Guide to Singapore Scholarships
By: Anushangi Weerakoon
A quality education is always a worthwhile investment, but you certainly don’t want to be fretting over fees and finances two years into your undergraduate course. Whether you are currently experiencing financial difficulties or just wish to lighten the strain on your family’s bank account, here are some scholarship options worth exploring to avoid any unexpected financial woes.
In my opinion, this the best source of information for scholarships in Singapore. It is an integrated platform that has compiled scholarships offered by multiple organizations in one place. Not only are you able to browse and compare the various scholarships offered, you can also apply to multiple scholarships through the BrightSparks website itself without having to fill out separate application forms for each one.
Below are a few of the scholarship providers:
- Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
- Alexandra Health
- Housing & Development Board (HDB)
- Land Transport Authority (LTA)
- Ministry of Education (MOE)
- Singapore Airlines (SIA)
- SPRING Singapore
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- Singapore Management University (SMU)
- Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
- International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore)
This is by no means an exhaustive list. You can go to their website and find many others that offer scholarships that may be suited to your requirements and course of study. However, do keep in mind that there is no free lunch! Most of the scholarships offered come with a bond period that you must serve within the organisation upon graduation. So, make sure that you are willing to commit that time.
Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarships
The Public Service Commission provides a number of scholarship options to undergraduates who wish to join the Civil Service. The great thing about these scholarships is that they are awarded based on merit and the number of scholarships awarded each year is not capped. If you wish to apply for these scholarships, there are three career routes for you to choose from: Public Administration, Professional Service and Uniformed Service. The great thing about these scholarships is that you do not have to go hunting for jobs upon graduation, as you will be directly placed in the relevant programme within the Public Service. However, if you wish to keep your options open in terms of career, this may not be the best scholarship to consider.
A* STAR Undergraduate Scholarship
A* STAR Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to those who wish to study science or engineering at NUS, NTU, SUTD or SMU. This scholarship is open to Singaporeans and other nationals who intend to take up Singapore citizenship. In order to qualify, you need to obtain stellar academic results, and it helps if you have notable achievements in science-related fields. One plus point of the AUS is that it doesn’t carry a service bond period. However, you are obligated to pursue a PhD within 18 months of obtaining your Bachelor’s degree. It does allow scholars the freedom to take up higher studies at an institution of their choice, locally or abroad. Students will also be presented with the opportunity to take part in research in A*STAR’s Research Institutes.
Loke-Cheng Kim Foundation Scholarship
Loke-Cheng Kim Foundation Scholarships are open to students applying to overseas as well as local universities as long as they are Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents and do not hold any other scholarships or grants. Students hoping to study Natural and Environmental Sciences or Humanities are preferred and as with most scholarships, strong record of academic and extra-curricular activities is required. This is one of the few scholarships offered in Singapore that does not carry a service bond requirement.