FAQs

  1. Is a print-out transcript from institute’s online records system with college’s stamp acceptable?
    Yes. An unofficial transcript can be submitted if applicant has not graduated.
  2. What is the minimum TOEFL score?
    Minimal requirements: internet-based test, 85; paper-based test, 580; computer-based test, 260).
  3. Can TOEFL be substituted by IELTS?
    Yes.
  4. Is submission of TOEFL scores compulsory? Who can be exempted from submission of TOEFL scores?
    Yes, it is compulsory for applicants to submit TOEFL scores. Applicants whose medium of university instruction is in English can be exempted from submission of TOEFL scores. Applicants would have to provide a letter from their home institute to indicate that the medium of instruction was in English.
  5. Is submission of GRE scores compulsory?
    Yes, it is compulsory for applicants to submit GRE scores. Please quote our University’s code ’0677′ and ’35′ as the Department Code.
  6. Can I send a scanned copy of GRE and TOEFL score sheets along with my application?
    Yes, applicants can upload scanned copies of GRE and TOEFL score sheets. Originals of the score sheets would only be required at the time of enrolment.
  7. I don’t have GRE score but I have GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test of Engineering) and MCAT. Is GATE acceptable?
    No, GRE cannot be replaced by GATE.
  8. I am a Singaporean who has obtained my degree from a university in Australia. Is GRE applicable for my application?
    Yes, all applicants (except NUS & NTU graduates from relevant disciplines) must submit GRE scores to support their application.
  9. Do I need to submit a research proposal?
    No, it is not compulsory to submit a research proposal at time of application.
  10. Do I need to contact the list of CSI supervisors as indicated on CSI website while waiting for the outcome of the application?
    No, students are to contact the CSI supervisors only when they are awarded the scholarship.
  11. I do not have a passport now. Do I need to get a passport for the application? Can I submit my passport number when I am awarded the scholarship?
    Yes, applicants can submit their passport numbers as soon as they received their new passports.
  12. I am unable to upload my documents onto the Graduate Admission System as the maximum file size allocated is 3MB.
    Please reduce file size if possible. Otherwise, applicants can email the outstanding documents with their names and Application Number to csi_gradprog[at]nus.edu.sg .
  1. Is there a bond after completion of studies?
    No, there is no bond upon completion. Click here for more information.
  2. Do scholarship holders have to pay for medical insurance?
    No, medical insurance will be covered by scholarship.
  3. Will scholarship holders be issued with an insurance card?
    No, there will not be any medical insurance card issued. For more information on the medical insurance scheme, please refer to the following website: www.mycg.com.sg/nusstudent
  4. What do scholarship holders have to pay?
    Thesis Examination Fee will be covered by students. Please refer to the following page for more information on thesis submission and examination.
  5. What is the duration of the PhD programme?
    Up to five years. Initial period of award for four years. Award can be extended on a case-by-case basis.
  1. Is it compulsory to do lab rotation?
    Each successful candidate will undergo 2-3 lab rotations with duration of 8-12 weeks each. Lab rotations are compulsory for all full-time CSI scholarship students. Students must confirm their choice of supervisor by the end of the 6th month from the start of the candidature.
  2. Can we work on any project of our choice or will it be decided?
    Projects initiated by student must be approved by PI.
  1. Where will students be seated?
    Students are likely to work in laboratory and will not have a workstation assigned to them. Since staff shares benches in labs, student ought to do so too.
  2. How do I get a replacement for lost matriculation/student registration library card?
    Please log on to the Online Lost Student Card Management System to make a report if you have lost your student card. Once a report has been made, both the Library and the Registrar’s Office will be alerted to prevent anyone from misusing your lost card should they find it. The replacement fee (inclusive of GST) is $30. As the replacement fees are non-refundable, you may want to wait for a few days before making the application in case the card is found and returned to you.