Incoming Students

DUO - Singapore Exchange Fellowship (DUO) (for Incoming Students)

The Fellowship is awarded by the Singapore government to promote student exchanges between NUS and European ASEM* members. The Award, based on merit, is for pairs of exchanges between a university in Singapore and its respective partner country in Europe in any academic field. Full-time NUS undergraduate students from Singapore and ASEAN** members states going to European universities on the student exchange programme (SEP), and undergraduate students from partner universities in Europe coming to NUS on exchange, are eligible to apply for the DUO.

* NUS has partner universities in the following European ASEM-member countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russian Federation
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

** NUS students from the following ASEAN-member countries can apply to DUO:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • The Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


Each selected undergraduate student will be awarded €4,000 for one semester or one year of exchange. This will partially subsidise the cost of airfare, accommodation, living expenses, etc. This award carries no obligatory bond period.

Eligibility Criteria

Full-time NUS undergraduate students from Singapore and ASEAN members states going to European universities on the Student Exchange Programme (SEP),


Full-time undergraduate students from partner universities in Europe coming to NUS on SEP

DUO is given to pairs of students coming from and going to the same countries on SEP. As such, students are selected by pairs of exchanges and based on merit. Final nomination is made by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is the awarding body.

Terms & Conditions

  • This award must not be concurrently held with another exchange award administered by NUS.
  • Students who are receiving external scholarships must ensure that they are not prevented by the terms of their scholarship to go on exchange programmes and to receive concurrent scholarships or awards.
  • Due to the nature of this award, if any student from a pair of awardees choose to withdraw or does not complete the exchange programme, both awardees from the pair will automatically be ineligible for the award and their DUO Awards will be retracted.
  • This award carries no obligatory bond period.

Application Period

Application is open from now till 15 April 2023 for Academic Year 2023/24.

Application Procedure

There are 2 parts to the application.

Application Part 1 (Deadline: 15 April 2023)
All students from a European ASEM-member country who have been nominated for exchange at NUS for Semester 1 (Aug-Dec) and/or Semester 2 (Jan-May) of each Academic Year are able to apply when applications open.

For the application to be considered as fully complete, please complete an application (download the application form here).

Duly completed applications can submitted via email to with the subject title: DUO-In: [Home University Country]-[Semester] (e.g. DUO-In: France-Sem 1). Keep the completed hard copy application form as you will need to submit it if you are shortlisted.

Application Part 2 (Only shortlisted applicants need to proceed to Part 2)
This award is very competitive with hundreds of applications for the selection of three pairs of incoming and outgoing students. Due to the high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates would be informed to provide supporting documents. Those who do not receive any email notification by end-April can conclude that their applications have been unsuccessful.
Instructions to shortlisted candidates would be provided separately via email.  


Applicants will be notified of their application outcomes via email.


Awardees will be informed of the disbursement date during the announcement of the result.


For further queries on the award, here