Investing In Your Future

If you’re interested in a career in fund management, the GIC Scholarship programme offers the chance to get off to a flying start.

Our scholarships are open to pre-tertiary students, and are available for courses including but not limited to Business Administration, Economics, Finance/Banking, Mathematics, Engineering and Accountancy, at premier universities worldwide. They cover tuition fees, accommodation, travel and living expenses for up to four years, and give you a headstart at one of the world’s largest fund management organizations, investing well over US$100 billion of Singapore’s foreign reserves, all over the world.

Laying the foundation

During term breaks, you will receive training and direct hands-on experience to prepare you for a career in fund management, with in-house programmes that give you a good grounding in subjects like finance, economics and accounting.

What we look for

We look for passionate individuals who are excited about a career with us. We welcome applications from individuals who are consistent achievers in both academic and co-curricular sphere, and have a strong interest in fund management.

Application Process

Applications open in mid-May this year for the early decision cycle, with a closing date on 17 June. For the main cycle, applications open in February and close in mid-March after the release of GCE ‘A’ level results.

Selection Process

We identify prospective scholars through a comprehensive selection process, which involves interviews, written tests and Assessment Centre. The Assessment Centre is a full-day event with individual and team-based activities. Candidates will be assessed on their adaptive abilities, their communication and analytical thinking skills. Successful candidates will then proceed to the final interview with our senior management.

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A serious commitment to the job


How did you hear about GIC scholarships?
My older sister was already on a scholarship with another organization. She suggested I might consider it, and gave me some good advice: “Think about the job.” As she explained, “It’s not just a means of financing your education, but a serious commitment to the job.”

How was the transition from life as an undergraduate?
Like night and day. I went from a liberal arts education, full of intellectual hippies, to an intensely academic institution. But I loved the social science aspect of quantitative economics. GIC told me that the content was secondary, but the training of the mind was crucial.

How was your start at GIC?
When I started at GIC in March 2011, I went into the GIC Professionals Programme, with stints at different departments spread over the course of a year. I gained plenty of experience, and exposure to different parts of the business, and at the end of the year I decided to go back to the Asia equities team. I’m now an associate with the Asia Total Return team, helping oversee our portfolio of equities from all over Asia, and research possible future investments.

Do you feel your scholarship put you on the fast track?
I wouldn’t say so. If anything, there is a greater sense of expectation because we had the privilege of having our educations sponsored. The on-the-job advantage of being a scholar is simply direct admission, when we were just students, into a highly selective organization. After all, we have the same KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) as non-scholars.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Without question, my colleagues. The senior members of my team are genuinely inspiring. They have a wealth of experience – and a very busy working life – but they’re always happy to lend a helping hand.