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University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship Application Details

Filed in Scholarships Update by on July 14, 2021

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This is to inform the general public that the University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship is open for application for the 2021/2022 session. We will bring you the details you need to apply for the scholarship.

University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship Application Details

Aside from the details and guides for application, this article will also deal extensively with every single piece of information associated with the scholarship.

A Background Of The University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a graduate school. In other words, it only offers courses at the postgraduate level of studies. As such, those aiming to study for their Bachelor’s or First degrees are ineligible to study in the school.

The categories of programs offered at the NUS Postgraduate school include Doctorate programs, Master’s programs, and Graduate Diploma courses. The school offers highly interesting courses under its faculties and institutes.

Some of the faculties are Public Policy, Business, Law, Design and Environment, Computing, Engineering, and Dentistry. They also have the faculties of Public Health, Medicine, Arts and Social Sciences, Integrative Sciences and Engineering Program, among others.

The Institutes are the Institute of Data Science, System Sciences, Cancer Science, iHealthtech, Center for Quantum Technologies, NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute, and so on. To get to know the school better, visit the school’s official website or simply contact through this link.

University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship

The University of Singapore has a good variety of scholarship programs for different categories of students as well as students of different nationalities. You can explore the list here  One of such scholarship programs is the Commonwealth Scholarship.

As the name implies, the scholarship is awarded to students from commonwealth countries. For clarity sake, being from a Commonwealth nation does not automatically qualify one to apply for this scholarship program.

The scholarship is only awarded to excellent graduate students from the said countries studying for higher degrees at the school. Such students are required to be studying for their doctoral, Master’s, or graduate diplomas. And they must not be citizens of Singapore or permanent residents.

Notably, such students must have gotten admissions into the school newly. Beneficiaries of the scholarship are selected based on the school’s approved criteria. Students meeting those criteria are then selected by the school authority.

The selection process is done by the school and the scholarship is awarded each semester. It is not a fully-funded scholarship program and it does not cover students’ entire expenses. The details of the scholarship’s value will be discussed in due course.

How To Apply For The University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship 2021/2022

There are specific steps one has to take in order to apply for the University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship. And good enough, the application procedures for this scholarship is so simple and uncomplicated.

To apply for the scholarship, you must first apply for admission into the school in any of the graduate programs offered by the school except the graduate diploma program. Therefore, the application for the scholarship is necessary tied to your application for admissions into the school.

The only thing required of the applicant is to indicate in the admission application form, that you are interested in the University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship. For those admitted in August, they, more often than not, get to discover the outcome of the scholarship application in May.

However, this is different from the timeline of applicants admitted in January. For this class of students or applicants, they are made aware of their scholarship application results in October. Candidates who are successful in their applications have certain obligations to fulfil.

These would be spelt out in the undertaking letter which would be given to each successful student to sign. They would then be required and bound by the agreement to satisfy the conditions of the scholarship. Failure to do so could result in penalties or scholarship termination.

Who Is Eligible For The Scholarship?

Every scholarship program has its own set of requirements. For the University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship, the following are the requirements that each candidate ought to meet in order to be eligible to apply:

Who Is Eligible For The Scholarship?

  • Each applicant must be a citizen of a commonwealth country
  • Citizens or permanent residents of Singapore are automatically disqualified
  • Interested candidates must have completed a degree program. They must have graduated from an undergraduate degree program already. And their class of degrees should not be less than Second Class Honours (Upper Division). However, First Class or Distinction put one at a greater advantage. This must have been acquired in any recognized institution even outside of Singapore.
  • Candidates are only awarded the scholarship after gaining admission into the NUS
  • Finally, applicants must be considered eligible for MOE Subsidy. What are the requirements for the MOE subsidy eligibility?
  1. Students with a Higher Degree Qualification

Students of all nationalities who have already completed or possessed a higher degree qualification and wish to follow it up with a second graduate program of the same or lower level will be eligible for the MOE subsidy.

This is in the case that the fees for their first degree were not subsidised by the Singapore government or sponsored by a Singapore government agency (such as scholarships offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards for both their local and overseas graduate programmes).

  1. Transferred or Readmitted Students

Students of all nationalities who did not complete an earlier graduate programme and are now transferred or readmitted to another programme at the same level within NUS or across Autonomous Universities will be eligible for MOE subsidy.

This will depend on the duration of the second Programme subtracted from the equivalent number of semester(s)3 of government subsidies/sponsorships received for the first one. The duration of the second Programme  is defined thus: 

  • With effect from the second  Semester, AY2008/09, duration refers to Maximum Course Duration (MCD) for Research-based programmes. 
  • With effect from the first Semester, AY2019/20, duration refers to Normal Course Duration (NCD)4 for MOE-Subsidised Graduate Coursework programmes. 
  1. Conversion of Academic Workload

According to the interim subsidy conversion policy for government-subsidised graduate coursework programmes, students who convert their academic workload (from full-time (FT) to part-time (PT) or vice versa) will be eligible for MOE subsidy in their converted programmes as follows:  

  1. (a) FT to PT: Subsidy eligibility for PT programme = Normal Candidature Duration of PT programme – (Number of subsidised semesters consumed under FT programme x 2) b) PT to FT: Subsidy eligibility for FT programme = Normal Candidature Duration of FT programme – (Number of subsidised semesters consumed under PT programme / 2), rounded up.

This is to inform you that the MOE is currently reviewing the candidature transfer policy of government-subsidised graduate coursework programmes in a broader viewpoint. Significant updates will be publicised when they are made available.

The University of Singapore Commonwealth Scholarship Value/ Packages

First, the scholarship provides awardees with monthly stipends. For Master’s students, the payment is Singaporean Dollar (S)$1,500. For Doctoral candidates, they stand to earn S$2,000 per month.

Also, the scholarship also covers the tuition fees of the awardees. There are other benefits for the doctoral candidates which are attainable upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. Get the details here.

Conclusively, the school has notified that the information you have here is all subject to changes. As such, you should visit this page constantly so as not to miss out on any of such changes as we will be bringing them to you as they are made available.

CSN Team.  

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