Financial Support

MBI will undertake to provide stipends to interns at the rates suggested below:

  • Undergraduate Student – S$1,000 per month
  • Graduate student – S$2,000 per month


The MBI Graduate Office will work with selected candidates to apply for the necessary visa and Training Employment Pass (TEP) for their stay in Singapore.


No other benefits will be offered. The intern is to seek his or her own housing and insurance, and undertake all liabilities and expenses in connection with his or her stay in Singapore.

More information on campus housing.  Information from the NUS Office of Student Affairs about seeking local housing.

Status of Interns at MBI

Interns will receive the status of visiting student at the Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore and receive a temporary visitor’s user ID for the National University of Singapore internet and temporary access to MBI premises.

The MBI intern is to undergo all safety training before being allowed access to MBI laboratories.

Obligations of the Trainee

The intern is under obligation to acknowledge the MBI in all publications (in print or in electronic form) of work undertaken at the MBI.

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MBI Internship Program

MBI offers internships of 3 to 6 months to introduce outstanding candidates to meaningful research training programs in the labs of their chosen MBI supervisors.

The Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) is currently partnering a number of universities and institutes world-wide in both Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and collaborative agreement in an effort to broaden and enhance scientific progress in the field of mechanobiology.

Existing MOUs are with:

  • The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
  • The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • CNRS, France
  • The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

In addition, through our Institute’s scientists, we have partnerships with the US, UK, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, India and China.

In-line with MBI’s efforts to promote Mechanobiology amongst international students, the Institute hosts a select number of interns each year.

We invite and support a highly-selective number of students who are interested in internships of 3 to 6 months to Singapore. The MBI administration team takes care of invitations, visas, the administration of modest stipends and introduces interns to meaningful research training programs in the laboratories of their chosen MBI supervisors.

Application to the MBI Internship Program

Step 1

All applicants are required to seek out a sponsoring supervisor in the MBI and to obtain acceptance from the MBI supervisor before MBI considers supporting the internship. The MBI supervisor may interview the candidate and review his or her scholastic record. The number of internships is limited and highly competitive.

Priority will be given to applicants who are:

  • from partner institutes under MOUs with MBI
  • from partner institutes who are being considered for MOUs with MBI
  • from home institutes of MBI’s visiting professors
  • candidates who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in MBI
  • recipients of international travel grants or fellowships

The applicant can find a list of PIs and Co-PIs at When you have found a sponsoring supervisor, contact and proceed with Step 2 concurrently.

Step 2

The applicant is required to email (soft copy in a single PDF file) the following completed application materials to the MBI Graduate Office at least three months prior to the intended start date of internship:

  1. Completed application form (duly signed)
  2. A clear copy of the following supporting documents:
    1. Certified copy of Bachelor’s Degree Transcript (english translation) AND/OR;
    2. Certified copy of Master’s Degree Transcript (english translation).
    3. Certified copy of Bachelor’s Degree Certificate (english translation) AND/OR;
    4. Certified copy of Master’s Degree Certificate (english translation).
    5. Copy of publication list (if applicable)
    6. Resume
    7. Copy of passport
  3. Annex 1–Risk Acknowledgement and Consent
  4. Annex 2–Vaccination Declaration Form
  5. Annex 3–Supporting email from PI indicating:
    1. PI’s agreement to host the applicant for the stated duration and proposed date;
    2. an indication of space allocated to the intern as MBI will not provide additional space.
  6. Annex 4–Brief training programme agreed upon between the intern and the PI (refer to template)
  7. Annex 5 – Consent letter from intern’s home institute (applicable only if the applicant is currently pursuing an undergraduate/post graduate course – please refer to the template)

Step 3

Upon receipt of the completed application as stated in Step 2, the Graduate Office will process and keep you posted of the outcome of your application. Upon approval of your internship application, we will further advise you of the necessary procedures for visa and Training Employment Pass (TEP) application. Note: Processing time may take up to 4 weeks.

Download Guide and Forms

Send Completed Application and Enquiries to:

MBI Graduate Office
Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore
National University of Singapore
T-Lab, #05-01, 5A Engineering Drive 1
Singapore 117411