Some of Singapore’s top schools have a scholarship programme that typically covers the tuition fees for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and in some cases the two-year IGCSE programme. There are also art and sports scholarships available.
Competition for scholarships is often high and the application process can be rigorous. International students are eligible to apply for most scholarship schemes, but most schools require students to have a Dependent’s Pass. In most cases, scholarships are available to both new and existing students at a school.
Scholarships range from 10% to 100% of the tuition fees; some will also cover the cost of items such as MacBooks, but not all. Parents will typically have to pay for additional fees such as uniform, books, building fund fees and capital levy.
The Dulwich College (Singapore) Alleynian Scholarship Programme for the 2023-24 academic year offers 12 students 100% of the College’s tuition fees for the duration of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
The award, which is both merit-based and means-tested, begins in Year 12 and finishes in Year 13 when a student graduates. Students are selected on "promise and potential based on both academic and extra-curricular achievement". All shortlisted candidates are invited to attend a Scholarship Day, which includes a series of short interviews with members of the selection committee.
The College also awards Junior and Senior Choral and Organ scholarships each year, which cover the cost of weekly private tuition (30 minutes per week) during school term time.
St. Joseph's Institution (International) offers a range of scholarships for different nationalities looking to study the IBDP. The school's academic year runs from January to December, and applications are now open for 2024.
Awards go to up to two merit-based students from Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka & Philippines and up to two Singapore citizens/Permanent Residents for the two-year IB Diploma scholarship. There are two merit-based awards for students from Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka & Philippines, and up to eight awards for Singapore citizens/Permanent Residents.
These scholarships cover up to 100% of school fees. SJI (International) is looking for "young school leaders who can demonstrate excellent quality of mind, enthusiastic participation in non-academic activities, positive personal qualities and strong communication abilities.”
Application deadline: For local/Lasallian scholarships, applications are open from the end of February till August-September; foreign scholarship applications timeline varies depending on country.
The scholarship programme at Chatsworth International School covers 100% of school fees, and includes a laptop for the duration of the scholarship. Full scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year are available to both internal and external candidates; a partial scholarship covering 25% of tuition fees is also offered to current Chatsworth students.
The school says that scholarships are "awarded to a limited number of students on a merit basis. The Scholarship is applicable to both internal and external students and is renewable at the end of Year 12, based on the maintenance of high academic achievement and community involvement.”
Application deadline: January 30, 2024
GIIS offers a range of scholarships at its SMART and East Coast campuses in Singapore for its IBDP programme. The Global Citizen Scholarship funds the cost of education and living and boarding expenses for students studying the IBDP at either of its campuses in Singapore.
The Mahatma Gandhi Universal Values award is a merit-cum-means scholarship, which offers financial assistance of 15-85% off tuition fees to students in all year groups (including the IBDP) from moderate income families. And the Global Future-Ready Merit Scholarship offers a 6-15% reduction on tuition fees to "a very limited number of meritorious students".
UWC awards scholarships, both full and partial, to all of its schools and colleges including UWCSEA's Dover and East campuses in Singapore. these are two-year scholarships covering tuition and boarding fees for Years 12-13 students on the IB Diploma Programme.
Scholarships are allocated annually to successful applicants via the 150-plus UWC national committees around the world, rather than directly by the UWC school or college; students should contact their home country UWC national committee
XWA Scholarships are offered for outstanding abilities in academia, the arts and community service to students at XCL World Academy. Concessions awarded range from 25%-100% of the annual tuition fee.
Since its opening, the school has awarded over SGP $3 million in scholarship concessions, with the average value of scholarships awarded being SGP $450,000/year.