Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Does the DesignSingapore Scholarship support part-time courses?
A1: The scholarship supports only full-time courses.

Q2: Does the DesignSingapore Council have an approved list of design institutions?
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.

Q3: Can the DesignSingapore Scholarship recipient accept other scholarships or bursaries?
A3: DesignSingapore Scholarship recipients must declare any other scholarships, bursaries or grants offered by other organisations; and are subject to the Council’s approval.

Q4: Is there a session for potential applicants to find out in greater detail about the DesignSingapore Scholarship?
A4: Each year, the DesignSingapore Scholarship Secretariat hosts potential applicants at a scholarship briefing session. Potential applicants keen to find out more about the DesignSingapore Scholarship; the application process; meet with former scholars as well as the management team from the DesignSingapore Council are strongly encouraged to attend the session. This briefing session will be held on 6 March 2020 at the National Design Centre Auditorium.

Q5: What is the maximum number of academic years that the scholarship covers?
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 Q6.

Q6: How do I apply for the DesignSingapore Scholarship?
A6:
Step 1

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)

*For applicants from non-design backgrounds and who do not have a design portfolio can submit project case studies. These case studies need to show examples of your design thinking process and outcomes.

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 digit of NRIC number] Portfolio/Project case studies
  • [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digit of NRIC number] Academic Records and Transcripts
  • [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digit of NRIC number] Curriculum Vitae
  • [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digit of NRIC number] Record of Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
  • [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digit of NRIC number] Letter of Admission to Institution
  • [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digit of NRIC number] Information on the proposed course of study
  • [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digit of NRIC number] Letter of Recommendation 1
  • [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digit of NRIC number] Letter of Recommendation 2

If you are unable to attach the documents onto the BrightSparks portal, compile all the documents into one zip file and upload to this Dropbox link. To avoid missing file, please name your zip file following this format :
[Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digits of NRIC number] Submission
Eg. [Amos Tan_1234] Submission


Step 2

With the latest covid-19 advisory, there is a change to the instruction for step 2 of your scholarship application.

New Instruction for Step 2:
There is no longer a need for applicants to submit the hardcopy of your (a) application documents and (b) physical portfolio to the DesignSingapore Council. Applicants will need to upload sample(s) of your physical artefact/ portfolio (e.g. visual of your 3D models) to our Dropbox link if you have not done so in step 1.

To prevent your files from going missing, please name your zip file following this format : [Full name as shown in NRIC_Last four digits of NRIC number] Submission. Eg. [Amos Tan_1234] Submission.

Please take note that all submissions to our Dropbox must be in PDF format and the file size must be less than 5MB.

The deadline will remain as 5 pm, 13 April.


Q7: My course has started. Can I still apply for the scholarship?
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.

Q8: I am a fresh graduate with no working experience. Can I apply for the scholarship?
A8: Yes, fresh graduates may apply.

Q9: I am currently serving National Service. Can I apply for the scholarship?
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.

Q10: Who should my referees address the Letter of Recommendation to?
A10: The Letter of Recommendation should be addressed to: DesignSingapore Scholarship Secretariat DesignSingapore Council. The content of the Letter of Recommendations should be pertaining to your application of the DesignSingapore Scholarship.

Q11: I have applied for school, but am still awaiting a reply on my admission status from the university. Can I still apply?
A11: Yes, applicants who are awaiting admission into university may apply for the scholarship concurrently, but proof of application must be submitted during the online application. 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 institution must be produced by the time of the second interview in May. As a general guide, the scholarship is awarded in August.

Q12: I am planning to apply for a course which commences in January/February of the following year. When should I apply for the scholarship?
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.

Q13: What is the selection process? When will the results be announced?
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.

Q14: What is the assessment criteria?
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

Q15: What is the bond period for a DesignSingapore Scholarship recipient?
A15: The Local Scholarship recipient must fulfil a two to three-year bond in a design-related role in Singapore depending on his/her duration of sponsorship.

The Overseas Scholarship recipient must fulfil a three to five-year bond in a design-related role in Singapore depending on his/her duration of sponsorship.
Duration of sponsorship Bond period
Overseas Scholarship Three to Four years Five years
Less than three years Three years
Local Scholarship Three to Four years Three years
Less than three years Two years
The scholarship recipient must be employed in Singapore on a full-time basis in a design-related role with a Singapore-registered company.

Q16: What is the penalty for the DesignSingapore Scholarship recipient who does not fulfil the bond period?
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.

Q17: What is the role of a DesignSingapore Associate?
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.

For further queries or clarifications, please contact us at [email protected].