SMART 2017 Scholars Programme for Postdoctoral Research: We will be accepting qualified applications for the SMART 2017 Scholars Programme. These awards will provide a unique opportunity for recent or soon to be Ph.D. graduates to participate in the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre in Singapore, and to become members of an alumni network that we anticipate will continue to evolve and expand over the years.


The awards, to be given annually, are open to those with less than three years postdoctoral experience and provided they have received their doctoral degree by August 1, 2017. The fellowship recipient would be able to conduct research of his/her own choice in Singapore within, but not necessarily tied closely to, a current project in one of the five existing SMART Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs). It is anticipated that the recipients will take up their appointments at SMART by September 1, 2017 or earlier.



  • The awards provide an annual salary of up to S$90,000, a research grant of up to S$40,000, and a travel allowance of up to S$5,000.
  • Applicants who are interested in teaching are also eligible to participate in a joint post-doc programme with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). These recipients will spend one year at the SMART Centre conducting research and spend the remaining term with SUTD conducting research and assisting with teaching.
  • If you would like to be considered for this joint appointment, please indicate in your research statement that you would like to also be considered for the joint post-doc programme.

SMART 2017 Scholars Programme for Postdoctoral Research

Application Requirements

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please contact Ms. Jocelyn Sales at [email protected] for questions regarding the SMART Scholars Programme.

    • Curriculum Vitae not to exceed 2 pages.
    • Complete list of publications. Also include one copy each of not more than three of your publications that you consider to represent your best work.
    • A description of the research project you propose to conduct at SMART, including some background/context, technical approach and anticipated results (no more than two pages).
    • Indicate the SMART Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) in which you would like to conduct your research. To find out more information on the projects within the IRGs, click on the links below:
  • Identify an MIT faculty member who belongs to SMART who you feel could best provide mentoring and guidance for your proposed research topic.
  • Provide a brief description of why you want to conduct your research at SMART in Singapore. Include some indication of how the proposed research might benefit from being conducted in Singapore, and/or how it might promote collaboration between SMART faculty members from MIT, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
  • Describe your long-term career goals and the role of this postdoctoral experience in achieving them, including future plans for collaborative activities (no more than ½ page).
  • Provide three professional recommendation letters. One must be from your doctoral supervisor and the other two from persons qualified to comment on your scholarly achievements. The letter must be prepared using the company’s official letterhead. Ask your referee to submit the recommendation letter directly, electronically to Ms. Jocelyn Sales at [email protected]. If additional information is needed, we will contact your references directly.
  • Provide the selection committee with any additional information that you feel will be helpful to the committee in assessing your application.
  • To view the list of MIT-SMART Investigators, click here.

If you are interested in the Joint post-doc progrgamme with SUTD:

  • Include in your research statement the propose research project within SMART that closely aligns with the research being conducted at the International Design Centre (IDC) at SUTD. For more information on the grand challenges/Research thrusts of IDC, click here.
  • Identify a SUTD faculty mentor with links to the IDC, (in addition to the SMART-MIT Investigator) whom you feel could best provide mentoring and guidance for your proposed research topic.

Application: The application period is from February 1 through April 17, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by email on or before the first week of June 2017.

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