PhD Scholarships Available
Do you want to join my lab? Do you like fieldwork? Are you hard working? Please contact me, my department is currently recruiting the next intake of PhD students!!
 
Possible topics of investigations:
a)   Ecosystem functioning of peat swamp forest
b)   Peat accumulation/decomposition models
c)   Peat subsidence under different land uses
d)   Refining carbon stocks estimates under different land uses
e)   How to improve peatland restoration
f)    Soil ecology and biogeochemistry of burnt peat areas
g)   Fire disturbance on intact forest
 
Research methods include
a)   Greenhouse gases analysis through cavity ring-spectroscopy (Picarro)
b)   Soil incubation
c)    Stable and radiocarbon isotopes (13C-14C)
d)   Soil chemistry analysis
e)   Remote sensing

 

Application procedure and Information on Graduate Programme in Geography
 
You may explore this link for the application procedure, as well as most of the information on the graduate programme.
 
Alternatively, you can obtain similar information on the program requirement from FASS, Division of Research & Graduate Studies The link that directs you to the application page is simply a click on "Research Programme". Our program is primarily research-based but also requires students to do coursework by completing 4 modules and 6 modules for master’s and Ph.D. students respectively. BEFORE you apply, please read the instructions carefully so that you can prepare the necessary information for easy reference.
 
Prospective students are advised to apply online . Even after submitting the application online, applicant is required to send to our Department (address given below), via airmail, the application package. 
 
Airmail your Application Package
Before you airmail the application package, please refer to the checklist found in the online admission system) on the documents required and the prescribed manner in which to be delivered.  Photocopies of the official documents are acceptable at time of application. However, if your application is successful, you will be expected to produce the transcripts in the prescribed manner as listed in the online checklist.
 
The application package is to arrive at the Department of Geography. Please indicate the address as below:
 
Ms Pauline Lee
Department of Geography
National University of Singapore
1 Arts Link
Singapore 117570
 
After submitting your online application, please make sure your application package is still sent via airmail and received by us by 1 November 2015.  The main reason for posting the package is that we need the signed copy of the application form as there are certain declarations to be made. Any application packages and payment received after 15 May 2016 will be considered for the next available intake, which is January 2017. 
 
Supporting Documents
Statement of Purpose
Instead of a Research Proposal, the Department requires applicant to submit a Statement of Purpose, which is no more than 2500 words, which covers the following:
 
Specific area of academic interest (research topic the applicant wishes to work on) and the name(s) of the faculty members in Geography at NUS who have been consulted prior to the application being submitted;
The methodological approach, techniques and or conceptual framing that a candidate is considering using to structure, guide and operationalize their research, together with, if relevant, an indication of the preferred geographic focus of the research;
How the past education and other experiences of the candidate have served as preparation for graduate-level work in their specified area of interest;
Other relevant information, including – and certainly not restricted to - existing work that has inspired the interests of the candidate (using a recognised system of referring to the publication(s)), details about their own publications (e.g. arising from a master’s degree etc), and contributions they have made to seminars, workshops, conferences etc).
 
Referees Reports
An email notification will automatically be sent to the referees once you submit your application online. They will be given a link to assess the template to answer some questions. Therefore, you may wish to alert them in advance to complete the report before the deadline too.
 
TOEFL/IELTS (Dept’s requirement)
Our Department requires that applicants whose native tongue AND medium of university instruction is not English to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of their proficiency in the English language. The minimum TOEFL requirement by the Department is 100 for the internet-based test (with a minimum of 22 for the writing section). For IELTS score, it will be 7.0. So if an applicant's undergraduate studies was in English but is not a native speaker of English, TOEFL/IELTS score report should still be required. 
 
Academic Transcripts and Certificates
Photocopies of the official documents are acceptable at time of application. However, if your application is successful, you will be expected to produce the transcripts in the prescribed manner as listed in the online checklist.

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)
The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NTU, NUS or SUTD.

  
Joint PhD Programme King's College London and NUS
Two schools at King's College London (KCL)  and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invite applications to the Joint PhD programme (JDP) for every Semester I (August) intake. This JDP represents a good mix of strength from both universities to enhance the training and research work of PhD candidates from both institutions. The programme allows students to pursue work in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines as well as in topics that invite interdisciplinary approaches. The Schools and Faculty complement each other in terms of areas of strength and of geographical location. You will be registered in one home university, but guided in your work by faculty from both, and examined to the standards of both. You will graduate with a joint qualification, earning a certificate which bears the crests of both universities.


NUS Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN Nationals
The National University of Singapore [NUS] offers scholarships each year to nationals of ASEAN* member countries who read full-time coursework graduate degrees at NUS. This scholarship is for new, incoming students who are not Singapore citizens and permanent residents. These awards, known as the NUS Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN Nationals [NUS GSA], are financed by the People of Singapore and the University. Scholars have no obligation or bond to NUS or Singapore but are expected to complete the graduate degree and return to their home country to assist in its progress and development.

*ASEAN, or The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is a political and economic organization of 10 Southeast Asian countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.



SMART Graduate Fellowship
The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) has a four-year fellowship scheme for new doctoral students at either Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU) or Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), who will conduct their research at the SMART Centre. 

The Fellowship Programme is intended to attract to NTU, NUS, SMU and SUTD the best and most talented doctoral students from Singapore, the region and beyond, and educate them to be future leaders in science and technology for Singapore and beyond. The Fellowship will provide an opportunity to be involved in the strategic research programmes at the SMART Centre and provide the opportunity to be co-advised by an MIT faculty member. The student may spend up to six months doing research at MIT.
 
The SMART Graduate Fellowship provides:
up to four years of full tuition and school fees at the student's home university;
a monthly stipend of S$3,500 (and CPF for those who are eligible);
funds to support the expenses for a one-time research residency at MIT for up to six months;
and co-supervision by an MIT and NTU/NUS/SMU/SUTD faculty.
There is no bond associated with this fellowship.
 
Eligibility:
A student must:
have graduated with an undergraduate degree with first class or second-upper (or equivalent);
be an incoming new PhD student not currently enrolled in a PhD programme;
have a research interest that fits within one or more of the projects currently being carried out in a SMART Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG).
 


Deadline 1st November 2017