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Khoo Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (KPFA)

Khoo Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (KPFA)

Closes On
01 Mar 2024
Funding Source
PI Salary Support
Funding Per Grant Amount


Academic Appointment
Funding Period
2 years

Foreigner / Singaporean/ Permanent Resident

Call Opens
03 Jan 2024
SMC/SDC Registered


Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for postdoctoral fellowship research awards made possible by the generous gift from the estate of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat.

The Khoo Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards (KPFA) present a prestigious opportunity for exceptional postdoctoral research fellows to engage in cutting-edge research under direct supervision of a Mentor. The primary selection criterion in awarding these fellowships is excellence. The Review Committee seeks evidence that the candidate’s research and publication will make a significant, original contribution to medical or biomedical science. 


Funding Details

Funding per award is capped at S$150,000 over a period of 2 years.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must have completed one of the following degrees or its equivalent: PhD, DSc, MD, MBBS, DDS, DVM, PharmD.

  2. Applicants must be able to devote full-time effort (at least 0.75 FTE)  to research activities.

  3. Applicants may not have more than 3 years’ of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.

  4. Applicants who fulfil the following condition(s) are not eligible to apply.

  5. -   Eligible to apply for the SingHealth/Duke-NUS New Clinician Scientist Scheme (NCSS) or National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Research Training Fellowship or

    -   Have received a national-level award e.g. New Investigator Grant (NIG), etc. or
    -   Eligible to apply for the Transition Award (TA) from the National Medical Research Council (NMRC).

  6. Applicants who had previously been awarded the KPFA are not eligible to apply.

  7. Applicants who fulfil the following conditions are eligible to apply.
    -  Have accepted a postdoctoral research position with Duke-NUS or their Mentor’s institution based in Singapore, by the application closing date, and

    -  Anticipate receipt of their PhD/DSc/MD/MBBS/DDS/DVM/PharmD degree by 1 June 2024

  8. Applicants with a first (or co-first)-author publication will be given priority.

  9. Applicants must apply under the guidance of a Mentor1.

1 An investigator holding a regular rank, clinical or adjunct faculty appointment with Duke-NUS and capable of providing mentorship to the applicant. In addition to supervising the proposed research, the Mentor’s role is to foster the development of the Fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. The Mentor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining his/her career goals. 


Applicants must submit all materials in a single PDF copy using '2024 KPFA Grant Appl Form' to and cc his/her Mentor in the email upon submission. The subject title of the email should read "Khoo Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Proposal".

Note: SingHealth PIs are to please refer to your respective Institutional Research Administrators for guidance on internal deadlines and submission procedures set by your institutions. 

Contact person


Additional information

2024 KPFA Grant Appl Form.docx