Frequently asked questions
1 What criteria do I have to fulfil in order to apply for the scholarships?
Students who are Indian nationals can apply for the scholarships The eligibility criteria for the scholarships are given at the application page.
2 Can I apply for the scholarships if I am already studying in Singapore schools?
No. Students studying in Singapore schools are not eligible to apply for the scholarships.
3 When are applications open for the scholarships?
The application period for the scholarships is usually from early June to mid July.
4 How do I apply?
You can obtain the application form by downloading it from the application page during the application period.
To be considered for the selection test and interview, please submit the completed application form along with photocopies of supporting documents (indicating SIA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP on the top right hand corner of the envelope) before the application closing date to:
School Placement & Scholarships Branch
1 North Buona Vista Drive
5 What is the application process like?
Short-listed applicants have to go through a selection test. Candidates who perform well in the selection test will be invited to undergo a selection interview. Students who have done well in the selection interview will then be awarded the scholarship.
6 How will I know if I have been short-listed for the selection test and/or interview?
You will be notified by post a week before the selection test and interview dates whether you have been short-listed for the selection test or interview. If you have not been short-listed for the selection test or interview, you will also be notified by mail.
7 How many scholarships are given out every year?
The number of scholarships given varies from less than 25 to around 50 every year. Scholarships will be offered to all students who achieved outstanding performances in the selection test and interview.
8 How will I know if I have been awarded the scholarship and how much time do I have to decide whether to accept it?
You will be notified by post whether you have been awarded the scholarship. You will be given approximately 1 week to decide whether you would like to accept the scholarship.
9 Can I choose the junior college and hostel I am posted to?
The choice of the junior college and hostel scholars are posted to will be decided by the Ministry of Education. Scholars will be posted to the selected junior colleges. The Ministry will try as far as possible to post scholars to hostels close to their junior college.
10 What is the medium of instruction in Singapore schools?
All subjects (except Mother Tongue eg. Chinese, Malay and Tamil) are taught in English.
11 If I have studied another language in my home country and it is not offered in Singapore, do I still have to take up a Mother Tongue language?
You might not have to offer a Mother Tongue language in this case. However, it is subject to approval based on the circumstances.
12 Where can I get more information about junior college education and the syllabuses in Singapore?
Click on the following links for more information
Pre-university (junior college) education
13 Will the scholarship allowance be sufficient for all my expenses in Singapore?
Please refer to the page on the Cost of Living to find out more. You should also note that scholars are required to pay any miscellaneous fees that the school may charge.
14 Will the hostels provide meals for the scholars? Will special food requirements such as halal/Indian/vegetarian food be available at the hostels?
Generally, the hostels provide breakfast and dinner for the scholars. Meal provisions are available for Indian vegetarians and Muslims.
15 How often can I visit my home country while holding the scholarship?
As often as you like at your own cost during the school vacations, if you do not have any school activities. During the school term, you will need the prior approval of the principal of the secondary school/junior college that you are in before returning to your home country.
16 Do you offer scholarships for university studies for SIA Youth Scholars?
For information on undergraduate scholarships for studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) or Nanyang Technological University (NTU), visit the following websites:
* Scholarships for international students at NUS
* Scholarships for international students at NTU