MHA Scholarships

MHA Merit Scholarship (MMS) ( Application till 2022-07-26 )

The MHA Merit Scholarship (MMS) offers outstanding individuals exciting and rewarding civilian career opportunities at the Ministry of Home Affairs. Join the Home Team and contribute towards strengthening Singapore’s security and public safety.

You will have varied career options to align your interests and aspirations.

Choose from the 6 career tracks -

  1. Generalist (Home Affairs Senior Executive)
  2. Commercial Affairs
  3. Intelligence
  4. Internal Security
  5. Psychologist
  6. Science and Technology
Upon completion of your studies, you will be placed on a dynamic career path. Expect development and growth opportunities that will maximise your potential and leadership in the Home Team.

Generalist Track
  • Home Affairs Senior Executive (HASE) Scheme

Specialist Track
  • Home Team Specialist Scheme (HTSS) (Intelligence, Psychologist)
  • Commercial Affairs Track
  • Science and Technology (S&T) Track
  • Internal Security Department (ISD) Track

Scholarship Tier
  • Singapore Government Scholarship (SGS)
  • Local Merit Scholarship (LMS)
  • Local Study Award (LSA)
Courses / Disciplines:
  • Most disciplines except Medicine, Dentistry and Architecture (if you pursue a Law degree, you will not be called to the Bar while serving in the Home Team).
  • If you choose a specialist track, you will have to read the relevant disciplines.
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)
  • Singapore citizens or permanent residents intending to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Good co-curricular activities (CCA) records
  • GCE ‘A’ Levels (with at least 10 academic units), International Baccalaureate (IB), Polytechnic Diploma (with Merit) or equivalent
  • Good performance in National Service (for males)
  • Keen interest in a career with the Home Team
Bond Duration:
  • 4 years bond (Local studies)
  • 6 years bond (English speaking countries)
  • 5 years bond (Non-English speaking countries)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  1. What is the main difference between the MHA Merit Scholarship (MMS) and the Home Team (HT) Scholarship (Uniformed)?
    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, Civil Defence Force, the Prisons Service, Central Narcotics Bureau and Immigration and Checkpoint Authority whereas the MHA Civilian Scholarship is awarded to candidates who wishes to pursue a career as a civilian officer under the 5 main career tracks.

  2. Can I choose 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 Civilian 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 MHA Civilian 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 Overseas and Local scholars different?
    There is no difference. Promotions are based on the potential and performance of the officer while 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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Deadline: Closed for this cycle