International Relations Office
Awards & Scholarships for Outgoing Students
DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship (DUO)
Only Singapore citizens/permanent residents and citizens of ASEAN-member countries are eligible to apply.
The award is very competitive with hundreds of applications for the selection of three pairs of incoming and outgoing students.
Due to the high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates would be informed. Those who do not receive any notification by mid June can conclude that their applications have been unsuccessful.
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 a pair of exchanges between a university in Singapore and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Full-time 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.
Each selected undergraduate student will be awarded 4,000 euros for one semester or one year of exchange, which will include airfare, accommodation, living expenses, etc. This award carries no obligatory bond period.
The DUO application deadline for AY 2013//2014 is 15 March 2013. Please note that this deadline applies to ALL students going on SEP in AY 2013/2014. Hence, students going on SEP in semester 1 and/or semester 2 are to apply now.
NUS students must be assigned (by their faculties/schools) for SEP to a partner university in an European ASEM-member country, before applying for the DUO awards. Students can submit their application forms either:
In person: Please deposit the application forms into the International Relations Office mail box at:
Student Service Centre
Please indicate Re: DUO application on the envelope.
Deposit the application form into the International Relations Office DUO Award application collection box at
NUS International Relations Office
* In order to be environmentally friendly, you can submit your application forms without an envelope as long as the supporting documents are neatly attached together.
All DUO applications must reach IRO office by Friday, 15 March 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please click here to download the application form.
For NUS students, please note that the DUO is NOT a separate exchange programme. It is a form of financial aid that aims to defray the students’ overseas cost. Only students who have already been selected for SEP by their faculties/schools, and assigned a partner university in a European ASEM-member country, need apply.
* NUS has partner universities in the following European ASEM-member countries:
** NUS students from the following ASEAN-member countries can apply to DUO: