Kewalram Chanrai Group Scholarship for Women (International Students)

Through the generosity of the Kewalram Chanrai Group, this Scholarship is available to full-time female undergraduates pursuing their studies at SUTD. The objective is to promote meritocratic access to education and provide opportunities to female students, particularly those with financial need.


The Scholarship is open to female International Students who

  • are full-time students enrolled in their first year of study in one of the following programmes

    • SUTD Honours and Research Programme (SHARP);

    • SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track; and

    • SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP);

  • have good academic standing;

  • demonstrated financial need;

  • possess leadership potential, creative thinking, passion, entrepreneurial outlook, pioneering spirit, integrity and moral character;

  • are active in Fifth Row (co-curricular activities) and community involvement. 


  • The Scholarship is valued at S$30,000 per academic year and is tenable up to four years, subject to good academic standing and other terms. The quantum will be used towards the annual subsidised tuition fees (after Tuition Grant).

  • No bond is required under the terms of this Scholarship.

  • The recipient must take up the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) from the Singapore Government to enjoy subsidised fees. Under the TGS, non-Singaporeans will be obligated to work in Singapore for a minimum period of three years upon graduation.


  • The recipient is required to achieve and maintain good academic standing. Academic performance will be reviewed every term. 

  • Recipients are required to complete at least 20 hours of service to the University. They may take on the role of student ambassador, or any other similar role, representing SUTD to give publicity talks, to receive guests, etc., as and when called upon to do so.

  • Recipients may not, without the approval of the University, hold concurrently any other scholarships or grants.

  • The scholarship may be withdrawn at any time if, in the opinion of the University, the recipient’s academic progress or conduct is deemed unsatisfactory.

  • If the recipient decides to terminate the scholarship prematurely, SUTD reserves the right to impose a repayment on a case-by-case basis


  • Application for the scholarship is made at the same time as application for admission to SUTD.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified in due course.

  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competition among eligible applicants.

  • SUTD reserves the right not to award any scholarship if there are no candidates of sufficient merit. The decision of the selection committee is final. Enquiries or disputes surrounding its decisions will not be entertained.


Kewalram Chanrai Group (KCG) has been in business for over 150 years. Initially finding success in India as a textile trader, it soon expanded and by the 1920s, KCG had operations spanning Africa, Asia and South America.

By 1960, the Group had diversified into department stores and textile manufacturing in Nigeria and the following three decades saw the foundation of a successful portfolio in Africa, with Afprint, a diversified textile company listed on the Lagos Stock Exchange. The 1980’s saw Olam, an integrated supply chain manager and processor of agricultural products and food ingredients established in Nigeria.

The 1990s saw the foundation of Redington IT products and the expansion of the KCG. Olam was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2005 and is today an STI top 30 company. Redington was listed in India in 2007 and is an IT products leader in many of its markets.

Today the KCG is a trusted global brand with several internationally renowned businesses in the automotive, IT, textile, agriculture and waste recycling sectors, and with many philanthropic initiatives, including Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai, under its umbrella.

“We have been successful through a clear vision and a common set of values. Our success in growing dynamic businesses in the emerging and developed markets is a testament to the strength of our approach. We have been able to sustain a highly engaged organisation with an entrepreneurial culture which is anchored in our vision of being a family-owned but professionally led Group with a strong portfolio of businesses.”

- Mr. Narain Girdhar Chanrai
Group CEO, Kewalram Chanrai Group

Kewalram Chanrai Group, a 150-year trusted global brand, is the inaugural winner of the EY-Barclays Family Business Award of Excellence 2013.