OVERVIEW

As Singapore's arts and culture scene develops amidst an increasingly complex socio-cultural environment, NAC recognises the need to continue to invest in and nurture a diversity of arts practitioners and professionals who have the knowledge and skills to lead the development of the scene, as well as champion the value of the arts to a wider community. New opportunities have emerged for professional practice and discourse in the areas of arts research and writing, community arts, arts education, and arts management, for example.

 

The NAC Scholarships provide support to outstanding individuals who wish to advance their career in the arts and lead positive changes in the areas of artistic practice, production, engagement and/or management.

 

The NAC currently offers the following two scholarships for individuals who are creative, bold and passionate about developing Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape:

  NAC ARTS SCHOLARSHIP (UNDERGRADUATE)  

The NAC Arts Scholarship (Undergraduate) aims to nurture outstanding individuals who wish to pursue a career as an arts practitioner or professional, and have the potential to lead in the fields of performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, community arts, arts education, technical design and production management, or arts management in Singapore.

 

A wide range of full-time arts and arts-related Bachelor’s degree programmes at recognised universities or arts institutions in Singapore or overseas are eligible for support.

Note: Online courses are ineligible for the NAC Arts Scholarship at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

 

The following fields have been identified as priority areas:

  • Arts and Technology
  • Arts Criticism and Writing
  • Arts Education
  • Arts for Young Audiences
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Research
  • Community Arts Practice
  • Production, Technical and Stage Management
  • Technical Production Design

 

Performing Arts

  • Chinese Opera
  • Creative Producing
  • Dance
  • Dramaturgy
  • Music Business
  • Music Composition
  • Music Conducting
  • Music Performance
  • Music Production

 

Literary Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Translation
  • Editing and Publishing

 

Visual Arts

  • Curating

 

* Applicants pursuing design, media or film courses should refer to scholarships offered by the DesignSingapore Council and Infocomm Media Development Authority instead.

 

SCHOLARSHIP COVERAGE

For local study, the Scholarship will cover tuition and compulsory fees up to 90% of total costs, subject to a maximum of $110,000.

 

For overseas study, the Scholarship will cover tuition and compulsory fees, monthly maintenance allowance and one-time return airfare up to 90% of total costs, subject to a maximum of $110,000.

 

SERVICE COMMITMENT

Recipients of an NAC Arts Scholarship must fulfil a service commitment of a specific duration in the arts sector upon graduation. The service commitment duration depends on the Scholarship quantum as follows: 

 

NAC Scholarship Quantum

Service Commitment Requirement

Up to $50,000

1-year service commitment, to be completed within 2 years

More than $50,000

2-year service commitment, to be completed within 3 years

 

Recipients can fulfil their service commitment by being engaged on a full time basis to create art and/or work in Singapore in the arts scene in a role relevant to their course of study.

 

Recipients will need to confirm their service commitment plans with the NAC six months before graduation. The NAC takes a serious view of Scholarship recipients who do not fulfil their service commitment and reserves the right to recover funds where necessary.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Criteria

Eligibility

Citizenship

Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

Qualifications

Applicants must possess GCE "A" level, Diploma, International Baccaleureate or equivalent

 

Note: Applications without complete supporting documents will not be considered for the NAC Arts Scholarship. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all components of the Scholarship application are received by the NAC before the application deadline.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Eligible applicants will be assessed based on:

  • Potential contribution of the applicant’s area of studies to the development of the arts and cultural sector in Singapore
  • Leadership qualities
  • Talent (creative potential)
  • Strong track record of co-curricular activities, and/or achievements and involvement in the arts in Singapore
  • Good academic record

 

For more information, please refer to the Scholarship Application Guidelines.

  NAC ARTS SCHOLARSHIP (POSTGRADUATE)  

The NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate) recognises outstanding arts practitioners and professionals with a vision to lead and advance the development of their practice in the fields of performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, community arts, arts education, technical design and production management, or arts management in Singapore. The NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate) supports the deepening of knowledge and skills of practising artists and professionals who are seeking to assume a bigger role in their artistic or professional career and bring about positive changes in the arts and cultural sector in Singapore.

 

A wide range of full-time arts and arts-related Master’s or Doctorate degree programmes at recognised universities or arts institutions in Singapore or overseas are eligible for support.

 

Note: Online courses are ineligible for the NAC Arts Scholarship at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

 

The following fields have been identified as priority areas:

  • Arts and Technology
  • Arts Criticism and Writing
  • Arts Education
  • Arts for Young Audiences
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Research
  • Community Arts Practice
  • Production, Technical and Stage Management
  • Technical Production Design

 

Performing Arts

  • Chinese Opera
  • Creative Producing
  • Dance
  • Dramaturgy
  • Music Business
  • Music Composition
  • Music Conducting
  • Music Performance
  • Music Production

 

Literary Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Translation
  • Editing and Publishing

 

Visual Arts

  • Curating

 

* Applicants pursuing design, media or film courses should refer to scholarships offered by the DesignSingapore Council and Infocomm Media Development Authority instead.

 

SCHOLARSHIP COVERAGE

For local study, the Scholarship will cover tuition and compulsory fees up to 90% of total costs, subject to a maximum of $110,000.

 

For overseas study, the Scholarship will cover tuition and compulsory fees, monthly maintenance allowance and one-time return airfare up to 90% of total costs, subject to a maximum of $110,000.

 

SERVICE COMMITMENT

Recipients of an NAC Arts Scholarship must fulfil a service commitment of a specific duration in the arts sector upon graduation. The service commitment duration depends on the Scholarship quantum as follows:  

NAC Scholarship Quantum

Service Commitment Requirement

Up to $50,000

1-year service commitment, to be completed within 2 years

More than $50,000

2-year service commitment, to be completed within 3 years

 

Recipients can fulfil their service commitment by being engaged on a full time basis to create art and/or work in Singapore in the arts scene in a role relevant to their course of study.

 

Recipients will need to confirm their service commitment plans with the NAC six months before graduation. The NAC takes a serious view of Scholarship recipients who do not fulfil their service commitment and reserves the right to recover funds where necessary.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Criteria

Eligibility

Citizenship

Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a Bachelor degree or equivalent

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

Eligible applicants will be assessed based on:

  • Potential contribution of the applicant’s area of studies to the development of the arts and cultural sector in Singapore
  • Leadership qualities
  • Talent (creative potential)
  • Strong track record of co-curricular activities, and/or achievements and involvement in the arts in Singapore
  • Good academic record
  • At least 2 years of relevant industry experience

 

For more information, please refer to the Scholarship Application Guidelines.