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SUTD Research Mentorship Programme

The SUTD Research Mentorship Programme (RMP) is one of our key outreach platforms to engage pre-university students who are keen in inter-disciplinary research. Through a series of activities conducted over a span of six to eight months, participating students will be able to hone their critical thinking and research skills while gaining first-hand experience of the research activities at SUTD, and the related programmes offered at the University.

The projects offered under RMP vary annually, and may range from topics such as robotics, artificial intelligence, game theory, sustainability to machine-augmented designs. Selected students will work on a research topic under the guidance of an SUTD faculty member for a period of six months or longer (subject to your school’s academic schedule). 
Note: Given the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, projects will be scoped to allow research work to be conducted remotely where possible.
To gain additional exposure, participants of SUTD RMP may also concurrently submit their research projects (subject to the approval of the project’s Principal Investigator) as entries to national-level programmes and competitions such as

  • MOE Science Research Programme (SRP) and Science Research Congress (SRC)
  • Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) and/or International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Programme Highlights

Other than working on research projects under the mentorship of our faculty, students in RMP may also look forward to:

Programme Timeline

Programme commences with an orientation conducted by the Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Office of Admissions, as well as a mandatory safety briefing for projects that require laboratory access.

Project duration may range from 6 to 8 months.

RMP students in the penultimate and final years of study may be invited to apply for the SUTD Early Engagement and Development (SEED) programme or SUTD Special Scholarship Arrangement (SSA) respectively.

Application and Selection

January - February
The list of projects will be published on the RMP webpage in the last week of January, along with the opening of application for RMP.

Interested students are to submit the online application form by end February. Students may apply for multiple projects (up to 3) and they are to rank their choices.

March - April
Applications will be reviewed by Principal Investigators (PIs). Some projects may require interviews.

Applicants and their teachers-in-charge will be informed of outcome and project allocation latest by end April.

  • All pre-University students (IB Year 3/Sec 3 and above) in the Science stream of local Singapore institutions, and selected Polytechnic diploma programmes* (Year 2 and above) 
    *Engineering, Computing and Architecture diploma programmes only.

  • Selection will be based on merit and competition, and applicability of existing skillsets to the research projects

List of Projects

Application Process


  • Application opens: 19 January 2021
  • Deadline for online application submission by students: 28 February 2021
  • Selection/interviews by PIs (if necessary): March 2021
  • Allocation of projects to successful students: By mid April 2021
    (The application outcome will be released via email.)
  • RMP duration: End April onwards (depending on the project duration determined by faculty)

For more information on this programme, please contact the Office of Admissions.