Scholarship Details

The Home Team is the umbrella of different agencies under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It is an organisation of more than 23,000 members who come together to play an integral role in ensuring the safety and security of the country.

We look for committed and passionate individuals who enjoy purposeful and meaningful work that would make a difference in the lives of people and the community. We also seek out individuals who aspire to be a leader, rise up to challenges, and want to uphold the safety and security of Singapore and Singaporeans.

If you share the passion to serve Singapore and our community, and to create a Singapore that is even safe and more secure, join us to build this future together.

Singapore Merit Scholarship

Singapore Merit Scholarship (SMS) is awarded to promising students to pursue undergraduate studies at renowned universities. Upon the completion of your studies, you will be groomed to take on key positions in one of the Home Affairs Uniformed Services (HUS) – the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Prison Service or Central Narcotics Bureau, where you will to play an integral role in protecting Singapore.


• Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents intending to take up Singapore Citizenship 
• Good co-curricular activities (CCA) records and Phyiscal Fitness (PES A or B)
• GCE ‘A’ Levels (with at least 10 academic units), International Baccalaureate (IB), Polytechnic Diploma (with Merit) or equivalent 
• Display strong leadership qualities and excel in Officer Cadet School (OCS)
• Keen interest in a career with the Home Team 

Value of Scholarships

• Tuition and other approved fees 
• Monthly overseas or local maintenance allowance 
• Pre-studies allowance e.g. settling-in, warm clothing, computer 
• Return airfare for attachment programme
• Sponsorship for Masters and exchange programmes (if requirements are met)
• Full salary for the duration of study 
• National Service Disruption

Bond Duration

English speaking countries:

  • 6 years bond

Non-English speaking countries:

  • 5 years bond

Where to Pursue

Renowned Overseas or Local Universities

Choice of Courses

Most disciplines except Medicine, Dentistry and Architecture

*Applicants intending to pursue a degree in Law will not be called to the Bar


Scholars' Experience

Keeping a close watch

Mr Allan Loi uses his engineering skills to...

The economics of police work

Studying in Chicago broadened operations...

A crime-busting career

Assistant superintendent of police (ASP) S...

Excelling in a varied role

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Wilbur...

In the name of justice

A visit to Geylang Neighbourhood Police...

Harnessing the power of technology

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Brenda...

Helping victims of crime

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Lee...

Wind beneath their wings

Singapore Government Scholarship (Prisons)...

Saving lives in multiple roles

MHA Local Merit Scholarship recipient Wong...

In pursuit of justice

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Justin...

Ensuring the nation's safety

A career with the Immigration & Checkpoints...

To serve and protect

DSP Jeremy Ang Boon Sheng strives to keep...

Mission possible

DSP Chin Yong Feng fulfils his dream of...

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