What is it

The SkillsFuture Study Awards 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.

Who is it for

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of ICT work experience and meet the eligibility criteria for SkillsFuture Study Award for ICT


  • You will receive a monetary award of $5,000 which you can use to defray your out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course that you will be taking. It can be used on top of existing Government course fee subsidies.

Application Period

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

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For Enquiries

Contact us at skillsfuture@imda.gov.sg or refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for SkillsFuture Study Awards

Application Process

Please access the Application Form to apply and upload the following supporting documents:

  1. A copy of your resume / CV
  2. Scanned copy of Letter of Acceptance/ Matriculation from the institution (if any)
  3. Scanned copy of proof of payment such as past invoices/receipts (if any)
  4. Course curriculum / outline on selected course of study
  5. Certifications/ Transcripts and Portfolio (if any)
  6. Details of the sponsorships/scholarships/subsidies which you are receiving for the course

Eligibility Criteria and Examples of Supported Courses

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of ICT work experience
  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award
  • Not a recipient of any Government-funded scholarship/sponsorship for the same course
  • Courses should be relevant to the needs of the ICT sector
  • Applicants should have at least 8 weeks of studies remaining for the course he/she has applied for, from the application closing date
  • Applicants will only be given the official offer of the Study Award upon submitting a proof of acceptance/enrolment into the course.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who:
    • are non-public officers. Public officers are encouraged to apply for in-house schemes in their own organisations;
    • are able to complete the course latest by December 2022; and
    • would still have to pay a course fee of $5,000 or more (after all subsidies/sponsorships).

Examples of Supported Courses

The following are some examples of courses that can be considered:
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Computing in Infocomm Security
  • Master of Technology in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
Applicants may also submit other courses for IMDA’s review and consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will take at least 8 weeks after the application closing date. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.


  • Applicants who have met the eligibility criteria do not automatically qualify for the SkillsFuture Study Award
  • IMDA’s decision is final and binding. Enquiries or disputes on or in connection with its decisions will not be entertained.
  • IMDA reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete application
  • IMDA is not liable or responsible for the accuracy, reliability or completeness of content or information published on other third-party websites on or in connection with the SkillsFuture Study Awards

Sector Overview

Infocomm technology (ICT) is a key enabler for every industry, contributing to Singapore’s economic and social growth. It has greatly enhanced Singapore’s competitiveness by raising productivity and transforming business processes in industries like finance, business services and manufacturing. New job roles, such as Chief Digital Officer, Data Scientist, and Cyber Risk Analyst, are created alongside new digital opportunities brought forth by technology advancement.

Singapore is also an Infocomm technology hub to many multinational technology companies, large local enterprises as well as a growing and vibrant tech start-up ecosystem.

As Singapore builds towards a digital economy, the ICT jobs across various sectors will more towards higher value-add knowledge work and Intellectual Property creation, leading to demand for more technical IT specialists, in areas such as IT Development, Data Analytics and Cyber Security. Exciting career prospects abound for individuals who are keen to forge a rewarding and fulfilling career as an ICT professional. Acquiring ICT skills can further open up pathways and opportunities in various sectors.

In 2017, there were 189,400 ICT professionals hired across all industries in Singapore based on IMDA’s Annual Infocomm Media Manpower Survey for 2018. Demand for ICT Professionals is projected to grow by another 28,500 in the next three years (i.e. 2018 to 2020). Everyone, including working professionals and companies of all sizes, can also turn to the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA), for continuous reskilling and training opportunities to develop their ICT skills. TeSA offers various programmes to support current ICT professionals and non-ICT professionals to upgrade and acquire new skills and domain knowledge that are in demand, and to stay competitive and meet the challenges of a fast-moving digital landscape.