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Top 10 University Scholarships In Singapore For Prospective Students In 2018

University scholarships Singaporeans can apply for


Scoring a scholarship is like getting a free upgrade to first class. You get your tuition paid for free, and enjoy plenty of bonuses along the way too – like laptop upgrades, internship opportunities and even free vacations.

But getting one is easier said than done. You’ll have to fill out the paperwork, showcase a stellar track record and impress them with your interview skills. You’d also have to do plenty of research to find one that suits your needs before you even begin.

If you’re thinking of trying for one, but don’t know where to start, we’ve done the legwork for you. Here are 10 scholarships for you to consider.


1. NUS Global Merit Scholarship


NUS scholarship

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  • Full coverage of tuition fees (after MOE Tuition Grant subsidy)
  • S$6,000 annual living allowance
  • S$2,000 one-time computer allowance upon enrolment
  • S$2,625 annual accommodation allowance if scholar is staying in a Hall of Residence, Student Residence, or Ridge View Residential College, or S$4,200 if scholar is staying in University Town
  • S$7,500 Student Exchange Programme/NUS Overseas Colleges allowance per semester for non-Asian countries and Japan, and S$5,000 per semester for other Asian countries
  • Guaranteed an offer of a 1-semester Student Exchange Programme (SEP) with one of NUS’ overseas partner universities


  • Referee’s appraisal is needed for applicants
  • Recipients of the scholarship (scholars) may not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship, bursary, grant, award or allowance without prior approval from the University.
  • The scholarship will be monitored and renewed every semester provided the scholar maintains a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of at least 4.0 (or equivalent) and good conduct.

Discipline of Study:
All full time undergraduate degrees at NUS, although the scholarship is not available for Yale-NUS College students and students in the Law and Liberal Arts Double Degree Programme offered by Yale-NUS College and NUS, and only limited scholarships are available for Dentistry, Medicine and Music.

Bond: None

Deadline for application: 19 March 2018



2. Nanyang Scholarship


ntu scholarship

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  • Full coverage of subsidised tuition fees (after MOE Tuition Grant subsidy).
  • Living allowance of S$6,000 per academic year.
  • Book allowance of S$500 per academic year.
  • Accommodation allowance of up to S$2,000 per academic year for scholarship holders who reside in NTU hostels
  • Travel grant of S$5,000 for an overseas programme (one-off).                         
  • Computer allowance of S$1,500 (one-off).
  • Settling-in allowance of S$250 (one-off).
  • Priority for Overseas Programme


  • Referee’s appraisal is needed for applicants
  • Scholarship holder is required to maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 over 5.0. Academic performance will be reviewed every semester.
  • Scholarship holder is required to take on the role of student ambassador, or any other similar role, representing the university to give publicity talks, to receive guests, etc, as and when called upon to do so.

Bond: None

Deadline for application: Dependent on your respective educational qualification, the deadline for the admission application and scholarship application is the same.



3. Changi Airport Undergraduate Scholarship


changi airport scholarship


  • All tuition and compulsory fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Pre‐Studies allowances, including settling‐in and computer allowance (one‐off)
  • Hostel fees (local)
  • Opportunities for sponsorship of student exchange or summer programmes
  • Postgraduate sponsorship upon approval by management
  • Internships with the diverse business areas with Changi Airport Group

Apply via BrightSparks

Discipline of Study:
All disciplines of study, excluding medicine and dentistry

Bond: 3 years if you’re studying in a local university, 5 years if you’re studying abroad.

Deadline for application :11 March 2018



4. Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship


psc scholarship

Image credit: Teo Chee Hean


  • Tuition fees and other approved charges
  • Maintenance and other allowances
  • Return airfare (if applicable)
  • Sponsorship of PSC development programmes, approved student exchange programmes, summer programmes and CCAs
  • Sponsorship of Master’s degree (if requirements are met)

Apply via the PSC website

Discipline of Study:
Courses approved by the agency and this depends on which PSC scholarship you choose (PSC Engineering, Foreign Service, Legal Service, Public Finance and Teaching Service Scholarships) 


  • For undergraduate study in English-speaking countries: 6 years
  • For undergraduate study in non-English speaking countries (e.g.Germany, China): 5 years
  • For undergraduate study in Singapore: 4 years

