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Study to be a doctor at Duke-NUS with scholarship and financial aid schemes

Scholarship and Financial Aid Schemes

We understand the challenge of financing a medical education and strive to help our students tap on available resources to meet financial needs. Depending on individual’s financial circumstances as well as academic performance, students may apply for any one or a combination of any three financing options available - tuition fee loan, bursary and merit scholarship.  About two-thirds of our students are on some form of financial aid.  The exact amount of financial aid varies extended to a student depends on the financial circumstances of the student, including that of self, immediate family, and/or spouse, as applicable.


Tuition Fee Loan

Students with financial need are expected to take up a Tuition Fee Loan.  Any financial aid provided by the school is intended to only assist in meeting those needs not met by the Tuition Fee Loan.



Bursaries are awarded based on familial and personal financial need.


Merit Scholarship

There are various types of merit scholarships available, externally and at Duke-NUS. Merit scholarships are generally awarded based on academic achievement and personal attributes such as meaningful involvement in community service or leadership experiences.  Several scholarships are valid for 4 years and may be used for tuition fees, miscellaneous fees, living expenses as well as other fees associated with studying at Duke-NUS.  To be considered for a merit scholarship at Duke-NUS, interested applicants must submit a financial aid application within 28 calendar days after attending the admission interview on Applicant Day.  Scholarship recipients are selected by the School’s Scholarship Selection Committee and only successful applicants will be informed of their award.  Some examples of merit scholarships are highlighted below.

Quantum (S$ per year) Award Criteria
All Nationalities
Duke-NUS Dean's Scholarship 10,000 - 50,000
Goh Foundation Scholarship 20,000 •  
Indonesian Scholars Programme 10,000 - 50,000 •  
Lee Foundation Scholarship 20,000 (one-off) •  
Shaw Foundation Scholarship 10,000 - 50,000 • 
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Ngee Ann Kongsi Distinguished Scholars Programme 10,000 - 50,000 • 
Singapore Citizens only
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Scholarship 10,000 - 50,000 •  

• Merit-based

Research Fellowships

All students who join Duke-NUS under either the PhD (Integrated Biology and Medicine) or PhD (Quantitative Biology and Medicine) programmes will be offered the Duke-NUS PhD Fellowship and the Khoo Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award respectively.

Under the awards, all students will be provided with financial support for 100% of tuition and miscellaneous fees charged for their PhD studies.  In addition, students will also be provided with a monthly stipend with Singapore Citizens also receiving voluntary CPF contribution on their monthly stipend in accordance to prevailing employer’s CPF contribution rate.

Students may refer to the following for the respective awards’ Terms and Conditions:

  1. Duke-NUS PhD Fellowship; and
  2. Khoo Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

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