NUSRI-affiliated Ph.D Programme and Full Scholarship



NUS Suzhou Research Institute (NUSRI), registered and located in Suzhou, China, is a university-level research institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS). It was launched to extend NUS research excellence beyond Singapore, and to promote research collaboration between Singapore and China. The key research areas of NUSRI include energy and environmental technology, food science and technology, new media and software development, biomedical science and engineering, microelectronic devices and functional nanomaterials. A detailed description of NUSRI research is available at The NUSRI-affiliated Ph.D programme is initiated with the following objectives:
a. To attract quality Ph.D students to NUSRI for impactful and applied research;
b. To promote academic-industry collaboration and technology innovation;
c. To build a research talent pool and strengthen NUSRI research in the long term.


Programme Structure            

1. The NUSRI-affiliated Ph.D programme consists of a first year of course work in NUS, a subsequent 2 years of research in NUSRI, and a final year of research work in NUS (the so-called "1+2+1" model). Minor deviations from this model will be allowed subject to the approval of the student's home Department and Faculty and contingent on the student complying with all applicable rules and regulations, including the maximum candidature duration of five years. However, the final year of the candidature must be spent in Singapore.                

2. Under normal circumstances, a student will complete two modules per semester and other non-technical modules in the first two semesters at NUS, as well as the comprehensive qualifying examination (CQE), before the start of his/her attachment to NUSRI. He/she will prepare for the oral qualifying exam (OQE) while at NUSRI, and pass the OQE within two years of the start of candidature. The OQE may be taken at NUS or at NUSRI, as long as all conditions required for the OQE are met. Any remaining coursework requirements will be met in the final year, which must be spent at NUS.                

3. A student of the NUSRI-affiliated Ph.D programme shall register with a department in NUS Faculties/Schools and meet all requirements for admission, matriculation, progression and graduation set by the respective department and faculty. Once registered, a student cannot transfer to any other Ph.D. programme in NUS.                

4. NUS shall grant an NUS Research Scholarship to each student of the NUSRI-affiliated Ph.D programme as shown in Table below. The scholarship covers tuition fees and a monthly stipend determined in accordance with NUS rules covering the NUS Research Scholarship.                

5. Upon completion of their course work in NUS, students proceed with their research projects in NUSRI in the next two years. A student shall receive an annual allowance of RMB36,000 (i.e., RMB3,000/month) during the 2-year period of research in NUSRI.                

6. In year 4, students shall return to NUS for coursework, research and Ph.D thesis preparation, and each of them shall receive a monthly stipend of S$2,500. Upon fulfilling all the departmental, faculty and university requirements, students will be conferred the NUS Ph.D degree.                

7. Tuition fees will be covered by the NUS Research Scholarship while students are in NUS.                

8. The above "1+2+1" programme structure and scholarship are summarized in the Table below.  


Admission Requirements            

1. The minimum entry requirements for the Ph.D programme are as follows:                

     a. At least 4-year Bachelor’s or Bachelor’s (with Second Upper Honour) Degree or equivalent;                

     b. GRE: aggregate score between 310 and 320 for Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning and a score of 3.5 for Analytical Writing;                

    c. TOEFL: minimum score of 85 for internet-based test, OR                

     d. IELTS: minimum score of 6

      * (GRE, TOEFL or IELTS are required if medium of instruction at university is not English.)                

2. Proficiency in Chinese is an advantage as the Ph.D student will carry out research at NUSRI in China for two years.                


Application Time            

A candidate is normally admitted at the beginning of each semester of the academic year i.e. at either August or January.                

Application materials are available anytime throughout the year.                            Closing Date.jpg 

Note: 1. Pls select “NUS(Suzhou)Research Institute” in the column “Attached to research Institute/Centre”.

           2. Applications received after the closing date will be considered for the next relevant intake. 1212.gif 



Supervisor Available in FoS (in alphabetical order)        


CHEN Wei           

Associate Professor                

Self-assembled functional molecular nanostructure arrays                

Molecular-level interface controlled organic thin films for organic photovoltaic devices                

Interface problems associated with graphene-related devices


CHIN Wee Shong            

Associate Professor                

Semiconducting sulfide and oxide nanocrystals                 

Core/shell and doped functional nanomaterials                

Hybridized nanoparticles/polymer composites                


Surface-derivatized metallic nanoparticles                


Huang Dejian            

Associate Professor                

Anti-aging medicine, bioactive constituents in edible plants                

Chinese herbal medicine, dietary antioxidants and oxidative stress functional foods for controlling hyperglycemia                

Luminescent molecular and nanoprobes for detection of small molecules (NO, NO2, H2S, ClO-, etc) of biological importance                

High throughput screening methodology development                


LU Yixin


Asymmetric catalysis and synthesis

Medicinal chemistry


LIU Xiaogang               

Associate Professor                

DNA-Modified Nanoparticles                

Nanostructured Materials                

Transition Metal-based Catalysis                

Lanthanide-Doped Luminescent Nanoparticles


Wong Sek Man             


Plant pathology and molecular virology                


Molecular and cell biology                


XU Qinghua           

Associate Professor                

Conjugated organic & polymer materials and their applications                

Nanocomposites with enhanced optical properties                

Photophysics and electronic processes of molecules and materials for solar cell applications                

DNA-drug interactions and charge transfer processes in DNA                

Optical spectroscopy and imaging                 


YANG Hongshun              

Assistant Professor                

Organic Food Processing                

Food Safety Engineering                

Sustainable Food Processing via Byproduct Utilization                

Food Nanotechnology                

Rapid Detection of Hazards for Food Defense                

Food Security                


YUAN Yu-Ren, Adam            

Associate Professor                

Small RNA processing mechanisms                

Host-Pathogen interactions                


ZHOU Weibiao            


Food engineering and food processing                

Particularly food process modelling and optimisation                

Advanced process control                

Baking processes                

Dairy  processes, drying                

Functional foods and the effect of food processing on some functional components such as isoflavones and antioxidants                


Supervisor Available in FoE (in alphabetical order)          


GUO Yongxin               

Associate Professor                

Antennas for emerging wireless communications                

Implantable/wearable antennas for biomedical applications                

MMIC modelling and design                

RF energy harvesting and wireless power for biomedical applications and IoTs                

RF and Antennas for satellite SAR and Radar application


LU Li              


Functional Materials                

Thin Film Deposition                

Nanostructured Materials                


REN Hongliang            

Assistant Professor                

Biomedical Mechatronics                

Computer Integrated Interventional Systems                

Surgical Navigation and Planning systems                

Robotic and Sensing in Medicine                

Wireless Biomedical Sensor Networks                


Vincent LEE              

Associate Professor                

MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems)                

Nanowires & NEMS (Nanoelectromechanical Systems)                

Nanophotonics & Optical MEMS                

BioMEMS & LOC (Lab-on-a-chip)                

LOC Using Nanophotonics                

Power MEMS & Energy Harvesting                

MEMS Packaging Technology                


Y. C. LIANG               

Associate Professor                  



Power microelectronics                  

Intellligent power devices and smart ICs                  

Microsystem Technology                  







ZHOU Zhiying, Steven             

Associate Professor                

Computer and machine vision                

Mixed Reality / Augmented Reality                

Multimodal Human Computer Interface                

Computer-Human Interaction                

Interactive and digital media                 


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