Language Elective Scholarship (English)

The English Language Elective Scholarship (ELES) is awarded by the Ministry of Education to encourage students who have an interest in and a flair for the English language to pursue English Language and Linguistics at the pre-university level. The English Language Elective Programme (ELEP) and ELES are available at the following colleges:


Applicant should:

  • Be Singapore Citizens;
  • Have done consistently well in school, obtaining outstanding results in the GCE O-Level Examinations or equivalent results based on IP school’s internal assessment, including a distinction in English Language;
  • Have successfully been admitted to one of the English Language Elective Programme (ELEP) centres;
  • Have a very good record of co-curricular activities;
  • Have good conduct record; and
  • Not currently be in receipt of any MOE scholarship (except EESIS, ESIP and ESIS).


2019 application opens from 14 January to 24 February 2019. No offline applications will be accepted beyond application deadline.

For scholarship application, please log in to the application system using your SingPass. Logging in through a third-party SingPass is not allowed and will render your application void.

Application for a SingPass account and the 2-Step Verification (2FA) can be done on the SingPass homepage. Upon successful registration, your SingPass will be mailed to your registered address within four working days. For immediate application, you may visit the nearest SingPass designated counter. This option is recommended if you are applying for the scholarship within the last week of the application cycle. Details can be found on the SingPass website at You may wish to refer to the MOE Pre-U Scholarships User Guide (5mb.pdf) when completing your online application.

All applications must be accompanied by an essay, of about 500-600 words, giving a brief write-up about themselves and stating why they would want to apply for the scholarship.

Please note that the application system will not be available from 0000 to 0800 on the following day(s):

  • 3 February 2019 (Sunday)

Selection of Scholarship Awards

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.

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 April. Interview details will be forwarded to candidates’ email account in early April.

Results of the scholarship selection will be announced in June. Please note that only successful candidates will be notified.

Terms & 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.

Applicants must offer English Language and Linguistics as one of their H2 subjects at one of the ELEP centres. There is no restriction on the choice of the remaining H2 level subjects. Applicants, however, are advised to take 4 H2 level and consider other H2 level subjects that are preferably relevant to their proposed course of study at undergraduate level.

Successful applicants are also required to participate in the ELEP activities organised by the Ministry of Education and your school. ELEP activities organised by the Ministry of Education are conducted during the first three weeks of the year-end school vacation.