In a world that seems indifferent, you can stand out by making a difference. As a healthcare scholar, you will play a vital role in Singapore’s future by ensuring the health and well-being of our nation’s most important asset: our people. Discover the opportunities and potential of a healthcare scholarship and prepare to make your mark where it really matters.

Healthcare Merit Award (HMA)

The Healthcare Merit Award is a highly competitive scholarship offered by the Ministry of Health to promising students with strong academic track records and a passion to pursue great careers within the public healthcare sector.HMA recipients can opt to study for nursing, pharmacy or allied health disciplines in reputable local and overseas universities.
HMA offers great opportunities for recipients to be involved in direct patient care and management that transforms and improves the lives of fellow Singaporeans. They will also be given opportunities to be developed for senior appointments within the public healthcare sector.

We look for dynamic and people-centric individuals who are passionate about Singapore’s Public Healthcare sector while demonstrating academic excellence and strong community spirit. Applicants must:
  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident who will take up citizenship before embarking on studies
  • Possess good GCE ‘A’ level results (offered at least 10 academic units), polytechnic diploma with merit or equivalent qualifications, e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB) or high school diploma
  • Have good Co-Curricular Activities record
  • Have a passion for public healthcare sector and strong communication skills

If you are an undergraduate pursuing a health science degree, with a desire to pursue a career in the public healthcare sector after graduation, you may wish to apply for a Mid-Term Healthcare Scholarship instead. Click here to find out more.
If you are a final year diploma holder or recent diploma graduate who wishes to pursue a local or overseas degree conversion programme, you may want to apply for a Degree Conversion Scholarship instead. Click here to find out more.

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dietetics
  • Medical Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Speech Therapy

Successful awardees pursuing Pharmacy, Medical Social Work and Nursing would be required to pursue their required course in the Singapore universities as approved by MOHH only.


The application period will start from 1 September until 31 March of the following year.
HMA applicants will also be considered for the top-tier HMS, if they meet the relevant shortlisting criteria and perform well during the selection interview. HMA applicants need not separately apply for the HMS via the PSC Gateway.

For more details, please refer to FAQ section.

For enquiries, please email [email protected]
Deadline: 31 Mar 2018, Sat