Singapore launches new scholarship for aspiring engineers

To meet the dearth of engineering talent in the public sector, the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Singapore has launched a new scholarship to train more specialist engineers.

The scholarship is announced to rope in new engineering talent in public sector. Photo courtesy:

Scholarship holders can take up courses like naval architecture, financial systems engineering and geospatial technology under the Public Service Commission Scholarship (Engineering) programme.

These areas of knowledge will be relevant to one of three clusters they will be attached to: defence and security; infocomm technology (ICT) and smart systems; and infrastructure and environment.

After graduation, they will join the statutory boards or ministries under each cluster - for instance, the Defence Science and Technology Agency under the defence and security cluster, or GovTech under the ICT and smart systems cluster.

They will also have access to mentorship schemes as well as opportunities to be part of cross-agency project teams.

The announcement of the new scholarship comes after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the shortage of engineering talent in July.

The latest scholarship is open to university-bound students as well as undergraduates. Photo courtesy:

The latest scholarship is open to university-bound students as well as undergraduates, who can apply mid-term, and is under one of the PSC's three scholarship schemes.

The PSC (Engineering) scholarship holders will be "challenged with technical demands that aim to sharpen their domain skills and hone them into experts of these fields", said the PSC Secretariat.

This year, more than 2,700 people applied to the PSC for a scholarship, reaching a five-year high.

Those interested in the PSC Scholarship (Engineering) may submit their applications at

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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