Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL
DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER PATHWAY
APPLICATION
BOND REQUIREMENTS
UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS
MID-TERM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

    GENERAL

  1. What is the MOE-AU Scholarship?

    The MOE-AU Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship for students who are interested in pursuing an academic career at one of our local Autonomous Universities (AUs). It is part of the Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent scheme (START) that was established in 2015. The MOE-AU Scholarship provides support at the undergraduate level, that help prepare recipients for a future career in academia.

  2. How does the MOE-AU Scholarship work?

    MOE-AU Scholarship recipients are paired with a specific AU upon receipt of the scholarship. This facilitates development opportunities for the scholar, as the AU would be able to start building a relationship with the scholar right from the start. Scholars can express their preferences to be paired with a specific AU in the application form. Currently, MOE-AU Scholarship recipients may be paired with NUS, NTU, SMU, or SUTD.

    The MOE-AU Scholarship provides sponsorship for up to four years of undergraduate studies. Thereafter, the scholar is expected to apply for, obtain and accept a PhD scholarship (under START) from the AU which the scholar is paired with. Upon graduation from postgraduate studies under START, the scholar would serve a bond of four to six years in the paired AU as an academic staff.

  3. What does it mean to be paired with an AU?

    The paired AU will be the AU which MOE-AU Scholars will:

    • Receive academic mentorship and support from while pursuing their undergraduate studies;
    • Attend their key development programmes;
    • Apply and acquire their postgraduate scholarship from after graduating from undergraduate studies; and
    • Kickstart their academic career in.
  4. What does the MOE-AU Scholarship cover?

    The MOE-AU undergraduate scholarship covers full sponsorship for undergraduate courses of any field and at any reputable local or overseas university, subject to the Scholarship Board’s approval. The value of a full-term scholarship would include:

    • All tuition and compulsory fees;
    • Acceptance fees paid to the institution of study;
    • A monthly allowance to cover accommodation and sustenance costs;
    • A one-off pre-studies allowance;
    • Visa application and immigration-related fees (if applicable);
    • Economy airfare (for scholars pursuing studies overseas), based on the paired AU’s travel guidelines, in the combination of a one-way ticket for commencement of undergraduate studies and a one-way ticket after graduation from undergraduate studies;
    • Sponsorship for overseas field trips, immersion programmes, or summer school courses approved by MOE and the paired AU; and/or
    • Sponsorship for one overseas exchange programme (for scholars studying at a local institution).
  5. How long do MOE-AU Scholars have to complete their studies?

    Scholars have up to four years to complete their undergraduate studies, and are required to complete both their undergraduate and postgraduate studies leading to the award of a PhD within nine years.

    Extensions can be considered on a case-by-case basis, in exceptional circumstances (e.g. if the scholar pursues his/her studies in non-traditional countries).

    Some possible timelines are as follows:

    • Undergraduate (3 years) + Masters (1 year) + PhD (5 years)
    • Undergraduate (3 years) + PhD (6 years)
    • Undergraduate (4 years) + PhD (5 years)

    Scholarship recipients should discuss their academic plans and proposed timelines with their Scholarship Officers.

  6. Who is eligible to apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship?

    Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents who takes up Singapore Citizenship before the awarding of the MOE-AU Scholarship. They should have a strong interest in pursuing an academic career at one of the local Autonomous Universities, and demonstrate high achievement and aptitude for the academic field or subject that they wish to specialise in.

    For full-term applicants, they should have completed their pre-university final examinations and are awaiting their results, or already be in possession of pre-university qualifications. Applicants with GCE ‘A’ Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB), NUS High School, Polytechnic Diploma, or equivalent qualifications are welcome to apply.

    For mid-term applicants, they should have completed at least one academic semester of their undergraduate studies. Undergraduates who have embarked on their final year of study at the point of application are not eligible for the MOE-AU Scholarship; these students are advised to apply for the AUs’ postgraduate scholarships available instead.

