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Scholarships & Internships


MSF provides scholarships to outstanding students who are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of others. As a scholar, you can look forward to an exciting and fulfilling career in the Ministry upon graduation. Join us to nurture and build lives together and develop your talent to its fullest potential.

Student Internship Programme

The MSF Student Internship Programme, which spans eight to twelve weeks, aims to attract high calibre candidates with passion and heart for people. It is a programme for students to gain work experience and get to know our culture.

Why be an MSF Scholar

In MSF, we value diversity. We offer scholarships for a variety of disciplines, such as: Social Work, Data Science and Analytics, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, International Relations, or Political Science.


Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents intending to take up citizenship, with:

  • Excellent results in GCE ‘A’ Levels, Polytechnic Diploma with Merit or equivalent qualification (e.g. International Baccalaureate)
  • Good Co-Curricular Activities records
  • Strong leadership qualities and potential
  • An interest in a career with MSF

Scholarship Types

1. Local Merit Scholarship
To pursue undergraduate studies at local universities such as the:

  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

2. Singapore Government Scholarship
To pursue undergraduate studies locally, or at overseas universities in countries/regions such as:

  • Asia & Oceania – China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand
  • Americas – Canada, United States
  • Europe – France, Germany, United Kingdom
  • Other countries/regions approved by MSF

Current undergraduates keen on a career with MSF, and have performed well academically and in other areas, may apply for MSF’s mid-term scholarships. Mid-term applicants should have completed at least one semester in their undergraduate studies and are not in their final year of studies.

Number of Years Bonded to the Ministry

ScholarshipNo. of Years Bonded
Undergraduate study in Singapore4 Years
Undergraduate study in non-English speaking countries/regions5 years
Undergraduate study in English speaking countries/regions6 Years

Scholarship Benefits

1) Local Merit Scholarship

  • Full tuition fees
  • Maintenance and other allowances
  • Sponsorship for approved developmental programmes such as student exchange/summer programmes and CCAs etc.
  • Sponsorship of Master’s degree (if requirements are met)

2) Singapore Government Scholarship

  • Full tuition fees
  • Return economy class airfare (if applicable)
  • Maintenance and other allowances
  • Sponsorship for approved developmental programmes, such as student exchange /summer programmes and CCAs etc.
  • Sponsorship of Master’s degree (if requirements are met)

How to Apply

For application and more information, visit the Public Service Commission (PSC) website

For More Info

For scholarship-related enquiries, email us at

What to Expect

You get to learn and develop your skills from working on challenging projects under the guidance of our experienced supervisors. We believe you will benefit from diverse opportunities we have in the MSF family.

Who Can Apply & When to Apply

If you are a Singaporean/PR tertiary student with strong passion for the social and family sector, you are welcome to apply. We are open to students from all disciplines of study.

Application for internships between Dec 2023 to Mar 2024 will commence in Sep 2023. Please look out for the details closer to date.

Application Process

There are three parts to the application process:

1) Application

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

2) Interview

The interview session is a great opportunity for you to learn more about MSF and the work we do, and is also a time for us to learn about your interests, strengths and potential. You will be assessed on your skills, competencies and knowledge of the project you applied for, as well as organisational fit.

3) Outcome

You will receive an offer via email if you have been selected for our internship programme.

For More Info

For internship requests and other internship-related enquiries, email us at:

Q. What does MSF Undergraduate Scholarship cover?

Ans: The MSF Undergraduate Scholarship offers full tuition coverage for your local or overseas undergraduate studies. The following are also covered under the scholarship:

  • Monthly maintenance and other allowances
  • Sponsorship for approved developmental programmes, such as student exchange/summer programmes and CCAs etc.
  • Return airfare for those sponsored for overseas studies

Q. When can I apply for undergraduate scholarship?

Ans: Applicants are welcome to apply prior to pursuing their undergraduate degree or until the penultimate year of their undergraduate degree (referred to as ‘mid-term applicants’).

There is one application window every year, please refer to the PSC website for the dates.

Q. If I am already studying in university, can I apply for a mid-term scholarship?

Ans: Yes, applicants are welcome to apply until the penultimate year of their undergraduate degree (referred to as ‘mid-term applicants’).

Q. Are MSF scholars able to pursue their studies in any university and degree of their choice?

Ans: The MSF Scholarship supports various disciplines of study, including, but not limited to, Social Work, Psychology and Economics. We also encourage you to pursue your interest areas beyond these fields of study through a selection of double majors or minors and/or development programmes.

Disciplines of study not covered under the MSF Scholarship are Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.

Q. Are scholars put on a career fast-track when they start working at MSF?

Ans: MSF employees are evaluated on their performance annually, and our scholars would be evaluated similarly. Progression in the organisation is dependent on staff’s performance and aspirations. We believe in fair treatment for all employees based on merit.