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A-STAR India Youth Scholarship 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open17-Jul-2016
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AwardAnnual allowance of S$2,200-S$2,400, hostel, Settling-in allowance of S$400 (once only), air fare, school fees, insurance cover
EligibilityClass 8 pass
Scholarship provider contact details

Customer Service Centre (Podium Block of MOE Building)
Ministry of Education, Singapore
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138675
Phone: +65 68722220

What is A-STAR India Youth Scholarship 2017?

The A*STAR Youth Scholarship is tenable for 4 years leading to the award of the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advanced’ (GCE ‘A’) Level (or equivalent) certificate.

The Scholarship is for studies in selected Singapore schools from Secondary Three to Pre-University Two and is renewed annually, subject to the satisfactory performance of the scholar.

Test and interview city will be Delhi only.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Interested candidates who meet the following criteria are invited to apply for the scholarship:

  • Nationals of India
  • Born between 2000 and 2002
  • Completed Standard 8 in the Year 2015
  • Possess outstanding academic track record (at least an average of 80% / minimum ‘A’ with English as first language in the Standards 7 and 8 school final examinations)
  • Possess a high level of oral and written competency in English

How can you apply ?

There are 2 modes of application—online or hardcopy application. Each applicant should submit only ONE application and the online mode is strongly recommended.

Please refer to the A*STAR India Youth Scholarship page during the application period.


Q. What criteria do I have to fulfil in order to apply for the scholarship?
A. Students who are Indian nationals can apply for the scholarship. The eligibility criteria for the scholarship can be found on the A*STAR India Youth Scholarship page.

Q. Can I apply for the scholarship if I am already studying in a Singapore school?
A. No. Students studying in Singapore schools are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Q. When do scholarship applications open?
A. The application period for the scholarship is usually between early June and mid July annually.

Q. How do I apply?
A. There are 2 modes of application—online or hardcopy application. Each applicant should submit only ONE application and the online mode is strongly recommended.
Please refer to the A*STAR India Youth Scholarship page during the application period.

Q. What is the application process like?
A. Short-listed applicants have to go through a selection test. Candidates who perform well in the selection test will be invited to undergo a selection interview. Students who have done well in the selection interview will then be awarded the scholarship.

Q. How will I know if I have been short-listed for the selection test and/or interview?
A. You will be notified by post a week before the selection test and interview dates whether you have been short-listed for the selection test or interview. You will not receive any notification if you are not short-listed for the selection test.

Q. How many scholarships are given out every year?
A. The number of scholarships given varies from year to year. Scholarships will be offered to all students who achieved outstanding performances in the selection test and interview.

Q. How will I know if I have been awarded the scholarship and how much time do I have to decide whether to accept it?
A. You will be notified by post whether you have been awarded the scholarship. You will be given approximately 1 week to decide whether you would like to accept the scholarship.

Q. Can I choose the secondary school and hostel I am posted to?
A. The choice of the secondary school and hostel scholars are posted to will be decided by the Ministry of Education. Scholars will be posted to the selected secondary school. The Ministry will try as far as possible to post scholars to hostels close to their secondary school.

Q. What is the medium of instruction in Singapore schools?
A. All subjects (except Mother Tongue eg. Chinese, Malay and Tamil) are taught in English.

Q. If I have studied another language in my home country and it is not offered in Singapore, do I still have to take up a Mother Tongue language?
A. You might now have to offer a Mother Tongue language in this case. However, it is subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Where can I get more information about secondary school / junior college education and the syllabuses in Singapore?
A. The following links provide more information.
Secondary School Education
Pre-university (Junior College) Education
Subject Syllabuses

Q. Will the scholarship allowance be sufficient for all my expenses in Singapore?
A. Please refer to the page on the cost of living to find out more. You should also note that scholars are required to pay any miscellaneous fees that the school may charge.

Q. Will the hostels provide meals for the scholars? Will special food requirements such as halal/Indian/vegetarian food be available at the hostels?
A. Generally, the hostels provide breakfast and dinner for the scholars. Meal provisions are available for Indian vegetarians and Muslims.

Q. How often can I visit my home country while holding the scholarship?
A. As often as you like at your own cost during the school vacations, if you do not have any school activities. During the school term, you will need the prior approval of the principal of the school that you are in before visiting your home country.

Terms and Conditions


Any dates given below are tentative and are subject to changes.

Activity Date
Application Period 6 June 2016 to 17 July 2016
Selection Test End August to early September 2016
Selection Interview End October to early November 2016
Award of Scholarship Mid to late November 2016
Arrival of Scholar in Singapore Late December 2016

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