Frequently Asked Questions
A1: The scholarship supports only full-time courses.
A2: We do not have an approved list of design institutions. Courses in any country and institution (both public and private) are acceptable, as long as the institution is reputable and accredited or certified by the respective country’s education board.
A3: DesignSingapore Scholarship recipients must declare any other scholarships, bursaries or grants offered by other organisations; and are subject to the Council’s approval.
A4: There will be an annual scholarship briefing session. Potential applicants who are keen to find out more about the DesignSingapore Scholarship and the application process are strongly encouraged to attend the session, where they can also meet former scholars and the management team from the DesignSingapore Council. The briefing session will be held around February – March. Do check back for updates.
A5: The maximum number of academic years that the scholarship covers is four years (which must be pursued in consecutive years with no breaks) as stipulated by the institution. For applications submitted after the course has begun, please refer to Q7.
A6: Complete and submit your online application here.
Please upload the following softcopy documents with your online application:
- Portfolio/project case studies* in PDF format (file size less than 5MB)
- Academic results and awards
- Curriculum Vitae
- Record of Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
- Letter of admission to institution and course information of proposed course of study
- Letter of recommendation from two referees pertaining to the application of this scholarship (referees cannot be immediate relatives of the applicant)
To avoid missing documents, please name your documents (in pdf, jpeg or doc format), with file names as follows:
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Portfolio/Project Case Studies
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Academic Records and Transcripts
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Curriculum Vitae
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Record of Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Letter of Admission to Institution
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Information on the Proposed Course of Study
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Letter of Recommendation 1
- [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four characters of NRIC number] Letter of Recommendation 2
A7: Yes, you may still apply for the scholarship. However, the tuition and compulsory fees, as well as annual living allowance support will only be for the outstanding semesters, not the current one, from the time of award. Candidates will not be eligible for the pre-studies allowance.
A8: Yes, fresh graduates may apply.
A9: The scholarship is awarded to successful applicants who have completed full-time National Service before the commencement of studies. Full-time national servicemen can still apply for the scholarship but must complete their national service obligations (without deferment from service), before the commencement of studies.
A10: The Letter of Recommendation should be addressed to: DesignSingapore Scholarship Secretariat. The content of the Letter of Recommendation should be pertaining to your application for the DesignSingapore Scholarship.
A11: Yes, applicants who are awaiting admission into university may apply for the scholarship concurrently, but proof of application to the university must be submitted during the online application for the scholarship. You may attach a receipt or official statement from the university indicating that your application is received and that acceptance is 'pending'. Do note that Proof of Admission into the university must be produced by the time of the second interview in May. As a general guide, the scholarship is awarded in August.
A12: Applicants who plan to pursue courses that commence in January/February (e.g. courses in Australia) should make their application a year before the commencement of the course.
A13: Shortlisted applicants are required to attend up to two rounds of selection interviews in April and May, organised by the DesignSingapore Scholarship Secretariat. Successful applicants will be informed about the outcome after all the interviews have been completed. All scholarship recipients must attend a Scholarship Award Ceremony in August.
The DesignSingapore Council reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application.
A14: Applicants will be assessed on:
- Potential to contribute to Singapore's design sector
- Potential for creativity and leadership
- Achievements, recognition and experience in design and design thinking
- Quality of portfolio/project case studies (originality of concepts, depth of development and exploration of ideas, competency in execution, technical ability, and range of work and skills)
- Academic results and track record of co-curricular activities
- Articulation and persuasion skills
- Transdisciplinary design skills
A15: A Local Scholarship recipient must fulfil a two or three-year bond in a design-related role in Singapore depending on his/her duration of sponsorship.
An Overseas Scholarship recipient must fulfil a three or five-year bond in a design-related role in Singapore depending on his/her duration of sponsorship.
|Duration of sponsorship||Bond period|
|Overseas Scholarship||3 - 4 years||5 years|
|< 3 years||3 years|
|Local Scholarship||3 - 4 years||3 years|
|< 3 years||2 years|
The scholarship recipient must be employed in Singapore on a full-time basis in a design-related role with a Singapore-registered company.
A16: All scholarship recipients must fulfil the bond period stipulated in the agreement contract. The recipient and/or his or her sureties must refund all fees which have been paid, in addition to the compound interest according to the terms stipulated in the agreement contract.
Applicants who do not wish to be employed in Singapore immediately upon graduation, should not apply for this scholarship.
A17: The DesignSingapore Scholarship recipient is designated a DesignSingapore Associate for life. He or she may be assigned to work on DesignSingapore Council projects and initiatives that are developmental in nature. He or she will need to participate in DesignSingapore Associate Network events.