DesignSingapore Scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some Frequently Asked Questions for the DesignSingapore Scholarship. Please read through these questions before applying for the scholarship, and write to us at if you have any more queries. 

General Queries

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: 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. 

Scholarship Support

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 Q7.


Q6: How do I apply for the DesignSingapore Scholarship?
A6: You may refer to the application process here. 

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. The content of the Letter of Recommendation should be pertaining to your application for the DesignSingapore Scholarship. 

Q11: I have applied for a course, but am still awaiting a reply on my admission status from the university. Can I still apply for the 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.

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.

Selection Process

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

Bond Period

Q15: What is the bond period for a DesignSingapore Scholarship recipient?
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.

Q16What 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.

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