Tanoto Foundation is the philanthropic arm of renowned Indonesian entrepreneur, visionary and pioneer Sukanto Tanoto, and his family, and it funds the Tanoto Scholarship. One scholarship is awarded each year to full-time undergraduates of Indonesian or Chinese citizenship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time SMU undergraduates of Indonesia or Chinese citizenship or Singapore Permanent Residents of Indonesia or Chinese citizenship
  • Outstanding academic results
  • Proficient in English
  • Active involvement in co-curricular activities and/or community service
  • Good leadership skills and character records
  • Preference will be given to those with demonstrated financial need

Tenure and Benefits

No bond is required under the terms of this Scholarship

  • The Scholarship, covering tuition fees and providing an annual living allowance, is tenable for four years of study and may be renewed provided that the scholar continues to fulfill all scholarship requirements
  • The scholar may need to serve internship attachments in companies designated by the donor for a period of up to six months or such other periods as advised by the University

Tuition Grant Scheme

Scholars are required to take advantage of the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) provided by the Singapore Government for subsidised education. Under the TGS, non-Singaporean recipients (including Singapore Permanent Residents) will be contractually obliged to work for Singapore-registered companies for a minimum period of three years upon graduation.

About the Tanoto Foundation

Tanoto Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation whose areas of focus include education, poverty alleviation, healthcare and disaster relief. Founded in 2001, the Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sukanto Tanoto and his family, whose philanthropy dates back to 1981. Tanoto Foundation strives to be a centre of excellence for facilitating and improving access to quality education, and to create opportunities to fight poverty.

Scholarship Application

  • For a full list of our SMU administered scholarships, click here
  • For a list of our Scholarships / Financial Aid offered by external organisations, click here


Your application for scholarships is to be made at the same time as your application for admission to SMU. Click here to apply to SMU.

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.

Email: finasst@smu.edu.sg
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.

Email: accountenquiry@smu.edu.sg

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

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