  7. Can I disrupt my full-time National Service (NS) to pursue my undergraduate studies?

    Male recipients of the MOE-AU Scholarship are required to complete their full-time NS prior to commencing their undergraduate studies, as full-time NS disruption would interrupt the scholars’ seamless transfer to an AU to perform academic work.

    Nonetheless, male applicants are welcome to apply for the full-term scholarship prior to their full-time NS, and will be offered a provisional scholarship if selected. Confirmation of the scholarship is subject to their performance and conduct during their full-time NS, and medical clearance.

  8. Which universities can the MOE-AU Scholars study at?

    There is no specific list of universities that the MOE-AU Scholars must study at. The MOE-AU Scholarship is applicable for undergraduate studies at any reputable local and overseas institutions, subject to the Scholarship Board’s approval.

  9. Will there be more universities that scholars could be paired with, apart from NUS, NTU, SMU, and SUTD?

    Currently, our MOE-AU Scholars can be paired with NUS, NTU, SMU, or SUTD. MOE may consider including other AUs in the future.

  10. Are there restrictions on the course or field of study?

    The MOE-AU Scholarship is applicable for all courses/fields of study, subject to the Scholarship Board’s approval and agreement by the AUs.

  11. Can I change my course of study?

    MOE’s approval must be obtained before applying for a change in course of study for MOE-AU Scholars.

  12. What are the selection criteria for the MOE-AU Scholarship?

    Applicants are expected to be very strong and competent in their chosen academic subject or field of study. In addition to stellar academic results in the intended area of study, applicants should also demonstrate a high level of motivation and interest in the chosen area, for example through activities such as participation in external competitions. Prior experience in research would also be useful. Involvement and achievements in co-curricular activities will also be taken into consideration.

  13. Do I have to maintain a certain academic standard during the period of my undergraduate studies as an MOE-AU Scholar? What is that minimum requirement?

    MOE-AU Scholars are expected to be on track to receiving a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours (Second Upper Division), i.e. cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent.

  14. How many students will be awarded the MOE-AU Scholarship each year?

    We do not have a cap on the number of scholarships awarded each year. The scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a high level of interest and competence in their chosen subject, and a strong motivation to do research and teaching in the particular subject as their long-term career.

  15. DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER PATHWAY

  16. What does an academic career entail and what is it about?

    An AU academic takes on a dual role of a researcher and a teacher in the AU. He/she will be involved in the AU’s strategic educational and research initiatives, and enthuse the next generation of university undergraduates with a love of an academic subject. Besides enhancing the learning outcomes of students and impacting the students’ lives through teaching, an AU academic actively seeks solutions to important problems through research and innovation, and contributes to our society and profession through service.

  17. What development programmes are available for MOE-AU Scholarship holders?

    Full-term MOE-AU Scholars who will be studying in overseas universities will attend pre-departure programmes aimed at helping them assimilate in an unfamiliar and independent environment. Each MOE-AU Scholar will be assigned an academic mentor who is a faculty member from his/her paired AU and can provide guidance to the MOE-AU Scholar in the career path to being an academic in the AU.

  18. What happens if I subsequently fail to secure a PhD scholarship offered by my paired AU as an MOE-AU Scholar?

    This will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but the scholar would still have to serve out the full undergraduate bond period of four to six years.

  19. APPLICATION

  20. How can I apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship?

    Interested applicants may apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship via PSC Gateway (http://www.psc.gov.sg/apply-for-scholarships) and indicate “Academia” as their career choice when PSC Gateway is open (typically in September).

  21. Do I need to submit any additional documents to apply?

    Applicants may be required to submit additional supporting documents such as academic and character references. To expedite your application, you may wish to inform your referees ahead of time.

  22. When are the application closing dates?

    Full-term scholarship applications have closed. Mid-term scholarship applications will close on 30 April 2018.

  23. Will my application be considered less favourably if I did not attempt any H3 subject?

    H3 is not a necessary criterion to be considered for this scholarship.

