Language Elective Scholarship (Malay)

The Language Elective Scholarship (MLES) for the study of Malay at H2 Level is offered by the Ministry of Education to encourage academically able and linguistically talented students to pursue the Malay language course at H2 Level under the Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP). It aims to nurture the language talent of students who have an aptitude for Malay Language so that they can attain a higher level of proficiency and a better understanding of Malay Language and Literature. It also allows academically able students to become effectively bilingual. The MLEP and the MLES are offered at the following centres:


Candidates should:

  • Be Singapore Citizens;
  • Have done consistently well in school and have obtained outstanding overall results in the GCE O-Level Examinations;
  • Obtain at least an A2 in Malay or B3 in Higher Malay or B4 in Higher Malay with B3 in Malay Literature or equivalent;
  • Have successfully been admitted to one of the MLEP centres and obtained a place in the MLEP;
  • Have a good record of co-curricular activities;
  • Have good conduct record; and
  • Not currently be in receipt of any other MOE scholarship (except EESIS, ESIP and ESIS).


2018 application opens from 12 January to 28 February 2018.

For scholarship application, please login to the application system using your SingPass

Important note: The application for a SingPass account and the 2-step Verification (2FA) take between 7 to 12 working days. Third-party SingPass is not allowed and will render the application void.  Please factor this in to ensure you do not miss the deadline.  For more information, please refer to

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 this scholarship.

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

  • 4 February 2018 (Sunday)      - 0000 hrs to 0800 hrs
  • 6 February 2018 (Tuesday)    - 1800 hrs to 2300 hrs

Selection for Scholarship Awards

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/May. Interview details will be forwarded to candidates’ email account in 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.

Successful applicants must offer H2 Malay Language & Literature Papers 1 and 2 at GCE A-Level, and will be given the option to offer H3 Malay Language & Literature. There is no restriction on the choice of the remaining H2 Level subjects. Applicants, however, are advised to take 4 H2 Level subjects (inclusive of Malay) 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 Ministry of Education MLEP-initiated activities.