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Singapore Government Scholarship

Deadline 29 March 2013


The Singapore Scholarship was announced by then Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Goh Chok Tong at the 6th ASEAN Summit in December 1998.

The Scholarship is awarded to students from the other ASEAN member countries and tenable for a full-time undergraduate degree course at one of the three universities in Singapore. All disciplines except for Medicine, Dentistry, Architecture and Law are open to Scholars. The duration of each Scholarship is for three or four years, depending on the discipline.

The award is based on academic merit and places will be allocated by open competition. If necessary, a one-year bridging or foundation programme, in addition to the undergraduate studies, will be provided.

There is no bond imposed on the Scholarship by the Singapore Government. The Scholars are expected to return home to contribute to the development of their countries upon graduation.

Application Periods

Applicants from Brunei & Malaysia should submit their applications as soon as their results for the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level or Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) are released in February/March 2013.  The application period for the AY2013/2014 Singapore Scholarship are as follows:

  • Malaysia:  4 to 29 March 2013


Citizens of ASEAN member countries (except Singapore) are eligible to apply for the Singapore Scholarship.

Candidates must have an outstanding academic record, a good command of English and meet the entry requirements for NTU, NUS and SMU. The Singapore Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis on academic merit.


Completed any of the following examinations within the last 3 years:

  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level with a pass in English and 4 other ‘A’ level subjects
  • Unified Examination Certification (UEC)

What is Offered

  • The Singapore Scholarship is tenable for the minimum period required to obtain the respective degrees at Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore or Singapore Management University. It covers full tuition fees and a living allowance of S$4,300 (covering meals, transport, textbooks and course materials during school semester) per academic year. In addition, a separate full accommodation allowance based on the room rates at each university or designated hostel will be provided during school semester.
  • One return economy class air ticket is provided for the Scholar’s passage from his/her home country to Singapore for the duration of studies determined by the Singapore Government. No additional assistance will be provided for other travel expenses.
  • A recipient of the Scholarship may not concurrently hold any other Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant or Award without the prior approval of the Singapore Government.
  • There is no bond imposed on the Scholarship by the Singapore Government. The Scholars are expected to return home to contribute to the development of their countries upon graduation.
  • The scholarship is open to applicants who have not gained admission and are currently not studying at the Singapore Universities.
  • The Singapore Government reserves the right to terminate the Scholarship if the Scholar’s academic progress is unsatisfactory or his conduct is in violation of the university’s rules and regulations.

Application Procedure

Application for the Singapore Scholarship must be submitted on the prescribed application form (The application form and supporting documents must be of A4 size and printed on one side only). Please contact the Singapore Embassy/ High Commission/Consulate-General in your capital city for a copy of the Singapore Scholarship brochure and application form. You may click here for a softcopy of the application form for AY 13/14.

Applicants will be required to submit a typed-written essay of about 300-500 words. The essay is an important part of your application.

All supporting documents have to be attached. Those supporting documents that are not in English must have a certified translation in English. Translation and certification of transcripts and academic records have to be done by your educational institutions.

Applications must be endorsed and submitted by their respective ASEAN Governments. The relevant agencies to endorse the application are:


Public Service Department, Training Division OR Respective schools of the applicants

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. Documents submitted separately from applications will also not be considered.

Please also note that most shortlisted nominees will  take the entrance examinations set by NTU or NUS. All shortlisted nominees will also have to undergo an interview conducted by interviewers from NTU , NUS and SMU. The entrance examinations and interviews will be conducted in the respective ASEAN countries.

The decision of the Singapore Government on the selection of Singapore Scholarship recipients is final.

You may download the application form for AY 13/14 here.


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