SkillsFuture Study Award for Human Resource
Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

Early career employee

Sector Overview

People will increasingly be the differentiating factor for competitive and sustainable organisations. As Singapore’s economy restructures to become more manpower-lean and our society matures, organisations that value their “human capital” and invest in their development will be in a better position to take advantage of emerging opportunities and remain competitive.

Human Resource (HR) professionals are a key enabler of human capital development in their organisations. As strategic business partners, they support business transformation with appropriate structure, culture and capabilities. HR professionals also need to develop and implement effective and progressive people practices that help their organisations attract, develop and retain talent. Their work has a direct impact on the well-being and development of the organisation’s workforce, and is critical to Singapore’s next phase of growth.

The SkillsFuture Study Award for HR is one of the key initiatives under the HR Industry Manpower Plan (HRIMP) to strengthen the HR profession in Singapore. It supports HR professionals to continually deepen their skills in the sector, allowing them to be more effective in developing people strategies that benefit the workforce and support business transformation.

MOM has appointed the Institute for HR Professionals (IHRP) as the programme manager to administer the Study Award. 

IHRP is the HR professional body set up by the tripartite partners (namely the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)) to set the HR standards of excellence and enable human capital development in enterprises. More information on IHRP can be found on IHRP's website at

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with at least two years of HR work experience (including unemployed individuals seeking to re-enter the workforce)

  • Committed to deepening skills in HR

  • Have track record of contributing to learning and training of self and/or others

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

  • Not a recipient of any fully funded scholarship/sponsorship for the same course(s)

  • Must not have commenced the course at the point of application

  • Course(s) must commence no later than Sep 2019 for the 1st 2019 window and Mar 2020 for the 2nd 2019 window.

  • For courses that comprise several modules, applicants must complete all modules leading to the full qualification (e.g. to achieve a Certification of Completion)

Supported Courses and Application Period

Supported Courses

Relevant HR courses including certificate, diploma, postgraduate diploma, degree and HR professional development programmes can be submitted for consideration.

Applicants may wish to consider taking up IHRP-accredited courses. These courses are aligned with the IHRP's Body of Competencies and the Skills Framework for HR, and would also support IHRP certification and/or re-certification.

Up to two relevant HR courses can be supported under each Award.

Priority will be given to applicants whose total course fees, net of any subsidies, are at least $2,500.

Application Period

Cycle Application Period for 2019
1/2019 1 Mar 2019 to 31 Mar 2019
2/2019 1 Sep 2019 to 30 Sep 2019

Application Process and Evaluation Process

Application Process

What you will need

How to submit

A.     Main application form

  Complete the main application form (link at bottom of the page).

Submit the main application form (A) via the online portal (link at the bottom of the page).

Take note of the application number in the email acknowledgment you will receive.


B.    Additional course application form

If you are applying for two courses to be supported under the Award,  complete this form for your second course.

Email your additional course application form (B), if applicable, and supporting information (C) to

Use your application number as your email subject.

C.    Supporting information
  • Coloured copy of your NRIC (front and back)

  • Your resume

  • Letters of recommendation from current / former employers and their contact details (if any)

  • Record of professional development or training of others (if any)

  • Letter of acceptance / matriculation from course provider(s) (if applicable)

  • Proof of course payment e.g. receipts, invoices (if applicable)

  • Are you sponsored by your employer for the course(s) in any way?

    - Yes (applicants are required to submit deeds/agreements or relevant documents if course fees are partially sponsored by employer)

    - No

  • How did you find out about the SkillsFuture Study Award for HR? Please select one option:

  • Email advertisement

  • Newspapers

  • Training providers

  • My organisation

  • Internet search

  • Others, pls specify: _________

Evaluation Process

Applicants will be assessed based on their career plans, how they intend to use the skills and knowledge from their course, their learning track record, among other considerations. Only exemplary applicants will receive the Study Award.

Evaluation of applications will take about 8 to 10 weeks after the closing dates for Award application. All applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their applications.


MOM and IHRP reserve the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete or inaccurate application.

MOM and IHRP are not liable or responsible for the accuracy, reliability or completeness of content or information published on other third-party websites on or in connection with the SkillsFuture Study Awards.




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Submit your completed application form

Note: Please type your responses directly into the PDF application form. The form is editable, and you will also be able to save and continue your work at your convenience. Hand-written or scanned applications will not be accepted.