Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme (Secondary) (HSSRP)


The Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme (Secondary) (HSSRP) is jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, and the following partner institutions:

  • ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

  • Nanyang Technological University
    National Institute of Education
    S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

  • National University of Singapore
    Division of Social Sciences, Yale-NUS College
    Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • Singapore Management University
    School of Social Sciences

  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)


The HSSRP aims to provide participants with the opportunity to engage in research under the guidance of mentors in the various fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Its aims are to:

  • extend and deepen participants’ understanding of the individual and society through an examination of human experiences and interactions in the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences;

  • equip participants with knowledge of research methods used in the Humanities and Social Sciences;

  • develop an awareness of the social responsibilities and ethics of researchers and commitment to use research for the greater good;

  • develop participants’ skills in communication, interpretation, linking and synthesising domains of knowledge, and imbuing facts with meaning and value; and

  • nurture in participants a passion for independent learning.

Programme Description

This programme comprises five components.

  1. Mentorship Attachment

    This is the period when participants work with their mentors on projects proposed by the mentors or projects that have been crafted by the participants. Mentors and participants will meet for discussions for a minimum of three contact hours (excluding correspondences and editing of reports)

  2. Research Workshop

    Participants attend a series of research workshops in the course of the mentorship. At these workshops, participants are given the opportunity to gain new research skills and knowledge from trainers and peers through hands-on activities and sharing.

  3. Project Review

    The Project Review provides participants with the opportunity to present their papers to a Review Panel.

  4. Symposium

    This Symposium offers selected participants the opportunity to communicate their research findings to others.

  5. Publication of Project Papers

    At the end of the mentorship period, participants will submit their papers to their teacher-mentors and expert-mentors for vetting and approval for publication.

    The Publication offers a platform for selected participants to share their research findings.

Target Group

The programme is open to Year 3 and 4 students from School-Based Gifted Education (SBGE) and Integrated Programme (IP) schools.

For Pre-University Students

Since 2006, the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme (Pre-U) [HSSRP (Pre-U)] has been replaced by the NUS-MOE Humanities and Social Sciences Research (HSSR). It is no longer offered as an enrichment programme. HSSR is offered only as an H3 option.

Target Group

JC1 / Pre-U2 in CI / Y5 in IP ‘A’ Level students who demonstrate outstanding aptitude and ability in specific subjects taken at the H2 level: Chinese Language and Literature, Economics, Geography, History, Literature in English, and Malay Language and Literature