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MINISTRY OF HEALTH HEALTHCARE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

[For Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents Only]

The MOH Healthcare Research Scholarships are awarded to outstanding clinicians in their final year Basic Specialist Training, Advanced Specialist Training and Residency Training. Applicants should be working in the public healthcare institutions, and have desire to pursue a PhD in health and medical research.

A) Aim

To promote clinical and translational research in Singapore, the Research Scholarships aims to equip a select group of Medical Specialist Trainees and Residents with the academic qualifications and skills to pursue careers as Clinician Scientists through a structured yet flexible training route.

B) Types of Support for PhD Programmes

The Research Scholar may choose to pursue a full-time PhD degree either from a local or overseas institution.


i) Local PhD Programme

Eligibility

The PhD scholarship is open to final year Basic Specialist Trainees, Advanced Specialist Trainees and Residents who are Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents.

Components of Award:

  • Award value of up to S$500,000 per awardee over 2-3 years (extendable to 4 years).
  • Salary and tuition fees for the full-time academic study of up to 4 years,
  • Conference support of up to $4,000 per year during the PhD studies,
  • Allowance of two clinical sessions (8 hours) per week to maintain clinical competence while in PhD programme,
  • Protected time of 30% (12 hours) per week for research during the clinical training years,
  • Eligibility to apply for a research seed funding upon completion of PhD Programme, of up to S$30,000 (subject to the approval of a research proposal)


Bond Duration

Awardees are required to sign a bond to serve the Government of Singapore, or in any institution as directed by the Government of Singapore, for a period of 5 years. Service towards the bond will commence on successful completion of the PhD programme and any remaining time spent in specialty training can also be counted as service towards the bond.

However, service towards the bond would be suspended during the period of training when the Research Scholars embark on any HMDP Fellowship attachments. Service towards the bond period will continue after their return from HMDP.

ii) Overseas PhD Programme

Eligibility:

The overseas PhD scholarship is open to final year Basic Specialist Trainees, Advanced Specialist Trainees and Residents who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents. It will only be awarded for areas in which our local institutions do not have the expertise in the area of research to provide the training.

Components of Award:

  • Award value of up to S$800,000 per awardee for full-time academic study of up to 4 years.
  • Salary, tuition fees, maintenance allowance and others (e.g. return air travel, health insurance, in accordance to the institution's guidelines).
  • Conference support of up to $4,000 per year during the PhD studies
  • Allowance of two clinical sessions (8 hours) per week to maintain clinical competence while in PhD programme
  • Protected time of 30% (12 hours) per week for research during the clinical training years
  • Eligibility to apply for a research seed funding upon completion of PhD Programme, of up to S$30,000 (subject to the approval of a research proposal)


Bond Duration:

Awardees are required to sign a bond to serve the Government of Singapore, or in any institution as directed by the Government of Singapore, for a period of 7 years.  Service towards the bond will commence on successful completion of the PhD programme and any remaining time spent in specialty training can also be counted as service towards the bond.

However, service towards the bond would be suspended during the period of training when the Research Scholars embark on any HMDP Fellowship attachments. Service towards the bond period will continue after their return from HMDP.

C) Mentor/Supervisor

Awardees shall have a clinical mentor/supervisor and a research mentor/supervisor. The Head of Department / Programme Director will have oversight of each successful applicant's research training to ensure the success of the programme.

D) Overseas Exchange Programme

To enable awardees to widen their research exposure and facilitate networking with international institutions, they may undertake research work in renowned institutions overseas. This would be subject to approval and availability of funds.

E) Approval Procedures

All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Administration Panel which will provide awarding recommendations. The review process generally takes about 4 to 5 months, applicants may be called for interviews as part of the review process.

F) Application Procedure and Closing Date

The deadline for submissions via nGager is 1 Dec 2014 for applicants, and 4 Dec 2014 for endorsements by the institution. Please ensure that all submissions are endorsed by the Institution's Head of Department and Institute’s Director/ CEO / Dean of Medical School and accompanied by the required supporting documents. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

As the nGager call for application will be circulated through your institution's Research Office, please look out for further instructions and information.


G) Enquiries

For further enquiries on this circular, please contact MOH_NMRC@MOH.GOV.SG

Applicants are advised to apply to the university of interest for their degree programme concurrently with this scholarship application to avoid delay in commencement of training.

 
Last Updated :  16 Oct 2014 14:46