Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiative Postgraduate Scholarship

As part of the manpower development effort, the National Research Foundation Singapore and Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiative are jointly offering a scholarship for Singapore citizens, or permanent residents intending to take up citizenship, to pursue overseas postgraduate studies in relevant areas of nuclear technology, nuclear safety, radiochemistry, radiobiology, etc.

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Why Singapore Needs Nuclear Expertise

Driven by the demand for energy to support economic development, South East Asian countries have been actively exploring the adoption of nuclear energy. Vietnam has signed agreements with Russia and Japan to build nuclear power plants, to be operational in the latter half of 2020s. Indonesia has conducted surveys of potential sites for nuclear power plants, and has a collaborative project with Russia to develop a demonstration nuclear power plant. As any nuclear power plant incident could lead to trans-boundary consequences, these developments have important implications for the security and safety of Singapore.

Singapore has announced in 2012 that it will not pursue nuclear power with current nuclear power technology. It will wait for nuclear power technology and safety to improve further before reconsidering this option. However, Singapore needs to develop expertise in nuclear safety, nuclear science and engineering, in order to:

  1. Protect our people – Assess the operational safety of nuclear power plants and the likelihood and severity of nuclear related incidents in the region, develop understanding of the effects of low-level radioactivity on human health, and acquire skill and knowhow in decontamination of radioactive pollution;
  2. Participate in nuclear forums – Engage the nuclear community at a technical level and to support Singapore’s engagement on a political level in the effort to forge a regional nuclear safety regime; and
  3. Prepare for the nuclear option – Monitor and assess the suitability of new nuclear technology for deployment in Singapore.

SNRSI scholar Tan Beng Thye pursuing his postgraduate degree at Cambridge University

Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiative (SNRSI)

The Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiative (SNRSI) was established in 2014 with funding from National Research Foundation. SNRSI will implement research programmes to meet national requirements and to attract and sustain a thriving community of nuclear science and technology experts. The initial research of SNRSI will be focused on the following three areas:

  1. Radiochemistry―the initial effort will be the setting up of capabilities for reliable detection and accurate measurement of radioactivity arising from various sources. These capabilities will be applied to establish the baseline levels of radioactivity in our local environment and imported materials before the regional nuclear facilities become operational. These baseline data will be the basis for us to detect and determine the effects, if any, of regional nuclear power plant operations in the future. In the future, research will extend to other applications, such as environmental remediation and nuclear forensics.
  2. Nuclear Safety Analysis―we will perform simulation studies of the physical processes in nuclear power plants to understand the risks and consequences of possible events, and the spread of radioactivity in various accident scenarios. The research tools will comprise deterministic physical simulation codes developed in advanced institutions, as well as methodologies such as Probabilistic Risk Analysis. This would enable us to model the evolution of an accident and forecast its possible effects. We will strive to achieve high technical competency and gain recognition by international peers, to give us greater credibility and standing to engage our regional counterparts.
  3. Radiobiology―our emphasis will be on the effects of radioactivity on biological subjects and tissues, including the effects on human health due to low-dose radiation. We need such expertise to determine the appropriate levels of protection in response to a variety of radiological threats, and to have the credibility to convince Singaporeans of the appropriateness and suitability of particular protection levels or courses of action. We also aim to establish an advanced capability in dosimetry under this research area.

SNRSI Scholarship

The SNRSI Scholarship was launched to support Singaporeans in their pursuit of Masters or Ph.D. (local or overseas) studies in radiochemistry, radiobiology, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or related technical disciplines.

Application deadline:

AY 2018/19 intake: 1 December 2017

Requirements The SNRSI postgraduate scholarship is open to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who will have converted to a Singapore citizenship by the time the scholarship is awarded. Candidates must have outstanding academic results and a noteworthy CCA record.
Eligibility Graduates and undergraduates from reputable local or overseas universities.
Value of Scholarship Up to 2 years (Masters candidates) or 4 years (Ph.D. candidates) of financial support for maintenance allowance, tuition and compulsory fees, computer and book allowance, return airfare, plus allowances for thesis submission, settling-in and warm clothing, where applicable.
Bond Duration 3 – 6 years, depending on number of years of study funded.
Where to Pursue Top ranked universities around the world based on your intended area of research.
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Choice of Courses Science or engineering disciplines with a research project in the relevant areas of nuclear safety, radiochemistry or radiobiology.