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Media Education Scholarship (MES)

last updated 25 April 2018

The Media Education Scholarship nurtured close to 200 media professionals and industry leaders since 2003.

The Media Education Scholarship (MES) is an initiative launched in 2003 to build and nurture industry leaders in the media industry. Since its inception, over 200 scholars have established themselves in the Singapore Media industry.

The MES was further enhanced in January 2012 to include industry collaboration through direct job-matching of scholars to companies, so as to better align to industry demands and requirements, and set a clearer career path for MES scholars.

The application period for the Media Education Scholarship 2018 is now closed.
Please check back in late 2018-early 2019 for updates.

  • Tuition fees and other compulsory university fees will be sponsored by IMDA. An annual allowance from the sponsoring media company will be given to the MES scholar to defray living expenses during the period of study;
  • Job opportunity with the sponsoring media company, where the MES scholar will be developed as a media professional or groomed for a leadership role during the bond period;

Training, internship and career opportunities in editorial, interactive media, journalism, TV production and media management will be extended to the MES scholar.

Applications are now open. Please click here for a list of MES 2018 participating Media Industry partners.

In 2013, IMDA introduced a film category, MES (Film), to nurture talent pursuing independent film careers.

Aspiring film-makers can opt for MES (Film) and work in the Singapore film industry upon completion of studies. MES (Film) scholars will have their tuition fees and other compulsory university fees sponsored by IMDA.

Singapore citizens with the aspiration to transform and create a positive impact on the media industry can apply for MES and MES (Film).

While applicants are not required to have secured a placement at the point of application, they must have applied to an institution for admission to a full-time media-related undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

Applicants who have already started their undergraduate or postgraduate programme with at least one semester left  can also apply for a mid-term scholarship.

Male applicants must have completed or be exempted from National Service at the time of their study.

Applicants are to apply online at the Brightsparks Scholarship Application Portal, from 29 January 2018 to 1 April 2018.

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents along with their online application:

  • Copy of Resume
  • Copy of all educational certificates and transcripts from GCE ‘O’ level, or equivalent to tertiary education
  • Letters of recommendations from two referees and their contact details (referees must not be immediate relatives of the applicant)
  • Proof of application or admission into course of study
  • Information on proposed course of study, including the estimated cost of tuition fees and other compulsory fees in SGD
  • Soft copy of applicant’s portfolio and/or samples of their three best works (e.g. sketches, write-ups, and/or audio-video recordings) submitted in DVD format or thumbdrive (acceptable file formats: .doc, .ppt, .mp4, .wmv, .jpg, .xls and .pdf).

    MES Secretariat
    Infocomm Media Development Authority
    10 Pasir Panjang Road #03-01
    Mapletree Business City
    Singapore 117438

    All portfolios must be in DVD or thumbdrives. All DVDs or thumbdrives should be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name, NRIC number, contact details and must be accompanied by a brief write-up of each work (including: Date and title of the work, its duration, synopsis, and applicant’s role in the work).

The three (3) copies of DVDs or thumbdrives must reach IMDA by 2 April (Monday), 3pm at the latest. We regret that late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. All documents and portfolios submitted are non-returnable.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid server downtime due to heavy usage of the portal and peak congestion near the end of the application period.

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for an interview. IMDA and the co-sponsoring companies reserve the right of non-disclosure for information pertaining to the outcome of applications. All terms and conditions are subject to change and are accurate at date of update.

IMDA’s decision on scholarship grants is final and conclusive, and will not be subjected to any form of appeal or review.

Please refer to the List of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other enquiries, please contact IMDA at MES@imda.gov.sg or 6377 3800 during office hours.