Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students from any and all economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply to Tembusu College, as we do our best to provide financial aid to qualified students in need. As part of our continuing efforts to keep Tembusu College affordable for all students, four different financial aid opportunities are available, in addition to the many regular and on-going financial aid schemes offered by NUS:

Residential College Scholarships

Residential College Scholarship Annual Value Availability
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Scholarship at UTown $10,000 All nationalities.
NUSS – Della & Seng Gee Residential College Scholarship $10,000 All nationalities.
Shirdi Sai Worship Centre Scholarship $10,000 All nationalities.
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship $10,000 Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
Tin Ka Ping Foundation Scholarship $10,000 Citizens of People's Republic of China (PRC).
Yong Liew Chin Music Scholarship $10,000 Students major/minor in Music.

More details about the listed Residential College scholarships can be found here

Application for Residential College scholarships will open from 9 March 2020 (0830hrs) to 13 April 2020 (2359hrs). Students should submit an application via the Residential College Scholarship System.

Please note that application for the Residential College scholarships is independent of Financial Aid application. All interested students, including existing Residential College scholarship holders must submit a fresh application via the link above before the application deadline. Prospective students who have applied for admission to Tembusu College and keen to apply for the Residential College scholarships are encouraged to submit an application for the scholarship concurrently, while waiting for their admission outcomes. All the scholarships are bond-free. 

Residential College Bursaries

The value of each bursary is at least $3,950 per annum.

Residential College Bursary Availability
Alice & Peter Tan Bursary All nationalities
Cheong Wing Chan and Kwok Yuet Ling Bursary All nationalities (Tembusu College only)
Chen Ai Tze Memorial Bursary All nationalities
Keppel Bursary at NUS Singapore Citizens
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Bursary at UTown All nationalities
MAC3 Bursary Singapore Citizens
NUS Alumni Bursary at Residential Colleges Singapore Citizens
NUSS Residential College Bursary  All nationalities
NUSS - Della & Seng Gee Residential College Bursary All nationalities
Tahir Bursary All nationalities
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Bursary Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
The Silent Environment Bursary All nationalities in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) programme
Residential College Bursary All nationalities
Wearnes Bursary Singapore Citizens
Wilmar International Bursary All nationalities
Winner Engineering Pte Ltd Bursary All nationalities
Wong Hock Boon Bursary All nationalities (Tembusu College only)

More details about the listed Residential College bursaries can be found here

Tembusu College Grant

This scheme aims to help Tembusu students in financial need to cover some of the costs associated with residing in the College.

Who is eligible to apply for Tembusu College Grant?

Apply for Bursaries and Grant Now!

Please note that:

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified via email by July/August 2020.

Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Funds

Students may apply for ad-hoc withdrawals of PSEA funds for payment of the college (accommodation and meal) fees. More information about the application process and deadlines is available at Section 2(d) of the Office of Admissions page on the PSEA Scheme.

Employment Opportunities for Students

The college periodically provides its students with part-time employment opportunities. Financially needy students will be taken into consideration in hiring.

University-level Aid

In addition to the opportunities above, there is a variety of other financial aid schemes available through NUS. More information on these financial aid schemes is available from the Office of Admissions page on Financial Aid. We strongly encourage all incoming students to apply for financial aid if they require financial assistance.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.