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.


Candidates should:

  • Be Singapore Citizens;
  • Have done consistently well in school, obtaining outstanding results in the GCE O-Level Examinations, with a minimum grade of B3 for English / equivalent results based on IP school’s internal assessment;
  • Have a good record of co-curricular activities;
  • Have good conduct record;
  • Have successfully been admitted to one of the Humanities Centres; and
  • Not currently be in receipt of any other MOE scholarship (except EESIS, ESIP and ESIS).


Selection for Scholarship Awards

IP Candidates (including IP DSA Candidates)

2020 application opens from 18 October to 18 November 2019. No offline applications will be accepted beyond application deadline. 

For scholarship application, please login 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. Details can be found on the SingPass website at 

You may wish to refer to the MOE Pre-U Scholarships User Guide when completing your online application.

Applications must be accompanied by an essay of about 500-800 words. Please choose from one of the following topics and indicate the topic number chosen in your essay:

  1. A current controversial issue or conflict in the world
  2. An environmental issue confronting our world
  3. An issue facing Singapore society today

All applicants are also required to attach a soft copy of their secondary school testimonial and CCA records in their online application.

The scholarship selection interviews will be conducted from mid-January 2020. 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.

Please note that the application system will not be available from 0000 to 0800 on the following day(s):
  • 3 November 2019 (Sunday)
  • 17 November 2019 (Sunday)

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

2019 application is now closed. 2020 application will open for Non-IP candidates after the official release of the GCE O-Level Examination results in January 2020.

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
    • Spanish
  • 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.


* 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 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