Outgoing Students

**Important Update on COVID-19**

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact the health and economies of communities around the world. This has also resulted in restrictions to travel and interaction between people in terms of physical proximity. It may be some time before the world can recover from COVID-19. After much deliberation and out of consideration for the health and safety of the NUS community, Temasek Foundation and NUS have made the difficult decision of suspending the TF-LEaRN Programme until further notice

What is this programme about?

With the aim of grooming leadership skills, the TF LEaRN Programme @ NUS nurtures the next generation of Asian leaders by providing opportunities for cultural exchange, networking, community engagement and leadership development.

Students will receive the following awards:

  • ASEAN countries - S$7,000
  • China and India - S$6,000
  • Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan - S$5,500

The scholarship will be disbursed in two instalments, upon the satisfactory completion of the programme.

When and where does it take place?

In Semester 1 or 2 of AY 2021/22 for:

  • Student Exchange Programme to partner universities in Southeast Asia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan


What is the content?

  • Academic courses
    TF LEaRN scholars must obtain a minimum overall Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.5 out of 5.0 during their exchange / coursework studies in the host university.
  • Community Involvement
    TF LEaRN scholars are required to spend a minimum of 15 hours on at least one community involvement project in the host country.
  • Host Programme
    While on exchange, TF LEaRN scholars are to source for programmes at the host country (e.g. Exchange Buddy programmes, interest groups/CCAs or other activities that allow for opportunities to interact regularly with the locals.) Upon return from exchange, the award recipients are to participate in TF LEaRN activities (listed below) with inbound exchange students.
  • TF LEaRN activities
    All TF LEaRN activities are compulsory. These include the Welcome Briefing, TF Friendship Day, Service Leadership event and TF LEaRN Young Asian Leaders Forum. Students may be required to help organise some events, when called upon by the Global Relations Office (GRO). The events will be held in Singapore.

Please take note of the tentative programme schedule:

Activities Semester 1
TF LEaRN exchange
Semester 2
TF LEaRN exchange
Programme Briefing May 2021 December 2021
Service Leadership Event (2-day) August 2022 August 2022
TF Friendship Day September 2022 September 2022
TF LEaRN Young Asian Leaders Forum October 2022 October 2022

Student Deliverables

  • Essay of your learning experience
  • Community log sheet
  • Academic transcript from the host university
  • Online survey
  • Participation in TF LEaRN activities in NUS

Promotion of the TF LEaRN Programme @ NUS

  • TF LEaRN scholars are required to share their experiences and learning with fellow students in their home countries and fellow LEaRN students through seminars and other platforms.
  • TF LEaRN scholars are required to help promote the programme when called upon by GRO.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Students must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be full-time coursework undergraduates who are going on exchange in Semester 1 or 2 under the Student Exchange Programme to partner universities in Southeast Asia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
  • Be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Possess a Cumulative Average Point of at least 3.8 (out of 5)*
  • Be interested in community service and have served in leadership positions


* If your CAP is between 3.6 to 3.8 and you have outstanding community service and leadership experience, we will also consider your application.

How to Apply?

Email invitation will be sent to the NUS account of eligible students.

When to apply?

Exchange Period Application Period
Semester 1 March - End April
Summer Vacation March - End April
Semester 2 End September - End October


* Students on NOC should contact their NOC coordinator at NUS for the updated timeline.

When will the outcome be known?

With reference to the above application schedule for Semester 2, students will be notified of the outcome via NUS email, as per follows:

Exchange Period Outcome
Semester 1 By Friday, 8 May 2021
Summer Vacation By Friday, 8 May 2021
Semester 2 By Friday, 15 November 2021


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“The TF LEaRN Programme @ NUS has opened my eyes to the challenges of other people in our regional neighbourhood and has offered plenty of opportunities for me to be of service to others. I hope to maximise my potential and continue to serve others, both in Singapore as well as in neighbouring countries.”