PAVE your way to a brighter future
with a first-class education

The Defence Merit Scholarship (DMS) is a prestigious scholarship offered by MINDEF for civilian appointments in the organisation. Awarded to a select few each year, the DMS paves the way to a first-class education at some of the world's most eminent universities. Upon graduation, DMS Scholars enjoy a highly rewarding and challenging career as a Defence Executive Officer (DXO) within MINDEF.

As a DXO, you will play a strategic role in the defence and security of Singapore. You will be at the forefront of the Ministry to shape defence policies, manage our defence budget as well as administration and management of our Human Resource pool.


  • Good GCE 'A' Level or International Baccalaureate results, Polytechnic Diploma (with Merit) or equivalent
  • Good co-curricular activities (CCA) records
  • Singapore citizens or permanent residents intending to take up citizenship
  • All MINDEF/SAF scholarships are open for application to both genders


  • Full tuition fees and other approved academic charges
  • Maintenance and other allowances, e.g. books, clothing, computer
  • Return airfare
  • One-time sponsorship for summer exchange programmes
  • Sponsorship for up to 4 years of studies, inclusive of Master’s if applicable


You can choose to pursue your studies in any of the following disciplines:

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

*Specialisation in particular fields of Engineering are considered on a case-by-case basis


Our scholars typically go to top and renowned universities in the UK or USA.

United States of America
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Yale University
United Kingdom
  • Imperial College, London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • University College London

The above lists are not exhaustive. You may also apply if the universities you're interested in are not listed, but applications are subject to approval.