AVA Undergraduate Scholarship

Note: On 1 April 2019, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will be formed under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to oversee food safety and security. The SFA will bring together all food-related functions currently carried out by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

Applicants interested in scholarships in food-related disciplines offered by AVA may submit applications to AVA during the application cycle. Successful applicants will be awarded the SFA Undergraduate Scholarship.

All non-food plant and animal-related functions will be transferred to the National Parks Board (NParks) under the Ministry of National Development. Applicants interested in scholarship opportunities in non-food related disciplines may refer to the NParks website and submit applications to NParks during the application cycle.

Eligibility and Coverage

Discipline of study
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Aquaculture
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science/Food Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Other related disciplines
  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs are required to take up Singapore Citizenship)
  • Strong academic and co-curricular activities records
  • Applicants for mid-term scholarship should also have excellent university results
Scholarship tenable for
  • Local and overseas universities
Value of award
  • Tuition fees and other compulsory fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Pre-studies allowance
  • 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


1.   When can I apply for the AVA Undergraduate Scholarship?

The AVA Undergraduate Scholarship opens for applications in February and closes 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.

2.  Should I apply for the scholarship before or only after I have completed my National Service (NS)?

You may apply for the scholarship either during or upon completion of your NS. Should you be awarded the scholarship during NS, the commencement of the scholarship will be deferred until you complete your NS.

3.   Can I apply for the scholarship 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.

If you are a student in your final semester of study at the Polytechnic, you may apply with results obtained from the first 5 semesters of study. You are required to submit your final semester results immediately when available.

4.   What supporting documents should I prepare when applying for the scholarship?

  • Examination certificates/ Academic transcripts (From GCE 'O' Level onwards)
  • CCA records
  • Letter of offer from universities

Further documentation may be requested should the need arise.

Selection Process

5.   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.

6.   What is the selection process like?

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

7.   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.

8. 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.


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

Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) with the intention of taking up Singapore Citizenship may also apply for the scholarship.

10.   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

11.   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.

12. 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.

Country of Study, University and Discipline of Study

13.   Does AVA have a list of approved universities?

AVA does not maintain a list of approved universities.

14.   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.

15.   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.

16.   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.

17.   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.


18.   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.

19.   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.

Get in Touch

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

Alternatively, please visit our Contact Us page.

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