The SAF Young Leader Award (SYLA) was first introduced in 2014 to recognise individuals with excellent academic achievements and outstanding CCA performance. The award seeks to motivate you in your continued pursuit of excellence and your journey in becoming our future leaders.

An average of 20 recipients are awarded every year. As part of the application process, you are required to submit an essay on a defence-related topic. Shortlisted candidates will subsequently attend an interview and a one-day assessment session.

Application for the SAF Young Leader Award 2022 will open in Nov 2021.

Criteria for SAF Young Leader Award

Students who:

  • Are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents intending to take up citizenship
  • Are Junior College Year 1, Polytechnic Year 1 or 2 and International Baccalaureate Year 5 (as of 2020)
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Display strong leadership qualities through co-curricular activities (CCAs)
  • Are passionate about defence-related issues

Value of Award
Recipients of SYLA will be given:

  • $2,500 cash award (As the SYLA is a book prize, recipient do not need to serve a bond period in the organisation)
  • Opportunities to visit MINDEF/SAF establishments and units
  • Opportunities to attend SAF functions, defence-related seminars and other engagement activities
  • Guaranteed scholarship interview

If you have any questions, please drop an email to

SYLA 2020 Recipients

SYLA 2019 Recipients

SYLA 2018 Recipients

SYLA 2017 Recipients

SYLA 2016 Recipients

SYLA 2015 Recipients