The NLB scholarships offer young talents the chance to pursue full-time undergraduate studies to advance the development of Singapore’s libraries and archives.


If you have always had a love for reading and learning, found that libraries were a magical place of discovery, or want to work in a meaningful job which is driven by purpose to make a real difference, the NLB scholarship may be for you.

Our scholarship offers promising talents in Singapore with the opportunity to pursue full-time undergraduate studies to advance the development of our libraries and archives, and also to grow domain expertise in various knowledge fields. Some of these fields include (but are not limited to):

  • Library Science
  • Information Science
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • History
  • English
  • Chinese
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • Contemporary China


As an NLB scholar, you will play a key role in fulfilling NLB’s mission of making knowledge come alive, sparking imagination and creating possibilities, while advancing your career in an internationally recognised, well-loved public service organisation that is distinguished by its pursuit of excellence in innovation and customer service.

Recent graduates with GCE 'A' Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB), Polytechnic or NUS High School diplomas

  • You need to have good academic and Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) records, strong leadership qualities, interpersonal skills and a passion for learning and service.
  • You must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Residents who intends to take up Singapore citizenship.

You can choose to do your undergraduate studies in Singapore or at renowned universities overseas.

This is a fully-funded scholarship, with bond durations of four years for local studies and five or six years for overseas studies, depending on your country of study.

We are open for applications from January till March every year. To apply, visit our Scholarship Application Portal.

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