AVA Undergraduate Scholarship

AVA is the vanguard in protecting what matters to Singapore - food, animals and plants. Be an AVA scholar, and join a multidisciplinary team of professionals in ensuring a resilient supply of safe food, safeguarding the health of animals and plants, and facilitating agri-trade for Singapore.

Eligibility and Coverage

Discipline of study
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Aquaculture
  • Food Science/Food Technology
  • Horticultural Science/Botany/Plant Science
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Other Related Disciplines
  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents (Singapore Permanent Residents must take up citizenship)
  • Strong academic and co-curricular activities records
  • Applicants for mid-term scholarship should also have excellent university results
Country of study
  • Local and overseas universities
Value of award
  • Tuition fees and other compulsory fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Pre-studies allowance (warm clothing, settling-in and computer)
  • Return economy class airfare
  • Local: 4 years upon completion of studies
  • Overseas: 6 years upon completion of studies

Application Details

Please click here to submit your application for the AVA Undergraduate Scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

1.   When do applications open and close?

The AVA Undergraduate Scholarship opens for applications in February and closes 2 weeks after the release of the GCE 'A' Level results.

2.   How often does the AVA undergraduate scholarship open for application?

The scholarship opens for application once a year from February to 2 weeks after the release of the GCE 'A' Level results in Singapore. Mid-term applicants will also apply in this period. Upon closing of the application period, all applicants will be assessed together based on merit.

 3.   I would like to apply for the scholarship before/after the application period. How may I do so?

Applications for the AVA Undergraduate Scholarship should be submitted during the application period.

4.   I have just enlisted for National Service (NS). Should I apply for the scholarship during NS or after I complete NS?

You could apply either during or upon completion of your NS. If you are awarded the scholarship during NS, the commencement of the scholarship will be deferred until you complete your NS.

5.   Can I apply using my preliminary examination results?

No, all scholarship applications should include your results from the GCE 'A' Level/International Baccalaureate/NUS High School Diploma/Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent qualifications.

6.   How do I apply for the scholarship?

Applications for the AVA Undergraduate Scholarship are submitted online. A link to the application portal will be provided on this website when the scholarship opens for application.

 7.   What documents should I submit with my online application?

You may consider attaching documents that will enhance your application such as reference letters or letters of recommendation. Supporting documents (e.g. GCE 'O' Level certificate, CCA certificates) are not necessary at this point.

8.   I would like to prepare my supporting documents beforehand. What are the documents that will be needed?

  •  NRIC (SAF11B for those serving full-time National Service)
  • Examination certificates (From GCE 'O' Level onwards). Mid-term applicants should prepare a copy of their latest university transcript
  •  School testimonials and school leaving certificates (From secondary school onwards)
  • CCA records (From secondary school onwards)
  • Certificate of service (For male applicants who have completed their full-time NS)
  • Letter of offer from universities

Further documentation may be requested should the need arise.

Selection Process

9.   I have submitted my application. When will I be contacted?

Shortlisted applicants will be notified within 1.5 months from the closing of the scholarship application period.

10.   What is the selection process like?

Shortlisted applicants will undergo several selection rounds, including interviews, an activity-based assessment and psychometric tests.

11.   How long will the entire selection process be?

The selection process will take approximately 2-3 months from the closing of the scholarship application period. Successful applicants will be informed by June of the same year.

12. How many undergraduate scholarships does AVA award each year?

There is no fixed number of scholarships awarded each year. The number of scholarships awarded depends on the calibre of applicants and organizational needs.

Eligibility Criteria

13.   I am not a Singapore citizen. Can I still apply for the AVA scholarship?

Singapore Permanent Residents intending to take up citizenship may also apply for the scholarship.

14.   I am already studying in university. Can I still apply for the scholarship?

Yes, you may apply for the scholarship. As you have already began your undergraduate studies, you will be considered as a mid-term applicant.

Mid-Term Applicants

15.   Who are the 'mid-term applicants'?

Mid-term applicants refer to applicants for the scholarship who have already began their undergraduate studies. Successful mid-term applicants will be awarded the scholarship to cover the remaining duration of their undergraduate studies.

16.   If I am awarded the AVA scholarship, will AVA back pay the fees from my previous semesters?

No, AVA does not back pay fees incurred from previous semesters. AVA's mid-term scholarship covers fees from the time the scholarship is awarded. Similarly, the monthly maintenance allowance will be paid from the point of award onwards.

17. How do I apply as a mid-term applicant?

Mid-term applicants submit their applications online through the same application portal. A link to the application portal will be provided on this website when the scholarship opens for application. Upon closing of the application period, all applicants for the scholarship will be assessed together based on merit.

Scholarship Coverage

18.   Does AVA offer post-graduate scholarships?

AVA only offers undergraduate scholarships.

Country of Study, University and Discipline of Study

19.   Does AVA have a list of approved overseas universities?

AVA does not have a list of approved universities.

20.   Do I have to apply to the universities on my own or will AVA apply on my behalf?

Applicants should apply to universities on their own.

21.   I am interested in studying Veterinary Science/Veterinary Medicine. Which universities should I apply to?

You may like to refer to Veterinary Careers & Education for more information on accredited veterinary schools.

22.   Must I secure an offer from a university before I apply for AVA's scholarship?

No, you may apply for the universities and AVA's Undergraduate Scholarship concurrently.

23.   I am interested in pursuing a discipline of study outside the list provided on this website, would that be possible? / What does 'other related disciplines' cover?

The AVA scholarship is typically awarded to disciplines of study that are of direct relevance to AVA's work. Applications for disciplines of study outside the list provided will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

24.   Will I be able to choose the country of study/university/discipline of study?

Applicants may propose their preferred country of study/university/discipline of study.


25.   What will my job scope be when I return to AVA upon completion of my studies?

Typically, you will assume a role in an area of work directly relevant to your discipline of study. Subsequently, you will be rotated to other areas of work for exposure.

26.   What development opportunities can I expect as an AVA scholar?

AVA offers our scholars development opportunities including job rotation to different areas (operations, research & laboratory, and policy & planning), secondment to other agencies, technical training, leadership/management training, and postgraduate programmes.

27.   I am intending to pursue Veterinary Science/Veterinary Medicine. Will I have the opportunity for clinical practice in AVA?

Clinical practice is the most familiar veterinary career in the eyes of the general public. However, career opportunities in the veterinary field are diverse. Veterinarians in AVA are likely to focus on operational, laboratory/research and policy/planning work.

Get in Touch

If you have further enquiries, please call the AVA Contact Centre at 6805 2992 or email us.

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