The mission of Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is to enhance Singapore's peace and security through deterrence and diplomacy, and should these fail, to secure a swift and decisive victory over the aggressor. Since its inception in the 1960s, the SAF has evolved to a modern, networked Army, Navy and Air Force that is capable of combating a wide spectrum of threats such as terrorism and piracy. The SAF continues to transform itself into an integrated fighting system with leading-edge capabilities to meet Singapore’s evolving security needs.

MINDEF Scholarship Centre (MSC) was established on 3 Nov 1999 as a one-stop information and liaison centre to assist prospective scholars on all issues and matters pertaining to the premier MINDEF/SAF Scholarships.

As a key resource centre for the premier MINDEF/SAF Scholarships, MSC seeks to continually provide various platforms of information exchange concerning its range of scholarships and MINDEF/SAF careers to interested candidates. Some of these platforms include hosting events like Tea Sessions, Career Talks and various internship/attachment programmes.

Candidates who are awarded MINDEF/SAF scholarships can thereafter look forward to their studies with the support of MSC officers. MSC takes pride in providing professional advice and ensures that our scholars have adequate administrative support and can focus on their studies.


The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Scholarship

The SAF Scholarship was introduced in 1971 to attract top talents into the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Previously known as the SAF Overseas Scholarship (SAFOS), its prestige is second only to the President’s Scholarship, The SAF Scholarship offers access to a world-class education and developmental opportunities through a series of command and staff appointments to groom you for the highest level of leadership.

PSC Scholarship Engineering (Defence and Security)

The PSC Scholarship Engineering (Defence and Security) is launched starting from the 2017 scholarships exercise. PSC seeks to award the scholarship to students who have an interest to study and practise engineering in the public service and passion to use their skills to ensure that Singapore continues to be technologically innovative and stays ahead of competition, both regionally and globally. The scholarship offers a specialised engineering career proposition from the start. The specialised engineering career track allows scholarship holders to develop deep technical capabilities in the Defence and Security cluster in the early part of their careers. There will be opportunities to work in MINDEF/SAF agencies whose core of business lies in engineering. Scholarship holders will be challenged with technical demands that aim to sharpen their domain skills and hone them into experts of these fields.

Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Merit Scholarship

The SAF Merit Scholarship equips you with a world-class education and exposes you to training that will develop your operational know-how and expertise relevant to the organisation. You will be groomed to become leaders of tomorrow and be responsible for guiding your men to fulfil the mission of the SAF.

Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Engineering Scholarship
The SAF Engineering Scholarship is a new scholarship for aspiring engineers-to-be with the interest and commitment to join the SAF as Military Experts. You will form the next generation of leaders in our engineering corps who will catalyse the next phase of development of the SAF.

As military engineers, you will assume a range of challenging engineering appointments in MINDEF/SAF. There are also opportunities for you to be rotated in the wider defence technology ecosystem to build up engineering expertise and gain exposure to cutting-edge defence technologies.

Defence Merit Scholarship
The Defence Merit Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship offered by MINDEF for non-uniformed appointments in the organisation. The scholarship grants you a world-class education at some of the most eminent universities. Upon graduation, Defence Merit Scholars enjoy a highly rewarding and challenging career as a Defence Executive Officer (DXO) within MINDEF. As DXOs, they will play strategic roles in the defence and security of Singapore.


  • The SAF Scholarship: 1 September 2017 to 15 March 2018
  • PSC Scholarship Engineering (Defence and Security): 1 September 2017 to 15 March 2018
  • SAF Merit Scholarship: 1 September 2017 to 30 April 2018 (For Males)
  • SAF Merit Scholarship: 1 April 2017 to 31 August 2017 (For Females)
  • SAF Engineering Scholarship: 1 September 2017 to 30 April 2018 (For Males)
  • SAF Engineering Scholarship: 1 April 2017 to 31 August 2017 (For Females)
  • Defence Merit Scholarship: 1 September 2017 to 15 Mar 2018


Scholarships Application Portal

The SAF Scholarship

PSC Scholarship Engineering (Defence and Security) 

 Application is via PSC Gateway.

SAF Merit Scholarship

SAF Engineering Scholarship

Defence Merit Scholarship

Application is via MSC Apply Now Page (you will be redirected to the NS Portal).


Students can also refer to the infographics



[The SAF Scholarship and SAF Merit Scholarship]

Under the Enhanced Officers Scheme (EOS), you will enjoy an elaborate career that will see you take on a spectrum of leadership and management appointments. There are also a number of unique features to the scheme, so you can be sure that your career journey is one filled with options and opportunities.


[SAF Engineering Scholarship]

As a Military Expert in the SAF, you will develop deep professional expertise in key military domains, such as technical, engineering, nursing and intelligence. It will be a career full of opportunities, as you employ your deep specialisation to maintain our operational edge.


Upon graduation, Defence Merit Scholars will embark on a highly rewarding and challenging career as a Defence Executive Officer (DXO) within MINDEF. As DXOs, they will play strategic roles in the defence and security of Singapore.

Job functions that can be explored as a DXO:

  • Communications
  • Counselling
  • Defence Policy
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Internal Audit
  • Logistics
  • National Education
  • Paramedical
  • Research
  • Training

More details can be found on page 35 of the Defence Merit Scholarship Brochure.


Talent Management Programme

Defence merit scholars can look forward to many exciting opportunities for exposure and development in MINDEF/SAF under the Talent Management Programme for DXO, also known as LEAD in short.

More details can be found on page 36 of the Defence Merit Scholarship Brochure.


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