National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship


The National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship (NCPS) is offered jointly by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and 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) and/or Doctoral degrees (i.e. PhD), locally or overseas.

1 National 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident. Applicants for part-time studies and overseas PhD must be Singapore citizens;
  • Possess a strong interest in infocomm/cybersecurity as a career; and 
  • Applicants must satisfy criteria for and seek admission into a full-time/part-time postgraduate cyber security 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 the 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).

What does the Scholarship cover?

Successful applicants will be given support for: 
Programme  Coverage
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 Coursework (2-year part-time programme) 
  • Full tuition fees
  • For Singaporeans only
Masters by Research (2-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 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 Sponsorship   Service Commitment Period
Masters by Coursework (Full-time) 1 year 1 year
Masters by Coursework (Part-time) 2 years No Bond
Masters by Research (Full-time) 2 years 2 years
Masters by Research (Part-time) 2 years No Bond
Overseas PhD (Full-time) 4 years 5 years
Local PhD (Full-time) 4 years No Bond
Local PhD (Part-time) 6 years No 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 Period

Applications for 2017 is now open and will close on 24 March 2017. Interested applicants may apply here.

For Enquiries

Contact us at NCPS@imda.gov.sg