• Ministry of Education


Applicants must:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident who is willing to take up Singapore Citizenship
  • Have a strong interest in pursuing an academic career at one of our local participating AUs
  • Demonstrate high achievement and aptitude for the academic field or subject that they wish to specialise in
  • Be in their final year of pre-university studies or already in possession of pre-university qualifications

Applicants with GCE ‘A’ Level, International Baccalaureate (IB), NUS High School, Polytechnic Diploma, or equivalent qualifications are welcome to apply.


Scholarship Type : Undergraduate

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Course of Study : Courses approved by the agency Read more

Country/Region of Study : Countries/Regions approved by the agency Read more


The MOE-Autonomous University (MOE-AU) Scholarship is part of the Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent scheme (START) that was established in 2015. The Scholarship supports young Singaporeans who demonstrate the interest and ability to pursue a career in academia in our participating AUs (NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD), and a high degree of proficiency, motivation, and interest in a particular subject field.

The full-term scholarship is fully sponsored by MOE (for selected items).


Career Progression:

Upon graduation from undergraduate studies as an MOE-AU Scholar, the MOE-AU Scholar would be expected to apply for, obtain and accept the postgraduate scholarship (under START) from the AU which the scholar is paired with. MOE co-funds 50% of the selected postgraduate talent programmes offered by the AUs. Upon graduation from postgraduate studies under START, the scholar would serve in the paired AU as an academic staff.


MOE will fund the following items under the MOE-AU Scholarship (Full-term):

  • All tuition and compulsory fees
  • Acceptance fees paid to the institution of study
  • A monthly allowance to cover accommodation and sustenance costs
  • A one-off pre-studies allowance
  • Visa application and immigration-related fees (if applicable)
  • Economy airfare (for scholars pursuing studies overseas), based on the paired AU’s travel guidelines, in the combination of a one-way ticket for commencement of undergraduate studies and a one-way ticket after graduation from undergraduate studies
  • Sponsorship for overseas field trips, immersion programmes, or summer school courses approved by MOE and the paired AU
  • Sponsorship for one overseas exchange programme (for local scholars)


Bachelor's Degree


For undergraduate study in English-speaking countries: 6 years
For undergraduate study in non-English speaking countries: 5 years
For undergraduate study in Singapore: 4 years