Scholarship Details

The mission of MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces is to enhance Singapore's peace and security through deterrence and diplomacy, and should these fail, to secure a swift and decisive victory over the aggressor.

SAF Merit Scholarship

The SAF Merit Scholarship equips you with a world-class education and exposes you to training that will develop your operational know-how and expertise relevant to the organisation. You will be groomed to become leaders of tomorrow and be responsible for guiding your men to fulfil the mission of the SAF.

Requirement

1) Singapore citizens or permanent residents intending to take up citizenship.
2) Good GCE 'A' Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) results, Polytechnic Diploma (with Merit) or equivalent
3) Good co-curricular activities (CCA) records
4) Strong leadership qualities
5) Qualify for and excel in Officer Cadet School (OCS)
6) Possess a strong interest in a military career
 

Value of Scholarships

Overseas Studies:

  • Monthly salary for the duration of studies
  • Tuition fees and other approved academic charges
  • Return economy airfare
  • Book allowance
  • Computer allowance
  • One-time sponsorship for summer exchange programme
  • Sponsorship for up to 4 years of studies, inclusive of Master’s if applicable


Local Studies:

  • Monthly salary for the duration of studies
  • Tuition fees and other approved academic charges
  • Book Allowance
  • Computer Allowance
  • Hostel fees, if any (based on twin-sharing rates)
  • One-time sponsorship for summer exchange programme
  • Sponsorship for up to 4 years of studies, inclusive of Master’s if applicable

Bond Duration

6 years

Where to Pursue

Our scholars typically go to top and renowned universities in the UK or USA.

United States of America
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Yale University
United Kingdom
  • Imperial College, London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • University College London
Note:

The above lists are not exhaustive. You may also apply if the universities you're interested in are not listed, but applications are subject to approval.

Choice of Courses

Most disciplines* with the exception of professional courses such as architecture, medicine, dentistry, etc.

Course Category:

  • Accountancy / Business / Finance
  • Arts / Humanities / Social Sciences
  • Economics / Philosophy / Politics
  • Engineering
  • Law*
  • Science
  • Technology


* Applicants intending to pursue a degree in Law will not be called to the Bar while serving in the SAF.

Video

Scholars' Experience

Soaring high

In the SAF, COL Lau Boon Ping established a...

Defending the seas

LTC Siswi Herlini leads teams in guarding...

A man of many hats

SLTC Wong Shi Ming’s career in the...

Flying High

For Republic of Singapore Air Force’s LTC...

Leading a family

LTC Muhammad Helmi Khaswan’s Singapore...

In service of Singapore’s maritime defence

RADM Ken Cheong Kwok Chien of the Republic...

Defender of the deep

Captain (CPT) Thia Shan Zhi shares how the...

Aim higher, see further

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John Nehemiah...

On a mission to excel

Taking up The SAF Scholarship enabled...

Engineering smooth operations

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Engineering...

An extensive naval career

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Scholarship...

Keeping the skies safe

From being a pilot on relief missions to...

Rising through the ranks

The SAF Scholarship recipient Major (MAJ) Wu...

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