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Tzu Chi-SMU Bursary

About the Bursary

Established in 2014, the Tzu Chi-SMU Bursary is aimed at motivating and providing financial support to academically incline yet financially needy full-time SMU undergraduates to achieve all-round excellence in their education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time undergraduates in any degree programme
  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Gross monthly household per capita income not exceeding $850

Tenure and Benefits

  • Each bursary, valued at $8,000, is tenable for one year of study.
  • The bursary will go towards funding the recipients' annual tuition fees.
  • The recipients may be in concurrent receipt of another bursary for cash allowance, subject to fulfilment of its eligibility criteria.
  • The shortlisted applicants must allow a home visit assessment from representatives of the Donor.  Successful recipients may be subjected to monthly home visits from representatives of the Donor.
  • The recipients are required to spend at least 20 hours in the various community activities organized by the Donor.


Not required

Tuition Grant Scheme

  • The recipients are required to take advantage of the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) provided by the Singapore Government for subsidised education.
  • Under the TGS, non-Singaporean recipients (including Singapore Permanent Residents) will be contractually obliged to work for Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation.


Shortlisting of candidates for consideration will be from the list of applicants applying for SMU-administered bursaries in the year of award.


Centre for Student Financial Assistance
Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Assistance

About the Donor

Adhering to the Buddha’s spirit of “Great Mercy to Strangers and Great Compassion for All”, the Singapore branch of Tzu Chi Foundation was established by Master Cheng Yen with an objective of promoting compassionate spirit and selfless spirit in the society, and to provide relief to the poor and needy with unconditional love so as to achieve purification of minds, a harmonious society and a world free of disaster.  The branch aspires to fulfil local societal needs by promoting structured missions as charitable services, medical care, moral development, humanity activities as well as international relief work, bone marrow donation, environmental protection, and community volunteerism. Through providing material and spiritual support for people in need, they hope to create a harmonious and peaceful society and make the world a better place to live in.


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Last updated on 20 Mar 2018.