SkillsFuture Study Award for Design


The design sector is constantly evolving, and designers now play expanded roles in the economy as they are increasingly employed beyond design services.  

Who is this for

The SkillsFuture Study Award for Design is for early to mid-career Singaporeans who are committed to developing and deepening their skills in key sectors and have relevant working experience in such sectors.


Giving Singaporeans additional support in their journey of acquiring and advancing skills, an enhanced level of employability in an evolving economy and greater opportunities to maximise potential. 

Programme outline

Designers need to deepen both technical craft skills as well as broaden skillsets in adjacent domains such as business, innovation and technology to function effectively within design and/or non-design sectors. You can tap into the SkillsFuture Study Award for Design (SFSA) to support your professional development needs to deepen or broaden your design skillsets.

The SkillsFuture Study Awards will equip Singaporeans with the skills needed to benefit from quality jobs created by our economy. As Singapore continues our transition to an innovation-driven economy, new skills and competencies among Singaporeans will be in demand. Jobs are also evolving with new functions and existing ones requiring updated skillsets. The SkillsFuture Study Awards encourage Singaporeans to develop and deepen specialist skills needed by future economic growth sectors or in areas of demand. It also supports Singaporeans who already have deep specialist skills to develop other competencies. These skillsets are articulated in the Skills Framework for Design which can be found here.

Each successful award recipient will receive a monetary award of $5,000, on top of existing Government course fee subsidies, to support their skills acquisition journey. No bond is required.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Singaporeans with a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the following roles or seeking to:
    • Deepen or broaden complementary skills
    • Take on dedicated design roles in an organisation (e.g. in-house design / innovation teams)
    • Advocate for design adoption in their current organisations
    • Scale or accelerate a design entrepreneur’s business
  2. Applicant must be committed to deepening of skills in the industry and the course must be relevant to the needs of the design industry.
  3. Applicant must have been accepted/enrolled in selected course(s) of study.
  4. Applicants must not have completed course of study at the point of application.
  5. Course of study must be completed by 15 May 2022.
  6. Total course fees should be S$4,000 or more (after deducting all grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships, sponsorships, etc). Stacking of courses is allowed.
  7. Applicants must not be a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award.
  8. Public officers are not eligible for the SkillsFuture Study Award. They are encouraged to apply for in-house schemes instead.

How to apply

Submit an application via the online portal. The application will take about 15-20 minutes. You will be required to upload the following documents in the online portal:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Copy of Letter of Acceptance/Matriculation from the institution/training provider (indicating the start and end dates of the course)
  3. Information on selected course(s) of study, including course online/curriculum and course fees payable, and relevant invoices, receipts and proof of payment.
  4. Copy of highest qualifications received (i.e. certificates, transcripts and portfolio, if any)
  5. Details of any grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships and/or sponsorships, including the source of funding, the amounts received and the relevant documentation of funding approval as evidence (if any)
  6. Employer's nomination/referral letter/testimonial (if applicable)

Application Period

21 July 2020 - 30 September 2020

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Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will be conducted after the application closing date.

The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) reserves the right to request for more information from the applicant during the evaluation process to support the application. Applicants will be assessed holistically on their work experience as well as the usefulness and relevance of the proposed course in helping their career development.

The evaluation process will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Dsg reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions to find out whether this course is only for UX designers, or if you need to be currently employed in order to apply. For other enquires related to the SkillsFuture Study Award for the design sector, email

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