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.


Applications should:

  • Be Singapore Citizens;
  • Have done consistently well in school and obtained outstanding results in their GCE O-Level Examinations or equivalent based on their IP school’s internal assessment;
  • Have obtained at least a B3 for English;
  • Have successfully been admitted to HSP in one of the HSP Centres;
  • Have a very good co-curricular activities record;
  • Have good conduct record; and
  • Not currently be in receipt of any other MOE scholarship (except Edusave Scholarships).




2020 application is now closed. 2021 application will open for IP candidates in October/November 2020.

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.

The scholarship selection interviews will be conducted in early January. Interview details will be forwarded to candidate's email account in end December.

Results of the scholarship selection for IP candidates will be announced by mid-February. Please note that only successful candidates will be notified.


2020 application opens from 13 January to 24 February 2020. 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. The following documents are required to be submitted with your online application:

  1. A soft copy of your secondary school testimonial; and
  2. A soft copy of your CCA records; and
  3. An essay of about 500 - 800 words. Please choose from one of the following topics and indicate the topic number chosen in your essay:
  • A current controversial issue or conflict in the world
  • An environmental issue confronting our world
  • An issue facing Singapore society today

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.


The scholarship provides an allowance of $1,000 per annum. It also covers school fees based on Singapore Citizens’ rates less any subsidies, 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 second and third H2 subjects from the range of subjects below


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 is listed in 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+.


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
  • Any of the above subjects within the Second H2 band (i.e. China Studies*, Economics, Geography or History)
  • Knowledge and Inquiry (KI)
  • English Language and Linguistics (ELL)
  • Mother Tongue Language and Literature (i.e. Chinese, Malay and Tamil)
  • Translation (Chinese)
  • Foreign Languages (i.e. Japanese, French and German)
  • Music
  • Art
  • Theatre Studies and Drama
Select one from the range of subjects.


* China Studies is available in either English or Chinese.

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


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 with 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
  • English A: Literature
Group 1 – Language A
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
  • Second Language
    (Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, French)
Group 2 – Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Studies
Group 5 – Mathematics