Background of SISS 

In 2015, the Syed Isa Semait Scholarship (SISS) award was established to honour the former Mufti of Singapore, Sheikh Syed Isa Semait for his scholarly work, profound religious leadership to the community and contributions towards engendering greater inter-faith understanding. This award serves to preserve the legacy of Sheikh Syed Isa’s outstanding contributions and to inspire younger generations towards rendering their service to the Muslim community and the nation. 

SISS was formerly awarded in the form of a grant for research work or to conduct a study on asatizah or religious matters affecting the Singapore Muslim community. It has been reviewed and expanded to provide scholarships to full-time madrasah graduates of Singapore to pursue their undergraduate studies in Islam at Islamic universities overseas.

Overview of the Scholarship

The Syed Isa Semait Scholarship (SISS) is awarded by Muis to groom aspiring talents to lead and serve the religious sector in Singapore. Successful applicants of SISS will be awarded undergraduate scholarships to pursue Islamic Studies at renowned overseas universities and undergo a structured talent development programme to prepare them as asatizah for the various leadership positions in the sector.

Scholarship holders are expected to be all-rounded, committed and passionate to serve the Singaporean Muslim community, and the nation. They should excel in both academic and non-academic pursuits, possess sound character, and exemplify the Singapore Muslim Identity.

If you are ready to make the commitment to begin a career in the religious sector to better the lives of the community, we welcome you to apply for the SISS.