What is the key criteria for a GIC scholarship applicant?
At GIC, we value qualities such as intellectual curiosity, interpersonal skills, leadership, problem-solving and decision-making skills, and self-management. Candidates typically demonstrate these through outstanding academic and co-curricular activities and leadership experiences.
Are there specific undergraduate courses that GIC looks out for?
We value a diversity of perspectives and ideas, and see education as a training of the mind. Our scholars come from a wide range of fields including, but not limited to, Accountancy, Economics, Engineering, to the Arts.
Are there limited places for scholarships each year?
We do not look at numbers, but more at the suitability of our candidates.
Is a perfect score crucial to becoming a GIC Scholar?
Excellent academic and co-curricular records are important, however a perfect score is not necessary. We look at your candidacy holistically.
Do I need very good knowledge of finance/investment-related terms to be selected?
It isn't a pre-requisite, but an interest in finance is helpful, given that your career will be in the finance sector.
How relevant must my university course of study be to my everyday work? Will it enable or limit me later in my career?
Our people come from a variety of backgrounds spanning Economics and Finance, the Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Law. The focus is more on the training of the mind. If you did not do Finance-related courses, you may face a slightly steeper learning curve at the start. That’s why we encourage our scholars to gain exposure and learn about finance and investing both within and/or outside of their academic courses.
What would my career progression be like?
We believe that meeting our employees’ career aspirations is key to nurturing and preserving GIC’s intellectual capital. As we invest globally in more than 40 countries from our offices in 10 cities, you can look forward to job rotations and overseas posting opportunities with GIC. This would be based on your inclination, performance and our business needs.
As a non-Singaporean, can I apply for the GIC Scholarship?
Yes. At GIC, we value diversity, and are open to all nationalities for applications.
How many rounds of interviews are there? What’s the set-up at each round?
Each candidate may experience different combinations. Generally speaking, you'll need to go through online assessments, interviews, and activity-based assessments. You will have the opportunity to meet with senior management in the final panel interview.
Is taking Economics in JC a pre-requisite?
No. There are no pre-requisites for subjects taken at the pre-tertiary level.
Can I apply for the scholarship before I secure a place at a university?
Candidates typically apply for the scholarship and universities concurrently. We will discuss your choice of universities and courses of study with you during the selection process.
What advice do you have for those exploring their scholarship options?
We encourage students to think about the kind of career they see themselves in when choosing a scholarship. They should also find out as much as possible about the organizations they are interested in working for. A scholarship should not merely be a means to fund your education.
What is the application timeline for the GIC Scholarship Programme?
Applications open from 1st September 2020 to 12th March 2021.
For more enquiries, please email to [email protected].