Your Journey begins with the Social Service Scholarship | BrightSparks


If you are looking for a career that is both rewarding and fulfilling and would like to join the family of professionals with a passion for people, we invite you to apply for the following scholarships or awards.

Lien Scholarship for Social Service Leaders (Postgraduate) (2016-2017)
Hone your leadership capabilities and lead the efforts for social change as a social service leader.
A premier postgraduate scholarship offered by the Lien Foundation in partnership with NCSS, the Lien Scholarship for Social Service Leaders is aimed at nurturing promising talents, developing outstanding leaders and boosting sector capability to better serve the community.

Supported Fields of Study

As a Lien Scholar, you can look forward to pursuing full-time postgraduate courses in the following categories:
  • Community Mental Health
  • Community Development
  • Disability
  • Gerontology
  • Management and Administration
  • Social Policy and Administration
Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Lien Scholarship, you must:
  • be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • have an outstanding track record in the social service sector
  • possess good academic results (e.g. good Honours degree)
  • have a strong commitment to working in the social service sector
  • have served at a VWO for a minimum of three years
  • obtained strong recommendations from your Executive Director/Chairman/Board President
Candidates without prior background in social services are also welcomed to apply. We would be seeking for candidates who:  
  • possess work experience in leadership roles
  • strong interest in joining the social service sector
  • possess strong voluntary track record in social and community services
Scholarship Coverage

The scholarship covers your tuition fees, maintenance allowance, salary support, book allowance and any other compulsory fees.


Once you complete your studies, you must serve a bond for the following respective durations at an appointed NCSS member Voluntary Welfare Organisation or other social service agency. The bond duration depends on the nature and value of the scholarship package.


There are 2 application windows each year.
  • Applications received between 1 Apr to 31 May will be assessed in Jun/Jul
  • Applications received between 1 to 30 Sep will be assessed in Oct/Nov

We regret to inform that only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for interviews.

Deadline: Wednesday, 31st May 2017