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 to actively contribute towards the betterment of Singapore and the community.


Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • An annual allowance of S$50,000 for private sector awardees (up to 2 years of sponsorship for a Master's degree and up to 5 years of sponsorship for a PhD degree); or
  • A one-off sum of S$10,000 for public sector awardees, if they are concurrently sponsored by their agencies.

Application Process


Application for the 2021 LKY Scholarship opens from 23 November 2020 to 29 January 2021, 2359hrs. Applications should be submitted via the Gateway application portal.


Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for psychometric tests in February 2021. Applicants will be notified by March 2021. The interview will be held in April 2021. 


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