What are the undergraduate teaching scholarships available?
Ministry of Education (MOE) and Public Service Commission(PSC) offer a wide range of attractive teaching scholarships and awards to ‘A’ level, International Baccalaureate (IB), NUS High School Diploma, Polytechnic Diploma holders and undergraduates who demonstrate the qualities we are looking for — good academic achievements, rigorous thinking, leadership skills, communication skills and personal attributes as befit those bound for teaching:
Public Service Commission Scholarship (Teaching Service) [PSC(T)]
MOE Scholarships and Awards: Education Merit Scholarship (EMS), MOE Teaching Scholarship (MOE TS), MOE Teaching Award (MOE TA)
What is the difference between PSC and MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award? What is the difference between the PSC(T) and the EMS?
The main difference is that the PSC(T) is administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC). If you are an PSC(T) scholar, you will automatically be placed on the General Phase of the Public Service Leadership Programme (PSLP). The PSLP is a talent development programme run by the Public Service Division (PSD) to groom officers for future leadership positions within the Public Service. As an Education Officer in the General Phase, upon university graduation, you will go through the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme in NIE, and then serve with MOE (your parent ministry) for four to five years. This will be followed by a posting to another ministry for the next two years, after which you will return to MOE. If you are a male PSC(T) scholar, you will be granted National Service (NS) disruption to pursue your undergraduate studies.
If you are a MOE Teaching Scholarship/Award holder, you will similarly go through the PGDE programme in NIE upon university graduation. After the PGDE course, you will be exposed to a myriad of challenging and meaningful work both in schools and at MOE HQ. A male scholar who is a MOE Teaching Scholarship/Award holder will pursue undergraduate studies only after completing NS.
Is there a cap on the number of Teaching Scholarships/Awards offered every year?
There is no cap. MOE will offer as many Teaching Scholarships/Awards as long as there are good candidates. On average, MOE offers about 200 Teaching Scholarships and Awards a year.
How do I go about applying for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award? Do I have to indicate my choice of Teaching Scholarship or Award in my application?
If you are interested in a PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarship, you will have to submit your application online via the PSC Gateway, which is the one-stop online portal for application of PSC and Ministry Scholarships. You will need to indicate the Teaching Service as one of your career preferences through the online application. You need not indicate your choice of scholarship as all scholarship applicants will be considered for the full range of Teaching Scholarships and Awards available.
If you are keen on the MOE TA, you can visit Careers@Gov to apply and submit the relevant supporting documents for our consideration.
When are the closing dates for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships and Award applications?
For ‘A’ level, IB, NUS High School Diploma, and Polytechnic Diploma holders applying for the MOE Teaching Scholarships, online application opens on 1st September and usually closes 10 days after the release of the ‘A’ Level results. For current undergraduates, application opens on 1st September and closes on 30th Apr. You will need to check the PSC Gateway during the release of the GCE ‘A’ Level results for the exact application deadline.
For the MOE TA, online application usually opens in early January and closes in February/March. For more information, please refer to our MOE TA website.
When can I apply for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships?
You may submit your application for a PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarship when the PSC Gateway opens in September.
You are strongly encouraged to apply for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships before the release of your results. This gives you more time to fill up your application form and prepare the essay. MOE will also have more time to process your application, and may contact you to sit for the necessary psychometric tests and psychological interview.
Will I be called up early for my interview if I apply for the Teaching Scholarship before the release of the ‘A’ Level results?
MOE will try to interview applicants as early as possible. However, given the large number of scholarship applications that we receive annually, we may interview applicants only after the release of the ‘A’ Level results. Nevertheless, we would still encourage interested candidates to submit their applications early.
If I had previously rejected MOE’s offer of a Teaching Scholarship/Award, will I still be considered if I re-apply?
We will consider your application in competition with the other applications received if you meet the requirements for the MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award.
Are my chances for an overseas scholarship higher if I only apply for overseas universities?
While the award of the Teaching Scholarship is subject to the recipient successfully obtaining a university placement, securing an overseas university placement does not guarantee a scholarship to study overseas. The scholarship interview panel may find you more suited for a scholarship to study locally. Applicants will have to obtain a local university placement if they are keen to take up the scholarship.
