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Admissions, Fees & Scholarships


Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate Bachelor's degree
  • GRE or GMAT
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 referee reports (Please download the referee's report template)


Applicants must show proficiency in the English language. Applicants, whose undergraduate medium of instruction was not in English, are to sit for either TOEFL or IELTS.

PhD Programme Fees

Please refer to SMU PhD Programme Fees page for detailed and latest breakdown of fees.

Subsidised Tuition Rates

The scholarship provides fully subsidised tuition for all students admitted into the programme for the August 2016 intake.

SMU Scholarship

The University awards scholarship and research/teaching assistantships to full-time PhD students on a competitive basis.

The scholarships provide waiver of the registration fee, as well as subsidised tuition. Subject to satisfactory progress1, scholars also receive a monthly living stipend. The maximum scholarship duration is 4 years for PhD programmes. Beyond the scholarship duration, students may receive continued support through research assistantship (RA) or teaching assistantship (TA).

1 At the end of each year, the School will assess the student's academic performance and recommend whether to renew the scholarship.

Monthly Living Stipend 

Citizenship PhD
  Before Qualifying Exam After Qualifying Exam
Singapore Citizen S$2,700 S$3,200
Singapore Pemanent Resident S$2,200 S$2,700
Foreign Student S$2,000 S$2,500
  • From August 2015, Singapore Citizens will be provided with 17% CPF contribution

SMU PGR Scholars are not allowed to take up any other gainful employment during the period of their scholarship without prior approval from the University. 

As part of their Post-Graduate by Research training, SMU PGR Scholars are expected to work, without extra remuneration, as part-time Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant for up to seven hours per week. 

Conference Funding

Students are encouraged to attend academic conferences, and to present research papers at conferences. PhD students with papers accepted for presentation at reputable conferences may apply for funding up to a maximum of S$3,500.

Presidential Doctoral Fellowship

Presidential Doctoral Fellowships are awarded to outstanding PhD students. Students awarded the fellowship received a higher monthly stipend for one year, and additional conference support of up to S$3,500 during the award period.

Postgraduate Insurance 

For more information on Postgraduate Insurance, please click here


Applicants should indicate in their applications which programme they are applying for. Admission will be subject to the consideration by the Admission Committee.

How to Apply

Please click here on General Instructions for completing your Application.
For Applicant's Self Service Guide, click here .
For Applicant's Guide to Admissions, click here .
For Referee's Reports Template, click here.

Online Application:

Online Application opens from 1 Aug 2018 - 31 Jan 2019 for AY2019 Aug Intake.

For New User For Existing User
You need to first register for an account with SMU before you can submit an online application form. Click on Create New Account below to proceed.

If you have already created an account with SMU, please go directly to the Login page to continue with your application.


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Kindly note that applications without supporting documents will not be reviewed.

Last updated on 11 Apr 2018 .