MMS

MHA Merit Scholarship

The MHA Merit Scholarship is for outstanding individuals who are passionate in strengthening Singapore's security and public safety. Recipients can choose from a range of exciting and rewarding career in various policy, science and technology, and other specialist roles in the Home Team, aligned with their interest and aspirations. 


Courses / Disciplines - Most disciplines except Medicine, Dentistry and Architecture

- Commercial Affairs track – Accountancy, Law, Economics

- Science & Technology (S&T) track – Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE), Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Information System & Communications Technology, Physics and Mathematics
 
Universities / Institutions Renowned overseas or local universities
Value & Benefits

-Tuition and other approved fees

- Monthly overseas or local maintenance allowance

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

- Return airfare for attachment programme

- Sponsorship for exchange programmes (if requirements are met)

Requirements

- Singapore citizens or permanent residents intending to take up Singapore citizenship

- Good co-curricular activities (CCA) records and physical fitness (PES A or B)

- GCE ‘A’ Levels (with at least 10 academic units), International Baccalaureate (IB), Polytechnic Diploma (with Merit) or equivalent

- Good performance in National Service

- Keen interest in a career with the Home Team

Bond Duration

- 6 years bond (English speaking countries)

- 5 years bond (Non-English speaking countries)

- 4 years bond (Local Studies)

Offered by MHA
Career Development

You can choose to embark on a generalist or specialist career track, depending on your preference and course of study.



Career and Development Pathways

MMS holders can choose to either embark on a generalist (HASE) or specialist career (HTSS (Psychologist, Intelligence Officer), Commercial Affairs, Science & Technology or Internal Security track), depending on their inclination, career preference and course of study.

Generalist


Home Affairs Senior Executives (HASE)

As Management Executives in the Home Team, you play an important role alongside our uniformed and specialist colleagues to achieve MHA's vision of ensuring the safety and security of Singapore. Home Affairs Senior Executives (HASEs) have the opportunity to gain exposure to different tracks and Home Team Departments, or to deepen your knowledge in these areas of interest as you progress in your career:

Comms & Community Engagement

  • Finance & Audit
  • Human Resource
  • International Relation
  • Logistics & Procurement
  • Planning
  • Policy Planning and Operations
  • Process Review
  • Research
  • Technology & Capability Development

Through regular postings, a HASE will be exposed to a wide range of work in different HT departments.


Specialist

Home Team Specialist Scheme (HTSS)

The HTSS aims to develop a core group of specialist with deep technical knowledge and/or skills, as well as a strong appreciation of HT operational work. These officers will be deployed in a variety of operations alongside uniformed officers. There are various specialist tracks under the HTSS as follows:


HTSS (Intelligence)

As a specialist in the intelligence domain, you are required to collate data and information related to crime/security matters. You will also process raw intelligence collected by various covert sources. You will be responsible for the analysis of information by creating links and piecing seemingly unrelated data together to form a useful picture for law enforcement and policy formulation. With the analysis, you will produce timely intelligence reports and make presentations to management. You will also liaise with other departments and agencies to gather required information.

In addition, a Specialist Analyst will conduct research and produce actionable intelligence to support operations and investigations.


HTSS (Psychologist)

As a HT Psychologist, you play an important role in providing vital psychological interventions and contributions to operational and policy decisions for the Home Team. You will be responsible for identifying, planning, initiating and monitoring new and existing programmes and activities, so as to enhance the provisional of psychological services to HT officers and the organisations. Psychologist may choose to specialise in the following fields:

  1. Clinical Counselling and Crisis Psychology
  2. Investigations, Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  3. Industrial, Organisational and Health Psychology


Commercial Affairs Track

As a CAO, you can look forward to a challenging career in financial crime investigation, intelligence and policy. You play an important role in safeguarding Singapore’s integrity as a world-class financial and commercial centre through vigilant and professional enforcement of the law.

CAO has a varied career within Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) where you will take on different roles such as investigating different types of commercial crimes, performing analysis work and participating in policy formulation. You will assist in criminal legal proceedings arising from investigations into commercial fraud and abuses, and liaise with organisations such as banks, law firms, audit firms as well as government and quasi-government agencies to maintain the integrity of the economic structure in Singapore.

Structured training programmes are provided for new CAOs on economic crime investigation and key legislation enforced by CAD.


Science and Technology (S&T) Track

Scientific innovations and leading-edge technologies enhance the Home Team’s daily operations in protecting lives and ensuring public security.

You can be a part of a team that harnesses the powers of science and technology (S&T) to create innovations suited to the unique needs of the Home Team departments. Some of MHA’s S&T capabilities include (but are not limited to): Biometrics; Cybersecurity; CBRNE (Chemicals, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives); Data Science and AI; Detection, Digital Forensics; Forensics; Protective Security; Robotics and Unmanned Systems; and Sense-making and Surveillance.

Apply for the Science and Technology scholarship and you will be able to build deep scientific capabilities and apply your knowledge of science, engineering and technology to contribute to society.

Internal Security Track

Singapore, like every sovereign country in the world today, faces security threats from international terrorism, foreign subversion and espionage. In addition, however, Singapore being a multi-ethnic society, faces a major potential threat from communalism or racial and religious extremism. This reflects the sense of a vulnerability inherent and fundamental in our makeup as a society. A multi-disciplinary team of research, technology and operations officers in the Internal Security Department confront and address these security issues and latent threats. They ensure timely and accurate collection and analysis of intelligence along with professional assessments and policy recommendations to the Government. Where necessary, investigations and direct action are taken in relation to the defined security threats of terrorism or politically motivated violence, foreign subversion, espionage and communal extremism.



Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the main difference between the MHA Merit Scholarship (MMS) and the Home Team (HT) Scholarship (Uniform) ? 

    The main difference is the career track. The HT Scholarship is awarded to candidates who wish to pursue careers as Senior Officers in the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, the Prisons Service, Central Narcotics Bureau and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority whereas the MHA Merit Scholarship is awarded to candidates who wishes to pursue a career as a civilian officer under the 5 main career tracks. 

  2. Can I chose to convert my Scholarship Scheme from Civilian to Uniformed during studies? 

    When awarded the scholarship, candidates will know if they are earmarked for the Uniformed or Civilian scheme for them to make a decision. Should they wish to change to a different scheme during the course of their studies, they would have to provide strong justifications and MHA will consider the appeal on a case-by-case basis. 

  3. Is the new MHA Merit Scholarship available as a Mid-term Scholarship?

    Yes, undergraduates can apply for the mid-term scholarship.

  4. When do i get to choose my specialisation track?

    You can indicate your preferred track at the point of interview. 

  5. Are there any course(s) of study that are preferred for the MHA Merit Scholarship?

    The scholarship is available for all fields of studies. For those who choose the specialist track, they will have to choose the relevant discipline. 

  6. Are the promotional prospects for the Overseas and Local scholars different?

    There is no difference. Promotions are based on the potential and performance of the officers whilst in service. 

  7. Will I get to change my specialisation track during my undergraduate studies? 

    When awarded the scholarship, candidates will know if they are earmarked for a specific track for them to make a decision. If they wish to change to a different track, they would have to provide strong justifications and MHA will consider the appeal on a case-by-case basis. 


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