Incoming Students

DUO - Singapore Exchange Fellowship (DUO) (for Incoming Students)

The Fellowship is awarded by the Singapore government to promote student exchanges between NUS and European ASEM* members. The Award, based on merit, is for pairs of exchanges between a university in Singapore and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Full-time NUS undergraduate students from Singapore and ASEAN** members states going to European universities on the student exchange programme (SEP), and undergraduate students from partner universities in Europe coming to NUS on exchange, are eligible to apply for the DUO.

* NUS has partner universities in the following European ASEM-member countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russian Federation
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

** NUS students from the following ASEAN-member countries can apply to DUO:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • The Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


Each selected undergraduate student will be awarded €4,000 for one semester or one year of exchange. This will partially subsidise the cost of airfare, accommodation, living expenses, etc. This award carries no obligatory bond period.

Eligibility Criteria

Full-time NUS undergraduate students from Singapore and ASEAN members states going to European universities on the Student Exchange Programme (SEP),


Full-time undergraduate students from partner universities in Europe coming to NUS on SEP

DUO is given to pairs of students coming from and going to the same universities on SEP. As such, students are selected by pairs of exchanges and based on merit. Final nomination is made by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is the awarding body.

Terms & Conditions

  • Students who are receiving external scholarships must ensure that they are not prevented by the terms of their scholarship to go on exchange programmes and to receive concurrent scholarships or awards
  • Due to the nature of this award, if any student from a pair of awardees choose to withdraw or does not complete the exchange programme, both awardees from the pair will automatically be ineligible for the award and their DUO Awards will be retracted.
  • This award carries no obligatory bond period.

Application Period

Application for AY 2019/2020 is from 1 March to 5 April 2019.

Application Procedure

Applications for AY 2019/2020 are now open!

The application deadline for AY 2019/2020 is Friday, 5 April 2019.

Please submit a hard copy application form (download the application form here).

The completed application package should be submitted to the NUS Global Relations Office no later than Friday, 5 April 2019. Please note that this deadline applies to ALL students going on SEP in Semester 1 and/or Semester 2 of AY 2019/2020.

ONLY hardcopy applications are accepted and should be submitted to:

Ms Koh Li Ling
NUS Global Relations Office
3rd Storey, Unit 03-03
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore 119244

Please indicate Re: DUO application on the envelope.

The award is very competitive with hundreds of applications for the selection of three pairs of incoming and outgoing students. As such, only shortlisted candidates would be informed. Those who do not receive any notification by mid-June can conclude that their applications have been unsuccessful.


Applicants will be notified of their application via their NUS email addresses.


Awardees will be informed of the disbursement date during the announcement of the result.


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