• National Arts Council


Applicants must:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Must possess a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification

Applicants who have started their studies may apply. However, there must be minimally one academic year left to the completion of study from the point of Scholarship award in July 2018.

*Employees of the following arts organisations who wish to apply for the NAC Arts Scholarship should inform their respective HR Directors/Heads before applying:

  • National Gallery Singapore
  • School of The Arts
  • Singapore Art Museum
  • Singapore Chinese Orchestra
  • The Singapore Symphonia Company Limited
  • Singapore Tyler-Print Institute
  • The Arts House
  • The Esplanade Co. Limited
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.


Scholarship Type : Master's

Course Category : Arts / Humanities / Social Sciences Read more

Course of Study : Creative writing and literary translation, Arts management Stage and sound design, and production management, Arts practice with a focus in a traditional art form reflecting the Chinese, Malay and/or Indian heritage of Singapore, Cultural policy, Arts education, Arts criticism and writing, Children’s theatre, Arts research, Dramaturgy, Music composing, directing, conducting and arranging, Creative entrepreneurship Read more

Country/Region of Study : Countries/Regions approved by the agency Read more


The NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate) recognises outstanding arts practitioners and professionals with the 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 practice and bring about positive changes in the arts and cultural sector in Singapore.

In view of the needs and opportunities in the arts and cultural sector, fields of study have been identified as a priority, which are available under the section “NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate)” here.


Local Study (up to 90% of total costs subject to a maximum of $110,000):

  • Tuition and compulsory fees

Overseas Study (up to 90% of total costs subject to a maximum of $110,000):

  • Tuition and compulsory fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Onetime return airfare


Master's or PhD Degree


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:

  • Scholarship quantum up to $50,000: 1-year service commitment, to be completed within 2 years 
  • Scholarship quantum 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.