Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship at (ABS) Singapore

Designation/Position- Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship

The Association of Banks in Singapore invites applications for TDr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship for eligible and interested candidates

About- The Dr Goh Keng Swee (GKS) Scholarship is a private sector scholarship administered by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS). Each year, 3 to 4 scholarships are awarded to outstanding individuals from 15 Asia Pacific economies (Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, PRC, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar) to pursue undergraduate studies at local universities in Singapore i.e. National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

The Dr GKS Scholarship Fund was set up by the financial community in Singapore in honour of the former Deputy Prime Minister, who fostered Singapore’s economic development and growth as a reputable international financial centre.

Research/Job Area- Specialised courses

Location- The Association of Banks in Singapore


The Dr GKS Scholarship is open to students who are citizens/passport holders of Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, PRC, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Singapore citizens and PRs are not eligible to apply for the Dr GKS Scholarship.

Applicants should

  • Ensure that the necessary university admission requirements are met (inclusive of sitting for any required university entrance examinations);
  • Concurrently apply for admission to NUS, NTU, SMU or SUTD. Most courses (except for specialised courses like Medicine) will be considered. Applicants should adhere to the university’s admission deadlines and guidelines;
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities and possess good academic and co-curricular activities (CCA) achievements; and
  • Have sat for, or made private arrangements to sit for the SAT* (for more information on SAT and registration for the test, please refer to the College Board website).
    *In light of COVID-19, applications without SAT will also be accepted. Applicants unable to take the SAT should submit the proficiency test(s) taken when applying to the Singapore universities
    (E.g. GCE A-levels, IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic, ACT or C1 advanced) for our consideration.

Job/Position Description- 

The scholarship supports a maximum of 4 years of undergraduate study (including Honours). It provides the following:

  • Tuition and other compulsory fees;
  • Airfare (to Singapore and return to home country upon completion of study);
  • Annual maintenance allowance of SGD6500;
  • Hostel allowance based on institution of study; and
  • Settling-in allowance (one-off expense) of SGD200 upon arrival in Singapore.

The scholarship award will be reviewed annually and is subjected to satisfactory performance and academic results.

Scholarship Bond

Successful candidates will be required to work for 3 years upon the completion of their studies in either:

  1. An approved company in Singapore; or
  2. An approved Singapore-based company in their home country

The deployment of scholarship holders to serve their bonds will be determined by the Dr GKS Scholarship Fund.

How to Apply- 

Please submit your application at www.pscgateway.gov.sg/app/gks/account/uidsignin.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to take an online personality profiling test in April 2021.

Applicants selected to attend the final interview will expect a session scheduled in end-May/June 2021. More information will be available at a later date.

For enquiries, please refer to the FAQs or send your questions to GKS_Scholarships@abs.org.sg..

Last Date for Apply– 31 March 2021

The 2020 Dr GKS Scholarship application will commence on 1 November 2020 and end on 31 March 2021 at 23:59, Singapore time (UTC+08:00).

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