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NHG-LKCMedicine Clinician-Scientist Fellowship (CSF)


Jointly developed in 2013 by National Healthcare Group (NHG) and Nanyang Technological University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (NTU/LKCMedicine), the NHG-LKCMedicine Clinician-Scientist Fellowship (CSF) aims to nurture and develop Clinician-Scientists with a formal research training programme leading to PhD.


Successful students will be offered admission into the LKCMedicine PhD by Research Programme. For information on the programme, please visit the School’s webpage.

Applicant must nominate a primary supervisor and a co-supervisor from LKCMedicine who fulfil the criteria below. One of the supervisors must be medically qualified.

  • Primary supervisor
    • must hold a PhD and/or Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree;
    • must be a full-time faculty in LKCMedicine (Full / Associate / Assistant Professor); and
    • possess a strong foundation and knowledge in research.
  • Co-supervisor
    • must hold a PhD and/or a medical degree;
    • must be a Full / Associate / Assistant Professor in LKCMedicine (includes Visiting and Adjunct Faculty); and
    • possess a strong foundation and knowledge in research.
  • If the co-supervisor is nominated from beyond LKCMedicine, a second co-supervisor from LKCMedicine must be nominated. However, a second co-supervisor is not needed if one of the two supervisors is medically qualified.


Applicants should be:

(a) Doctors (i.e. clinically qualified with MD/MBBS/BDS) with primary appointments at NHG institutions; or are enrolled in their final year of the NHG Residency Programme with indication of continuation in NHG; or

(b) Health science / healthcare professionals with non-medical degrees, such as nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals listed on MOH’s website in clinical practice, with primary appointments at NHG institutions and at least 3 years of clinical or relevant experience. Others may contact the CSF Secretariat for discussion on suitability of the programme.

Applicants should have at least an Upper Second, preferably First class honours degree in a relevant field. A master’s degree is not a pre-requisite but is considered advantageous.

All applicants should also fulfil the following criteria:

The applicant’s Department should be able to make provisions for the applicant’s research commitments during the CSF award period (if awarded), and continue to facilitate his/her career pathway as a clinician-scientist beyond the CSF award.

Applicants interested to pursue a research PhD with any other local academic institutions (NUS, NTU, SUTD, Duke-NUS, SIT) may contact the CSF Secretariat for further discussion on suitability of the scheme.


  • Salary support;
    • Research FTE will be provided by NHG* and NTU/LKCMedicine for up to 3 years.
    • Clinical FTE will be provided by NHG Host Institution.
  • Academic appointment opportunities with NTU/LKCMedicine upon successful completion of fellowship.

Salary support will be considered only after NMRC RTF application outcome is known.

*Annual salary cap by awardee’s clinical designation for NHG research career programmes applies and NHG Host Institution will need to top up if the salary cap is exceeded. Salary support will cover the total annual compensation, inclusive of salaries, CPF, fringe benefits, as well as bonus / incentive payments.

Miscellaneous fees not covered in the NTU/LKCMedicine Research Scholarship shall be borne by the student. Please refer to the full listing of miscellaneous fees for more information.


Students are expected to complete their PhD programme in 4 years. The PhD candidature is a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years.


Students are required to serve a bond of up to 5 years with their respective NHG Host Institution upon completion of the Fellowship. Bond duration will be commensurate with amount of salary support provided by the Fellowship.

Please refer to NHG HR Policy (NHG-HR-H5 Training Bond & Minimum Service Period (MSP)) for guidelines.


The Call for Applications is open throughout the year. Please contact the CSF Secretariat to indicate your interest in applying for the CSF.


For more information and further enquiries, please contact the CSF Secretariat:

Ms Adeline Chan
Clinician Scientist Development Office
NHG Group Research
Tel: (65) 6340 2414

Ms Valerie Yeo
Clinician Scientist Development Office
NHG Group Research
Tel: (65) 6496 6021