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 capita income not exceeding $1,500
  3. 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.

Contact Us

Applicants may submit the required documents to Ms Clarice Zhang at Clarice_ZHANG@yellowribbon.gov.sg, and mail the hardcopy documents to the following address:

Yellow Ribbon Fund Secretariat
980 Upper Changi Road North
Block B, Level 2
Singapore 507708

YRF STAR Bursary Panel Dates 2022

Panel Dates
Application Closing Date
Panel 1 10 Mar 2022, Thursday, 2:30pm 26 Jan 2022,Wednesday
Panel 2
13 Jul 2022, Wednesday, 2:30pm
31 May 2022, Tuesday
Panel 3
9 Nov 2022, Wednesday, 2:30pm
27 Sep 2022, Monday
For further queries on the programme, please contact Ms Clarice Zhang at 6214 2876.