SCHOLARSHIPS

SFC SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION PACKET
  1. Objectives
  2. Priority Areas of Study
  3. Scholarship Offer
  4. Eligibility 
  5. Service Commitment
  6. Assessment and Selection 
  7. Application
  8. Consent for Use of Personal Data
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
1. Objectives

Singapore Fashion Council Scholarships (SFC Scholarships) aim to nurture outstanding individuals who aspire to contribute to the fashion industry and ecosystem in Singapore, becoming future leaders and change-makers in the sector.

    1. SFC Scholarship offerings, eligibility, and requirements vary depending on the scholarship type.
    2. The types SFC Scholarship(s) on offer for 2024 are:
      1. Fashion Industry Scholarship (supported by Fu Yuan) 
      2. Responsible Fashion Scholarship (supported by RGE) 

 

2. Priority Areas of Study

SFC Scholarships will be offered for full-time undergraduate or post-graduate programmes at a reputable local or overseas institution, in the following priority areas:

Fashion Industry Scholarship (Fu Yuan) 

  1. Sustainability in Fashion or Textile Industry 
  2. Circularity in Fashion Industry 
  3. Textile design/research 
  4. Material science/research for Fashion Industry 
  5. Fashion Supply Chain / Product Development 
  6. Fashion Business / Business Development 


Responsible Fashion Scholarship (RGE)
 

  1. Sustainability in Fashion or Textile Industry 
  2. Circularity in Fashion Industry 
  3. Sustainable innovation for material science/research for fashion/textile industry 
3. Scholarship Offer
SFC Scholarships are one-time merit or potential-based scholarship awards of S$10,000 each, paid out in 2 instalments. The award can be used by the scholar to cover costs relating to their full-time programme, including but not limited to tuition fees, compulsory fees, or materials for study.
4. Eligibility
To receive an SFC Scholarship, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Criteria Eligibility
Citizenship Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
Qualifications
  • Undergraduate: GCE A-Level, Diploma, International Baccalaureate or equivalent
  • Postgraduate: Bachelor degree or equivalent
Course of Study
  • Full-time degree programmes (undergraduate or post-graduate)
  • Programmes in the areas of study listed in section 2 will be prioritised
  • Courses must commence before March 2025
  • Applicants who are already studying must have minimally one academic year left to the completion of study from the point of Scholarship award in Q3 2023
  • Online and/or part-time courses/programmes are not eligible for the Scholarship
National Service Mandatory national service must be completed before commencement of studies
Application Complete applications must be submitted on time to be eligible. Applicants are wholly responsible for ensuring that all components of the Scholarship application are received by SFC before the application deadline.
5. Service Commitment

Scholars will be required to fulfil commitments during their course of study, and a service commitment in the Singapore fashion sector within two years upon graduation. The commitments are:

  1. Yearly transcripts showing good academic standing
  2. 3-month overseas work experience in fashion or relevant industry
  3. 6-month work commitment to fashion industry in Singapore (with SFC or any other fashion companies)
  4. Essay report of 500 words on scholar’s experiences and learnings (to be included in SFC Annual Report)
  5. Capstone project or research study in relevant field (e.g. dissertation project)
  6. Industry presentation of above project or study


SFC takes a serious view of Scholars who do not fulfil their service commitment and reserves the right to recover funds where necessary. 

6. Assessment and Selection

Eligible applicants will be assessed based on:

  1. Potential to contribute to the fashion industry in Singapore, especially in the areas prioritised in Section 2, through the service commitment period and beyond.
  2. Track record of achievements and involvement in the fashion industry in Singapore, including past internship/work experience and/or co-curricular activities
  3. Leadership qualities
  4. Academic results and track record of co-curricular activities

Selection Process:

CriteriaActivities
March to April 2024
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with a panel comprising industry professionals, leaders, and/or academics. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for an interview.
  • Arrangements may be made for the interview to be conducted via teleconferencing if the applicant is overseas.
  • Shortlisted applicants will have to provide proof of admission or application receipt from the institution(s) before the interview.
June to August 2024
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application/interview.
  • Applicants who are successfully awarded Scholarships will sign a Scholarship Contract with their sureties, and Singapore Fashion Council (SFC).
  • Scholars will attend a Scholarship Award Ceremony held in August/September 2024.

Important note: SFC reserves the right to not disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete/late application.

