Bursaries and Prizes

Bursaries & Scholarships

Every year the University offers several bursaries and scholarships to students. Geography students should take particular note of the Ong Cho Tek Memorial Bursaries awarded annually. These bursaries are awarded to students in our Faculty, of whom one must be a Geography student. Geography Honours year students may apply for the Ooi Jin Bee Scholarship which is awarded to one student from the Honours class annually.

A full list of bursaries, scholarships, loans, etc. can be found in the NUS publication Scholarships, Bursaries, Medals, Prizes, Loan Funds. Relevant forms and specific application requirements for these monetary grants can be obtained from the Registrar or the Dean’s office at the beginning of the academic year. Bursaries are not based on academic performance per se; they are granted to students mainly on the basis of financial predicament and needs. Students with financial difficulties are advised to apply for a bursary without hesitation. Scholarships, however, are granted to students based on academic performance and participation in extra-curricular activities in the University. All bursaries and scholarships are valued at $1,500 and $3,000 per annum respectively. Please check with the Registrar’s Office for the closing date for applications of scholarships and bursaries.

The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography (SJTG) offers the SJTG Student Advancement Scholarship to recognize and reward second-year Geography students who are academically bright and financially needy.

Awards & Prizes

Since 1957, the Department has awarded the University of Singapore Geographical Society Gold Medal annually to the top student(s) for the Honours examination. The award is now known as the National University of Singapore Geographical Society Gold Medal. In addition, the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography Book Prize is awarded yearly to the top Geography student in the Final B.A. Examination. Departmental book prizes are also awarded to the top Geography students in the First and Second Year Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Past Winners

Wang Gungwu Medal And Prize 2009-2010

Mr Lin Weiqiang had been awarded the Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize for the academic year 2009-2010 for the Best Masters thesis in the Social Sciences/Humanities (including Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, School of Business, School of Design & Environment, Faculty of Law and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy). He was presented with a medal and cash prize on 20 August 2010. His masters thesis is entitled “Flexible Citizenship or Serendipitous Journeys?: A Study on Singaporeans' Transmigrations to and from the United States”.

Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize

Nafisah bte Abd Hamed from our graduating Honours Class 2008 has been awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize.

2009/2010 Prize Winners


The NUS Geographical Society
Gold Medal
was awarded to

Tan Qian Hui



The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography Book Prize
was awarded to

Sarabjeet Singh


The Department of Geography Book Prize
was awarded to

Le Jin En