The SUTD Global Distinguished Scholarship is one of the top scholarships offered by SUTD for high performing students. On top of covering your subsidised tuition fees and providing a generous stipend, students offered this scholarship will get the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Programme - a summer programme of at least 8 weeks duration at one of SUTD’s partner institutions overseas - in North America, Europe and Asia. The list of summer programmes offered by partner institutions under GLP can be found here. This programme serves as an international social network platform for you to interact and exchange ideas with other students in top educational institutions globally.  Additionally, you will also have various opportunities to hone your leadership skills through participation in selected Fifth Row groups such as the University Ambassador Club.


The Scholarship is open to Singapore Citizens* who

  • are enrolled in their first year of study in any undergraduate degree programme
  • have outstanding Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level, Local Polytechnic Diploma, NUS High School Diploma, IB Diploma or Year 12 equivalent qualifications
  • have a passion for technology and design
* As a special concession, the Scholarship may also be awarded to Singapore Permanent Residents or International Students who have demonstrated exceptional and outstanding achievements.

Benefits of Award

The Scholarship covers

  • the subsidised tuition fees (after Tuition Grant) for the normal duration (up to four years) of the respective bachelor degree programmes at SUTD,
  • programme fees and travel grant for the Global Leadership Programme (GLP); 
  • allowance of S$5,000 every 2 terms; and
  • leadership development through participation in Fifth Row groups such as the University Ambassador Club.

No bond is attached to the Scholarship. The recipient must take up the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) from the Singapore Government to enjoy subsidised fees.

Terms and Conditions

  • 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 Procedures

  • Application for the scholarships 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.