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DSTA Scholarships

Last Updated on 8 May 2020

DSTA Scholarships

Fast Facts

DSTA Scholarships are awarded to talented individuals who demonstrate a passion for science and technology.

They are for junior college and polytechnic or equivalent graduates as well as university undergraduates seeking a tertiary education and aspiring towards an exciting career in the Defence Technology community.

In addition, we award scholarships to exceptional first-year junior college or equivalent science students with the passion to contribute to defence science and technology.

We offer the following scholarships:

  • DSTA Scholarship
  • DSTA Junior College Scholarship

These scholarships will lead to diverse career opportunities in organisations such as Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), DSO National Laboratories (DSO) as well as Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT). As you progress in your career with us, there will be a comprehensive suite of personal development and continuous learning opportunities to help you grow professionally and personally.

DSTA Scholarship

Turn ideas into innovations and dreams into reality.

With the DSTA Scholarship, you are set to realise your fullest potential with a fulfilling and meaningful career at the forefront of science and technology. You will be entrusted to create the future of our national defence and security and grow in a collaborative and dynamic environment where innovation thrives.

The DSTA Scholarship offers you opportunities to pursue your passion from a diverse array of disciplines in engineering and science at the top universities around the world. Experience new cultures and gain new perspectives that will broaden your horizon.

DSTA Junior College Scholarship

Create your future in Science and Technology with the DSTA Junior College Scholarship.

Look forward to discovering exciting opportunities in defence science and engineering with our engineers and scientists in the Defence Technology Community.

The DSTA Junior College Scholarship is open to first-year Junior College or equivalent Integrated Programme (IP) students in the Science stream.

Value of Award

DSTA Scholarship

For DSTA Scholars Studying in Singapore:

  • Tuition and hostel fees
  • Annual and other allowances including computer, settling-in, etc
  • Sponsorship for approved Masters Programme (within stipulated sponsorship period)
  • Overseas Student Exchange programme
  • Mid-course internship programme
  • Opportunity for Global Internship Programme (GIP)

For DSTA Scholars Studying in Overseas Universities:

  • Tuition fees
  • Overseas maintenance and other allowances including computer, settling-in, warm clothing, etc
  • Sponsorship for approved Masters Programme (within stipulated sponsorship period)
  • Student Exchange programme
  • Mid-course internship programme
  • Opportunity for Global Internship Programme (GIP)

* Full sponsorship from point of award, and back payment of university tuition fees for scholarship holders awarded during undergraduate studies.

DSTA Junior College Scholarship

  • Scholarship award of S$2,000, subject to continued academic excellence*
  • Award holder will be provided with an opportunity to learn about defence technology by participating in a programme or activity (e.g. Internship^, student visits, camps, workshops or lectures) with the Defence Technology Community

* The award recipient will receive S$1,000 in the year of award. Continuation of award in the 2nd year is subjected to excellent academic performance in his/her JC1 promotional examinations, upon which he/she will receive another S$1,000.
^ Includes school-based internships where the award recipient can choose to work on DSTA or DSO sponsored research or projects.

Bond Requirements

DSTA Scholarship
For undergraduate study in English-speaking countries: 6 years
For undergraduate study in non-English speaking countries: 5 years
For undergraduate study in Singapore: 4 years

DSTA Junior College Scholarship
This award carries no bond.

Application Criteria & Procedures

DSTA Scholarship


  • Singapore Citizen (Singapore Permanent Residents are required to take up Singapore Citizenship)
  • Excellent GCE ‘A'’ Level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate, NUS High School Diploma), or Polytechnic Diploma
  • Outstanding co-curricular activities record
  • Passion for science and technology

DSTA Junior College Scholarship


  • Singapore Citizen
  • Excellent results, with an aggregate of not more than 8 points for first language and 5 relevant subjects for those doing GCE ‘O’ Level
  • Studying in science stream with a keen interest in Physics / Mathematics
  • Interest to explore Defence Engineering or Defence Research as a career

Tenable Universities

National University of Singapore
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore Management University
Singapore University of Technology and Design
Singapore Institute of Technology

Top universities around the world

Applicable Courses/Disciplines

  • Aerospace / Aeronautical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Behavioural Science
  • Business / Data Analytics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science / Engineering
  • Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Electrical Engineering / Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering in Product Development
  • Engineering Science
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Information Engineering
  • Information Security
  • Information Systems & Communications Technology/Design
  • Information Technology
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mathematics / Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Systems Engineering

Application Deadlines

DSTA Scholarship: 15 April 2020

DSTA logo
Defence Science and Technology Agency
1 Depot Road
Singapore 109679
Tel: (65) 6819 5142
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: SingaporeDSTA

DSO logo
DSO National Laboratories
12 Science Park Drive
Singapore 118225

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