The Financial Specialist Scholarship (FSS) (previously known as the Finance Scholarship Programme) is a postgraduate scholarship programme that helps develop specialist leaders in a variety of fields in Singapore's financial services sector.


​What it is

​The FSS is postgraduate scholarship programme to develop a pipeline of specialist leaders in the following fields:​

  • Specialised Finance
  • Finance, applied finance or financial economics
  • Risk Management
  • Actuarial Science
  • Technology and Data Science

  • Company Track

    The FSS will co-fund with Singapore-based financial institutions (FIs) * to send their promising Singaporean financial services sector professionals for postgraduate study in the targeted areas.

    FIs applying for FSS funding should ensure that their candidates have applied directly to and secured admission into top postgraduate programmes in the targeted areas, before submitting their applications.

    Individual Track

    The FSS will co-fund outstanding Singaporeans’ pursuit of postgraduate study in the targeted areas.  Candidates must apply on your own to the respective universities prior to submitting your applications for the FSS.  The applicant is not required to secure admission to the programme at the point of application. 

    Eligibility
    FSS is open to Singaporeans only, and Singaporean candidates fulfilling or demonstrating abilities/qualifications in the following areas will be given favourable consideration:

  • Good honours degree (second upper or cum laude and above).
  • An excellent GRE score of at least 275, or GMAT score of at least 650.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities.
  • Possess at least two years of financial services sector working experience.

  • How to Apply

    For the company track, FIs should submit their application for the FSS at least 2 months before the date of commencement of the postgraduate programme.

    For the individual track, the FSS is open for applications from the start of December to the end of February every year. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

    * Financial institutions or companies in the financial services sector refer to entities regulated by MAS (either licensed or exempted from licensing). 

    Evaluation Process: 

    Evaluation of applications will take about 6 to 8 weeks after the application closing date. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.
    • Applicants who have met the eligibility criteria do not automatically qualify for the FSS.
    • IBF’s decision is final and binding. Enquiries or disputes on or in connection with its decisions will not be entertained.
    • IBF reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application.
    • IBF is not liable or responsible for the accuracy, reliability or completeness of content or information published on other third-party websites on or in connection with the FSS.

    For more information, kindly reach out to us at: funding@ibf.org.sg​​

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