FAQ - National Library Board Scholarship


Q1: What are the scholarship eligibility criteria?
We are looking for applicants who fulfil the following criteria:
  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident who is willing to take up Singapore Citizenship
  • Have good academic and Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) records
  • Have GCE 'A' Levels, International Baccalaureate, Polytechnic or NUS High School diploma
  • Have strong leadership qualities, interpersonal skills and a passion for learning and service

Each application will be considered holistically taking into account all areas of merit.


Q2: What is the selection process like?
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a group selection tea session and two rounds of interviews with NLB's Senior Management. Candidates may also be required to take a psychometric assessment.

Q3: How many NLB Scholarships are awarded each year?
Up to five scholarships may be awarded each year, depending on the applicants' merits and attributes. Successful applicants may choose to study locally or at renowned universities overseas.

Q4: What courses of study are supported by NLB?
The NLB Scholarship Programme offers full-time undergraduate studies in fields to advance library and archives development and to grow domain expertise in various knowledge fields. In general, NLB supports a diversity of courses and welcomes interested applicants who are passionate to be part of NLB's culture and drive our mission. However, specialised courses of studies. e.g. medicine, architecture, law, are not supported under this scholarship.

Q5: Do scholars undergo an internship during the course of study?
NLB scholars have to serve an internship programme, typically during their term breaks in the 2nd or 3rd year of studies. This is to provide them with early exposure to NLB's business.

Q6: What does the scholarship cover?
This is a full scholarship which covers all tuition fees, maintenance allowances, pre-studies allowance as well as return airfare and other compulsory expenses for overseas undergraduate studies.

Q7: What career development opportunities can scholars look forward to?
Typically, our scholars will take on a key role at one of NLB's touchpoints in their first posting where they will learn to deliver NLB's content and services. Based on their acquired competencies and development plans, scholars are rotated across different functions to groom them for future leadership roles. Through their career with the NLB, scholars can look forward to be exposed to a myriad of challenges and opportunities.

For more information on the NLB Scholarship, visit www.nlb.gov.sg/careers/nlbscholarships.aspx, or drop us an email at [email protected].