Last Updated: 16 June 2022

Teaching scholarships and sponsorships

Our scholarships and sponsorships prepare students for the Education Service. Learn about the different scholarships and sponsorships, and how to apply.

Overview

Our scholarships and sponsorships prepare students with strong interest in teaching for a career in the Education Service. In addition to sponsoring your studies, you would also be sponsored for teacher training at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

While the Teaching Scholarships and Award may differ in terms of tiers, all recipients of the Teaching Scholarships and Award are sponsored for their undergraduate tuition fees and other approved programmes, will receive maintenance allowance, and will have the opportunity to undergo MOE developmental programmes to prepare them as future educators.

Select your qualification attained to find details of the scholarships and sponsorships available:

If you are an O-Level holder

MOE Kindergarten Teaching Award

For Year 1 or Year 2 students taking an Early Childhood Education Diploma at a local polytechnic.

In addition to sponsoring your diploma studies, you will be given internship opportunities at MOE HQ and MOE Kindergartens.

  Application window

The application window is currently closed and will tentatively open in January 2023. If you would like to be informed of the next recruitment exercise, please register your interest with us.

View more on MOE Kindergarten Teaching Award

Art and Music Teacher Training Sponsorship

The Art and Music Teacher Training Sponsorship is a 4-year diploma programme training you to teach art or music at a primary school.

View more on Art and Music Teacher Training Sponsorship

Chinese Language Teacher Training Sponsorship

The Chinese Language Teacher Training Sponsorship is a 4-year diploma programme training you to teach Chinese Language at a primary school.

View more on Chinese Language Teacher Training Sponsorship

Tamil Language Teacher Training Sponsorship

The Tamil Language Teacher Training Sponsorship is a 3 to 4-year diploma programme training you to teach Tamil Language, either at a primary school or MOE Kindergarten.

View more on Tamil Language Teacher Training Sponsorship

If you are an A-Level, IB, Diploma holder or equivalent

Public Service Commission Scholarship (Teaching Service)

For undergraduate studies at overseas universities, local autonomous universities or NTU-NIE.

After completing your undergraduate studies and teacher training, you will be placed on the Public Service Leadership Programme. You can look forward to a career that will include policy formulation and leadership roles in the Education Service and wider Civil Service, depending on your performance and potential.

  Application window

The application window is currently closed. For more information about PSC scholarships, please refer to the PSC Website .

View more on Public Service Commission Scholarship (Teaching Service)

Teaching Scholarships

For undergraduate studies at overseas universities, local autonomous universities or NTU-NIE.

There are two tiers of Teaching Scholarships:

  • Education Merit Scholarship
  • MOE Teaching Scholarship

After completing your undergraduate studies and teacher training, you will be given developmental opportunities to groom you for senior positions in the Education Service, depending on your performance and potential.

  Application window

The application window is currently closed. For more information about PSC scholarships, please refer to the PSC Website .

View more on Education Merit Scholarship

View more on MOE Teaching Scholarship

MOE Teaching Award (A-Level/Diploma holder)

For undergraduate studies at local autonomous universities or NTU-NIE.

After your undergraduate studies and teacher training, you will be given developmental opportunities to groom you for key positions in schools, depending on your performance and potential. Those who exhibit strong potential will be given opportunities to be deployed to MOE Headquarters (HQ).

  Application window

The application window is currently closed and will tentatively open in September 2022. Please check back regularly for updates.

View more on MOE Teaching Award (A-Level/Diploma holder)

Tip: If you would like to pursue an academic degree in arts or science-based subjects with a teaching qualification to teach in primary or secondary school, you may apply for the Bachelor of Arts (Education) and Bachelor of Science (Education) Teaching Scholars programme.
If you are an undergraduate

MOE Teaching Scholarship (Undergraduate)

For undergraduate studies at overseas universities and local autonomous universities.

After completing your undergraduate studies and teacher training, you will be given developmental opportunities to groom you for senior positions in the Education Service, depending on your performance and potential.

  Application window

The application window for undergraduates is currently closed and will tentatively open in September 2022. Please check back regularly for updates.

View more on MOE Teaching Scholarship (Undergraduate)

MOE Teaching Award (Undergraduate)

For undergraduate studies at local autonomous universities.

After your undergraduate studies and teacher training, you will be given developmental opportunities to groom you for key positions in schools, depending on your performance and potential. Those who exhibit strong potential will be given opportunities to be deployed to MOE Headquarters.

  Application window

The application window for undergraduates is currently closed and will tentatively open in September 2022. Please check back regularly for updates.

View more on MOE Teaching Award (Undergraduate)

Selection process

Shortlisted applicants will undergo the following 2 stages in the selection process:

1. Selection interview

Shortlisted applicants can expect to receive an update from us on the arrangements for the selection interview within 6 weeks of the close of the application window. If you have not heard from us by then, you should assume that your application is unsuccessful.

The interview comprises 3 components:

  • Written task
  • Short presentation
  • Discussion with the panel

You can expect to spend about 2 hours at MOE. You will need to bring the original copies of all your certificates and supporting documents for verification. We may ask you to submit additional documents, based on your shortlisted subject and teaching level.

2. Other assessments

You may be required to undergo the following:

  • Medical examination
  • Entrance proficiency tests
  • Additional interviews or auditions
  • Psychometric tests and related assessments
  • School stint (only for specific applicants who are notified of the requirement)

Undergoing any of the above does not indicate that you have been selected for the scholarship or award.

Note on Physical Proficiency Test: Applicants who are shortlisted to teach Physical Education (PE) are required to attend a mandatory Physical Proficiency Test (PPT).

Applicants who are unable to attend the session will have their application considered and processed in the next recruitment cycle.

Learn how you can prepare for the test with the Physical Proficiency Test training guide.

Note on university applications: Generally, you are encouraged to apply to the local or overseas universities of your choice concurrently with your scholarship/award application. This is to ensure timely admission into university should you be offered the Teaching Scholarship or Award. Should you be successful in your application for the NTU-NIE Bachelor of Arts (Education) and Bachelor of Science (Education) Teaching Scholars Programme (TSP), MOE will facilitate your crossover in the event you have accepted other local autonomous university offers.

If you have any questions about the teaching scholarships and sponsorships, you may refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.