Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship
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Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund

The Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund: Honouring the past, investing in the future

Lee Kuan Yew studied Law at Fitzwilliam between 1947 and 1949, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1969. Following Mr Lee's death in March 2015, Fitzwilliam decided to create a permanent memorial to his memory which reflected his strong belief in the power of education.

The Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund was established by the Governing Body of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, in 2016. The Fund offers opportunities to talented young academics either from Singapore or working in fields with some connection to Singapore and in so doing promotes intellectual exchange between Singapore and the University of Cambridge.

Over the past century more than 150 students from Singapore have come to Fitzwilliam to expand their personal horizons and contribute to their country's success. As a result, our ties remain close, reflecting shared ambitions and mutual respect.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund builds on these historic connections between Fitzwilliam and Singapore by investing in the next generation of outstanding young scholars, and the future of our ongoing relationship.

Candidates for the first ST Telemedia – Lee Kuan Yew Undergraduate Scholarship are reminded that the closing date for applications to Cambridge is 20 September 2019, for a scholar is to start a course in Cambridge in October 2020. 

This award, made on the basis of academic excellence, will cover all tuition fees and a living and travel allowance for a Singaporean who has been affected by disability, bereavement or financial disadvantage. 

There will be no bond attached. 

Applicants must apply to the University of Cambridge through the usual route, selecting Fitzwilliam College as their preferred choice, by 20 September. 

In January 2020, those whose applications to Fitzwilliam College have been successful on academic grounds will then be invited to fill in a further application form including a statement explaining their eligibility, and to submit a supporting reference. The closing date is 10 February.  

Further information on how to apply for the scholarship.

Nicky Padfield at scholarship launch

To date, donations to the Fund have established two schemes to support graduate research, one at Masters level, the other for PhD studies, and we welcome applications from all excellent students who meet the criteria. 

  • The Hong Leong - Lee Kuan Yew Masters Studentship

The scheme guarantees a full funding package for the successful student for a one-year course. Applicants are also required to apply for available matched-funding schemes within the University and their Department. Includes all full-time one year Masters courses, with the exception of MBA, MFin and PGCE.

  • The Kuok Family – Lee Kuan Yew PhD Studentship

The scheme guarantees a full funding package for the successful student, for three years, subject to annual review. Applicants are required to apply for available matched-funding schemes within the University and their Department.


Students must fulfill at least one of the following criteria (it is not necessary to meet all three):

  • That their research requires or enables them to undertake part of their study in Singapore,
  • That they are participating in an academic project involving collaboration between Cambridge University and a university in Singapore,
  • That their academic research is clearly related to areas of research close to the interests of Lee Kuan Yew and the future development of Singapore.

Studentships supported by the Fund are open to applicants regardless of nationality or subject, so long as they meet the stated requirements.

How to apply

Deadline for Application - 3 December 2019 (for 2020 entry). 


  • Are required to apply for all available University funding; 
  • May apply to any of the University's colleges as their first choice. Studentship winners will be required to transfer College membership to Fitzwilliam College before the start of their course; and
  • Are required to upload a pdf of their University application from as part of the Studentship application process.

Referees will be contacted by the College after the closing date.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in February, with interviews to be held (in person, or via Skype) in early March.