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 civilian appointments in the organisation. Awarded to a select few each year, the Defence Merit Scholarship paves the way to a world-class education at some of the world's most eminent universities. Upon graduation, Defence Merit Scholars enjoy a highly-rewarding and challenging career as a Defence Executive Officer (DXO) within MINDEF.


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 (Overseas); 4 years (Local)

Where to Pursue

Local and overseas universities

Choice of Courses

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

Course Category:
· Arts / Social Sciences
· Economics
· Engineering
· International Relations
· Law*
· Mathematics
· Philosophy, Politics and Economics
· Political Science
· Psychology
· Science / Natural Sciences

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


Scholars' Experience

Safeguarding Singapore’s skies

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Defenders of the sea

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Leadership powered by purpose

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A challenging and purposeful career

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Familiar bonds

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Finding his purpose

Captain Geeva Gopal Krishnan takes the lead...

Defending our way of life

COL Yong Wei Hsiung shares how a military...

Leadership powered by purpose

LTC Muhammad Helmi’s philosophy is to make...

Not every hero wears a cape

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Psyched about tech

Techie Major Sim Bao Chen is right where he...

People developer

Lieutenant Colonel Mikail Kalimuddin has...

In service to Singapore

Captain Aaron Koh sees his job serving in...

A man of many hats

SLTC Wong Shi Ming’s career in the...

Defending the seas

LTC Siswi Herlini leads teams in guarding...

Soaring high

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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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