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.

Defence Merit Scholarship

The Defence Merit Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship offered by MINDEF for non-uniformed appointments in the organisation. The scholarship grants you a world-class education at some of the most eminent universities. Upon graduation, Defence Merit Scholars enjoy a highly rewarding and challenging career as a Defence Executive Officer (DXO) within MINDEF. As DXOs, they will play strategic roles in the defence and security of Singapore


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

Value of Scholarships

Overseas Studies:

  • Tuition fees and other approved academic charges
  • Overseas Maintenance and other allowances e.g. books, computer
  • Return economy airfare
  • One-time sponsorship for summer exchange programme
  • Sponsorship for up to 4 years of studies, inclusive of Master’s if applicable

Local 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



  • 4 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

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

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


Scholars' Experience

Soaring high

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Defending the seas

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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

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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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