University Awards
Recognising Excellence
About the Awards

The University Awards represent our highest tribute to excellence in educating and nurturing talent, advancing knowledge and fostering innovation, and contributing to country and society.

The University Award statuette is a dynamic figure racing forward with arms spread upwards. As if poised for flight, it is driven by a passion to soar above the norm. Its wing-like arms symbolise boldness, creativity and limitless possibility. The different award categories comprise:

Outstanding Educator Award

The Outstanding Educator Award acknowledges faculty who have excelled in engaging and inspiring students in their knowledge discovery. The Award comprises a cash component as well as an education-related grant to enhance professional growth and development, and contribute to teaching and learning at NUS. Such activities include developing instructional materials, engaging in classroom research, attending education conferences, among others.

Outstanding Researcher Award/
Young Researcher Award

These awards recognise outstanding staff achievements and aim to stimulate quality research in the University.

The Outstanding Researcher Award is bestowed on researchers based on their overall impact and strong research track record. The award recipient(s) must have consistently achieved research excellence over a period of time and should be recognised by the relevant academic community as having made significant breakthroughs or outstanding accomplishments.The award comes with a prize money of $3,000 and a research grant of $15,000 in the following year, with autonomy over its use, subject to NUS' grant guidelines.

The Young Researcher Award is conferred on researchers below 40 years of age based on their impact and promise in research. The award carries a prize money of $2,000 and a research grant of $10,000 in the following year, with autonomy over its use, subject to NUS' grant guidelines.

More details on eligibility and nomination are available here .

Outstanding Partner in Research Award/
Young Partner in Research Award

These awards are presented based on quality and impact of research, if there are candidates of sufficient merit, to researchers affiliated (e.g. adjunct or less than 50% part-time) with NUS Faculties and Schools or university-level research institutes and centres.

The Outstanding Partner in Research Award is conferred based on a strong track record of high-impact research and recognition by the global academic community as having made significant breakthroughs or outstanding accomplishments. In addition, sustained and long-lasting, highly significant contributions to developing NUS’ research infrastructure and programmes must be evident. The award carries a prize money of $2,000.

The Young Partner in Research Award is bestowed on researchers below 40 years of age based on the impact of their research areas and promise of achieving excellence and global recognition. It must also be shown that significant contributions were made to enhance NUS’ research infrastructure and programmes. The award carries a prize money of $2,000.

More details on eligibility and nomination are available here .

Special Commendation

This award honours accomplished and respected individuals from the NUS community who have distinguished themselves through their sustained and exceptional contributions in serving the University and society.

Outstanding Service Award

This award honours accomplished and respected individuals from the NUS community who have distinguished themselves through their sustained and exceptional contributions in serving the University and society.