Thank you for your interest in our research group. Please find below the list of possible schemes to get involved, primarily openings we have subject to funding and projects.
We are excited to grow a new research group focused on the nexus of 3D geoinformation, urban analytics, and geospatial data science. Working at our Lab presents a rare opportunity in Singapore and Southeast Asia to be involved in the entire 3D GIS ecosystem under the same roof: from standardisation and generation of 3D city models all the way to their utilisation and visualisation, while continuously exploring new frontiers in the field.
Working at NUS means being part of one of the world’s top universities, and having access to an extensive network of experts across myriads of domains. Beyond the university, our network and collaborations span scores of researchers around the world working on a variety of topics. Our Lab is located at SDE4, the first newly-built net-zero energy building in Singapore, and the first university building in the world to be WELL Certified Gold.
Singapore is a cosmopolitan English-speaking city-state bridging the East and the West. It is considered as the #1 most competitive country and the safest country in the world, successfully attracting talents from all parts of the globe by offering first-class living and working experience in the heart of Southeast Asia, and a very clean, efficient and low-tax environment. And great food and weather, of course.
We appreciate enquiries from motivated prospective PhD candidates, research assistants, and postdoctoral research fellows with dedicated applications. Before applying, do read the sections below. We want to hear about your specific interest and expect you to have a solid understanding of what we do. For example, you can read one of our publications, provide your perspective and motivation, and let us know how do you see yourself contributing to the work and our research group. In your application, please highlight your computational and geospatial skills.
While we appreciate interest, we cannot attend to generic applications without a clear motivation and understanding of the scope of our work.
Postdoctoral research fellows are expected to be independent, spearhead new research initiatives, assist with funding applications, and provide guidance to junior members. Our Lab enables an environment that accords a degree of freedom in exploring own research ideas, and fosters careers of postdocs in several ways.
We announce available postdoc positions in the openings section above, but you are welcome to send an open application, as there might be a new funded project around the corner. Other than that, we welcome prospective postdoctoral fellows on fellowships (see below for some options).
Working as RA and/or doing a PhD at NUS is a great opportunity to grow as a scientist and follow your passion in research, and our Lab offers a vibrant and stimulating environment for academic growth. We accept well-motivated and talented prospective PhD candidates, but we do not admit them directly as the applications are processed by the school. Please read more below.
We announce available RA positions in the openings section above, but you are also welcome to send an open application.
At the moment, we do not offer funded PhD positions, but we accept PhD candidates on a scholarship or those who are self-funded (e.g. through an RA job). The applications to the PhD programme should be done directly to the School of Design and Environment, and you are advised to first get in touch with us to discuss mutual interest. Please send us an up-to-date CV and a brief proposal containing a summary of the topics that you find interesting and how you plan to fill existing gaps in knowledge, summary of any prior research outputs (code, papers, internships, thesis, etc.), a review of one of our publications, and a brief literature review that covers recent developments in your area of interest.
The NUS website on graduate admissions is a good starting point to get more information about doing a PhD at our university. The application deadlines are usually 15 November for the intake in August next year, and 15 May for the start in January. Please start preparing early, and indicate in your application that you would like to be supervised by Dr Filip Biljecki.
Sometimes there are scholarship opportunities by the school and also by the university to partially or fully fund your PhD journey, and there are external funding options. Do also check the comprehensive list in the continuation of this web page, which we prepared for candidates seeking external funding. For example, if applicable to you, check out the The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future for a potential scholarship opportunity. Please note that most external scholarship programmes require a candidate to be admitted to a PhD programme before applying for funding (e.g. providing the letter of acceptance from the university). Thus, we recommend starting as soon as possible.
Every year, we accept a number of highly motivated students from NUS Architecture, Real Estate and Geography, Yale-NUS College, and other related departments to work on graduation projects (theses, capstones) in our research domain.
Such mode of work has been mutually productive, as above average quality projects have been published in top journals or conferences, enhancing students’ CVs and their applications to PhD programmes. At the same time, the multidisciplinary spectrum and interest of the students and the research has enriched the breadth of expertise and knowledge of the Lab. Further, the students have used this opportunity to advance their analytical, coding, and research skills, and build proficiency in a new topic of their interest.
If you are looking for a topic, we offer some topics (the link also includes examples of completed theses). It is possible to adapt them to suit your background and interest, and we embrace diverse backgrounds.
When it comes to internships, due to limited supervision resources, we are able to offer guidance to only a few motivated students per semester, who are required to conduct an internship to fulfil their graduation requirements. We prefer students who are highly motivated, have solid background knowledge for the topic, computational skills, and are fairly independent. You may contact us if interested. Before doing so, please browse through our website to get an impression about our ongoing work.
In principle, we are not able to offer internships to students who are not studying at our university or at the Yale-NUS College. However, there are exceptions. For example, we are accepting undergraduates from universities in Germany thanks to the DAAD RISE Worldwide program. If your university or country has a similar programme, or if you have another funding arrangement to come and spend time in Singapore, feel free to contact us.
Occasionally there are student research jobs opportunities, which are advertised on the NUS internal student job portal (NSWS) when available.
Get in touch if you are interested in conducting a research visit with us. Depending on your country of residence and position, sometimes there are opportunities for a funded stay, such as the French-Singaporean research collaboration programme Merlion, China Scholarship Council, and the US Fulbright Program.
External (non-NUS) master students and PhD candidates can carry out a portion of their research at our Lab in the form of a research visit. Please refer to the NUS Non-Graduating Programme for the framework of the scheme. Make sure to also check potential topics we offer for theses.
We are open to endorsing well motivated applications for external (mostly postdoc) fellowships and scholarships that facilitate carrying out research at our Lab and at NUS. Depending on your nationality and university, there may be opportunities to partly or fully fund your PhD or postdoc journey. Please see below for selected examples.
The Branco Weiss Fellowship awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years.
Citizens of Commonwealth countries (there are 53 countries in the Commonwealth of Nations; incl. India, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, several in Africa and the Caribbean, and a few European ones – Cyprus, Malta, and UK) can consider applying for the NUS Commonwealth Scholarship. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend and tuition fees.
The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program provides fellowship awards for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from developing and emerging countries to pursue a PhD or a postdoc abroad.
AXA Fellowships are for researchers who completed a PhD degree up to 5 years before the application.
NUS Fellows Programme (Southeast Asia) - a programme designed to attract bright young faculty members (or would-be faculty members) and researchers from ASEAN universities and research institutes to NUS for a 6 to 12-month fellowship. NUS provides accommodation and a monthly stipend. Applicants must either be citizens of an ASEAN country or must be residing in an ASEAN country at the time of application, and holding a PhD degree (or being at the end of their PhD).
The Rubicon program of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) offers a fellowship for postdoc abroad for recent PhD graduates from a university in the Netherlands. You may also be interested in the Niels Stensen Fellowship.
The Swiss National Science Foundation has a similar fellowship.
For its citizens, Indonesia offers scholarships from the LPDP (Layanan Beasiswa dan Pendanan Riset Indonesia), for funding a PhD study abroad. Some universities in Indonesia sometimes may have own funds for research visits.
Spanish citizens may benefit from the La Fundación Ramón Areces, which offers scholarships to carry out research work in universities or research centres abroad.
Filipino citizens younger than 45 years and currently faculty members of a university that is part of Engineering Research and Development for Technology consortium may be eligible for the ERDT PhD Foreign Scholarship. The scholarship is given to faculty members of ERDT Consortium who wish to pursue PhD studies in any engineering field in a recognised university or institution abroad.
Canadians have the option to apply for a scholarship to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), which funds overseas doctoral programmes. Depending on the subject matter, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) may be another option to consider.
PRC nationals may want to consider the China Scholarship Council (CSC; 国家留学基金管理委员会) grants, available for both studying abroad and for research visits.
Permanent residents of Hong Kong SAR may want to check the Croucher Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research.
The ASEAN-India Science, Technology & Innovation Cooperation may be of interest to scholars from India.
For a comprehensive list of further opportunities please see the ECRcentral’s Funding schemes and fellowships for early career researchers. We gratefully acknowledge the authors behind the list, from which we compiled the selection above.
Are some of the options listed above of your interest or you have a general enquiry? Feel free to get in touch with us through email (listed on the home page). While we appreciate interest, we cannot attend to generic applications without a clear motivation and understanding of the scope of our work.
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