Published: 27-03-2023 08:03 | Updated: 27-03-2023 08:20

Announcement for short-term PhD student exchange for National University of Singapore

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Karolinska Institutet and the National University of Singapore offer a short-term exchange program for hosting 1-2 PhD students from each university per year.

The duration of the short-term exchange of doctoral students will be from a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 6 months. The selected KI doctoral students will receive a travel award to provide support for transportation and housing of 25 000 SEK per person.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a national public research university in Singapore and one of the most highly ranked academic institutions in the world.


Applications are to be submitted to the home universities International Relations Unit. Announcement and guidelines for KI students can be found below. 

Please send the required documents listed below (combine the documents into a single pdf file) to Johanna Ackemar. Deadline for submitting the application is April 24, 2023.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to already registered as doctoral students at KI at the time of the application and during the term of the exchange. Please note that PhD students are not qualified to apply to participate in the Exchange Programme after submission of their application for public defence of their doctoral thesis.

Selection procedures

The selection of the candidates will be based on the scientific merit, justification, and feasibility of the proposal.

Required documents

  • Description of the research project (briefly describe your proposed research plan/project at the host institution and indicate why it is essential to your research/thesis)
  • Letter of invitation from the host supervisor at NUS, signed by host supervisor and head of the department of the host institution, where they agree to take on the exchange PhD student during the proposed period of time
  • Letter of support by the KI supervisor including confirmation the exchange is included in the individual study plan (co-signed by head of department at KI)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Important dates and aspects

The application deadline is April 24. The proposed exchange visit can begin in October 2023 at the earliest.  

NUS will require the payment of a mandatory Miscellaneous Student Fee of SGD 131.46 (approx. 900 SEK) per Exchange Student (amount valid for academic year 2021/2022 and as amended from time to time), comprising Student Service Fee and Health Service Fee (including health and medical insurance) for the duration of the exchange at NUS.

KI students who are doing lab-based research will need to undergo an Online Safety Course organized by NUS.


Incoming short-term doctoral exchange students to NUS could apply for housing within the campus.  NUS Graduate School (NUSGS) will provide the necessary details on the application process once KI has confirmed the students selected for the exchange.  

For information on housing, please refer to


For information about insurance cover provided by KI during the exchange, please visit

KI advises students who participate in the exchange to obtain their own appropriate health insurance, accident insurance and third-party liability coverage for the duration of the exchange.

How to find a host supervisor

KI PhD students can search for NUS supervisors at:

It is recommended to include a link to the announcement about the KI-NUS PhD student exchange programme when you contact potential supervisors at NUS.