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 undergraduate 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 diverse knowledge fields ranging from Business, Humanities (e.g. Literature, Digital Humanities, Chinese Language etc.), Social Sciences (e.g. History, Southeast Asian Studies, Contemporary China etc.), to Information Science, Data Analytics, and Digital-related disciplines, etc.  


Mid-term scholarships are also available for current undergraduates who are passionate about championing NLB’s mission - to make knowledge come alive, spark imagination and create possibilities.


As an NLB scholar, you will play a key role in fulfilling NLB’s mission 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. There are many possibilities and areas to contribute to. For instance, if you enjoy working with children, seniors or persons with disabilities, we have specialised teams to conceptualise and deliver services to them. We also have a wonderful archives team who can share more about Singapore’s past memories, specially for a history and heritage enthusiast. If you love our libraries and archives and have envision for a better learning space, we have a whole planning and development team to work with on the creative ideas that you have! Whatever your passion, you will always have a voice and space to help shape the future of our organisation, for our citizens.


Be a part of us in transforming the future of our libraries and archives - to hold the future, the present and the past together as we forge ahead in new directions under the LAB25 (Library and Archives Blueprint 2025).

NLB Undergraduate Scholarship


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


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


NLB Mid-Term Scholarship


In addition to the above requirements,

  • You are currently pursuing full-time undergraduate studies
  • You have completed at least 1 semester and you are not in the final year of undergraduate studies

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


This is a fully-funded scholarship with the following value and benefits:


  • Tuition and other compulsory fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Other allowance e.g. pre-studies allowance
  • Return airfare (for overseas studies)
  • Opportunity for sponsorship of approved student exchange/summer school programme
  • Internship opportunities


Bond Period


4 years for universities in Singapore

5 years for universities in non-English speaking countries (e.g. China)

6 years for universities in English-speaking countries (e.g. US, UK and Australia)

Mid-term Scholarship: 1 year per year of local sponsored study and 1.5 years per year of overseas sponsored study

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

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