Humanities Scholarship

The Humanities Scholarship is offered by the Ministry of Education to encourage outstanding students to study the humanities at the pre-university level under the Humanities Scholarship Programme (HSP). The HSP is available at the following centres:

Students may subsequently apply for the undergraduate awards from the Public Service Commission (PSC) to continue their study of the humanities in overseas universities or at the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University.

Eligibility

Candidates should:

Application

IP Candidates (including IP DSA Candidates)

2014 application is now closed. 2015 application will open for IP candidates in October/November 2014.

 

Non-IP Candidates (including Non-IP DSA Candidates)

2014 application is now closed. 2015 application will open after the official release of the GCE O-Level Examination in January 2015.

Selection for Scholarship Awards

IP Candidates (including IP DSA Candidates)

Completed IP applications will be forwarded to their respective IP Schools/JCs for nomination/recommendation. IP candidates nominated/recommended by their IP Schools/JCs will be invited for the scholarship selection interviews.

Results of the scholarship selection for IP candidates will be announced in early February. Please note that only successful candidates will be notified.

Non-IP Candidates (including Non-IP DSA Candidates)

Non-IP candidates will be selected for the scholarship selection interview based on their GCE O-Level Examinations results.

The scholarship selection interviews will be conducted in mid March. Interview details will be forwarded to candidates’ email account in early March.

Results of the scholarship selection for the Non-IP candidates will be announced in early April. Please note that only successful candidates will be notified.

Terms and Conditions

The scholarship provides an allowance of $1,000 per annum. It also covers school fees based on Singapore Citizens’ rates, subject to an annual cap of $2,400. It is tenable for 2 years, subject to satisfactory progress at the end of JC1 and good conduct. Successful applicants are not required to enter into a bond to serve the Singapore Government.

Successful applicants must offer H2 Literature in English and select their 2nd & 3rd H2 subjects from the range of subjects below.

For Humanities Scholars who are taking GCE A-level examinations

Besides offering the General Paper (students offering Knowledge & Inquiry need not offer General Paper), a Mother Tongue Language (MTL) (students offering Mother Tongue Language And Literature (MTLL) need not offer Mother Tongue Language (MTL)) and Project Work at H1 level, Humanities scholars on the GCE A-Level track must offer H2 Literature in English and a second H2 Humanities subject chosen from China Studies, Economics, Geography and History. The choice of the third H2 subject may include Art, China Studies, Economics, English Language and Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Mother Tongue Language & Literature, Music or Theatre Studies & Drama (see Table 1). In addition to three H2 subjects, Humanities Scholars have to offer a contrasting subject which may be Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) or from the Maths /Science group*.

Table 1: H2 Subjects for Humanities Scholars

H2 Subjects Remarks
First H2
  • Literature in English
This subject is compulsory.
Second H2
  • China Studies+
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
Select one from the range of subjects.
Third H2
  • Art
  • China Studies+
  • Economics
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Foreign Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mother Tongue Language and Literature
    • Chinese Language and Literature
    • Malay Language and Literature
    • Tamil Language and Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre Studies & Drama
Select one from the range of subjects.

Note:

* Humanities Scholars interested in offering both H2 Mathematics and KI may choose to offer KI in place of the third H2 Humanities subject.

+ China Studies is available in either English or Chinese.

For Humanities Scholars in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Humanities scholars on the IBDP track will be required to do the compulsory modules of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE) as in accordance to the IBDP stipulations. In addition, they must offer English A: Literature at Higher Level (HL) and two other HL Humanities subject chosen from History / Geography / Economics. They will also have to take up a second language at Standard Level (SL) as well as two contrasting SL subjects from the Experimental Sciences and the Mathematics groups.

ACS (Independent) Humanities Scholarship Programme Choice of Subjects
Subject Group
HL1
  • English A: Literature
Group 1 – Language A
HL2
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
HL3
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
SL1
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
SL2
  • Second Language
    (Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, German, French)
Group 2 – Second Language
SL3
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Studies
Group 5 – Mathematics