Media Education Scholarship (MES)


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 as media manpower in the Singapore industry, in diverse roles as film and TV directors, game developers and visual effects artists.

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 our scholars.

Media Education Scholarship (Film)


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

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

Why Choose MES?

  • 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.

Who can apply for MES and MES (Film)?

  • 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 from other fields such as business administration, with strong interest in media may also be considered. Please refer to IMDA’s list of media partners on their requirements.
  • Applicants who have already started their undergraduate or postgraduate programme with at least one year of academic year 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.

Assessment Criteria

IMDA is looking for well-rounded individuals to apply for the MES. Applicants will be assessed based on a combination of the following:
  • Academic results
  • Creativity: assessed through a portfolio submitted and/or track record, if any;
  • Leadership and management potential: assessed through their CCA record, community involvement, and/or contribution to the media industry (if applicable);
  • Other requirements specified by IMDA, and the co-sponsoring companies.
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 as 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.

For Application Procedure and More Information

Applications for 2017 is now open and will close on 24 March 2017. Interested applicants may apply through the Brightsparks portal HERE.

Click HERE to view the FAQs.

Click HERE for list of Co-Sponsoring Companies.

Supporting Documents

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents along with their online application:
  • Copy of Resume
  • Coloured photocopy of NRIC
  • 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).

    Three (3) DVD copies or thumbdrives of the same samples are to be submitted to IMDA at the following address:
    Infocomm Media Development Authority
    10 Pasir Panjang Road #10-01
    Mapletree Business Park
    Singapore 117438
    Attn : Cecilia Yip/Chanthel Cheong

    Printed copy of best works or portfolio submissions will not be considered. 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)

  • Any other relevant supporting documents
All supporting documents (except for sample of works or portfolio) are to be submitted on plain A4-sized paper and printed. All submission must be labeled securely with the applicant’s full name (as stated in NRIC), NRIC number and contact details. Please do not bind application form and supporting documents.

All supporting documents and the three (3) copies of DVDs or thumbdrives must reach IMDA by 24 March 2017 (Friday), 3pm at the latest. We regret that late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. All documents and portfolio submitted are non-returnable.

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

For Enquiries

Contact us at MES@imda.gov.sg


About IMDA’s Media Industry Development Role


A statutory board under the Ministry of Communications and Information, Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) was formed on 1 October 2016 by the merger of the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority (MDA).

Media Industry Development

To build a competitive and sustainable media industry, IMDA looks into development roadmaps that position Singapore where media content, services and applications are financed, made and traded for the world. It seeks to create the best environment in Singapore for media businesses to develop quality content, exploit new opportunities in digital media and move up the value chain, while enhancing the global appeal of Singapore media through international partnerships.

IMDA’s industry development efforts have embraced the changes and its funding framework aims to encourage content providers to create and distribute quality content through both traditional and emerging platforms. IMDA also collaborates with industry stakeholders to identify and support industry’s direction and growth, create Intellectual Property and raise productivity in the sector.

In line with this strategy, IMDA promotes the development of a cluster of five media industries - broadcast, film, publishing, interactive media and games – through five grant schemes.

The five grant schemes - Development Assistance, Production Assistance, Marketing Assistance, Talent Assistance, Enterprise Assistance - help media companies develop and own their intellectual property and create engaging and desirable content that enable the sector move up the value chain. It also aims to boost media sector productivity and nurture talent, and contribute towards the cultivation of a vibrant and self-sustaining media ecosystem.

IMDA also supports film talent through the New Talent Feature Grant (NTFG) and Film Mentorship Initiative. NTFG encourages first and second-time directors to launch their careers in feature filmmaking; while the Film Mentorship Initiative supports Singapore film talent who have been selected to participate at key film project labs.