7. Application

Applications for scholarships should clearly demonstrate the applicant’s strengths, leadership qualities, and commitment to contribute to the development of the fashion industry in Singapore. A complete application consists of three parts:

  1. Online Application Form. Completion of online application form HERE.
    In order for your application to be processed, please ensure you complete the questionnaire that appears after your registration payment is made.
  2. Supporting Documents.Soft-copies of the following supporting documents are to be labelled in the following format before uploading onto the application. Refer to the complete FAQs in Section 9 for more information:
      1. Academic records and transcripts
        [File Name: Fullname_AcademicRecordsTranscripts]
      2. Curriculum Vitae
        [File Name: Fullname_CV]
      3. Letter of admission OR Application Receipt to Institution
        [File Name(s): Fullname_AdmissionLetter or Fullname_ApplicationReceipt]
      4. Information on the proposed course of study
        [File Name: Fullname_ProposedCourseDetails]
      5. Two letters of recommendation from referees, specific to the application of this scholarship (referees cannot be immediate family members).
        [File Names: Fullname_LOR_01, Fullname_LOR_02]
      6. A 500-word essay, expression of intent covering the following:
        • Why are you applying for the scholarship?
        • How the chosen course of study will benefit your personal and professional development
        • Upon graduation, how you would plan to contribute to the fashion industry in Singapore

        [File Name: Fullname_EOT.pdf]

    For privacy reasons, please redact the following from all supporting documents before submission:

      • NRIC/FIN No.
      • Home Address
      • Date of Birth
  3. Application Fee.
    Payment is to be made prior to completing the scholarship application through the prescribed payment modes. Failure to make payment will result in the application being deemed incomplete. The application fee is S$25 (inclusive of GST) for individual/student members and S$50 (inclusive of GST) for non-members. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable, even in the event of incomplete applications, withdrawals, or rejection. Refer to the complete FAQs in Section 9 for more information.

The deadline for applications is 5pm SGT, 21 March 2024. Any applications received after this stipulated deadline will not be considered.

The application will be deemed ineligible if any section of the application is incomplete and/or not received by SFC within the stipulated period, via the prescribed submission modes.

Applicants are advised to complete submissions in advance of the deadline and are wholly responsible for ensuring that all components of the Scholarship application are received by the SFC before the stipulated deadline.

8. Consent for Use of Personal Data

Singapore Fashion Council (SFC) will collect, use, disclose and process your personal data for one or more of the following purposes:

  • evaluating your suitability for the scholarship applied for;
  • contacting you or communicating with you, including invitations for interviews, and participation in events related to your application;
  • verification of qualifications and to carry out any other due diligence or screening activities;
  • data analytics and reporting;
  • retain and use of the information which you provided in this application to address any matter which may arise in relation to your application;


You have the option of withdrawing your consent at any time. However withdrawing your consent means that we may not be able to give your application any further consideration.

For any questions on our organisation’s data protection policies, you may refer to (https://www.sgfashioncouncil.org.sg/privacy-policy).

9. Frequently Asked Questions
    1. How many Scholarships are awarded each year?
      The number of Scholarships or Scholarship types may vary from year to year. Scholarships are highly competitive and will only be awarded to outstanding individuals who can address capability needs of the fashion industry, and have demonstrated a high level of commitment to contributing to long-term development of the fashion industry in Singapore.

    2. Which scholarship will I be considered for?
      Applicants should indicate in their applications which Scholarship type(s) they would like to be considered for. SFC reserves the right to determine if the proposed course of study is appropriate for the Scholarship. Applicants may apply to be considered for one or more Scholarships. SFC may at its sole discretion choose to award a Scholarship to an applicant even if they have not indicated their choice of that Scholarship in the initial application. The successful applicant may decline the Scholarship if they wish.

    3. How do I provide the required supporting documents?
      Applicants are required to upload the following supporting documents into the application. All supporting documents should be labelled in the following format (Refer below). If there are multiple documents for a particular component, please number each file respectively. Failure to abide by the requirements will result in an incomplete application. Required Supporting Documents:

      1. Academic records and transcripts
        [File Name: Fullname_AcademicRecordsTranscripts.pdf]
      2. Curriculum Vitae
        [File Name: Fullname_CV.pdf]
      3. Letter of admission to institution
        [File Name(s): Fullname_AdmissionLetter.pdf or Fullname_ApplicationReceipt.pdf]
      4. Information on the proposed course of study
        [File Name: Fullname_ProposedCourseDetails.pdf]
      5. Two letters of recommendation from referees, specific to the application of this scholarship (referees cannot be immediate family members).
        [File Names: Fullname_LOR_01.pdf, Fullname_LOR_02.pdf]
      6. A 500-word essay, expression of intent in word docx. format covering the following:
        – Why are you applying for the scholarship?- How the chosen course of study will benefit your personal and professional development
        – Upon graduation, how you would plan to contribute to the fashion industry in Singapore
        [File Name: Fullname_EOT.docx]

      For privacy reasons, please redact the following from all supporting documents before submission:

