Florida State University President Eric Barron told Gov. Rick Scott’s higher education reform panel that budget cuts are making his faculty a “farm team” for out-of-state schools. It looks like out-of-state schools are not the only organizations looking to poach recruit Florida’s STEM talent. The Singapore National Research Foundation is actively recruiting PhDs under 40 years of age and offering $2.4 million* individual fellowships if you take your brain and ideas to Singapore.

According to Bloomberg, 1780 people gave up their US citizenship last year. So, you can take the money, head over to Singapore and maybe have lunch with Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Sayonara. Following is text of the Singapore pitch:

The Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellowship is currently accepting applications for a five-year research grant of up to US $2.4 million. For young, passionate scientists, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to lead potentially groundbreaking research, and be offered a tenured-track faculty position at any of the country’s prestigious universities or related research organizations. The deadline is Aug. 15, 2012.

Unlike most fellowships that are awarded to institutions, the NRF Fellowship is awarded to an individual, allowing the researcher to have more flexibility in choosing a suitable organization in Singapore.

The Fellowship offers:

  • Freedom and independence to pursue path-breaking research in the local organization of his or her choice
  • A separate, competitive salary at the Assistant Professor level
  • Tenure-track appointment at the chosen institution

The Fellowship is open to the following:

  • Outstanding scientists and researchers of any nationality and under the age of 40;
  • Possess a PhD degree in any discipline of computer, life and natural / physical sciences; all branches of engineering; and medicine; and
  • Can only be used to fund research conducted in Singapore.

Applications for the NRF Fellowship may be submitted online at https://rita.nrf.gov.sg/AboutUs/NRF_Initiatives/nrff2013/default.aspx

*Singapore is 8th on the list of cities based on cost-of-living. The most expensive US city, New York, is number 33.

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