The DesignSingapore Scholarship is for individuals with creativity, drive and passion for design. The scholarship will groom designers to become design leaders who will use strategy and innovation to make things better by design. Our scholarship holders may come from different fields of design, but they share one common trait – they are game changers and aspire to contribute to Singapore, and the design sector. We are on the lookout for talented individuals with creative flair, the drive to push boundaries; and a heart to serve Singapore.


What areas of study can I apply for?

The programme should be a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate design-related degree at a reputable local or overseas institution.

Possible fields of study:

  • Architecture
  • Business Innovation
  • Design Management
  • Digital Design (Interaction Design/User Experience Design)
  • Fashion Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Service Design
  • Urban Design
  • Visual Communications

Other fields of design study may also be considered.


Who is eligible?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed National Service (for male applicants)
  • Have successfully gained admission to a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate design-related course in a reputable Singapore or overseas institution

Applicants who are applying for postgraduate studies and have at least three years of professional working experience, would have an advantage.


What does the scholarship cover?

The DesignSingapore Scholarship covers full tuition and compulsory fees for the course of study. The scholarship also provides annual living allowance, pre-studies allowance, developmental course allowance and travel allowance.


How will the scholarship help you to develop?

The scholarship will develop you holistically in your design journey. Apart from supporting you in your studies, where you will develop your technical, creative and communications skills, you will be paired with a mentor from the DesignSingapore Associates Network (DAN) for the duration of your studies to help you push boundaries in your work.

You will be designated a DesignSingapore Associate once you have been awarded the scholarship. As a DesignSingapore Associate, you will be assigned to contribute to DesignSingapore Council’s projects and initiatives that will help you to gain new experiences, grow professionally and at the same time, expand your portfolio.

During the course of your study, you will also have to fulfil a compulsory four-week internship in Singapore. You can secure the internship yourself, or Dsg can facilitate introductions to companies we are in touch with.

Upon graduation and once employed on a full-time basis, Dsg will link you up with an experienced industry mentor to provide guidance to you.


What is the bond upon graduation?

The scholarship recipient will need to be employed in Singapore on a full-time basis in a design-related role with a Singapore-registered company. The bond period will need to be served in Singapore upon graduation.

The bond period depends on the duration of sponsorship of your course, as well as whether your course is local or overseas.


Duration of sponsorship

Bond period



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





Close to graduation, DesignSingapore Council will help facilitate job introductions with companies we are in touch with. Scholarship holders can also source for their own jobs in Singapore. 


How do I apply for the DesignSingapore Scholarship?

Step 1

Complete and submit your online application here by 6 April 2020.

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 by 6 April.

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.


What is the selection process?

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend up to two rounds of selection interviews between April and May 2020. 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 2020.

The DesignSingapore Council reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application.


Assessment Criteria

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



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