1. What is the difference between PSC and MOE Teaching Scholarships and the difference between the OMS(T) and the EMS?
The main difference is that the OMS(T) and L-OMS(T) are administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC). If you are an OMS(T)/L-OMS(T) scholar, you will automatically be placed on the General Phase of the Public Service Leadership (PSL) Programme. The PSL Programme is a talent development programme run by the Public Service Division (PSD) to groom officers for future leadership positions within the Public Service. As an Education Officer in the General Phase, upon university graduation, you will go through the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme in NIE, and then serve with MOE (your parent ministry) for three to four years. This will be followed by a posting to another ministry for the next two years, after which you will return to MOE. If you are a male scholar on OMS(T)/L-OMS(T), you will be granted National Service (NS) disruption to pursue your undergraduate studies.
If you are a MOE Teaching Scholarship/Award holder, you will similarly go through the PGDE programme in NIE upon university graduation. After the PGDE course, you will be exposed to a myriad of challenging and meaningful work both in schools and at MOE HQ. A male scholar who is a MOE Teaching Scholarship/Award holder will pursue undergraduate studies only after completing NS.
Development and Career Opportunities
1. What programmes are available to develop me as a scholar?
All teaching scholars and award holders can look forward to participating in a wide array of interesting and exciting programmes and activities, before and during their undergraduate studies.
For a start, all newly awarded scholars and award holders will attend an Induction Course where they will have an opportunity to learn more about the Singapore Education System as well as the latest developments/initiatives. Teaching scholars will also attend a 3 to 4 day course at Outward Bound Singapore.
In addition, overseas scholars will get the chance to attend a Pre-Departure Course where they will learn useful life-skills to cope with living and studying abroad, as well as interact and bond with returning seniors. During their undergraduate studies, scholars and award holders will also have opportunities to participate in various developmental programmes that will enhance their skills, knowledge and exposure to teaching and policy-making. These may include a 4-week attachment to schools, selected overseas conferences and dialogue sessions with senior MOE officials. Scholars will also attend a 3-day ‘Developments in Public Policy’ seminar which equips scholars with broader perspectives on policy-making in the wider Civil Service and helps them better appreciate the challenges faced by various Ministries, including MOE.
OMS(T)/L-OMS(T) and EMS scholars can also look forward to challenging and fulfilling attachments to MOE Headquarters (HQ) as well as opportunities to explore overseas attachments to foreign educational institutions during their vacations.
Apart from MOE programmes, scholars and award holders are encouraged to broaden their horizons and experiences by participating actively in various activities such as student exchange programmes, field trips and community involvement projects. MOE will also consider sponsorship for some of these activities.
2. What is the career path like for a teaching scholar / award holder?
Upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme at NIE, Teaching Scholars/Award Holders will embark on a fulfilling and enriching career as classroom teachers in schools for the first 2 to 3 years. Thereafter, they can look forward to an exciting posting to MOE HQ for another 2 to 3 years to gain broader perspectives of education initiatives and be exposed to curriculum planning and policy formulation. With both school and HQ experience, scholars and award holders will be more ready to take on positions of higher responsibility in the Teaching, Leadership or Senior Specialist Track.
3. Will Teaching Scholars/Award Holders have the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies immediately after their Bachelor degree?
Teaching Scholars/Award Holders who demonstrate outstanding academic and non-academic achievements can apply to pursue a Masters degree immediately after the completion of their undergraduate studies. They can pursue a relevant Masters degree either through MOE sponsorship or self-financing.
Serving scholars/award holders may consider applying for the MOE Postgraduate Scholarship/Award or Professional Development Packages (e.g. study leave, study loans) to pursue education-related postgraduate studies after gaining a few years of teaching experience. Officers will be able to identify the development gaps from their teaching experience and enhance their learning through the postgraduate programmes.
4. Does the PSL Programme apply to MOE Teaching Scholars?
The PSL Programme is a flagship talent progarmme introduced by PSD in April 2013, and it replaces the Management Associate Programme (MAP). The PSL Programme focuses on cultivating and developing talent in government sectors, i.e. the economy building, social, security, infrastructure and environment or central administration sector. Officers in the PSL Programme will be required to undertake varied postings within the sectors that they choose.
