The new SMU Merit Scholarship Programme opens doors to an enriching and exciting learning opportunity that will broaden your horizons and groom you into an inspiring and impactful leader of the future.

Enjoy the flexibility of a single or double degree, with a generous package that includes a full four-year tuition fee waiver for the duration of the double degree programme (DDP) enrolment (five years for the DDP in Law), and growth opportunities allowance.

Our dedicated Centre for Scholars’ Development (CSD) implements and oversees development programmes for our scholars and is committed to guide and to develop the intellectual and holistic growth of our scholars.

Up to 35 SMU Merit Scholarships are awarded each year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be Singapore Citizens
  • Possess outstanding academic results
  • Demonstrate strong leadership capabilities and potential
  • Possess excellent records in co-curricular and/or community activities
  • Be applying for admission to a full-time undergraduate degree programme at SMU


  • Tuition fee waiver (after MOE tuition grant subsidy) 
  • Growth opportunities allowance of S$12,000 to fund part or combination of the following:
    • Overseas Student Exchange/Summer Programme
    • Overseas Community Service Project
    • Overseas School Study Missions
    • Overseas Case Competitions and presentations at Conferences
  • Participation in development opportunities offered by the Centre for Scholars’ Development
  • Scholarship is bond-free

Application Process

  • •If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, please indicate your interest in the Scholarship section of the online application form for admission. There is no separate scholarship application form. Click here to apply to SMU.
  • Applicants are required to submit a scholarship personal essay (to be completed and submitted online when applying for admission). Letters of recommendation by their tutor or principal are optional but applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain such recommendations to support their scholarship application. Details  on how to nominate your referee can be found in the online application for admission (under Scholarship section). Please ensure that you give sufficient time to your referee to submit his/her recommendation online.
  • Applicants will be shortlisted based on their academic qualifications and the strength of their non-academic records.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to SMU for a panel interview.

Contact Us

Scholarship Enquiries

(applicants seeking admissions)

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Tel: +65 6828 0980
Fax: +65 6828 0303

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Scholarship / Award Enquiries

(students enrolled in SMU)

Centre for Student Financial Assistance

Contact CSFA for Tuition Fee Loan, Study Loan, SMU Education Loan, Student Computer Loan, Bursaries and all other financial assistance schemes.

Tel: +65 6828 0264 / 6828 0486 / 6828 9556 / 6808 5199 / 6828 0453 / 6828 0501 / 6828 0160

Fax: +65 6828 0647

Office of Finance (OFN)

Contact OFN for CPF Education Scheme, Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy Scheme, and Post-Secondary Education Account.


More information on Student Financial Assistance Schemes, please click here.

Undergraduate Prospectus 2019/2020

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Scholarship Brochure

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International Students Brochure

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