National University of Singapore Amgen Scholars Program 2019 (15 Vacancies)

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduates each year with the opportunity to undertake scientific research projects at many of the world’s leading institutions.

Launched in 2006 in the United States, 2008 in Europe, and 2015 in Japan, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is the latest addition to the list of world-class institutions offering the prestigious program in Asia.

Program Dates
June 3 – August 2, 2019

Application Deadline
February 1, 2019

Contact information (NUS)
Dr. Henry MOK, Associate Professor
+65 65162967
Contact information (GPO)
Global Program Office
+1 (617) 384-6758.

Important Dates

1 November 2018 | 2019 Program online application opens
1 February 2019 at 18:00 hours (GMT +8) | Deadline for student application
Mid March 2019 | Student applicants notified of admission status
30 May 2019 | Students must arrive in Singapore, NUS by this date
31 May 2019 | Orientation
3 June 2019 | NUS Amgen Scholars program begins
2 August 2019 | Program ends
3 – 4 August 2019 | Amgen Scholars Asia symposium



Launched in 2006, the Amgen Scholars Program aims to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing undergraduate students with hands-on summer research opportunities at premier educational and research institutions across the globe.

One of the key objective of the program is to provide current undergraduate students who are committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. Research training and experiences are provided by faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, which anchors the Life Sciences Program in biology and biomedical science at the National University of Singapore.

In addition to working full time in the laboratory for 8 weeks, the program features:

* Interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors
* Information sessions on how to apply to Graduate Program at National University of Singapore
* Weekly colloquium and seminar where students can meet and interact with the invited speakers
* Access to campus facilities such as the Library, University Health Services and Sports Centre
* Participation in activities organized by Student Societies and exposure to the local culture and way of life
* Excursions

National University of Singapore Amgen Scholars Program applicants must be undergraduate students who are:

• Enrolled in colleges or universities worldwide that award a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent); and
• At the minimum, have completed their first year of undergraduate study at the time the summer program begins, and
• Are not graduating before the summer program begins, and after the summer program ends will resume undergraduate studies for at least 1 semester or 1 quarter
National University of Singapore Amgen Scholars Program applicants must possess:

• A strong record of academic performance; and
• A good working knowledge of English, demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 72, IELTS overall band score of 5.5, Cambridge English FCE, TOEIC score of 1095, TOEIC L&R score of 785, or TOEIC S&W score of 310, if not a native English speaker or English is not your first language, and
• Have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D.

This is a full-time program. Scholars cannot take any courses or hold a job throughout the duration of the program. In addition, all participants must be able to attend the program for its entire duration.

Participants are expected

* To live in the accommodation provided by National University of Singapore.

* To participate fully in the day-to-day life of the research group, respect the work of all members of the laboratory, and attend and participate in laboratory meetings or other gatherings.

* To participate in a laboratory safety training and test before commencement of lab work.

* To attend the orientation on June 2, all required conferences, activities and social events.

* To give a poster/presentation describing his/her summer research project.

* To provide a written report after completion of the project

Accommodation: On-campus accommodation will be arranged by the university.

Travel: Airfare to Singapore via the most direct economical route, economy class plus airport transfers of up to:

– Based locally in Singapore : SGD 500
– South East Asian Nations : SGD 1,200
– Asia and Oceania : SGD 1,500
– Europe; North, Central and South America; Africa; Middle East: SGD 2,500

Stipend: SGD 6,000 for 8-week program.

Visa application fee will be covered.
* The stipend covers all your living costs during your summer programme such as local transportation, meals, etc.
** Please note : All students must arrange their own private health & travel insurance.

Please be aware that neither the Amgen Foundation nor the National University of Singapore can provide health insurance.

To apply, please follow application instructions closely and get an early start on obtaining the supporting documents. Please review the selection criteria before submitting your application. All applications must be submitted online.

Be sure that the file size of each document does not exceed 2MB.


1. Passport-size photo Please upload your photo saved as a jpeg file. Note that your full face should be visible in the photo, and it should be taken from the front with your eyes open. Please note that the photo should be taken using a proper camera (not a selfie) as it will be used for your student ID card once you are accepted as an Amgen Scholar. (Same rules as photos for a passport, 45 x 35mm)2. Scanned copy of PassportPlease scan the page with the photo and name of your passport save as a jpeg file.

3. Resume/CVPlease submit your documents as a Word file (e.g. .doc/docx).

4. Academic TranscriptPlease obtain an official academic transcript (in English) and scan and save both the front and back pages as a PDF file.

5. Letter of Reference

UPLOAD LETTER OF REFERENCEIn the online application system, you are required to nominate one person to provide letter of reference, who must be a faculty member currently involved in teaching one of the courses you are taking.

Please notify the person you nominate and receive his/her consent before you enter the details in the online application form. Please also ensure that you inform the person nominated early, and allow sufficient time for him/her to upload the letter of reference before Friday, February 1, 2019 at 18:00 hour (GMT +8).

* Please note that the Letter of Reference must state your name clearly.
* Please be aware that your application will not be considered unless all the required documents, including the Letter(s) of Reference, are received by the application deadline.

There is no specific format for the letter of reference, but it should be on a departmental/university letterhead, including the referee’s signature. It should then be scanned and submitted as a PDF file.

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