MBI’s PhD Program in Mechanobiology – National University of Singapore

Deadline: 15 January 2019
Open to: outstanding candidates who have solid foundations in science (either biomedical or physical) or engineering
Benefits: full tuition fees and other benefits


With an interdisciplinary and highly-integrated team approach to discovery and invention, MBI’s curriculum is crafted to train innovative and influential future leaders in both academia and R&D-based industry.

A PhD training program in the emerging discipline of mechanobiology has been launched to bring together internationally renowned scholars to the Mechanobiology Institute in Singapore. Many principal investigators hold senior professorships in internationally prestigious institutes such as MIT, Columbia, Weizmann Institute of Science, UC Berkeley, Universities of Paris & CNRS, Illinois, Toronto, Stony Brook, NUS and NTU.

The combined accomplishments of all the scholars include more than one hundred publications in Science, Nature, and Cell, and numerous publications in other top journals.  Many of their previous students and postdoctoral associates have become professors and corporate executives in top institutions worldwide. Supported by over USD$110 Million in funding from the Singapore government, these illustrious scholars join hands to recruit and train the best minds in Asia. Together, we venture ahead to define a new discipline of mechanobiology.


They welcome outstanding candidates who have solid foundations in science (either biomedical or physical) or engineering; with good quantitative, communication and critical thinking skills, adventurous, resourceful, and self-driven, to apply and take part in this research and education journey with them.


All students admitted to the MBI PhD program will be offered a full scholarship for up to four (4) years. The scholarship covers full tuition fees, with a monthly stipend of USD 2184 (S$3000) per month for non-Singaporeans,  USD 2330 (S$3200) per month for Singapore Permanent Residents and USD 2548 (S$3500) per month for Singaporeans (plus Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions pegged at the prevailing employer’s CPF rate).  There is also a one-off settling-in allowance of USD 728 (S$1000) and one-off air travel allowance (for 1 one-way ticket on economy class) of up to USD 546 (S$750) for new incoming overseas students’ traveling from their home country to Singapore. In addition, MBI may provide funding support for international conference travel on merit of conference papers to allow the exchange of knowledge and ideas across a broader platform.

How to apply?

The printed application form from the online application system OR a manual application must be duly signed and submitted to the MBI Graduate Office together with supporting documents as indicated in the checklist.

For more information,please check the official web page.