      – NRIC/FIN No.
      – Home Address
      – Date of Birth

    4. How do I make payment for the application fee?
      Payment is to be made prior to completing the scholarship application through the prescribed payment modes. Failure to make payment will result in the application being deemed incomplete. The application fee is S$25 (inclusive of GST) for individual/student members and S$50 (inclusive of GST) for non-members. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable, even in the event of incomplete applications, withdrawals, or rejection. If you experience any difficulties while making a payment, kindly capture a screenshot of the issue and send it via email to industrydev@sgfashioncouncil.org.sg

    5. How do I join as an SFC Member?
      Associate Student Memberships with SFC can be found HERE.

    6. Can a current recipient extend their Scholarship to pursue further studies upon the completion of their current course?
      No, current recipients must fulfil their service commitment upon the completion of their current course, before applying for another Scholarship for further studies.

    7. What happens if a Scholar does not fulfil the service commitment?
      SFC reserves the right to recover from the Scholar and/or their sureties all fees and monies which have been paid to the Scholar or incurred for the benefit of the Scholar, including liquidated damages.

    8. What if I am unable to find work to fulfil the work experience or commitments?
      The Scholar is expected to act with initiative and diligence in actively fulfilling the work experience commitments as detailed in the service commitments. For the avoidance of doubt, Scholars are advised to consult with SFC on their work plans, and SFC will determine if the planned work is appropriate for fulfilment of the service commitments. SFC may advise on opportunities, but will not be responsible for securing placements, work visas, or employment for the Scholar. Failure to fulfil work experience or commitments within the given time-frame will be deemed as failing to fulfil the service commitments of the Scholarship.

    9. Why is it essential for male applicants to complete National Service (NS) prior to commencement of study?
      As the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) does not grant deferment for university studies, male applicants should have completed their full-time NS commitment before commencing their studies. For those who are currently serving their NS, disruption from NS for the remaining few months will only be allowed under conditions stipulated by MINDEF. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that he is approved for disruption. The Scholarship will be withdrawn if the recipient is unable to commence studies.

    10. Is there a list of approved institutions recommended by SFC?
      No, SFC does not prescribe institutions that applicants should apply to. However, successful admission into a well-established programme recognised for its stringent selection process will be favourably considered as an indicator of an applicant’s current capabilities and future potential.

    11. Is a Scholarship recipient allowed to switch course of study, subjects or institution of study?
      SFC expects applicants to make informed decisions on the choice of course and institution before application. Requests to make switches will be considered on a case-by-case basis and approval may be granted only under extenuating and exceptional circumstances. In cases where requests of changes are not approved, SFC reserves the right to terminate the Scholarship. In the event of such termination, SFC reserves the right to recover from the Scholar and/or their sureties all fees and monies which have been paid to the Scholar or incurred for the benefit of the Scholar, including liquidated damages.

    12. Will the Scholarship award be affected if a recipient wishes to defer their study?
      Recipients of any SFC Scholarship are expected to commence studies in the immediate academic year upon award. For example, an applicant who is awarded in 2024 should commence studies before March 2025.

    13. What happens if a recipient fails the university examinations and has to repeat a level or the course?
      SFC will assess the situation and take necessary action. This could potentially include terminating the Scholarship. In the event of such termination, SFC reserves the right to recover from the Scholar and/or their sureties all fees and monies which have been paid to the Scholar or incurred for the benefit of the Scholar, including liquidated damages.

    14. What is the penalty if the recipient decides to give up the Scholarship mid-way through the course?
      SFC reserves the right to recover from the Scholar and/or their sureties all fees and monies which have been paid to the Scholar or incurred for the benefit of the Scholar, including liquidated damages.

    15. Do applicants have to inform SFC of any other scholarship, bursary or financial aid that they are applying for or have received?
      Applicants must declare all financial assistance or awards that they are applying for or are being offered by other organisations during the application phase.

    16. Can recipients of SFC Scholarships accept other scholarship, bursary or financial aid?
      During the Scholarship term and at the point of award of the Scholarship, recipients should obtain SFC’s approval in writing before accepting any other financial assistance or awards. While such approval will not be unreasonably withheld, there should not be any bond in connection with the other financial assistance or awards received. Additionally, SFC reserves the right to review and adjust any SFC Scholarship amount in such instances so that the funding can be rechannelled where necessary.

    17. Are there other avenues of financial assistance to support education in the fashion industry?
      Universities and arts institutions may offer scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance to their students. There are also charitable organisations and foundations that provide scholarships and financial assistance.

    18. I encountered technical difficulties in the submission of my online application. What should I do?
      You should inform SFC immediately via email (industrydev@sgfashioncouncil.org.sg), together with a screenshot and timestamp of the error message. This is necessary to confirm a genuine issue has arisen before the deadline of submission.