SAF Academic Scholarship

Application period: Open all-year round for in-service personnel

The SAF Academic Scholarship is designed to help existing in-service personnel upgrade their skills and credentials.

There are two versions of the scholarship. Applicants who receive the the SAF Academic Scholarship (Military) will be equipped with a military-based tertiary education at academies in countries like the United States, Australia and France. Those who receive the SAF Academic Scholarship (Open/Local) will get a full sponsorship of their academic studies at overseas/local universities.

  • Monthly salary for the duration of studies
  • Full tuition fees and other approved academic charges
  • Book and computer allowance
  • Clothing allowance (Military only)
  • Return airfare (Military and overseas only)
  • Singapore citizens or permanent residents intending to take up citizenship
  • GCE A Level (with minimum 10 academic units), International Baccalaureate, Polytechnic Diploma (with Merit) or equivalent
  • Good co-curricular activities (CCA) record
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Qualify for and excel in Officer Cadet School
  • Possess a strong interest in a military career

You may choose any of the following disciplines:

    • Arts / Social Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • International Relations
    • Law*
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Science / Natural Sciences

Things to note:
*If you intend to pursue a degree in Law, do note that you will not be called to the Bar while serving in the SAF.

If you are pursuing a professional course, you are not eligible.
(Dentistry, Medicine, Architecture etc.)

If you are pursuing a Master's degree, you must complete your studies within 4 years.

If you already have started your course in university, you may still apply for the Mid-Term SAF Academic Scholarship (SAS). If your application is successful, you will receive a backdated portion of the monthly allowance and fee sponsorship that you missed out on earlier.


The bond will be for 6 years, and will commence immediately upon graduation and return to service.

SAF Academic Scholarship