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) (cycle 2013-2014)

The Healthcare Merit Award (formerly known as the Health Science and Nursing Scholarship) is a prestigious 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 local and overseas universities. They may also choose to pursue a 3-year allied health diploma in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy at our local polytechnics, before going for a degree conversion course at local or overseas universities.

HMA recipients can look forward to exciting and challenging careers in Singapore’s public healthcare sector, involved in direct patient care and management that transform and improve the lives of fellow Singaporeans. They will also be given opportunities to be groomed for senior appointments within the public healthcare sector.


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


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


The bond is 4 years for local studies and 6 years for overseas studies.


Scholars will be sponsored for the following during their undergraduate studies or degree conversion course, where applicable:

  • Tuition fees and compulsory charges
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Pre-Studies Allowance (e.g. Settling In, Warm Clothing, Computer)
  • Return economy airfare (for overseas studies only)
  • Clinical Placement Allowance (for overseas studies only)
  • Sponsorship for approved developmental activities, such as Student Exchange Programmes, Professional seminars and conferences during course of study


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For enquiries, please email to [email protected].

Deadline: 31 Mar 2014, Mon