FAQ

I. Application and Selection Process

  1. When can I start applying? When is the closing date?
  2. How do I apply for the NEW Scholarship?
  3. What results should I use to apply for the NEW Scholarship?
  4. What are the eligibility criteria for the NEW Scholarship?
  5. What do you look out for in a scholar?
  6. Do I need to secure a place at the university before applying for the scholarship?
  7. If I'm going for my national service (NS), do I apply after I have received my GCE A Level results or after I've completed NS?
  8. Can I defer my NS?
II. Courses/University
  1. What courses can I pursue?
  2. Can I continue to pursue a post-graduate degree?
  3. Is there a list of approved universities that I should apply to?
III. Fees & Financial Matters
  1. What does the scholarship cover?
  2. How long is the bond?
IV. Internships and Attachments
  1. Are scholars required to do internships or attachments with NEA or PUB? Why?
  2. Will there be overseas attachment?
  3. What are the advantages of joining NEW Internship?
  4. What is the duration of the NEW Internship?
  5. How do I apply for the NEW Internship?
  6. Does the NEW Internship have an allowance?
  7. How will I be assessed for NEW scholarship after I have completed NEW Internship?
  8. What are the roles of mentor and buddy?
V. Career Opportunities
  1. Where can I know more about my career opportunities?
  2. What are the career opportunities available when I return from my studies and start work?
  3. When will I know which agency (i.e. NEA or PUB) I will join when I graduate?
VI. General
  1. Who are my sponsors for the NEW Scholarship?
  2. When was the NEW Scholarship launched?
  3. What is the difference between the NEW Scholarship and the Masters Scholarship?
  4. Where can I find more information about the NEW Scholarship?
  5. Who can I contact if I have enquiries about the NEW Scholarship and NEW Internship?

FAQ

I. Application and Selection Process

  1. When can I start applying? When is the closing date?

    'A' Level, International Baccalaureate, Polytechnic and NUS High Students: You may apply for the NEW Scholarship for assessment through the NEW Internship from September to December each year. You may also apply between January and 2 weeks from the release of GCE 'A' Level results for assessment of as an open applicant.

    Undergraduates and Fresh Graduates:
    For Midterm or Masters Scholarship, you may apply all year round. You will be assessed through the NEW Internship which you may tie up with the internship and Industrial attachment programmes offered by your university. To avoid disappointment, do apply early.

    For applicants interested in the Masters Scholarship only, you may apply up to a year ahead of your intended year to begin your Masters studies.

  2. How do I apply for the NEW Scholarship?

    To apply for the NEW Scholarship, please click here.

  3. What results should I use to apply for the NEW Scholarship?

    'A' Level, International Baccalaureate, Polytechnic and NUS High Students:
    Please submit your latest results, e.g. Preliminary exam results if you are in JC 2 or promotional exams results if you are JC 1, 'A' level results if you have already graduated from JC, Polytechnic cumulative GPA for 5 semesters, latest cumulative grades for NUS High students. Also, include your full 'O' level results or equivalent.

    Undergraduates and Fresh Graduates:
    Please submit your latest university results with your GCE 'O','A' Level, IB, Polytechnic or NUS High results.

  4. What are the eligibility criteria for the NEW Scholarship?

    All schemes of the NEW Scholarship is open to Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents with outstanding academic results, a noteworthy CCA record and choice of university disciplines which meet the needs of NEA and PUB. Singapore Permanent Residents are required to take up Singapore Citizenship before they leave for overseas studies.

  5. What do you look out for in a scholar?

    Besides strong academic results, noteworthy CCA records and choice of university disciplines which meet the needs of NEA and PUB, we look for people who display good character, intellectual capacity and leadership quality. We also look for people who possess good interpersonal and communication skills and are keen to join us to work in the environment and water industry. If you have what it takes, you are what we want.

  6. Do I need to secure a place at the university before applying for the scholarship?

    No, you may apply for the university and the scholarship concurrently.

  7. If I'm going for my national service (NS), do I apply after I have received my GCE A Level results or after I've completed NS?

    You may apply before your enlistment by sending in your application as soon as you have received your A-level results. However, you can only attend the scholarship selection during your NS block-leave periods in May - July.

  8. Can I defer my NS?

    No

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II. Courses/University

  1. What courses can I pursue?

    Courses of study for NEW Scholars include Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Environmental, Biological, Chemical), Environmental Science, Applied Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics and other courses relevant to NEA or PUB.

  2. Can I continue to pursue a post-graduate degree?

    For NEW Scholarship holders, you may get the opportunity to pursue post-graduate degrees. This is however, subjected to approval and the scholar's fulfilment of certain criteria.

  3. Is there a list of approved universities that I should apply to?

    NEW Scholarship: No. NEW Scholarships offered for undergraduate studies at any of Singapore's top local universities (NUS, NTU, SUTD, SMU) including NUS's Global Engineering Programme and NTU's Renaissance Engineering Programme or any renowned overseas universities (e.g. institutions at US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, China, Japan, Switzerland).

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III. Fees & Financial Matters

  1. What does the scholarship cover?

    NEW Scholarship:
    For local undergraduates, the scholarship covers maintenance allowance, tuition and compulsory fees, computer and book allowance, hostel fees where applicable. Scholars may request for sponsorship of summer programs, exchange programs.

