• Ministry of Education


Applicants must:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen, or Singapore Permanent Resident who is willing to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Have good character, strong leadership qualities and keen passion for education
  • Have strong Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) records
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have GCE ‘A’ Levels (with minimum 10 academic units), International Baccalaureate (IB), Polytechnic Diploma, NUS High Diploma or equivalent


Scholarship Type : Undergraduate

Course Category : Science, Arts / Humanities / Social Sciences Read more

Course of Study : Sports Science, Physical Education, Humanities, Mathematics, Music Languages, Social Sciences, Arts, Sciences Read more

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


The Education Merit Scholarship (EMS) is offered to outstanding candidates with a strong passion for Education and teaching, for studies at the best universities both overseas and locally. EMS scholars will be given opportunities to hold top professional positions in the Education Service depending on their performance.


 Career Progression:

Because different teachers have different aspirations, the Ministry of Education has three career tracks or fields of excellence.

The Teaching Track provides professional development and advancement opportunities for teachers who are keen to further develop the pedagogical capability of the teaching force, with the pinnacle position of Principal Master Teacher. The Leadership Track gives you the opportunity to take on leadership positions in schools and the Ministry’s headquarters. If you are inclined towards more specialised areas where deep knowledge and skills are essential for breaking new ground in educational developments, the Senior Specialist Track is available for you.

There will be flexibility for lateral movements across the different tracks. Education Officers can choose to move across the different careers tracks, as long as they satisfy the standards and criteria of the job / career track they aspire to take on.

Like any other profession, career advancement is only limited by your own performance and potential.

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  • Sponsorship of tuition fees and other approved charges
  • Maintenance and pre-studies allowance
  • Return economy airfare (for overseas studies only)
  • Developmental programmes during undergraduate studies (e.g. school attachment)
  • Opportunities to participate in HQ internship and overseas school attachment
  • Sponsorship of approved student exchange programmes, summer programmes and CCAs
  • Sponsorship of approved student exchange programmes, summer programmes and CCAs
  • Possibility of sponsorship of Master’s degree (if requirements are met)
  • Be enrolled into the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) teacher preparation programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE) as a salaried employee, after completion of first degree


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