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 sector.

What is this about?

The SkillsFuture Study Awards (SFSA) 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. 

As Singapore continues our transition to an innovation-driven economy, new skills and competencies among Singaporeans will be in demand. Singaporeans with the relevant skills stand to benefit from quality jobs created by our economy. Jobs are also evolving with new functions and existing ones requiring updated skillsets. These skillsets are articulated in the Skills Framework for Design which can be found here.

Who is the SFSA for Design for?

The SFSA for Design is to encourage early to mid-career Singaporeans 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 through a monetary award. Applicants are required to have at least 3 years of working experience.

Aligning to the Design 2025 Masterplan, we need a design-empowered workforce consisting of designers with transdisciplinary skillsets and non-designers who possess design sensibilities to help Singapore thrive in the future economy:

  • Designers can seize the opportunity to deepen their skillsets or pick up new skills in complementary fields like business, technology and innovation to stay ahead of the game and be in demand; and

  • Non-designers can acquire and apply design thinking/creative and inventive approaches at work and be a highly sought-after talent in the evolving landscape.

How will I benefit?

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

How do I apply?

Click here to find out more about the eligibility criteria, supported courses, and to submit your application via the SFSA online portal.

*Note: There may be changes to the criteria. Please click here to check for updates.

The application will take about 15 to 20 minutes and you will be required to upload the following documents in the PDF format:

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae;

2. Copy of highest qualifications received (i.e certificates, transcripts and portfolio, if any);

3. Copy of proof of application and/or enrolment from the institution/training provider (indicating the start and end dates of the course);

4. Information on course(s) of study, including:

  • Course outline/curriculum

  • Mode of learning (face-to-face, blended and/or 100% online)

  • Course fees payable

5. Copy of proof of payment for the course(s) of study (if any);

6. Details of any grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships and/or sponsorships, including the source of funding, the amounts received and the relevant documentation on funding approval as evidence (if any);

7. A short write-up to demonstrate your commitment to deepening of skills in the design sector and how the course(s) are relevant to the needs of the design sector (to be completed in the online application portal); and

8. Employer's nomination/referral letter/testimonial (if applicable).

Application Period

2 November 2020 - 15 January 2021

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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(s) in helping their career development.

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

 For other enquiries related to the SFSA for Design, email

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