SUTD Global Excellence Award

The SUTD Global Excellence Award serves to recognise students who

  • achieved excellence across multiple aspects beyond stellar academic performance, for example, achievements in sports or the arts, design innovations, active contributions to the community, etc; and

  • have the attitude, desire and potential to make an impact to society.

The Award seeks to further realise your potential through supporting your personal development, including option for postgraduate studies, global exposure, and more. In addition to providing a generous stipend, as well as sponsorship and priority consideration for our overseas programmes**, which include Summer Programmes or the Global Exchange Programme (GEXP) at one of SUTD’s partner institutions overseas - in Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, the Award also includes a grant to support your further studies, either at SUTD or SMU (for eligible courses^) within three years upon your graduation from SUTD. Furthermore, you will also have various opportunities to hone your leadership skills through participation in selected Fifth Row groups such as the University Ambassador Club.

** Certain overseas programmes may be withdrawn, cut down or subject to change due to the occurrence of events beyond the control of SUTD.


The Award is open to all nationalities who

  • are applying for admission to SUTD’s undergraduate degree programme
  • have outstanding Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level, Local Polytechnic Diploma, NUS High School Diploma, IB Diploma or Year 12 equivalent qualification

  • demonstrate strong leadership capabilities and potential

  • possess excellent record in co-curricular and/or community activities

  • have the attitude, desire, and potential to make an impact to society



The Award covers

  • grant of S$9,000 which may be applied towards one Approved Overseas Programme+ (at S$9,000) or for two Approved Overseas Programmes+ (at S$4,500 per programme); 

  • allowance of S$7,000 every 2 terms;

  • an optional grant of up to S$15,000 to cover the tuition fees for a postgraduate degree programme at either SUTD or SMU (for eligible courses^) within 3 years upon graduating from SUTD; and

  • priority consideration for leadership development through participation in Fifth Row groups such as the University Ambassador Club

The Award recipient may be in concurrent receipt of a donor-sponsored or external scholarship. No bond is attached to the Award.

These benefits apply to awards issued from 2022 onwards.

Approved overseas programmes include summer programmes and student exchange programmes which are at least 4 weeks in duration, as well as selected overseas internships of 4 to 6 months.

Optional Postgraduate Experience

Postgraduate Programmes at SUTD
Students receiving the SUTD Global Excellence Award may wish to use the optional grant of up to S$15,000 towards funding any of the Master or PhD programmes offered by SUTD.

^The list of eligible courses at SMU are:
•    Master of Science in Management;
•    Master of Science in Applied Finance;
•    Master of Science in Quantitative Finance;
•    Master of Science in Innovation;
•    Master of IT in Business;
•    Master of Professional Accounting;
•    Master of Science in Accounting;
•    Master of Science in Economics;
•    Master of Science in Financial Economics; and
•    Juris Doctor  

Note: The above list is subject to change. Award recipients are to refer to the prevailing list at year of application for Graduate Studies.


  • 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, awards or grants.

  • The award 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 award prematurely, SUTD reserves the right to impose a repayment on a case-by-case basis.


  • Award recipients will be selected by the Admissions Selection Committee as part of the admission review process. Recipients will be notified of the award along with their admission offer.

  • SUTD reserves the right not to issue any award if there are no candidates of sufficient merit.