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Joint ASTAR - King’s Fully-funded PhD Studentships in Biomedical Science

Joint A*STAR – King’s Fully-funded PhD Studentships in Biomedical Science

With financial hardship, studying in the UK and adapting to a new education system can be very challenging. King’s College London is seeking outstanding and motivated students to join the Health Faculties and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) PhD Studentships.

The Joint A*STAR program is open for international students commencing postgraduate research in Biomedical Science. Up to three 4-year fully-funded PhDs are available to commence in October 2023.

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King’s College London was founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington. Collaborating with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), King’s offers a unique PhD experience, giving students with the opportunity to conduct research both at King’s and with an A*STAR Research Institute and Supervisor in Singapore.

Why study at King’s College London? King’s is a research-intensive university with a global standing for academic discovery and teaching. It offers an increasing number of Joint PhDs with its international partners – over 150 partner institutions.

Application Deadline: 5 February 2023.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: King’s College London
  • Department: Science
  • Course Level: Postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD)
  • Award: Tuition fee. Stipend. Bench Fees / Research Training & Support Grant.
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 3
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in the UK

Joint ASTAR - King’s Fully-funded PhD Studentships in Biomedical Science


  • Eligible Countries: The UK, the EU, the USA, Canada, Latin America, and Australia.
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded for PhD (Postgraduate research) in the following subjects:
  • Biomedical Science: Structural biology, Stem cells, Health & Medicine, Psychology, Psychological Medicine, Psychiatry, Primary Health Care, Physiotherapy, Physiology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pathogen, Nutrition, Neurobiology, Molecular biology, Microscopy, Microbiology, Mental Health Studies, Medicine and health-related studies, Medical and Molecular Genetics, Mechanical engineering, Life Sciences, International Mental Health, Infection, Immunology, Imaging, Health sciences, Global Mental Health, Genetics, Forensic Science, Electronic Engineering, Drugs, Drug Discovery Skills, Dentistry, Dental, Cellular biology, Cardiovascular, Cancer, Biophysics, Biomedical Research, Biomedical and health sciences, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Asthma, Anatomy and human sciences, Allergy, Ageing, Addiction studies.
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the given criteria:
  • All projects are open to citizens from the UK, the EU, the USA, Canada, Latin America, and Australia.

How to Apply

Projects available will fall within one of the following themes: 1) Cells, Molecules and the Basis of Health and Disease, and 2) Neuroscience and Mental Health.

  • How to Apply: To apply, visit the webpage for guidance and submit an online application via King’s Apply.
  • Supporting Documents: A complete application should include the following documents. All should be written in English:
  • Personal statement: no more than 200 words for each response.
  • Academic referee: supply the email address of one academic referee.
  • Academic Transcript: latest official or unofficial transcripts including current GPA and modules (courses); unofficial transcripts must have clear evidence that they have been formally issued by your home institution, such as through a watermark or logo/crest.
  • PhD proposal outline (PhD applicants only): supply a short outline describing your current research project. This should be approximately one page in length.
  • Provide certification of competence in English before starting their studies.
  • Admission Requirements: In order to apply for study abroad at King’s, applicants must meet the entry criteria.
  • Language Requirement: International students whose first language is not English, must meet King’s English Language Requirements. All English Language test results must be sent via King’s Apply before the deadline.


All projects offer the opportunity to spend a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 24 months at A*STAR in Singapore as part of the research and training program.

  • Each studentship is fully funded for four years, including tuition fees and a tax-free stipend in line with UKRI funding for research training (for the year 2022/23, this was set at £19,668).
  • A Research Training Student Grant (RTSG) will be provided for research consumables and for attending UK and international conferences.
  • At King’s College London, consumables allowance (1st year £5,000 and 4th year £2,000). The successful candidates will have both a King’s College London and an A*STAR Supervisor.
  • In addition, the student will be spending up to two years conducting their PhD research and training with an A*STAR Research Institute and Supervisor. During this time, A*STAR will offer the following:
  • One-time allowance comprising an airfare grant of S$1,500;
  • One-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000;
  • One-time computer allowance of S$800;
  • Monthly housing allowance of S$600;
  • Monthly stipend of S$2,700;
  • Conference allowance;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Miscellaneous research costs of the PhD work are covered by the A*STAR Research Entities.

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