Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarship

The Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarship ("Scholarship") was established from donations received from the Lee Foundation and is the University's most prestigious scholarship award for graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to service.

The selection of candidates takes place twice a year, in August and January. Up to 5 new Scholarships may be awarded each year to candidates of sufficient merit.


The Scholarship is open to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  1. have graduated with an undergraduate degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper division) / Honours (Distinction) or equivalent;
  2. have been offered admission to a doctoral research (PhD) programme at NUS, but not yet matriculated
  3. must be eligible for MOE Subsidy1
    1Please click here for Eligibility Guidelines for MOE Subsidy
Award Amount
  1. A monthly stipend of S$3,5002;
  2. Tuition and Miscellaneous Student Fees at the University;
  3. An annual book allowance of S$500;
  4. A one-off air travel allowance of S$3,000 (for International Students admitted from Semester 2, AY2015/2016); and
  5. A one-off laptop allowance of S$1,500.
    2Monthly stipend of this amount takes effect from 1 August 2015. In addition, Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions shall be provided to Singapore Citizens at a rate pegged to the prevailing employer's contribution rate set by CPF, on top of the monthly stipend received.
Award Period The Scholarship is tenable for one (1) year in the first instance; and thereafter may, subject to the awardee’s satisfactory progress, be renewed each semester at the University’s discretion. The maximum period of the Scholarship is 4 years.
Bond No bond is required.
Application Procedure

Incoming PhD candidates should indicate their interest in the Scholarship in their application for admission.

Interested candidates must also submit a personal essay to describe an exceptional achievement that highlights their academic interests and intellectual capacity that would be of value to the NUS community, as well as a record of their co-curricular activities and/or participation in community service. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed via teleconferencing.

Notification of Award Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications sometime in May (for admission in August) or October (for admission in January).
Terms and Conditions Successful applicants are required to sign a letter of undertaking agreeing to observe the terms and conditions for the award of the Scholarship. A copy of the current terms and conditions can be accessed here.
Disclaimer The above information is subject to change at any time. For the latest updates on the Scholarship, please contact the graduate division of the relevant Faculty or School.