US-Singapore Summer Exchange Scholarship Programme


[Credit: US Embassy Singapore]

                The US-Singapore Summer Exchange Scholarship Programme was launched on 15 March. The scholarship programme was first announced during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Official Visit to the US in August 2016, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the US.  The inaugural recipients of the US-Singapore Summer Exchange Scholarship embarked on their summer exchange programmes in May 2017. 

2             The scholarship programme is jointly funded by the Government of Singapore and US companies and organisations, which include Applied Materials, Becton Dickinson, Mastercard and Micron Foundation.  Over the course of five years, a total of 50 Singapore and 50 US recipients will receive the scholarship, which will provide funding support for recipients to attend a university summer exchange programme in each other’s countries.  Each scholarship recipient will receive funding support capped at S$10,000, which covers tuition/programme fees, accommodation, airfare and a subsistence allowance.


3               The scholarship programme will be jointly funded by the Government of Singapore and US companies and organisations, namely, Applied Materials, Becton Dickinson, Mastercard and Micron Foundation.

Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into realities. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future. Learn more at


Becton Dickinson (BD) is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD’s 40,000 associates in 50 countries work with customers to help enhance outcomes, lower health care delivery costs, increase efficiencies, improve health care safety and expand access to health.


Mastercard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter @MastercardAP and @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

Micron Foundation

In support of Micron Technology’s global semiconductor operations, the Micron Foundation is engaged in supporting educators, students, and our locations by creating and providing for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education opportunities in our schools and communities. For more information about the Micron Foundation, visit


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How to Apply

Terms of the Scholarship

  • Each recipient will receive up to S$10,000 under the scholarship programme.
  • The scholarship will provide funding support for tuition, accommodation, airfare and subsistence allowance.
  • The recipient will bear any cost in excess of S$10,000.
  • There is no bond imposed on the recipient by the Singapore Government.
  • The Singapore Government may, at its discretion, waive any of the conditions of the scholarship.

Applicants should satisfy the following criteria

  • Applicants from Singapore universities (National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, and Singapore University of Technology and Design) must be Singapore citizens.
  • Applicants from partner US universities must be US citizens.
  • Applicants should be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree awarding course.

Application Process

  • Among others, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:
    • Academic performance
    • Co-curricular records and community involvement
    • Essay response
  • Applications should be submitted directly to the participating universities.

The application form for each participating university can be found at the following websites:

Please note that:

  • The completed application forms must be submitted by the closing dates stipulated by the respective participating universities.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the selection of the Scholarship recipients is final.

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