Nanyang Technological University


The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP) Award was established from donations received from Mr Lee Kuan Yew through the sale proceeds of autographed editions of Volume 2 of his Memoirs. The objective of the award is to encourage lifelong learning and will be offered to outstanding polytechnic graduates pursuing full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology & Design(SUTD) or Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

  • Open to Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
  • Successful awardees should read a full-time undergraduate degree programme leading to a first degree with the exception of Biomedical Sciences & Chinese Medicine programme for which the award will only cover the first three years of study at NTU.
  • Possess outstanding Diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore (preferably Diploma with Merit) or SIT (Poly-FSI) qualifications.
  • Excellent co-curricular records.
  • Strong leadership qualities and potential.
Benefits of Award
    • LKY-STEP Award covers the normal duration of the undergraduate studies on the condition that the holder maintain a record of good academic performance and exemplary conduct.
    • One-off cash award of S$3,500.
    • Subsidized Tuition fees will be waived by the universities if LKY-STEP Award holders are unsuccessful in securing a concurrent scholarship.
    • No bond attached, apart from the three-year bond applicable to all Singapore PRs under the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme.
Terms & Conditions
  • Award holders must commence his/her study in any full-time undergraduate programme at NTU, NUS, SMU, SUTD or SIT in the same academic year of application.
  • Holders of the award are allowed to hold concurrent scholarships offered by NTU, NUS, SMU, SUTD, SIT or other organizations. 
  • Award holder is required to maintain satisfactory academic performance. The academic performance is reviewed every semester. 
  • The Award may be withdrawn at any time if, in the opinion of the University, the award holder’s progress or behaviour has not been satisfactory. 
  • If the award holder decides to terminate the scholarship prematurely, a repayment will be imposed.
Application Procedures

Application opens on 4 May 2016 and closes on 24 May 2016.
Singapore Management University (SMU) is the Secretariat for LKY-STEP Award in AY2016/2017.

  • Click here to submit your online application during the application period.
  • Scholarship interview will be held in June 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview.


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