The Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Scholarship is synonymous with both prestige and a willingness to serve Singapore. Set up in 1991 by the Tanjong Pagar Citizens’ Consultative Committee with funding from the public to commemorate the contributions made by Mr Lee Kuan Yew to Singapore, it marks Singapore's continuous effort to recognise outstanding individuals with the aptitude and inclination to contribute to our society.


Since its inception, many Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship holders have gone on to make significant contributions across varied fields including the Public Service, business, law, medicine, the arts, and academia.


Click here for more information on the LKY Scholarship Fund, which is also a registered charity.




Applicants, who must be Singapore citizens, will be assessed holistically. This includes their track record of leadership and service (e.g. volunteer work, social enterprise, contributions to cultural, scientific and/or academic communities etc.) as well as academic and professional achievements.


Terms and Conditions


Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship recipients can pursue postgraduate studies overseas or locally to develop their potential as leaders in their respective fields. There are no restrictions on the course of study.


While there is no bond associated with the Scholarship, Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship recipients are expected actively to contribute towards the betterment of Singapore and the local community.


Scholarship recipients will receive a one-off sum of S$10,000 and an annual allowance of:

  • S$50,000 for private sector awardees; or
  • S$10,000 for public sector awardees, if they are concurrently sponsored by their agencies.

Application Process


Application for the 2020 LKY Scholarship is now open. Applications should be submitted via the Gateway application portal by 30 December 2019, 2359 hrs.


Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for psychometric tests in February 2020. Applicants will be notified by March 2020. The interview will be held in April 2020. 


For enquiries, please refer to the FAQs or send your questions to