​​​​ECDA Scholarships for Bachelor and Master Degree Programmes

The ECDA Scholarships are offered to outstanding and deserving in-service Early Childhood educators who wish to pursue a Bachelor or Master degree in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). We strongly encourage existing ECCE educators who have demonstrated strong leadership potential and are committed to taking on larger roles in their organisations or the Early Childhood sector to apply.

Click to find out more about the ECDA Scholarships, as two of our recipients share their inspirations and aspirations in their early childhood journey. ​


​​​Application Windows

There are two application windows in a year.


Course Inta​ke​

​ECDA Scholarships Application Window


July/August ​2022

1 Feb 2022 – 31 Mar 2022


January 2023

1 Aug 2022 – 30​ Sep 2022


The ECDA Scholarships are offered for the following programmes: ​



Eligibility Criteria, Benefits, Terms and Conditions


Master of Education (Early Childhood) at National Institute of Education

M Ed (EC)


Master of Early C​hildhood Education, at Singapore University of Social Sciences



​Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor, at Singapore University of Social Sciences



Bachelor of Early​ Childhood and Chinese Language Education​​, at Singapore University of Social Sciences


How to Apply​

​1) Interested applicants should first download the ‘Applicant’s Write-Up and Assessment by Nominating Centre form’ here . Please refer to the instructions in the form and ensure that you and your nominating centre have duly completed the form before proceeding to the next step.

2) After completing the above form, go to this link to submit your Scholarship application on FormSG with the required supporting documents stated in the form. Please note that you will be required to log in to FormSG using your SingPass. (Note: If you do not have a Singpass account, you would need to register for an account. For more information on your eligibility and how to register for a Singpass account, please refer to Singpass website he​​re.)

3) If you did not receive an acknowledgement receipt email within 3 working days, kindly write in to ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg to check on your application status.​​





1. What is the ECDA Scholarship?

The ECDA Scholarships are offered to outstanding and deserving early childhood educators who wish to pursue a part-time Bachelor or Master Degree in Early Childhood Education.

The Scholarship is designed to support in-service educators who have demonstrated the competency level of at least a Senior Pre-school Teacher, strong leadership potential and are committed to taking on larger roles in the organisation or Early Childhood sector.

As part of the support given to the Scholarship recipients, ECDA and the nominating centre will work closely with the recipients e.g. by providing paid study leave to complete assignments and/or prepare for / sit for examinations, and further professional development and networking opportunities.

2. Can I qualify for the principal/centre leader positions in the Early Childhood Development Centres after completing the programme under the ECDA Scholarship?

No, ECDA requires the Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership, please refer to this link ​for more information.


3. How do I know if I have demonstrated the competency level of at least a Senior Pre-school Teacher?

Please refer to the Skills Map for Senior Pre-School Teacher under the Skills Framework for Early Childhood Care & Education here. In your application for the ECDA Scholarship, your nominating centre will need to rate and describe your competency level for each sub-domain, together with documentary evidences. Please refer to the application form for details on the rubrics and information required.​

4. If I apply for the ECDA Scholarship, do I need to apply directly to the Programme Provider for entry into the Pr​ogramme?

Yes. Applicants are advised to apply for both the Scholarship and the programme at the same time. Apart from meeting all Scholarship application and interview requirements, applicants are required to secure a place in the Programme before they can be offered the Scholarship.

5. What is the selection process for the ECDA Scholarship application?

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a written essay and attend an interview at ECDA. ECDA will make the final decision with regard to the selection of recipients, and no further appeals will be considered.

6. I have started on the programme. Can I still apply for the ECDA Scholarship?

Applicants are required to apply for the Scholarship prior to commencement of the programme. Please refer to the application period stated above.

7. Are all in-service educators eligible to apply for the ECDA Scholarship?

Yes, all educators currently employed in an ECDA-registered/licensed preschool or MOE Kindergarten can apply for the ECDA Scholarship. Please send your applications directly to ECDA.

Benefits & Liquidated Damages

8. The programme fees for Singaporeans are different from the programme fees for Permanent Residents. Will the sponsored programme fees for the Scholarship also be different?

Yes. The sponsored programme fees for Permanent Residents are capped at the fees payable by Singapore Citizens.

The sponsored programme fees would be after MOE subsidies and SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy for Singapore Citizens aged ≥ 40 years old (if applicable).

9. How are the liquidated damages calculated?

The liquidated damages are calculated based on the total amount of benefits disbursed by ECDA plus compound interest per annum. The liquidated damages will be reduced proportionately if the award recipient has served part of the bond.

Should there be a breach of the agreement, the Scholarship recipient and the sureties will be liable for the liquidated damages.​

For further enquiries, please contact us at ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg​.

Information updated as at October​ 2021​​​​​​​​

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