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MHA Uniformed Scholarship

The Ministry of Home Affairs Uniformed Scholarship is offered to highly motivated individuals who are passionate about safeguarding the safety and security of our Home.

Depending on your interests and aspirations, this scholarship will allow you to kickstart your leadership journey as a uniformed officer in one of the five Home Team Departments, or as a Paramedic with the Singapore Civil Defence Force.*

Before you join us as a Guardian of our Home, you will receive the opportunity to pursue your undergraduate studies at a prestigious local or overseas university. Upon your return, you can look forward to learning and development opportunities to equip you as a future leader in the Home Team.

*The five Home Team Departments are: Singapore Police Force (SPF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore Prison Service (SPS) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

Scholarship Details

Career trackOffered by
MHA Uniformed Career,
SCDF Paramedic Service
Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Singapore Prison Service, Central Narcotics Bureau
Country of studyCourse of study
Local or overseas universitiesMost disciplines (except medicine, dentistry and architecture)
For students keen in SCDF Paramedic service: Para-medicine or related disciplines in Emergency Health or Clinical Practice
Applicants intending to pursue a degree in Law will not be called to the Bar while serving in the Home Team.
Application periodBond period
Applications will open in September 2024.
  • 4 years for local studies

  • 5 years for studies in non-English speaking countries

  • 6 years for studies in English speaking countries

The bond period starts on the day Scholarship recipients assume official duty after completing their studies.
 Scholarship Tiers
 The Scholarship Board can decide to offer you the following Scholarship tiers -

Singapore Merit Scholarship (SMS), Singapore Government Scholarship (SGS), Local Merit Scholarship (LMS), Home Team Local Study Award (HTLSA)


Award Value and Benefits


Tuition fees and other approved charges


Monthly overseas or local maintenance allowance
(including accommodation)


Pre-studies allowance e.g. settling in, warm clothing, computer


Return economy class airfare
(if studying overseas)


NS disruption


Sponsorship of Master’s and exchange programmes
(if requirements are met)


Full salary for the duration of your studies (including bonuses)

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Vacation Attachment Programme 


  • Singapore Citizen or SPR who is intending to take up Singapore Citizenship
  • Have strong leadership qualities and potential
  • Possess strong interest in safeguarding the safety and security of Singapore
  • Have good academic and Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) records
  • Have a GCE A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, Polytechnic, NUS High School, or other high school diploma/certificate
  • Current Undergraduate students (not in final year of studies) may also apply. Click here for more details on a mid-term scholarship.
  • Perform well in National Service (for male applicants)
  • Candidates aspiring for the Singapore Merit Scholarship (SMS) tier should qualify and excel in Officer Cadet School*

*For female candidates: You will have to submit your application earlier to have sufficient time to prepare for enlistment into Basic Military Training (BMT) in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Your Leadership Journey

You will be exposed to various areas of work and leadership development opportunities throughout your career with the Home Team. Leadership and talent programmes are put in place to prepare MHA scholars to take up key appointments.

If you meet the criteria, you will be placed on the Home Team Leaders-in Development Programme, and be groomed as a future Home Team leader.

You may also be emplaced on the Public Sector Leadership Programme (PSLP), where you will acquire knowledge and capabilities to take on key leadership appointments in the Home Team and the wider Public Service.