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A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) 2018


ATS (A*STAR Talent Search) is a new initiative from 2006 to reward students who have performed well in scientific research. It is part of the A*STAR Graduate Academy (AGA)'s Youth Science outreach to schools with the aim to inspire & sustain a passion in science in the young in Singapore. The ATS is organised with the support of Science Centre Singapore.

The ATS is an annual competition which acknowledges and rewards students aged 15 to 21 years old who have a strong aptitude for science & technology. This competition provides students the opportunity to showcase their stellar projects and encourage them to further explore science and technology.

Candidates are required to showcase their research projects in the Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF) for the first round of judging. Short-listed candidates will then undergo at least two more rounds of selection before the winners emerge. The panel of judges consists of distinguished scientists from local and international universities, as well as A*STAR research institutes and a Nobel Laureate. ATS winners need to display resourcefulness, mastery of scientific concepts, as well as passion for scientific research.

Click here for the list of award winners for ATS 2006 to ATS 2017.

Take a look at what went on during the ATS awards ceremony for 2017:


  • All ATS participants are required to take part in the Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF). Only Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners of the) will be eligible for the first round of ATS judging. All candidates are required to showcase their research projects. For more information on SSEF, please visit
  • Singaporean/ PR
  • A secondary school or pre-university student aged between 15 - 21 years (as of 1 Jan 2018)
  • Interested in a long-term career as a researcher
  • Only individual category. There is no team category for ATS. From 2016 onwards, only one individual from each SSEF team may enter the competition. Teams are to select one member to be considered for ATS. Individuals can simply register their interest in ATS.
  • Individuals may simply register their interest in ATS.


Please refer to SSEF 2018 website for more details on the application procedure.



Eligible candidates will be contacted via the school after SSEF. They will undergo a shortlisting interview with a panel of distinguished judges from various universities and research institutes. Selected finalists will then undergo a Final Judging Interview to select the winners. 




Depth of understanding of project


Creative ability / Independent thinking


Scientific attitude / Motivation and interests


Potential to pursue R&D careers / Vision and goal



Student Category:



Points allocated to winner's school

First Place

  • Cash prize plus a sponsored trip to an overseas conference worth S$5,000 in total
  • Trophy
  • Certificate
  • 5

    Second Place

  • Cash prize of S$3,000
  • Trophy
  • Certificate
  • 3

    Third Place
  • Cash prize of S$2,000
  • Trophy
  • Certificate
  • 2


  • Cash prize of S$1,000
  • Certificate
  • 1

    School Category:

    Schools are awarded points according to the placement of their winning students. For example, if the first place winner is from XYZ school, then XYZ school will be awarded 5 points. To allow the schools to promote and improve science learning, prize monies and certificates will be given to the three schools with the most accumulated points.



    First Place
  • Cash prize of S$5,000
  • Certificate
  • Second Place
  • Cash prize of S$3,000
  • Certificate
  • Third Place
  • Cash prize of S$2,000
  • Certificate
  • For more information, please contact the project officer ( or or at 6425 2595.

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