Postgraduate Scholarships

Tan Kah Kee | Tan Ean Kiam
Tan Kah Kee and Tan Ean Kiam

The Tan Kah Kee Foundation offers two postgraduate scholarships for Singapre Citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) pursuing their full-time PhD or Master's degrees.

Successful applicants will each receive a one-off sum of S$10,000 for studying in overseas university or S$7,000 for studying in local universities. Both scholarships do not carry any bond. The scholarships are given out once a year, and successful applicants may re-apply annually.

Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship

The Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship (TKKPS) was first offered by the Foundation in 1983, and is open annually to students of all races pursuing their PhD or Master's degrees. Professional degrees such as Master of Business Administration (MBA) are excluded.

TKKPS was set up by the after Tan Kah Kee Foundation was officially established. The mission of the Foundation is to carry on the charity works and to foster the Tan Kah Kee spirit in entrepreneurship and dedication to education.

Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities

Besides the annual TKKPS, the Tan Kah Kee Foundation offers another postgraduate scholarship - namely, the Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities (TEKPS). TEKPS has been offered since 2011, and seeks to encourage Singapore Citizens and PRs to pursue their Master's or PhD degrees in fields relating to the Humanities.

TEKPS was set up in commemoration of the late Mr. Tan Ean Kiam, father of the late Mr. Tan Tock San, founding chairman of the Tan Kah Kee Foundation. Mr. Tan Ean Kiam (1881-1943) was a famous banker and community leader in pre-war Singapore. He was a director of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce as well as president of many established clan associations. In 1937, Tan Ean Kiam, together with five others of his contemporaries, namely Lee Kong Chian, Lee Chin Tian, Lee Choon Seng, Chew Hean Swee and Yeo Kiat Tiow, pooled their resources to acquire the villa that Dr. Sun Yat Sen stayed in while he was in Singapore. In 1938, Tan Ean Kiam became a committee member of the Nanyang Federation of China Relief Fund (NFCRF). Tan Ean Kiam served on the boards of numerous Chinese schools as chairperson and director. He donated generously to education. The newly established TEKPS is funded by the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation.


Registration Period30 Apr 2016 – 30 May 2016
Shortlisting Period30 Apr 2016 – 30 May 2016
Notice for Interview*15 Jun 2016
Interview2 Jul 2016
Presentation Ceremony22 Jul 2016

* Only shortlisted applicants will receive notice from us.

Application Details

The application procedure and eligibility of TKKPS and TEKPS are the same, except that TEKPS is only awarded for study of humanities-related fields.


The selection for both TKKPS and TEKPS is highly selective, and is based on the applicant's academic achievements and commitment to serving the community. To apply, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident;
  • Outstanding academic record (a good Honours Degree or equivalent);
  • A record of sustained commitment to serving the community;
  • Effectively bilingual.

Qualified applicants may apply irrespective of race, religion, age and gender.


To apply, please submit:

  1. The completed application form via email to:
  2. All supporting documents via post to:
    Tan Kah Kee Foundation Secretariat
    43 Bukit Pasoh Road, Level 1,
    Singapore 089856
    The required supporting documents are:
    • Personal statement
    • Certificates and transcripts of every completed year of study in College / University
    • A confidential letter of recommendation from current supervisor of undergraduate or postgraduate studies or employer
    • Documentary evidence to prove that the applicant has been admitted to the stated college/ university for the course indicated on the application form
    • Recommendation letter testifying or supporting documents (e.g. testimonials, press reports, samples of work, etc) regarding track record in community service or volunteer work

INCOMPLETE applications will be rejected. Regretfully, submissions will not be returned.

Management Committee

ChairmanAssoc Prof Tan Kheng Boon Eugene
Vice ChairmanDr Chua Ai Lin
Committee MembersProf Ong Choon Nam
Dr Low Hwee Boon
Prof Chen Kang
Assoc Prof Ng Yin Kwee Eddie
Mr Tan Keng Leck
Ms Tan Peoy Gee Peggy

Past Scholars

YearNameCourse of Study
2016Guo ZhexiPhD in Physics
2016Ng Kia BoonPhD in Physics
2016Leong Chun KiatPhD In Mathematics
2016Liang Zhen ChangPhD in Bioengineering
2016Hon Sui Ming RaymondPhD in Industrial Design
2016Khaw Yee JekMaster of Science in Strategic Product Design
2016Ng Hwee ChinErasmus Mundus Master in Journalism Media and Globolisation
2016David Loke Kai YuanMasters of Music, Violin Performance
2016Wee Kuan Chieh, AdrianMasters of Arts
2016Muhammad Noramin Bin Mohamed FaridPhD in Drama and Theatre Studies
2015Li ChurenMaster in Music
2015Mok Sze XinMaster of Engineering in Logistics
2015Yeo Ker SiangMaster of Arts in Information Experience Design
2015Nur Hani Binte ZainalDoctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology
2015Umardani Bin UmlePhD in Criminology
2015Lin LiPhD in English
2015Gao JiankangMPhil in Asian Middle Eastern Studies (Research)
2015Huo YasiMaster of Education Program in International Education Policy
2015Eugene Ong Sen ChunMaster of Architecture
2015Elizabeth WijayaPhD in Comparative Literature
2014Muhammad Noramin Bin Mohamed FaridChoreomundus - International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice & Heritage
2014Lin RongchanDoctor of Education
2014Liao BolunDoctor of Philosophy in History
2014Faizah Binte ZakariaPhD in History
2014Tan Li WenPhD in East Asia Languages and Civilisations
2014Ng Jean HuiMaster in History of Art and Visual Culture
2014Kang Pei ShanPhD in Developmental Psychology (Human Development)
2014Suen Johan Bin Mohd ZainPhD in Sociology
2013Ang Xing YiPhD in Finance and Economics
2013Ng Kuang Jong JoelDPhil International Relations
2013Li Yongrui JulianMaster Degree in Double Bass (Classical)
2013Chia Meng Ta JackDoctor of Philosophy
2013Chen JiaxiMaster in Global and Imperial History
2013Goh Sao-EePhD in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
2013Cheong Yun YeePhD in Education
2013Chow Teck SengPhD in Asian Middle Eastern Studies