The main difference is that the PSC(T) is administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC) while the other teaching scholarships and awards are administered by MOE. PSC(T) scholars can also look forward to a career that will include policy formulation and leadership roles in the Education Service and wider Civil Service.
If you are a PSC(T) scholar, you will automatically be placed on the General Phase of the Public Service Leadership Programme (PSLP). As an Education Officer on the PSLP General Phase, upon graduating from university, you will go through the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE), and then serve about 5 years in schools and MOE HQ, with MOE as your parent Ministry. This will be followed by a posting to another ministry for 2 years to broaden your exposure beyond the education service before you return to MOE.
Only students who are offered the PSC Scholarship (Teaching Service) may be granted full-time NS disruption. For other Scholars/Award holders who have not completed NS, they will be given a provisional scholarship/award if selected. MOE will then confirm their provisional award upon NS completion, subject to good NS conduct and performance, medical and other clearances.
Development and Career Opportunities
MOE Teaching Scholars and MOE Teaching Award holders can look forward to challenging and meaningful postings in schools and MOE HQ to develop a holistic understanding of education issues.
Teaching scholars may have the opportunity to pursue a Masters' degree immediately upon the completion of their undergraduate degree if they fulfil the eligibility criteria. Serving MOE Teaching Scholars and MOE Teaching Award holders may also apply for the MOE Postgraduate Scholarship/Award or one of the Professional Development Packages (e.g. study leave, study loans) to pursue education-related postgraduate studies after gaining a few years of teaching experience.
Students who are interested in a PSC or MOE Teaching Scholarship should submit their applications online via the PSC Gateway. Students will need to indicate Teaching Service as one of their top career preferences in the online application.
Students who are keen on the MOE Teaching Award can visit MOE's website to apply and submit the relevant supporting documents for our consideration.
For the latest information on the application window, you can refer to the Teaching Scholarships and Sponsorships webpage.
Yes, students are encouraged to concurrently apply for an MOE Teaching Scholarship via the PSC Gateway and to MOE directly for the MOE Teaching Award. All applicants are considered for the full range of scholarships and awards.
Male applicants are advised to apply to a university to secure a course placement as early as possible. However, applicants should bear in mind that some overseas universities will only allow them to defer their course placement for one year.
MOE does not restrict your choice of university, as long as the university is reputable, and the course of study provides the requisite breadth and depth of subject content mastery to enable you to teach in schools. You can discuss your choice of university and country of study with our Scholarship Officers if you have been offered the scholarship/award.
You should apply to local and overseas universities on your own. You are encouraged to apply to the universities of your choice concurrently with your scholarship/award application. This is to ensure timely admission into university should you be successfully awarded a scholarship/award.