Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship

Passionate About Serving SocietySynonymous with both prestige and a willingness to serve Singapore, the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Scholarship marks Singapore’s continuous effort to recognise outstanding individuals with the aptitude and inclination to contribute to our society.

 Applications for the 2024 LKY Scholarship will be open by December 2023.

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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, the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Scholarship marks Singapore's continuous effort to recognise outstanding individuals with the aptitude and inclination to contribute to our society.

Since its inception, many LKY Scholarship holders have gone on to make significant contributions across various fields including the Public Service, business, law, consulting, healthcare, the arts, and academia.

Click for more information on the LKY Scholarship Fund, which is also a registered charity.


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) as well as academic and professional achievements.

Value of Award

LKY 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, LKY 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 private sector awardees (up to 2 years of sponsorship for a Master’s degree and up to 5 years of sponsorship for a PhD degree); or

  • A one-off sum of S$10,000 for public sector awardees, if they are concurrently sponsored by their agencies.

Application Process

The application process consists of submitting an online application. If shortlisted, candidates will be informed on the next stages to attend and steps to be taken. Check out the Apply page for more information on our application process.

For enquiries, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or send your questions to  psc@psd.gov.sg.

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Step 1Prepare Your Supporting Documents

Before working on your application form, it is recommended you start gathering all the supporting documents required, for ease of uploading and cross-checking them. The documents required are:

  • Certificates of Academic Qualifications Obtained

  • Full University Transcript(s) and Degree Certificate(s)

  • Co-curricular Activities and Achievement Records

  • List of Publications/ Conferences/ Presentations (if applicable)

  • NS Certificate of Service and Service Transcript (if applicable)

  • Certificate of Singapore Citizenship by Registration (if applicable)

  • Letters of Admission to Universities (if applicable)

Step 2Login Via Singpass

You are required to have a valid Singpass account in order to access and submit the scholarship application form.

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Step 3Submit Your Application

Applications should be submitted via the application portal.

Your application form consists of the following sections:

  • Personal & Family Details

  • Education History

  • Achievements

  • University Applications

  • Other Details

  • Essay

  • Declaration

Step 4Receive Application Outcome

You should receive your application outcome via email.

if shortlisted

Step 5Undergo Assessments & Interview

Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for psychometric tests in February 2023.

Final interview will be held in April 2023. 

Step 6Receive Your Interview Outcome

You may receive your outcome between April to May 2023. Some evaluations take longer, so do not worry if your outcome does not fit the timeframe stated. All outcomes should be received by June 2023.