The National Environment and Water (NEW) Scholarship

BACKGROUND

The National Environment and Water (NEW) Scholarship was launched in 2008 by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. The NEW Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship targeted at students who have a keen interest in the dynamic environment and water sector. The NEW Scholarship is jointly offered by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and PUB, the national water agency. The NEW scholarship aims to ensure sufficient talents in specific areas of expertise and skills in the organization.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and NEA have agreed to collaborate and provide students enrolled under the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) Programme the opportunity to apply for the NEW Scholarship.

The collaboration between NEA and NUS will support NEA in building up its talents in specific areas of expertise and skills and help NUS ensure that better students are sufficiently trained under the BES programme and be able to join NEA with minimal training and orientation.

TERMS OF THE NEW SCHOLARSHIP FOR BES STUDENTS

(a) Value of Scholarship Award

BES students awarded the NEW Scholarship to pursue local studies are eligible for the benefits in the table shown below.

  • Tuition fees (according to the school fees charged by the school)
  • Monthly maintenance allowance (subject to annual review)
  • Pre-studies allowance (includes settling-in and computer allowance)
  • Hostel fees for students staying on campus (on reimbursement basis)1
  • Other compulsory fees

1 The amount of reimbursement will be based on the period of stay rather than the full 12 months. The scholars will be paid for their vacation stay if they are able to provide proof of stay (i.e. hostel bill) if they are required to remain in the university during vacations for CCAs, final year project, coursework and research matters etc.

(b) Bond Duration

Scholars are required to serve a bond of four (4) years upon completion of the studies.

Mid-term scholars will receive scholarship allowances from the point of scholarship award. Back payment will be provided for tuition fees and compulsory items charged by the university for normal academic terms (i.e. exclude summer term/special term) incurred prior to the award of the mid-term scholarship. Scholars will be reimbursed the money within 1 month from the date of offer of scholarship.

(c) Overseas Exchange Programme

Scholars can be sponsored for overseas exchange programmes and/or summer programmes during their undergraduate studies. Full sponsorship for compulsory items (include programme fees, air fares etc) are provided for such programmes, capped at SGD15,000 per scholar for the full period of undergraduate studies.

Scholars are given the option to select a relevant programme, subject to approval from NEA.

(d) Funding for Research Project and Honours Year Project

BES students awarded the NEW Scholarship can be funded for their research projects( UROP) and Honours Year project. The topics of the projects would be specified by NEA.

(e) Internships

Internships with NEA would be available on application. The students could embark on the internship in Year 2 &/or Year 3 during semester breaks. Internship durations range between 8-12 weeks and are credit-bearing.

BES students under the NEW Scholarship will be required to do their internships with NEA. The internship will be counted towards the programme requirement.

ELIGIBILITY

The NEW Scholarship is open to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs). For SPRs, confirmation of award will be based on the successful application for Singapore Citizenship.

For Existing BES Students:

BES students are eligible to apply for the NEW Scholarship if they have obtained a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 4.0.

For Cohort Matriculating in AY14/15:

BES students who are matriculating in AY14/15 are eligible to apply for the NEW Scholarship if they possess the following:

  • Outstanding GCE ‘O’/ ‘A’ Level results or equivalent
  • Excellent CCA record
  • Good Leadership Skills
  • Independent and Self-motivated
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Keen to join and work in the environment and water industry

APPLICATION

For Existing BES Students:

To submit your application, please log on to www.BrightSparks.com.sg to create an account. You can also visit the NEW Scholarship website for more information.

Note: existing BES students applying for the NEW Scholarship should also inform the BES Programme Office upon application.

For Cohort Matriculating in AY14/15:

To submit your application, please log on to www.BrightSparks.com.sg to create an account. You can also visit the NEW Scholarship website for more information.