A Singapore Government Agency Website How to identify
Official website links end with .gov.sg

Government agencies communicate via .gov.sg website
(e.g. go.gov.sg/open). Trusted websites

Secure websites use HTTPS

Look for a lock () or https:// as an added precaution.
Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Education Merit Scholarship

The Education Merit Scholarship is offered to outstanding candidates with a strong passion for education and teaching. The scholarship is tenable for undergraduate studies at both local and overseas universities. Upon completion of your studies and teacher training, you will be given developmental opportunities to groom you for senior positions in the Education Service.


  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident who is willing to take up Singapore Citizenship
  • GCE A-Level, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, Polytechnic Diploma, NUS High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Strong leadership qualities and passion for education
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong CCA record

What you can study

  • Languages
  • Humanities
  • Art and Music
  • Physical Education and Sports Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics

Where you can study

  • Reputable overseas universities
  • Local autonomous universities

What the scholarship covers

We will sponsor the following:

  • Tuition fees and other approved charges
  • Maintenance and pre-studies allowance
  • Return economy airfare, if you are studying overseas
  • Developmental programmes, such as school attachments, during your undergraduate studies
  • Internships at MOE headquarters and attachments at overseas schools
  • Approved student exchange programmes, summer programmes and CCAs
  • Possibility of sponsorship of Master’s degree (if requirements are met)

After completing your undergraduate degree, you will enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE) for teaching training.

Note: Undergraduates who complete the Bachelor of Arts/Science (Academic Discipline & Education) programme at NTU-NIE will not need to enrol in the PGDE programme.

Length of bond

Your scholarship bond length depends on your country of study:

If you study in… You will serve a bond of…
An English speaking country 6 years
A non-English speaking country 5 years
Singapore 4 years

Note: If you are enrolled into the PGDE programme at NIE, you will also have to serve a 3-year bond. The discharge of your bond will start upon commencement of trained service and is concurrent with your scholarship bond.


The application window is open from Friday, 1 September 2023 to Friday, 15 March 2024. For more information and to apply, please refer to the PSC Website .


  • You have to indicate ‘Teaching Service' as your preferred scheme of service.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the PSC Secretariat and may be referred to MOE at PSC's discretion. We will consider every applicant for the full range of MOE scholarships and award.
  • If you do not hear from us by 1 July, you may consider your application to be unsuccessful.