Will MOE consider me for a Teaching Scholarship if my results or CCA records are not outstanding?
MOE takes a holistic approach when considering a candidate. MOE will consider your academic qualifications, CCA records and other relevant information, in competition with the other applications received.
Is it possible to obtain the MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award if I do not have any ‘H3’ subject(s)?
It is not a prerequisite for applicants of the MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award to have ‘H3’ subject(s).
What qualities does the interview panel look for at the interview?
MOE takes a holistic approach when selecting Teaching Scholars/Award holders. Beyond good academic and co-curricular achievements, the panel will assess your leadership qualities, analytical and communication skills, as well as aptitude for teaching.
I am a Diploma holder, am I eligible to apply for the Teaching Scholarships/Award?
Yes, you may apply for the Teaching Scholarships/Award. Your application will be considered in competition with other applications received.
Are psychometric tests and SAT compulsory for the Teaching Scholarship application?
You will be invited to sit for psychometric tests if you have been shortlisted for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships. SAT is not a prerequisite for the award of scholarships.
Should male applicants apply for university admission before entering National Service (NS)?
Male applicants who are interested in the PSC(T) should apply for university admission before NS as you would be eligible for NS disruption.
Male applicants who are awarded the EMS, the MOE TS or the MOE TA will pursue their undergraduate studies only after completing NS. They should note that generally, overseas universities only allow a one year deferment of student admission.
Which countries does MOE send its scholars to?
MOE has sent Teaching Scholars to Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. We welcome you to discuss your choice of university and country of study with our scholarship officers.
Does MOE have a list of recognised universities? Do I have a choice with regard to the university I attend?
MOE does not restrict your choice of university, so long as the university is of reputable standing. The course of study should be rigorous and provides relevant subject content for you to teach at the secondary school or junior college level. We welcome you to discuss your choice of university and country of study with our scholarship officers.
Does PSC/MOE submit an application to the universities on my behalf?
You are required to apply to the local or overseas universities of your choice directly. The university application should be done concurrently with your PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award application. This is to ensure timely admission into university upon confirmation of the scholarship/award.
Do I need to pursue a degree in a specific teaching subject if I want to take up the MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award?
Teaching Scholarship/Award recipients can study subjects relevant to teaching, such as the Humanities (Geography, History and Literature), Social Sciences, Languages (English, Mother Tongue Languages), Foreign Languages (French, German, and Japanese), Sciences (Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Life Sciences), Mathematics, Fine Art, Music, and Physical Education & Sports.
They will need to read an undergraduate degree course/programme that is relevant to their assigned first teaching subject and read a minimum number of modules/electives (between 4 to 6 modules/electives or even a minor, depending on the teaching subject) related to their assigned second teaching subject. The ministry will further advise on the modules/specialisation that they should adhere to. This is to equip them with the relevant content mastery to better prepare them to teach in our schools.
Will I be able to choose the subjects/level that I want to teach or will MOE assign the subjects to me?
You should indicate your preferred teaching subjects/level to MOE. Teaching subjects/level are assigned based on the needs of the Education Service, your indicated preference as well as your proficiency in the subject. The Scholarship Officers will discuss this with you if you are shortlisted for an interview.
Those assigned to teach at the Secondary or JC level may also be deployed to the Primary level in the course of your service with the Ministry, if the organization requires it of you. If you are redeployed to a level you have not been trained to teach, training will be provided to facilitate your redeployment.
Can I pursue one teaching subject and one non-teaching subject during my undergraduate studies?
You may indicate your preferred subjects to the interview panel for consideration. You are strongly encouraged to pursue 2 teaching subjects to ensure that you have the content mastery to teach at the primary or secondary level. If you are interested in a particular non-teaching subject at your university, you could pursue it as an elective instead of a major/minor.
Can a student pursue a degree in Engineering, given that he is interested to pursue a career in teaching later on?
We would prefer students to major in a teaching subject such as Physics or Mathematics. The relevance of content knowledge will enable you to better contribute to the Education Service. An Engineering graduate may not have sufficient mastery of subject content and expertise to teach Physics or Mathematics at the secondary level.
