Leading the smart nation

The inaugural Smart Nation scholarship is open to potential scholars who seek to spearhead the digital transformation
Leading the smart nation
Published 13 Jul 2018

As Singapore moves towards becoming a smart nation, skills related to smart technologies are in high demand. To grow leaders in this field, the Government is introducing the Smart Nation scholarship this year.

It will groom scholars who will be able to combine technical knowledge with experience of working in the public sector. With the ethos of public service, they will lead the digital transformation in the sector.

Offered by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the scholarship is open to current and potential courses such as:

  • Computer Science; 
  • Computer Engineering; 
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering; 
  • Mechanical Engineering; 
  • Information Technology, Information Systems; 
  • Math, Statistics or Economics; 
  • Behavioural Science; 
  • Physics; and 
  • Other non-ICT degrees with a major in ICT or double degrees with one major being ICT.

Scholars will also have the flexibility to backdate the scholarship. This means that undergraduates who are currently pursuing relevant degrees can also apply for the scholarship and receive the full benefits, which cover tuition fees, a living allowance and a one-time allowance for essentials such as warm clothing and computers.

Recipients will have to serve a six-year bond for overseas programmes and a four-year bond for local programmes.

Career pathways

Upon graduation, scholars will be deployed to technologyoriented agencies in the public sector such as GovTech, CSA and IMDA.

They can expect to carve out a career in applied technology and be granted direct admission to the agencies’ talent programmes.

In addition, there will be rotation across technologyrelated career tracks. Scholars will be exposed to a diverse range of cybersecurity roles.

Digital future

There will be many opportunities for scholars to put their knowledge to good use. Under the new Digital Government Blueprint announced by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean last month, almost all government services will go digital by 2023. To propel this change, 20,000 public servants will undergo training in data science.

Growing this pool of tech talents will result in digital solutions that will improve people’s lives, thus enabling Singapore to realise its Smart Nation vision sooner.