    For overseas undergraduates, the scholarship covers maintenance allowance, tuition and compulsory fees, return airfare, plus allowance for computer, books, settling-in and warm clothing where applicable. Scholars may request for sponsorship of summer programs, exchange programs.

    Masters Scholarship:
    Maintenance allowance, tuition fees and compulsory fees, return airfare, plus allowance for computer, books, settling-in and warm clothing where applicable.

  2. How long is the bond?

    NEW Scholarship:
    The bond period for scholars pursuing their undergraduate studies in English speaking countries (e.g. institutions in US, UK, Australia) is six years while that for scholars pursuing their undergraduate studies in local universities (NUS, NTU, SUTD, SMU) is four years and for scholars pursuing their undergraduate studies in overseas non-English speaking countries (e.g. Institutions in France, Netherlands, Germany, China, Japan) is five years.

    Masters Scholarship:
    The bond period for scholars on Masters Studies is two years for every one year of sponsorship.

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IV. Internships and Attachments

  1. Are scholars required to do internships or attachments with NEA or PUB? Why?

    Yes. NEW scholars are required to do a mandatory 8-week practical attachment with NEA and PUB during their second or third year course of study.

  2. Will there be overseas attachment?

    Scholars in overseas universities may also get the opportunity to serve an internship in global companies in the environment and water sector.

  3. What are the advantages of joining NEW Internship?

    NEW Internship offers you a rich learning experience through working on the environment and water projects. It also helps you to get a head-start compared to the direct applicants of NEW scholarship. Last but not least, it allows you to make an informed decision on making a meaningful career in the challenging but rewarding environment and water sector.

  4. What is the duration of the NEW Internship?

    The duration is 4 to 6 weeks. It may be extended depending on the project requirement and students availability.

  5. How do I apply for the NEW Internship?

    To apply for the NEW Internship, please click here.

  6. Does the NEW Internship have an allowance?

    Interns who have successfully completed their internships will receive an allowance.

  7. How will I be assessed for NEW scholarship after I have completed NEW Internship?

    Each intern will be assessed by their respective mentor. Interns who had successfully completed the NEW Internship and show promise and potential throughout the internship may be recommended for the NEW Scholarship by their mentors.

    In addition, each intern is required to submit a project report and a write-up on his/her personal reflections on the internship experience and present his/her project to a panel comprising of representatives from MEWR, NEA and PUB. The panel will assess the interns and determine the final selection of interns who will be recommended for the NEW Scholarship. Interns selected will proceed directly to the interview. If successful, NEW Interns will be offered the NEW Scholarship earlier than open applicants who apply after the release of 'A' Level results.

  8. What are the roles of mentor and buddy?

    Each intern will be assigned a mentor and a buddy. The mentor will oversee the intern(s) assigned to the project and effectively engage them to provide them with an interesting and rewarding experience. The role of a mentor is to help the intern understand the organisation, and facilitate in the learning of the intern through advice, guidance and support. While the role of the mentor is like a teacher and work supervisor to the interns, the role of the buddy is like a friend to the interns. Hence, the buddy will assist the intern in understanding the organisation and advice him/her on how to obtain the resources required during the course of the NEW Internship. Buddies are encouraged to invite the interns to attend corporate events, if any, which would provide exposure to them.

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V. Career Opportunities

  1. Where can I know more about my career opportunities?

    Each scholar will be assigned a mentor and a buddy. The mentor will advise scholars on the career opportunities and career development and guide them on their career path. Mentors are also expected to communicate the availability of posting opportunities to the scholar to raise their awareness about the posting opportunities within the organization. While the mentor will act more like a career advisor to scholar, the buddy will act more like a friend. Therefore, the responsibility of buddy is to address scholar's concerns and meet up with scholar when he/she is on vacation back in Singapore.

  2. What are the career opportunities available when I return from my studies and start work?

    Upon completing your studies, you will join either PUB or NEA, where you will receive comprehensive training and build greater depth of knowledge and skills. You can join us as an Engineer, Economist, Policy Executive, Environmental Health Executive , Research Officer and Water Scientist as well as in areas such as Finance, Communications and Corporate Management (in areas of Legal, Human Resources, Finance/IT Audit, Marketing and Quantity Survey)

    Whether your interest is in sciences, engineering, water management, environmental public health or just reaching out to people, you will enjoy a challenging but rewarding career across NEA and PUB, including the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).

  3. When will I know which agency (i.e. NEA or PUB) I will join when I graduate?

    You will get to start your career with either NEA or PUB, the parent agency which you were awarded the scholarship with. Rotation to MEWR or the other agency is possible in subsequent postings.

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VI. General

  1. Who are my sponsors for the NEW Scholarship?

    The NEW Scholarship is jointly offered by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and PUB, the national water agency.

    For more information about NEA and PUB, please visit the websites below.

    http://www.pub.gov.sg and http://www.nea.gov.sg

  2. When was the NEW Scholarship launched?

    NEA and PUB, led by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), jointly launched the NEW Scholarship in July 2008.

  3. What is the difference between the NEW Scholarship and the Masters Scholarship?

    NEW Scholarship is offered for undergraduate studies with the possibility of Masters Studies. The Masters Scholarship is offered for Masters Studies only.

  4. Where can I find more information about the NEW Scholarship?

    To find out more about NEW Scholarship, please check out: http://www.NEWscholarship.gov.sg

  5. Who can I contact if I have enquiries about the NEW Scholarship and NEW Internship?

    For any enquiries, please email to: [email protected] / [email protected]

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