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.
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The Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Scholarship is the premier postgraduate scholarship in Singapore. 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, it marks Singapore's continuous effort to recognise outstanding individuals with the aptitude and inclination to contribute to Singapore and our society.


Since its inception, many Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship holders have gone on to make significant contributions across varied fields including the Public Service, business, law, medicine, the arts and academia.


Click here 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 achievement in their fields of pursuit/professions. Applicants should also have the potential to excel in their fields/professions, which will contribute to and benefit Singapore and our society.

Terms and Conditions

Lee Kuan Yew 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, Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship recipients are expected to actively contribute towards the betterment of Singapore and Singaporeans.


Scholarship recipients will receive full tuition fees coverage and an annual allowance of S$50,000 for up to 2 years if they are pursuing a Master’s degree or up to 5 years for PhD studies. 


Public sector awardees who are already sponsored by their agencies for their postgraduate studies will receive a one-off sum of S$10,000. They will not receive sponsorship of tuition fees and the annual allowance from the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship. 

Application Process

Application for the 2024 LKY Scholarship is now open. Applications should be supported by at least 2 referee reports and are to be submitted via the Gateway application portal by 10 March 2024.


Shortlisted applicants will be notified by early April 2024. The interviews will be held in April 2024.


For enquiries, please refer to the FAQs or email 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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*With effect from 21st December 2023, the scholarship application portal will not be supported on mobile devices and tablets. You are advised to access the portal using a laptop or desktop computer instead.

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 Interview

Final interview will be held in April 2024. 

Step 6Receive Your Interview Outcome

You may receive your outcome between April to May 2024. Some evaluations take longer, so do not worry if your outcome does not fit the timeframe stated. All outcomes should be received by June 2024.