Application Requirements

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please contact Ms. Jocelyn Sales at jsales@mit.edu for questions regarding the SMART Scholars Programme.

  • Curriculum Vitae not to exceed 2 pages.
  • Complete list of publications. Also include one copy each of not more than three of your publications that you consider to represent your best work.
  • A description of the research project you propose to conduct at SMART, including some background/context, technical approach and anticipated results (no more than two pages).
  • Indicate the SMART Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) in which you would like to conduct your research. To find out more information on the projects within the IRGs, click on the links below:


  • Identify an MIT faculty member who belongs to SMART who you feel could best provide mentoring and guidance for your proposed research topic.
  • Provide a brief description of why you want to conduct your research at SMART in Singapore. Include some indication of how the proposed research might benefit from being conducted in Singapore, and/or how it might promote collaboration between SMART faculty members from MIT, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
  • Describe your long-term career goals and the role of this postdoctoral experience in achieving them, including future plans for collaborative activities (no more than ½ page).
  • Provide three professional recommendation letters. One must be from your doctoral supervisor and the other two from persons qualified to comment on your scholarly achievements. The letter must be prepared using the company's official letterhead. Ask your referee to submit the recommendation letter directly, electronically to Ms. Jocelyn Sales at jsales@mit.edu. If additional information is needed, we will contact your references directly.
  • Provide the selection committee with any additional information that you feel will be helpful to the committee in assessing your application.
  • To view the list of MIT-SMART Investigators, click here.

If you are interested in the Joint post-doc progrgamme with SUTD:

  • Include in your research statement the propose research project within SMART that closely aligns with the research being conducted at the International Design Centre (IDC) at SUTD. For more information on the grand challenges/Research thrusts of IDC, click here.
  • Identify a SUTD faculty mentor with links to the IDC, (in addition to the SMART-MIT Investigator) whom you feel could best provide mentoring and guidance for your proposed research topic.