[DesignSingapore] SkillsFuture Study Award

The SkillsFuture Study Award aims to support early to mid-career Singaporeans to develop and deepen specialist skills needed by our future economic growth sectors and in sectors meeting social needs.  It can also support those who already have deep specialist skills and wish to develop other competencies. They will receive a monetary award of $5,000, on top of existing Government course fee subsidies, to support their skills acquisition journey. They do not need to serve a bond. 

To apply, please go to: http://www.skillsfuture.sg/studyawards

Sector Overview
The design sector can be categorised into Image-Making (Visual Communications, Packaging Design, Fashion Design), Object-Making (Industrial and Product Design, Furniture Design) and Place-Making (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Planning). The coming together of these disciplines often results in creative ideas and concepts that translate into innovative products and meaningful services.  

To stay ahead of the competition, designers must improve the quality of their designs by deepening their skills and training. Cross-disciplinary skills will enable professionals to provide holistic design solutions, while understanding design business strategy will enable designers to better manage projects and understand clients’ businesses. And with training in Design Management, Service Design/Experience Design, and Digital Design, designers will be able to tap opportunities for better product, service and process innovation. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of work experience in an area of design
  • Committed to deepening skills in the sector
  • Has track record of contributing to learning and training of self and/or others
  • Must not have completed course of study at the application closing date
  • Courses should be relevant to the needs of the design sector
  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award  

*Please submit the following supporting documents to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  :

1) Scanned coloured copy of IC (front and back);

2) Scanned photocopy of Letter of Offer/Matriculation from the institution (if any); and

3) Information on selected course of study.

Supported Courses

  • Local Courses
  • Preferred Courses:
- Business
- Design Management
- Digital Design
- Service Design/Experience Design 
  • Other Courses Applicable:
- Architecture
- Fashion Design
- Industrial Design
- Interior Design
- Landscape Design
- Urban Planning
- Visual Communications 
  • Types of courses applicable include certificate courses, specialist diplomas, degree programmes, postgraduate programmes etc. 
  • Courses should be minimally 1-month long (for full-time) and 3-months long (for part-time)
  • Designers pursuing degree or masters programmes in design are strongly encouraged to apply for the DesignSingapore Scholarship instead. 
  • Online courses and conferences are not supportable

Application Duration
15 August – 31 December 2016 (first-come-first-served basis) 

Evaluation Process
Applications will be evaluated on first-come-first-served basis, between 15 August and 31 December 2016, until the maximum award quota is fulfilled.

Applicants will be assessed on their work experience, as well as the usefulness and relevance of the proposed course in helping to develop their career.

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

The DesignSingapore Council reserves the rights to withhold the reasons for approving or rejecting any application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
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