ASEAN Foundation Research Scholarships
The ASEAN Foundation (AF) and NUS have entered into agreement to develop high quality human resources within ASEAN member countries through the ASEAN Foundation Research Scholarship.
The ASEAN Foundation, an initiative of the Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), was established on 15 December 1997 to help bring about shared prosperity and a sustainable future for the peoples of all ASEAN countries. It has been mandated to promote greater awareness of ASEAN and greater interaction among its peoples and their increased participation in ASEAN activities as well as to undertake development cooperation activities that enhance mutual assistance, address equitable economic development and reduce poverty. This scholarship programme is part of the ASEAN Foundation Scholarships for Postgraduate Studies and funded through the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund.
One scholarship slots are available for ASEAN nationals (except Singapore citizens and permanent residents) who wish to pursue a Masters Degree by research in NUS. Selection of successful applicants will be based on merit.
These scholarships are open to bonafide nationals of an ASEAN country (except Singapore citizens and permanent residents) and tenable in the following faculties:
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- School of Design and Environment (Real Estate & Building courses)
- Faculty of Law
- Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
To qualify, applicants must:
- Hold a good bachelors degree or its equivalent and possess a strong academic record;
- The applicant does not hold any post-graduate degree.
- Satisfy other admission requirements as specified by the faculty/school they apply to;
- Submit a valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result as evidence of their proficiency in the English language (for applicants whose native tongue or medium of university instruction is not English).
- The applicant has at least 2 years work experience in their home country.
- Agree to return and/or serve for at least 2 years in any ASEAN countries after completion of their studies.
b) Field of Studies
- Developmental Studies
- Information and Communication Technology
c) Award Amount
- A monthly stipend of S$2,000;
- Tuition, examination fees and other approved fees at NUS;
- A one-off air travel allowance of one single trip ticket from home country to Singapore upon award of the scholarship;
- A one-off book allowance of up to S$200;
- Accommodation subsidy of Singapore Dollars (S$3,000) per year;
- Graduation gown rental fees;
- A one-off air travel allowance of one single trip ticket from Singapore to home country upon successful completion of the course leading to the award of the degree.
Please read the full terms and conditions.
d) Award Period
The award is tenable for a maximum of 2 years, subject to an annual review of the scholar’s satisfactory progress.
e) Application Procedure
Applicants should indicate their interest in the Scholarship via the NUS Graduate Research Programme Application System.
Applicants should also complete the ASEAN Foundation Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies Application Form, print out a copy of the completed application via the NUS Graduate Research Programme Application System, and submit together with the Application for Admission form and other supporting documents to the relevant Faculty/School.
Please send all documents to:
Department of XXX
Faculty/School of XXX
Please click here for a list of the mailing address of all the Faculties/Schools. On the bottom left hand corner of the envelope, please write “ASEAN Foundation Research Scholarship”.
Application Closing Date
Outcome Notification Date
Semester 1 (August)
Semester 2 (January)
Note (For August intake):
(1) For applicants who have applied for admission, please complete the ASEAN Foundation Scholarship Postgraduate Application Form.
(2) For applicants who have not applied for admission, please submit your application via the NUS Graduate Research Programme Application System and complete the ASEAN Foundation Scholarship Postgraduate Application Form.
f) Notification of Award
Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome by NUS.
For more information, click here to contact the respective faculties.