How can I get SAF scholarship?

Second in prestige only to the President’s Scholarship, The SAF Scholarship (formerly known as SAF Overseas Scholarship – SAFOS), is for those who see the honour in service and duty – the noble purpose of being there where it matters most. It provides excellent opportunities for personal and professional growth, as well as grooming for the highest levels of command and management.

The SAF Scholarship offers scholars opportunities to be involved in operations that directly contribute to the peace and security of Singapore. Through a series of command, instructional and staff appointments, scholars will hone their skills as a leader, manager, planner and strategist.


  • Singapore citizens or permanent residents intending to take up citizenship
  • Good GCE ‘A’ Level or International Baccalaureate results, Polytechnic Diploma (with Merit) or equivalent
  • Good co-curricular activities (CCA) records
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Qualify for and excel in Officer Cadet School
  • Possess a strong interest in a military career
  • All MINDEF/SAF scholarships are open for application to both genders


  • Full salary for the duration of overseas studies (including bonuses)
  • Full tuition fees and other approved academic charges
  • Maintenance and other allowances, e.g. books, clothing, computer
  • Return airfare
  • One-time sponsorship for summer exchange programmes
  • Sponsorship for up to 4 years of studies, inclusive of Master’s if applicable


You can choose to pursue your studies in any of the following disciplines:

  • Arts / Social Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Law*
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science / Natural Sciences

*Applicants intending to pursue a degree in law should note that they will not be called to the Bar while serving in the SAF.

If you are pursuing your Master’s degree, you must complete your studies in 4 years.

You can choose your course of study with the exception of professional courses such as architecture, medicine, dentistry, etc.


Our scholars typically go to top and renowned universities in the UK or USA.

United States of America
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Yale University
United Kingdom
  • Imperial College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University College London
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford

Application Procedure

To apply for The SAF Scholarship, please download the application form (PDF, 31.1KB) and email the completed form to and Under the email subject, please indicate “Application For Position in RSAF”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child apply for The SAF Scholarship?
Yes, as long as the academic requirements are met. For The SAF Scholarship, he/she must first be accepted by PSC. For both scholarships, your child is also required to achieve good military performance.

When do we apply for the sponsorships/awards?
Applications can be made at any time as long as your child has secured a place in ITE, polytechnic or university. You are strongly encouraged to apply early to enjoy the full value of the sponsorship.

My child has graduated from university and managed to get a scholarship. Will we be reimbursed?
No, unless the application was made prior to graduation. You may then be considered for midterm sponsorships.

If my child fails the training/course, do I need to bear the cost of his scholarship/award?
If it is a genuine failure, you are not required to bear the costs. However, if it is due to self-suspension, you are liable for bearing any salary and/or pay liquidated damages for the training cost incurred.

Republic of Singapore Air Force
Air Force Recruitment Centre
3 Depot Road #01-43
Singapore 109680
Tel: 1800 270 1010
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