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National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship

last updated 12 April 2018

The National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship, offered jointly by IMDA and National Cybersecurity R&D Programme, seeks to develop knowledge and skills in infocomm security.

The National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship (NCPS) is offered jointly by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme1 hosted at National Research Foundation (NRF). The NCPS seeks to develop knowledge and skills in infocomm security expertise and groom leaders in this field. It is a prestigious scholarship for graduates and working professionals who are keen to contribute and commit to the protection of Singapore's cyberspace. Successful scholarship applicants may pursue their Masters (either through coursework or research) or Doctoral degrees (i.e. PhD), locally or overseas.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident. Applicants for part-time studies and overseas PhD scholarship must be Singapore citizens;
  • Possess a strong interest in infocomm/cybersecurity as a career; and
  • Applications must satisfy criteria for and seek admission into a full-time/part-time postgraduate cybersecurity related course in a reputable Singapore or overseas university (for PhD studies only). 

    Cybersecurity Specialist Postgraduate Scheme (CSPS)

    This scheme is applicable to working professionals who have the support of their employers to pursue full time Masters/PhD studies while being a full salaried employee of the company.

    Criteria for Company

    Companies must meet the following criteria:

    • Be based in Singapore;
    • Be committed to support applicants for the full duration of full-time studies leading to the attainment of a Masters/PhD; and
    • Commit to deploy the scholars in cybersecurity related job function for the period of bond upon graduation.

    Support for companies from NRF and IMDA:

    • Sponsorship for Applicant’s full tuition fees; and
    • Partial sponsorship for Applicant’s monthly basic salary (Masters at $1,500 and PhD at S$3,500).

      1National Cybersecurity R&D Programme is supported by Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, National Security Coordination Secretariat, Government Technology Agency, Cyber Security Agency, Economic Development Board and National Research Foundation of Singapore.

      What does the Scholarship Cover?

      Successful applicants will be given support for:

      ProgrammeCoverage
      Masters by Coursework(1-year full-time programme)
      • Full tuition fees
      • Stipend
      • Pre-studies allowance
      • Hostel fees
      • Local/Overseas attachment expenses (up to 6 months)
        • Airfare and visa fees
        • Attachment allowance
        • One-time settling in
        • Warm clothing
      • Sponsorship for courses and certifications
      Masters by Course (2-year part-time programme)
      • Full tuition fees
      • For Singaporeans only
      Masters by Research(2-year full-time programme)
      • Full tuition fees
      • Stipend
      • CPF contribution (only applicable for Singaporeans)
      • Pre-studies allowance
      • Hostel fees
      • Local/Overseas attachment expenses (up to 6 months)
        • Airfare and visa fees
        • Attachment allowance
        • One-time settling in
        • Warm clothing
      • Sponsorship for courses and certifications
      Masters by Research (3-year part-time programme)
      • Full tuition fees
      • For Singaporeans only
      Overseas PhD(4-year full-time programme)
      • Full tuition fees
      • Stipend
      • CPF contribution (only applicable for Singaporeans)
      • Living allowance
      • Pre-studies allowance
      • Conference allowance
      • Travel allowance
      • Thesis allowance
      Local PhD(4-year full-time programme)
      • Full tuition fees
      • Stipend
      • CPF contribution (only applicable for Singaporeans)
      • Pre-studies allowance
      • Conference allowance
      • Travel allowance
      • Thesis allowance
      Local PhD (6-year part-time programme)
      • Full tuition fees
      • For Singaporeans only

      Disciplines of Study

      The scholarships are tenable at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design for Masters and Local PhD.

      For overseas PhD, the scholarships are tenable at any overseas universities renowned for cybersecurity studies, subjected to the approval of NRF and IMDA.

      Upon completion of the Masters and/or PhD programme, scholars will contribute to the cybersecurity field with a Singapore-based company*+ (subject to approval) for a period according to the table below.


      Max. Duration of SponsorshipService Commitment Period
      Masters by Coursework (Full-time)1 year1 year
      Masters by Coursework (Part-time)2 yearsNo bond
      Masters by Research (Full time)2 years2 years
      Masters by Research (Part-time)3 yearsNo bond
      Overseas PhD (Full-time)4 years5 years
      Local PhD (Full-time)4 yearsNo bond
      Local PhD (Part-time)6 yearsNo bond

      * Singapore-based companies refer to public sector organisation, local university, research institutions, local companies and international companies that have a base in Singapore.

      + Scholars under the Cybersecurity Specialist Postgraduate Scheme (CSPS) must serve their bond with the employer organisation.

      Application Procedure and More Information

      Applications for 2018 has closed. Applications will open from January to March yearly.

      For Enquiries

      For enquiries, please email ncps@imda.gov.sg.