  24. Are psychometric tests and SAT compulsory for the MOE-AU Scholarship application?

    You will be invited to sit for psychometric tests if you have been shortlisted for the MOE-AU Scholarship. The SAT is not a pre-requisite for the award of scholarships, but may be required for US university applications.

  25. BOND REQUIREMENTS

  26. What is the bond period? Which agency or institution am I bonded to?

    BOND FROM UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

    The bond period incurred from undergraduate studies is dependent on the country which the MOE-AU Scholar studies in.

    Table 1. Bond period corresponding to the country of study for undergraduate scholars.

    Country of Study Bond (Years)
    Local 4
    Overseas (Non-English speaking) 5
    Overseas (English-speaking) 6

    BOND FROM POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

    The bond period incurred from postgraduate studies is dependent on the terms of the PhD scholarship awarded.


    TOTAL BOND PERIOD

    The bond periods incurred from the undergraduate and postgraduate studies run concurrently for a total maximum period of six years. The bond will be served by the scholar after obtaining the sponsored-postgraduate qualification and when serving as an academic staff in the AU which he/she is paired with.

  27. UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS

  28. Does MOE submit an application to the universities on my behalf, or should I apply for universities on my own?

    Applicants should apply to the local or overseas universities of their choice directly. MOE will not submit any university applications on the applicants’ behalf.

  29. Can I apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship if I have yet to get a university place?

    Applicants may apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship (Full-term) if they have yet to secure a university place. Applicants will be required to indicate the universities and courses that they have applied to in their scholarship application form. Successful applicants are required to produce supporting documents stating successful placement in the university and course of study before the scholarship can be awarded to them.

  30. Should male applicants apply for university admission before entering full-time National Service (NS)?

    Male applicants may apply for university admission before entering full-time NS. Generally, overseas universities allow a one-year deferment of student admission from successful placement in the overseas university and course.

    Male applicants should nonetheless note that if selected for the MOE-AU Scholarship, they must complete their full-time NS before commencing their undergraduate studies. Confirmation of the scholarship is subject to performance and conduct during their full-time NS, and medical clearance.

  31. FOR MOE-AU MID-TERM APPLICANTS

  32. Who is eligible to apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship (Mid-term)?

    Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents who takes up Singapore Citizenship before the awarding of the MOE-AU Scholarship. They should have a strong interest in pursuing an academic career at one of the local Autonomous Universities, and demonstrate high achievement and aptitude for the academic field or subject that they wish to specialise in.

    For mid-term applicants, they should have completed at least one academic semester of their undergraduate studies. Undergraduates who have embarked on their final year of study at the point of application are not eligible for the MOE-AU Scholarship; these students are advised to apply for the AUs’ postgraduate scholarships available instead.

    Applicants who are currently pursuing their undergraduate studies (but not in the final year of study at the point of application) in either local or overseas universities are welcome to apply.

  33. For mid-term scholars, will MOE grant back-payment for tuition fees and living allowances?

    There will be back-payment of compulsory tuition fees incurred before the award of the scholarship. There will be no back-payment of non-compulsory fees or living allowances.

  34. Will the bond period be pro-rated?

    There will not be any pro-rating of the bond period regardless of when the scholarship is awarded and accepted. The bond period would be the same as for the MOE-AU Scholarship (Full-term).

  35. For mid-term applicants currently studying overseas, do they need to be back in Singapore to attend the interview(s) if shortlisted?

    Mid-term applicants who are studying at overseas universities are strongly encouraged to attend the interview in person in Singapore.

  36. Will the academic results from the GCE ‘A’ Level/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Polytechnic/NUS High School Diploma be taken into consideration?

    Applicants’ pre-university academic and non-academic achievements will be taken into consideration for the MOE-AU Scholarship.

  37. Is there a list of approved universities of study for interested applicants who want to apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship (Mid-term)?

    Applicants studying in any local or overseas universities are eligible to apply for the MOE-AU Scholarship (Mid-term) as long as they are currently pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree with the university.