Financial Assistance & Awards

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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) administers a range of awards, bursaries, and financial support schemes for deserving students. Please check out this page for more details.

Congratulations to our philosophy students who were prize-winners at the FASS Award Ceremony 2016.

Some of the financial aid schemes and awards in the recent academic years are listed as follows:

The Philosophy Book Prize

The department awards an annual book prize to philosophy students from Arts 3 and 4 each year.

The winner for the Philosophy Book Prize for AY 2019/20 is Choi Hong Hui (Arts 3) and Tay Guan Wei Bernard (Arts 4) for the Special Book Prize

Hochstadt Scholarship in the Humanities

The Hochstadt Scholarship in The Humanities is set up by Mr Herman Ronald Hochstadt to commemorate the Hochstadt family in Singapore past and present, in particular those who were graduates of the University of Malaya and the National University of Singapore.

The purpose of the Scholarship is to award scholarships to students from the Faculty, who major in Humanities subjects including English Language, English Literature, Theatre Studies, History and Philosophy.

The award of this scholarship will commence in AY2014/15. Up to five scholarships may be awarded in each academic year, one from each of Humanities subjects.

For more information, please visit this page.

Chew Teck Neo Bursary

The family of the late Mdm Chew Teck Neo has made a $250,000 endowed gift to support a bursary in her honour at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The gift towards the Chew Teck Neo Bursary will attract a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Singapore Government. It will support up to six bursaries of $3,000 annually.

All eligible FASS students can apply for the bursary, but preference will be given to those studying Philosophy. Mrs Anne Chong (nee Pang Guek Cheng), an NUS alumnus and daughter of Mdm Chew Teck Neo, said the gift was a tribute to her mother and the women of her time. Mdm Chew lived through war and occupation years, and this gave her a steely determination to provide for her family and help others in need. The impetus for the gift came from Mrs Chong’s husband, Pius Chong Fah Cheong, who is also an NUS alumnus. Mrs Chong remembers her mother as a resourceful and enterprising woman. She ran a lodging house, a home-based catering business, raised pigs and chickens and even ventured into stocks and real estate. She made enough money to buy a home for each of her seven children. Having experienced poverty, Mdm Chew tried to give as much as she could to those who sought her help. Said Mrs Chong: “My mother was an ordinary, everyday hero. She is the pillar and support of all those around her. To celebrate her life is to celebrate the lives of so many women like her to whom we are all indebted.” The Chew Teck Neo Bursary was made possible by gifts from Mr and Mrs Chong, and Mrs Chong’s brothers, Messrs Pang Boon Hee, Pang Boon Seng and Pang Boon Liang. Both Mr and Mrs Chong studied Philosophy in NUS.