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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: SSG will discontinue the SkillsFuture Study Awards on 31 March 2022, as part of broader efforts to review existing schemes and prioritise resources for programmes that deliver stronger manpower development outcomes. Eligible Singaporeans who wish to apply for the award should submit their application by 31 December 2021.

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

Benefits

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 are now open and will end on 31 December 2021. Apply HERE.

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
  3. Scanned copy of proof of payment such as past invoices/receipts
  4. Course curriculum / outline on selected course of study
  5. Certifications/ Transcripts and Portfolio
  6. Confirmation if you are receiving any other form of sponsorships/scholarships/subsidies for the course and the details.
  7. Applicants aged 40 years old and above may be entitled to the SkillsFuture Mid- Career Enhanced Subsidy. Please provide a letter from the Institution to confirm on the following:
    • If applicant is eligible for the subsidy
    • Actual course fees payable after the subsidy
  8. Referral letter (if any)

Eligibility Criteria and Examples of Supported Courses

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with at least 3 years of cumulative ICT related work experience. Internships/part-time/vacation jobs will not be taken into consideration.
  • 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 not have completed their course at the point of application
  • 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 able to complete the course latest by December 2023; and
    • have nett-payable of at least $5,000 (after all subsidies/sponsorships)

Public officers are not eligible for the SkillsFuture Study Award as the Public Service is committed towards the skills deepening of public officers. Government agencies offer a range of training and development schemes to support the skills upgrading of public officers. As such, public officers are encouraged to apply for the in-house schemes instead of the SkillsFuture Study Award.

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
The list is not meant to be exhaustive and IMDA will review and consider other courses as long as they are relevant to the needs of the ICT sector

Evaluation Process

Evaluation of applications will take at least 12 weeks after the application closing date. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

Note:

  • 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