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.


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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. Applicants should have at least two academic terms of study remaining at the point of application. 


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


Scholarship recipients will receive an annual allowance of S$50,000 for up to 2 years if they are pursuing a Master's degree or up to 5 years of PhD studies. This is with the exception of public sector awardees who are already sponsored by their agencies for their postgraduate studies. These public sector awardees will receive a one-off sum of S$10,000.

Application Process


Application for the 2022 LKY Scholarship opens from 1 November 2021 to 10 January 2022, 1700 hrs. Applications should be submitted via the Gateway application portal.


Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for psychometric tests in February 2022. Applicants will be notified by March 2022. The interview will be held in April 2022. 


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