Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

​​​​​​​I do not have a photocopy of the Particulars page of Passport ("Passport Details") or Identification Card with me. Is there any other document that I can use as an alternative?

You can either provide details of your Student Matriculation Card or Student Pass issued by your University/Institute or any other documents that can help us to validate your identity.

What do I need to do in order to stay in Singapore?

You are required to obtain a Training Employment Pass (TEP) for your stay in Singapore during the Research Internship Programme. You have to apply for this pass through NTU upon successful acceptance of your application. The TEP will expire upon completion of your Research Internship Programme. You should approach the India Connect@NTU Office via for assistance if you wish to extend your stay.

You may refer to this page for more details on TEP.

Can I request for a change in my India Connect@NTU Research Internship Programme period?

Yes, you may but your request for changes in the period will be subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.​

What is an Academic Referee's report and who should I get it from?

An Academic Referee’s report is typically a letter of recommendation written by a Professor to highlight a student's academic history, character and academic and/or career goals. The letter expands upon a student's report card or transcript, providing insight into what kind of student you are and/or what kind of potential employee you will be. You are required to submit two such reports from two different Referees.

Why is a Recommendation Letter from International Relations Office necessary?

All applications have to formally come through an University/Institute. A letter from your University/Institute’s International Relations Office (i.e. Recommendation Letter, No objection letter) is to ensure that your University/Institute is aware of your intentions and is agreeable to support you in this internship with NTU.

My University/Institute does not have a specific office to handle international relations. What is my alternative?

As an alternative, NTU will be able to accept a recommendation letter from either your University/Institute’s Student Affairs or Academic Affairs Office.

I was not able to find the Research Proposal I want in the drop down menu. What should I do?

Please write to with details of the research proposal and supervising professor you intend to work with. We will then have it listed in the On-line Application portal.

Can I apply for three projects from three different schools? 

Yes, you may. However, these three projects will have to relate to what you are currently pursuing at your home university.

What should I do if I cannot reduce the file size of my transcript to 600 KB?

Please consider scanning your transcripts in black and white instead as the system is not able to accept attachment files exceeding 600KB.

Do I need to take up any health insurance?

You will need to subscribe to the NTU Group Hospitalisation & Surgical Insurance (GHSI) if you are successful in your application, even if you have similar insurance in your home country.

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