About the Bursary
The YRF STAR (Skills Training Assistance to Restart) Bursary was conceptualised in 2010 to provide financial assistance to low-income ex-offenders who wish to pursue tertiary education after their release. 

YRF aims to support ex-offenders to build viable futures for themselves and their families through upgrading, which will enhance employability and encourage self-sufficiency. The beneficiaries of the YRF STAR Bursary may also serve as role models for other ex-offenders and inspire them to rebuild their lives through education.

Bursary Details
The bursary is available for local institutions and selected private institutions approved by YRF for the following courses:

  1. ITE 
  2. Diploma
  3. Degree

The bursary is open for application to inmates who are due for release soon and who wish to pursue training after release. 

The bursary is also open to ex-offenders who have been released. Applications are to be made within two years of release. Applicants who are between 2 to 5 years of release will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The bursary funds up to 100% of course fees.

Applicants may have to undergo career coaching and profiling as part of the assessment process.

The YRF STAR Bursary Selection Panel reserves the right to revoke any bursary awarded if the progress, performance and behaviour of the student are deemed to be unsatisfactory.

Students are to engage in one case session per month with the assigned YRF case manager.
Students are to attend all Get Together sessions (quarterly) and help out in all Yellow Ribbon-related events as a volunteer as and when required. 


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria and conditions:

  1. Must be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident

  2. Have per household income of less than $2,500 or per capita income not exceeding $1,500 

  3. Must have received an acceptance letter from the school, indicating the course of studies

  4. Must not have been released from prisons for more than two years. Applicants who are between 2 to 5 years of release will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Application Form
You may download the application form here YRF STAR Bursary Application Package (2019)


Contact Us

Applicants may submit the required documents to Ms Cheryl Poon at cheryl_poon@score.gov.sg, and mail the hardcopy documents to the following address:

Attn: Yellow Ribbon Fund Secretariat

980 Upper Changi Road North

Block B, Level 2

Singapore 507708

For further queries on the programme, please contact 6513 1442.