To better prepare Education Officers (EOs) to hold key leadership positions in MOE and develop expertise in the education domain, EOs who exhibit high potential and perform well will be groomed under a parallel talent management programme within MOE.
1. How do I go about applying for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award? Do I have to indicate my choice of Teaching Scholarship or Award in my application?
If you are interested in a PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarship, you will have to submit your application online via the PSC Gateway, which is the one-stop online portal for application of PSC and Ministry Scholarships. You will need to indicate the Teaching Service as one of your career preferences through the online application. You need not indicate your choice of scholarship as all scholarship applicants will be considered for the full range of Teaching Scholarships and Awards available.
If you are keen on the MOE TA, you can download the application form and submit it with the relevant supporting documents for our consideration.
2. When are the closing dates for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships and Award applications?
For ‘A’ level, IB, NUS High School Diploma, and Polytechnic Diploma holders applying for the MOE Teaching Scholarships, online application opens on 1st September and closes 10 days after the release of the ‘A’ Level results. For current undergraduates, application opens on 1st September and closes on 31st May. You will need to check the PSC Gateway during the release of the GCE ‘A’ Level results for the exact application deadline.
For the MOE TA, applications forms are available for download from our website usually in late January/early February. Application usually closes in mid March. For more information, please refer to our MOE TA website .
3. When can I apply for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships?
You may submit your application for a PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarship when the PSC Gateway opens in September.
You are strongly encouraged to apply for the PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships before the release of your results. This gives you more time to fill up your application form and prepare the essay. MOE will also have more time to process your application, and may contact you to sit for the necessary psychometric tests and psychological interview.
4. Will I be called up early for my interview if I apply for the Teaching Scholarship before the release of the ‘A’ Level results?
MOE will try to interview applicants as early as possible. However, given the large number of scholarship applications that we receive annually, we may interview applicants only after the release of the ‘A’ Level results. Nevertheless, we would still encourage interested candidates to submit their applications early.
5. If I had previously rejected MOE’s offer of a Teaching Scholarship/Award, will I still be considered if I re-apply?
We will consider your application in competition with the other applications received if you meet the requirements for the MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award.
6. Are my chances for an overseas scholarship higher if I only apply for overseas universities?
While the award of the Teaching Scholarship is subject to the recipient successfully obtaining a university placement, securing an overseas university placement does not guarantee an overseas scholarship. The scholarship interview panel may find you more suited for a local scholarship. Applicants will have to obtain a local university placement if they are keen to take up the local scholarship.
1. Should male applicants apply for university admission before entering National Service (NS)?
Male applicants who are interested in the PSC-administered OMS(T) / L-OMS(T) should apply for university admission before NS as you would be eligible for NS disruption.
Male applicants who are awarded the EMS, the MOE TS or the MOE TA will pursue their undergraduate studies only after completing NS. They should note that generally, overseas universities only allow a one-year deferment of student admission.
2. Which countries does MOE send its scholars to?
MOE has sent Teaching Scholars to Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the US. We welcome you to discuss your choice of university and country of study with our Scholarship Officers.
3. Do I have a choice with regard to the university I attend?
MOE does not restrict your choice of university, so long as the university is of reputable standing. The course of study should be rigorous and provides relevant subject content for you to teach at the secondary school or junior college level. We welcome you to discuss your choice of university and country of study with our Scholarship Officers.
4. Does PSC/MOE submit an application to the universities on my behalf?
You are required to apply to the local or overseas universities of your choice directly. The university application should be done concurrently with your PSC/MOE Teaching Scholarships/Award application. This is to ensure timely admission into university upon confirmation of the scholarship/award. If you are keen to study in Japan or China, PSC/MOE will assist you with your university application upon your acceptance of the scholarship.
5. If I decide to take up a Teaching Scholarship/Award after my first year of undergraduate studies at NUS, will MOE grant me back-payment for the first year and will the bond period be pro-rated?
There will not be any back-payment for your first year of study. MOE will sponsor you from your second year onwards. There will not be any pro-rating of your bond period. Your bond period will remain.
For more Frequently Asked Questions, please refer to: http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/career-info/scholarships/faqs/