Amgen Scholars Program

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 4 – August 5, 2020 (CANCELED)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Program postponed to Year 2022

The Asia Amgen Scholars program and Symposium 2021 will be delayed amid of the Covid-19 situation. The program will resume in 2022 with a higher quota for applicants, please visit this site in December 2020 for the latest updates. 

National University of Singapore

Dr. Henry MOK
Associate Professor
+65 6516 2967

Ms Amanda CHAN
+65 6516 2692

Global Program Office

+1 (617) 384-6758

  • To be confirmed

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
  • To be confirmed

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;
  • 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
  • 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, all required conferences, activities and social events.
  • To give a poster and oral presentation describing his/her summer research project.
  • To provide a written report upon completion of the project
  • To be confirmed


Links to potential research projects
(Please indicate 5 Project Titles in the online application form. e.g. Molecular mechanism of viral non-coding RNA in transmission of dengue virus)


Accommodation: Accommodation will be arranged by the University.

Travel: Airfare to Singapore via the most direct economical route and economy class 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 program such as local transportation, meals, etc.
** Please note : All students must arrange their own private health and travel insurance.

Please be informed 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.

PARK AVENUE ROCHESTER (Nearest Hotel to NUS) | Tel: +65 6809 7369 | FAX: +65 68097311

To book, please download ROOM RESERVATION FORM and email completed form to

Conference Participants will enjoy corporate rates as follows. For information on other categories of rooms, please refer to the ROOM RESERVATION FORM .


Single/Double Occupancy

– Superior Room 
– Deluxe Room 

About the Program

Q. Would the Program be flexible on the starting/ending dates to accommodate some slight conflict of schedule?
A. No. The 8-week program schedule is fixed, and full participation is required with regular weekday attendance in the lab during office hours.

Q. Are the decisions made continuously until the deadline (i.e. rolling admissions) or after the deadline altogether?
A. Please refer to Important Dates tab

Language Proficiency

Q. I’m not a native English speaker, but currently attending a university whose language of instruction is English. Do I need to submit scores to prove my English proficiency?
A. No. Non-native English speakers who have been receiving undergraduate education from an institution whose language of instruction is English do not need to submit test scores. All requirements are based on your undergraduate education regardless of any prior education (e.g. high school).

Application Documents

Q. Do I need to upload both the foreign language and English translations of my transcripts? A. Yes. Transcripts that are in a language other than English should be translated into English. The translation must be provided by the university.

Q. Is an unofficial transcript acceptable, or should I submit an official transcript (that is, printed and signed by the university registrar)?
A. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable and has to be printed with the University/Institute letterhead.

Q. My university uses an electronic academic transcripts service, which issues official online transcripts as a substitute for paper ones. Would it be acceptable for me to attach this transcript to my application?
A. Yes. Please upload its PDF format to your application page.

Q. Do you require that reference letter(s) be written on a specific form?
A. You are required to nominate a Faculty member to provide a letter of reference, the member must be currently involved in teaching one of the courses you are attending or a member who supervise your research project. There is no specific format for the letter, but it should be on a departmental/university letterhead, including the referee’s signature.

Financial Support

Q. When will my stipend be paid?
A. After your successful admission to the Program, the stipend will be paid in arrears in two parts:

SGD 3000 at the start of the Program
SGD 3000 at the mid-way point of the Program

Amgen Scholars
Amgen Foundation
National University of Singapore

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The National University of Singapore would like to express its appreciation to the Amgen Foundation for the general support provided for this program.