Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. We partner companies to innovate, transform and go global.


Early cycle: 1 Oct – 15 Nov
Main cycle: Release date of A level results – 3 weeks later


ESG Scholarships application is to be submitted via the Brightsparks portal.


You will get the chance to take a hands-on approach in developing and implementing national- or industry-level initiatives to impact enterprises. You will also get involved in creating ideas and opportunities to make a difference in helping enterprises, undertake deep-dive studies or reviews in understanding how capability development and standards can bring about the growth to businesses. Best of all, you can connect with business leaders and entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds, and work with many other private and public sector partners to drive efforts for Singapore’s economic growth.


Read about ESG Scholarship holders' stories and journey here.


1 Application and Selection Process

1.1 When can I start applying for the Undergraduate Scholarship?

The early cycle application will open in early October and close by mid-November. Alternatively, you may apply through the main cycle which opens after the GCE 'A' Level examinations end and closes three weeks after the release of your GCE ‘A’ Level results.

1.2 What do I need to submit for my application in the early cycle? 

You can use your preliminary results if available or predicted ‘A’ Level/IB Programme results. Guys (with NS) may prefer to apply during the early cycle.

1.3 What are the scholarship eligibility criteria?

You should have excellent grades in your GCE ‘A’ Level subjects or IB Programme. For polytechnic graduates, the requirement is Diploma with Merit. You should also have excellent CCA track records and leadership potential as well. We will also consider students with foreign language capabilities. 

1.4 When is the selection process?

If you apply through the early cycle, we will begin assessing candidates at the beginning of the following year.
If you apply after the release of the GCE ‘A’ Level results through the main cycle, the selection process will start in March and end in May/June.

1.5 What is the selection process like?

The selection process consists of a psychometric test, a preliminary video interview, a business case study and interviews with senior management.

1.6 If I am going for my national service (NS), do I apply after I have received my GCE ‘A’ Level results or after I have completed NS?

You can apply through the early or main cycle. However, note that you can only attend the interviews during your NS block-leave periods between May and July if you are enlisted. Hence, we recommend that you apply in the early cycle before your NS enlistment or else you can also consider applying when you are about to complete your NS when it is easier for you to apply for leave. If you are successful in your application, an offer will be made to you. Upon accepting our offer, we will hold the scholarship for you until you have completed your NS.


2 Courses/University

2.1 What courses does Enterprise Singapore support?

We support all disciplines except Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Music, Law and Architecture.

2.2 What about a Master's degree?

Enterprise Singapore supports its scholars up to a Master's degree. This is subject to approval and the scholar's academic performance and choice of universities.

2.3 Is there a list of approved undergraduate universities that I should apply to?

We do not stipulate a list of approved universities but the general guideline is that the university must be amongst the top for the related field of study you intend to pursue.


3 Fees & Financial Matters

3.1 What does the scholarship cover?

 The scholarship is a full scholarship and covers all tuition fees, living allowance, pre-studies & travel allowances and other miscellaneous expenses.

3.2 How long is the bond?

Scholars pursuing their undergraduate studies in the US and UK have a five-year bond. Scholars pursuing their undergraduate studies in non-English speaking countries (e.g. France, Germany, Japan or China) have a four-year bond. Scholars pursuing their undergraduate studies at local universities in Singapore will serve a two-year bond.


4 Career Opportunities

4.1 What are the career opportunities available when I return from my studies and start work?

Enterprise Singapore's work is multi-faceted and covers various exciting aspects of the business value chain. When you return after studies, you will be enrolled in the ESG Management Associate Programme (MAP) where you will go through a structured 9-month development programme which will equip you with a global perspective in driving enterprise development and growing stronger Singapore companies. You will go through two job rotations, one in an industry cluster and one overseas attachment in one of Enterprise Singapore’s overseas centres. From these rotations, you will build skills and business acumen as well as strategic in-market knowledge and insights.

Upon graduation from the MAP, you may be deployed in a variety of work functions such as Industry Clusters, Capability Programmes & Planning, Global Markets, Innovation & Enterprise and Quality & Excellence. Outstanding individuals may be selected for a three to four year overseas posting after gaining the necessary experience and relevant skills at Enterprise Singapore.