Deadline for application: 15 March 2018



5. Singapore Airlines Open Scholarship


singapore airline scholarship

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  • Tuition and other compulsory fees
  • Maintenance allowance
  • One-off pre-studies allowance,
  • Air passage at beginning and end of course,
  • Annual trip to any point on Singapore Airlines’ global network.
  • Reimbursement of university application and entrance test fees.
  • Vacation attachment to a Singapore Airlines’ office

Apply via BrightSparks 

Discipline of Study:
All courses are considered except Architecture, Biomedical, Biotechnology, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy

Tenable for top overseas universities 

Bond: 6 years 

Deadline for application: 15 March 2018 



6. Healthcare Merit Scholarship (HMS)


healthcare merit scholarship


  • Tuition fees and compulsory charges
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Sponsorship for approved developmental activities, such as Student Exchange Programmes, Professional seminars and conferences during course of study
  • One-Off Distinction Award for Academic Excellence (for those who graduated with at least 2nd Upper Honours degree)

Only applicable for MOHH-approved universities in Australia, Ireland, Singapore, UK and USA

Discipline of Study

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dietetics
  • Medical Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Speech Therapy

Bond: 4 years for local universites, 6 years for overseas universities

Deadline for application: 4th March



7. JTC Undergraduate Scholarship


JTC Undergraduate Scholarship


Local universities 

  • Maintenance allowance
  • Pre-studies allowance
  • Tuition, examination and other related fees
  • Hostel fees (if necessary)
  • Medical insurance (if necessary)
  • Opportunity for sponsorship for approved student exchange programmes
  • Internships within JTC 

Overseas universities

  • Airfare
  • Pre-studies allowance
  • Tuition, exam and other related fees
  • Medical insurance (if necessary)
  • Opportunity for sponsorship for approved student exchange/summer programme
  • Internships within JTC 

Discipline of Study:

  • Engineering
  • Real Estate
  • Projects and Facilities Management
  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Land Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Mass Communications
  • Accountancy
  • Human Resources Management
  • Courses that are relevant to different areas of work in JTC (excludes Law, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy)

Bond: 2 years for local universities, 5 years for overseas universities

Deadline for application:18 March 2018



8. SPRING Singapore Executive Development Scholarship (EDS)



  • Up to four years tuition and compulsory fees
  • Annual maintenance allowance
  • Hostel fees subsidy
  • One-time computer allowance
  • Support for approved overseas exchange programme 
  • Compulsory internship opportunity


Only applicable to NUS, NTU, SIT, SMU, SUTD

Discipline of Study:
All local undergraduate courses in approved universities that are deemed suitable for a career at SPRING and/or SMES. Excludes Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Architecture, Music, Real Estate, Facility Management, Industrial Design, Art, Design & Media, Education & Sports Science and a non-exhaustive list of equivalent courses 

Bond: 2 years

Deadline for application: TBC



9. ST Engineering Local Scholarships


ST Engineering Local Scholarships


  • Tuition fees and other approved charges
  • Maintenance and pre-studies allowance
  • Return economy airfare (for overseas studies)
  • Attachment/internship opportunities in ST Engineering companies
  • Possibility of sponsorship for exchange programme and Master’s degree

Discipline of Study:

  • Engineering courses
  • Double Degree programme with one degree in Engineering
  • Other courses that are relevant to the businesses of ST Engineering such as Computer Science, Information Systems Management, Naval Architecture

Bond: 4 to 6 years, depending on the duration and value of the award

Deadline for application: 25 March 2018 



10. GIC Scholarship 2018



  • Fully sponsored undergraduate studies 
  • The scholarship is tenable for 4 years and may include sponsorship for Masters 
  • Sponsorship for overseas student exchange programmes, summer programmes, foreign language studies, etc.
  • Internship opportunity with GIC in the second year of study
  • Upon graduation, scholar will join the GIC Professionals Programme (GPP)


  • Applicable to both local and overseas universities
  • Have to intern with GIC during your second year of study

Discipline of Study:
Courses that are deemed suitable for a career at GIC, can be discussed

Bond: 4 years for local universities, 6 years for overseas universities

Deadline for Application: 20 March 2018



Finding the right Uni scholarship


It’s the middle of the uni app season right now, and while you’re filling in the paperwork for the various universities, it might be worthwhile to try for a scholarship too. Who knows, you might just impress someone enough to score a subsidy for your uni education!