraph 5
  • Select “Apply Online Now”, under Section B.1
  • Choose the option “New Application Form”
  • Fields to note, when filling out the Application Form (please refer to the graphics below),

For NUS applications
Please submit your online application to the University

  • Go to “How to Apply for NGS-PhD Program cum scholarship” under Application Procedures
  • Read through the instructions under “NGS PhD programme with specialisation”
  • Go back to the previous webpage and click on “Application”
  • Fields to note, when filling out the Application Form (please refer to the graphics below),