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About the Scholarship

Singapore Police Force Overseas Scholarship (SPFO)
Singapore Merit Scholarship (SMS)
Singapore Government Scholarship (SGS)
Local Merit Scholarship (Police)

Singapore Police Force Overseas Scholarships (SPFO)

The SPF Overseas Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the Public Service Commission. SPF (Overseas) Scholars are sent to renowned universities in Oxford, Cambridge and London in the UK, as well as Cornell, Pennsylvania, Chicago and Yale in the USA for undergraduate studies.


Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents with the intention of taking up citizenship

Strong leadership qualities and interest in a career in the SPF

Good co-curricular activities (CCA) record

GCE 'A' levels or equivalent e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB)

Candidates offering GCE 'A' Levels:

  • The following criteria is applicable for SPFO Scholarships awarded after 2008:
    To be eligible for SPFO Scholarship, candidates should offer at least 11 academic units.

Candidates who do not meet academic criteria would be considered for scholarships if they have outstanding leadership qualities and CCA records

Candidates should excel in Officer Cadet School (OCS)

Value of Award

Tuition fees and other approved charges

Maintenance and other allowances e.g. book, clothing, computer

Return economy class airfare to attend annual vacation attachment programme

Sponsorship for exchange programmes and Masters degree (if requirements are met)

Monthly salary for the duration of their studies

Condition of Award

Scholars would be bonded for 6 years (English speaking countries) or 5 years (non English speaking countries) starting from the day they assume duty after completing their course of study.


SPFO Scholars will be granted disruptions from NS. Overseas scholars heading for UK and USA will be disrupted after serving 9 months to coincide with the start of overseas term time.

National Service after Graduation

Upon graduation, scholars will complete the remaining period of the National Service liability with the SPF.

Courses of Study

Most disciplines (Except Medicine, Dentistry and Architecture). Applicants intending to pursue a degree in Law will not be called to the Bar while serving in the SPF.

Last updated:14 June 2011