Can I request for a change of course/subject during my undergraduate studies?
We do not encourage you to change your course/subject during your undergraduate studies. It is thus important to make informed choices from the start. If you intend to request for a change, discuss it with the Scholarship Officers.
What programmes are available to develop Teaching Scholars/Award Holders?
All Teaching Scholars/Award Holders can look forward to a range of interesting and exciting programmes and activities, before and during their undergraduate studies.
For a start, all newly-awarded scholars and award holders attend an Induction Course where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the Singapore’s Education System as well as its latest developments and initiatives. Scholars will also attend a 3-day leadership and teambuilding course.
In addition, overseas scholars will get the chance to attend a Pre-Departure Course where they will learn useful life-skills to cope with living and studying abroad, as well as interact and bond with returning seniors. During their undergraduate studies, scholars and award holders will also have opportunities to participate in various developmental programmes that will enhance their skills, knowledge and exposure to teaching and policy-making. These may include a 4-week attachment to schools, selected overseas conferences and dialogue sessions with senior MOE officials. Scholars will also attend a 3-day ‘Developments in Public Policy’ seminar which equips scholars with broader perspectives on policy-making in the wider Civil Service and helps them better appreciate the challenges faced by various Ministries, including MOE.
PSC(T) and EMS scholars can also look forward to challenging and fulfilling attachments to MOE Headquarters (HQ) as well as opportunities to explore overseas attachments to foreign educational institutions during their vacations.
Apart from MOE programmes, scholars and award holders are encouraged to broaden their horizons and experiences by participating actively in various activities such as student exchange programmes, field trips and community involvement projects. MOE will also consider sponsorship for some of these activities.
What is the career path like for Teaching Scholars/Award Holders?
Upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme at NIE, Teaching Scholars/Award Holders will embark on a fulfilling and enriching career as classroom teachers in schools for the first 2 to 3 years. Thereafter, if they are keen on a posting to MOE HQ, they can discuss their plans with their school leaders before applying for a posting via the annual Open Posting Exercise. A posting to MOE HQ can allow officers broaden their perspectives of education initiatives and be exposed to curriculum planning and policy formulation at the system level. With both school and HQ experience, scholars and award holders will be more equipped to take on positions of higher responsibility in the Teaching, Leadership or Senior Specialist Track.
Will Teaching Scholars/Award Holders have the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies immediately after their Bachelor degree?
Teaching Scholars/Award holders who demonstrate outstanding academic and non-academic achievements may have the opportunity to pursue a Masters degree immediately upon the completion of their undergraduate studies. They may pursue a relevant Masters degree either through MOE sponsorship or self-financing.
Another option that is popular amongst serving Teaching Scholars/Award holders is to apply for a MOE Postgraduate Scholarship/Award or one of the Professional Development Packages (e.g. study leave, study loans) to pursue education-related postgraduate studies after gaining a few years of teaching experience. This will allow you to leverage on your teaching experiences to better identify the developmental gaps you aim to fill through the postgraduate programme, thereby enhancing your learning and overall development.
Does the PSLP apply to MOE Teaching Scholars?
The PSLP is a talent programme introduced by PSD in April 2013, which replaces the former Management Associate Programme (MAP) and Ministry High-Potential (HiPo) programme. The PSLP focuses on cultivating and developing talent in government sectors, i.e. the economy building, social, security, infrastructure & environment, and central administration sectors. Officers in the PSLP will be required to undertake varied postings within the sectors that they choose.
As the Education Service is a specialised scheme of service which requires its leaders to have significant depth of expertise in the education domain, outstanding Education Officers (EOs), including MOE teaching scholars, will be groomed and developed under MOE’s in-house talent management scheme
- the Future Leaders Programme (FLP). The FLP is MOE’s key talent management programme to identify, develop and retain promising EOs with the potential to assume key leadership positions on the three career tracks [i.e. Teaching, Leadership and Senior Specialist Tracks] within the Education Service. Officers on the FLP can also look forward to a wide array of developmental opportunities such as milestone courses or general training programmes, exposure to senior management and stretch assignments, to build up their capabilities and hone their leadership skills.