The YRF STAR (Yellow Ribbon Fund Skills Training Assistance to Restart) Bursary was established in 2010 to provide financial assistance to low-income ex-offenders who wish to pursue tertiary education after their release. It provides financial support for up to 100% of course fees with the following intentions: 

·         Empower ex-offenders to develop and pursue their goals towards self-reliance; and

·         Enable ex-offenders to be gainfully employed after the completion of their tertiary education. 

 Since 2010, a total of 160 ex-offenders have been awarded the YRF STAR Bursary. Of this number, 44 ex-offenders are currently studying with the support of YRF. The programme aims to provide holistic support to ex-offenders in their educational and reintegration journeys. Support available to ex-offenders on-board the programme include career coaching and case management services. 

Eligibility Criteria

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

·         ITE

·        Diploma

·         Degree 

Applicants must also fulfil the following eligibility criteria and conditions:

·         Be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.

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

·         Have received an acceptance letter from the school, indicating the course of studies.

·         Must not have been released from prison for more than two years.


 Application Process

Ex-offenders who meet the criteria above may apply for the YRF STAR Bursary. Please click here for the application form. 

YRF accepts applications throughout the year. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by YRF for a career coaching session prior to undergoing a panel interview, which is conducted quarterly. 


 Contact Us

Applicants may submit the required documents to Ms Nurzaimah S.Ali at , 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.