Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund in UK 2022

Cambridge University Fitzwilliam College is granting the Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund for 2022/23 academic session. Candidates must apply for accessible matched-funding schemes within the University and their Department.

Lee Kuan Yew learned Law at Fitzwilliam College between 1947 and 1949, and was designated an Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College in 1969. After Mr. Lee’s demise in March 2015, Fitzwilliam made the decision to establish a permanent monument to his memory which mirrored his strong belief in the power of education.

The Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund was created by the Governing Council of the College, Cambridge, in 2016. The Fund provides opportunities to skilled young academics either from Singapore or working in areas with some link to Singapore and in so doing advances intellectual exchange between Singapore and the University of Cambridge.

Over the last century, over 150 students from Singapore have gone to Fitzwilliam to enlarge their personal horizons and add to their nation’s success. As a result, their ties remain tight, mirroring shared ambitions and mutual respect.

As a result of the generosity of their patrons, the Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund builds on these notable connections between Fitzwilliam and Singapore by investing in the subsequent generation of exceptional young scholars, and the future of their ongoing relationship.

About Fitzwilliam College

Fitzwilliam College is a component college of the University of Cambridge in England. The college’s origins can be traced back to 1869 and the creation of the Non-Collegiate Students Board, a venture aimed to provide academically excellent scholars of all backgrounds an opportunity to school at the university. The College was initially located at Fitzwilliam Hall (later rechristened Fitzwilliam House), opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum in southwest Cambridge.

Worth of Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund

  • The Hong Leong – Lee Kuan Yew Masters Studentship

The scholarship scheme promises a full funding package for the successful candidate for a one-year program. Candidates are also needed to apply for available matched-funding programs within the University and their Department. Comprises all full-time one year Masters program, with the exemption of MBA, MFin and PGCE.

  • The Kuok Family – Lee Kuan Yew PhD Studentship

The scholarship scheme promises a full funding package for the successful candidates, for three years, subject to yearly review. Candidates must apply for available matched-funding programs within the University and their Department.

Eligibility for Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund

To be qualified for the Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund, candidates are required to fulfil at least one of the following conditions (it is not required to satisfy all three):

  • That their research needs or allows them to embark on part of their study in Singapore,
  • That they are taking part in an academic project comprising collaboration between Cambridge University and a university in Singapore,
  • That their academic research is distinctly associated to areas of research close to the interests of Lee Kuan Yew and the future growth of Singapore.

Studentships backed by the Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund are obtainable to candidates irrespective of nationality or subject, as long as they satisfy the stated requirements.

How to Apply for Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Fund


  • Must apply for all obtainable University funding;
  • May submit application to any of the University’s colleges as their first choice. Scholarship winners will be needed to transfer College membership to Fitzwilliam College prior to the commencement of their program; and
  • Must upload a pdf of their University application form as part of the scholarship application procedure.

Referees will be gotten in touch with by the College after the deadline.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed in February, with interviews to be carried out (in person, or through Skype) in early March.

Application Deadline

The 2022 entry round will begin in October 2021, and end by December 2021.

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