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Careers & Scholarships

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Introduction to Gardens by the Bay Scholarships

Gardens by the Bay Scholars (from left) Lee Xiaoyi, Manager (Conservatory Operations); Darren Oh, Senior Director (Business Development); Irene Chong, Manager (Gardens Operations); Mihkaail Ng, Senior Researcher (Research & Horticulture); Eunice Phua, Senior Horticulturist (Gardens Operations)

Gardens by the Bay is committed to support and nurture individuals who are keen in joining our family to realize and sustain our vision - as a people’s garden for all to own, enjoy and cherish.

We are offering Scholarships to candidates who are passionate about Horticulture, and possess a keen interest in pursuing a long-term career in this field.  The Gardens will support our Scholars in embarking on their tertiary journey, with challenging and rewarding career paths and job rotations mapped out upon their return.

Scholars can expect a rewarding experience - where passion is inspired and expertise is nurtured.



  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
  • GCE ‘A’ Level, local Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent
  • Mid-term undergraduate or post-graduate students, or mid-career individuals with relevant industry experience are also welcome
  • Record of excellent academic results
  • Impressive co-curricular activities record
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Strong interest in a horticulture career
  • Not currently in receipt of any other scholarship

Support Network & Career Development

Orientation Programme
Our Scholars will undergo an orientation programme to help them assimilate into our culture and get a headstart as a new member of the family. 

Personal mentors will be assigned to our Scholars, to ensure that they are well-guided and given holistic advice on potential career paths and progression, as well as academic and personal matters.  Scholars can also tap on their mentors’ wealth of knowledge and experience, and learn from the personal anecdotes of our veterans.

Buddy System
Our Scholars will be paired up with a buddy to help them integrate into the culture and feel at home, which are crucial components at the initial stage of embarking into working life.

Job Rotations
Our Scholars will be subject to job rotations in key departments, for greater and wider exposure of the Gardens’ operations, and for them to understand the intricacies of what it takes to run a horticulture-based attraction.

Career Monitoring
Scholars will have the chance to participate in strategic work committees, or take on secretarial positions in management meetings and projects. This will ensure greater exposure for our scholars at a macro-level for leadership grooming.

Terms of Award

 Type of Scholarship    Value of Award *Bond Duration
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees 
  • Return economy class airfare
  • Maintenance and other allowances
 4 - 6 years
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees
  • Maintenance and other allowances
 4 years

*Mid-term degree students’ bond duration will correspond with the total scholarship package awarded

Courses & Countries of Study

Scholars can expect to pursue their studies at local or recognised overseas universities. The following list shows the courses of study that our Scholars are encouraged study in, but not limited to: 

  • Plant Sciences
  • Applied Sciences
  • Horticultural Science
  • Botany
  • Forestry
  • Biotechnology
  • Landscape Architecture

Application and Selection Process

  • To apply, please fill in the application form and upload your examination certificates, transcripts, testimonials and CCA records using this link
  • For any further enquiries, please send them to: scholarship@gardensbythebay.com.sg.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for the selection interviews.
  • Closing Date for Application: 2-3 weeks after the release of ‘A’ Level results


Q: Can I study non-horticulture related studies under the Gardens by the Bay Scholarship?
A: As the Gardens by the Bay Scholarship is very much targeted to groom talents and build the next generation of Horticulture experts and management leaders in the field, Scholars will be required to study Horticulture related courses.

Q: If my local polytechnic Diploma is not horticulture-related, am I still eligible to apply for the Gardens by the Bay Scholarship?
A: Yes you are, as long as you are interested to pursue further studies in the Horticulture field.

Q: Do I need to secure a place at a university before applying for the scholarship?
A: No. You may apply for scholarship before securing a place at a university.  However, the award of the scholarship will be subject to your securing of a place for relevant studies at a recognised university.

Q: Must the university be approved by Gardens by the Bay before I am eligible to apply for the scholarship?
A: There are universities from various countries that provide the courses of study which our scholars are encouraged to study in, these include UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand etc.  We are happy to discuss in greater details your choice of university and country of study.

Q: My examination results are not available yet. Can I apply for the scholarship?
A: Yes, you can. Please submit your past years' result slips or preliminary results and the final transcript when the results are released.

Q: If I am serving / will be enlisted to national service (NS), do I apply for the Scholarship after the completion of NS or after the release of ‘A’ Level results?
A: You can apply for the scholarship upon receipt of your preliminary results or final results transcript.  An in-principle offer will be made to you if you are successful in your application.  Your scholarship will then be held back till your completion of NS.

Q: What is the selection process?
A: You will undergo interviews, written tests, psychometric test and activity-based assessments.

Q: Do I have to return for an attachment?
A: Yes.  During the course of studies, all Scholars will need to serve at least 1 attachment with Gardens by the Bay during their available term breaks.  Scholars pursuing overseas studies are also encouraged to take on overseas attachments with renowned overseas institutions / gardens / nurseries to gain international work exposure and develop networks.

Q: If I have a relevant local polytechnic Diploma and is hence exempted from certain modules, do I get to serve a shorter bond?
A: Yes, your bond duration will correspond to the number of years of study and value of the sponsorship package.

Q: What kind of career development opportunities do I have with Gardens by the Bay?
A: You will be granted job rotations for greater exposure and training.  Progression will be based on individual performance and review. Scholars who are mid-career individuals with some years of relevant experience will be accorded due recognition with commensurate designation.


Irene Chong Jia Zhen
Irene Chong
  • Designation: Manager (Gardens Operations)
    School of Study: University of Melbourne
    Qualification: Bachelor of Environments
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Eunice Phua
Eunice Phua
  • Designation: Senior Horticulturist (Gardens Operations)
    School of Study: The University of Queensland
    Qualification: Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture)
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Darren Oh Thian Koon
Darren Oh
  • Designation: Senior Director (Business Development)
    School of Study: Cornell University (US)
    Qualification: Master of Management in Hospitality
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Mihkaail Anis Ng
Mihkaail Anis Ng
  • Designation: Senior Researcher (Research & Horticulture)
    School of Study: Royal Horticultural Society
    Qualification: Master of Horticulture
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Lee Xiaoyi
Lee Xiaoyi
  • Designation: Manager (Conservatory Operations)
    School of Study: The University of Queensland
    Qualification: Bachelor of Applied Science (Urban Horticulture)
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