Overseas Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) at Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica (IoP-AS)
Programme Overview

Academia Sinica was founded in 1928 to promote and undertake scholarly research in sciences and humanities. It was then re-established in Taipei after the government moved to Taiwan in 1949. It is now a modern research institution with a worldwide reputation and a proud tradition headed by world-renowned scholars and staffed by highly trained, motivated, and creative young investigators.

Academia Sinica is presently positioning itself to move its research activities to the international level. Aside from placing greater emphasis on opening up new areas of intellectual endeavour, Academia Sinica is also taking a leadership role in launching new initiatives in applied areas to meet a broad spectrum of social needs in Taiwan. It aims to promote international cooperation and scholarly exchanges that will accelerate the overall development of academic research in Academia Sinica and the Republic of China.

The Institute of Physics is under the Division of Mathematics and Physical Science at the Academia Sinica, made up of three research groups: Quantum Materials Physics, Physics of Active Biological Systems, and Medium and High Energy Physics. The Institute of Physics is expected to play an increasingly important role in the development of physics and technology in Taiwan.

Please refer to the list of projects for possible placements. Do log on to NUS WebVPN before accessing the list. Students may also contact supervisors directly to secure a project. For more information, please click here.


The programme takes place in Taipei, Taiwan.


The programme takes place from 14 May 2018 to 4 Aug 2018.


Students will undertake these projects at the partner university and will be assessed according to the Department of Physics’ assessment criteria and obtain credits and grades for a Level 2000/3000 UROPS.

Assessments include weekly reports, monthly report and oral presentations at IoP-AS and NUS.

Students can map a total of 12 MCs from a maximum of 2 overseas summer/winter programmes without having to pay tuition at NUS. Any additional MCs mapped will be subjected to NUS Special Term fees.

Eligibility Criteria

NUS students must:

  • Be a full-time Faculty of Science student, majoring in Physics.
  • Have a clean disciplinary record.
  • All Year 2 and Year 3 students may apply
  • Not intending to graduate at the end of Semester 2.
  • Not be National Servicemen who are called up for In-Camp Training (ICT). Deferment letter will not be provided.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview at the Science Dean’s Office in the week of 5 February 2018. After accepting the internal offer, you will be informed further on subsequent steps and project requirements.

An internal offer does not guarantee your placement in the programme. Your admission outcome is up to the discretion of the partner institution.

Number of Places

There are 6 places available.

Programme Cost

Students are responsible for their own airfare, accommodation, meals, personal expenses, etc.

Estimated cost (Please note that the figures provided are only estimates)



  Return Airfare




  Food and Transport


Financial Assistance

Click here to find out more about the various financial assistance schemes offered by NUS.

Students may be awarded up to TWD20,000 (approximately SGD900) per month by IoP-AS upon successful admission into the programme.

Programme Application Procedure and Deadline

To apply, login to NUS Integrated Student Information System (NUS SIS) and submit your application under External Study Type “Research Attachment/Internship/Industrial Attachment”. Please also submit the following documents to Ms Niah Weixin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject, “Summer Research 2018 – [Name of Partner University]”. The application deadline and documents submission deadline is 30 January 2018.

  1. Proof of acceptance by the faculty member/supervisor at IoP-AS in a form of letter or email.
  2. Unofficial transcript.
  3. Curriculum Vitae. Highlight any prior research experience that you may have to support your application.
  4. Personal statement, including your area of research interest/project, why you are interested in the mentioned area/project, etc.
  5. One recommendation letter from a faculty member in field/s related to your major.Please ask your recommender to send the recommendation letter directly to the Science Dean’s Office (Attn: Ms Niah Weixin). Both hardcopy and softcopy will be accepted.

Please refer to Guide for Student Programme Application BEFORE your application. You will need to log on to NUS WebVPN before accessing the Guide and NUS SIS.


All students travelling overseas for activities or purposes approved, endorsed, organised, sponsored or authorised by NUS will be covered by the NUS Student Travel Insurance Policy. Click here (under Insurance Cover for Official NUS Trips) for more information.

Exclusions to the NUS Student Travel Insurance may apply. Students are to ensure that they have sufficient travel insurance coverage, and may consider purchasing additional travel insurance if required.

Contact Details

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