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


• Singapore citizens, or Singapore Permanent Residents who take up Singapore citizenship before departure for studies
• Good character, strong leadership qualities and keen passion for education
• Strong CCA records
• Excellent people and communication skills
• GCE ‘A’ levels (with minimum 10 academic units), International Baccalaureate (IB), Polytechnic Diploma, NUS High Diploma or equivalent

Course of Study

Education Merit Scholars may read any of the following teaching subjects:

• Languages
• Humanities
• Art and Music
• Physical Education and Sports
• Social Sciences
• Sciences
• Mathematics

Places of Study

Reputable overseas universities, local autonomous universities, or NTU-NIE

Value of Awards

• 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 and overseas school attachment
• Sponsorship for 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

Length of Bond

• English-speaking countries: 6 years
• Non-English speaking countries: 5 years
• Local: 4 years

Scholars who are not pursuing the Bachelor of Arts/Science (Education) course at the National Institute of Education (NIE) will be required to go through the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) course at NIE upon completion of their undergraduate studies. They will serve a 3-year bond after completing their PGDE course, concurrently with their scholarship bond.

Scholarship Applications

Students who are interested in a PSC or MOE Teaching Scholarship should submit their applications online via the PSC Gateway. The online application opens on 1st September and usually 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.

Deadline: 10 days after the release of the ‘A’ Level results or 31st May for current undergraduates