Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities (TEKPS)

Level of study
Doctoral research, Postgraduate research masters, Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
Arts and Law, Social Sciences
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 30/05/2018 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

This scholarship seeks to encourage Citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore to pursue their Masters or PhD degree in a field relating to the humanities.

TEKPS is set up in commemoration of Tan Ean Kiam, father of the late Tan Tock San who was the founding chairman of the Tan Kah Kee Foundation. 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 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.

Value of Award

Successful applicants of TEKPS will receive a one-off sum of S$10,000 for studying at an overseas university or S$7,000 for studying at local universities.

Eligibility Criteria

Selection is based on the applicant's academic achievements and commitment to serving the community.

This scholarship is highly selective. Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Singaporean or Permanent Resident of Singapore
  • Outstanding academic record (a good Honours degree or equivalent)
  • Strong interest in and commitment to serving the community
  • Effectively bilingual

How to Apply

The application period is 30 April to 30 May. Details of the application process can be found on the organisation's website.


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