Ministry of Communications and Information Scholarship
- MCI Information Service Scholarship
For candidates with an interest in a career in government communications.
- MCI Information Service (Translation) Scholarship
For candidates with an interest in a career in government communications and translation. Candidates should have strong language proficiency in English and one of the mother tongue languages.
- MCI Information Service Mid-Term Scholarship / MCI Information Service Mid-Term (Translation) Scholarship
For candidates who have already commenced their undergraduate studies.
|Type of Scholarship||Terms of Award||Country of Study||Bond Period|
||English speaking countries (e.g. USA, UK and Australia||6 years|
|Non-English speaking countries (e.g. China)||5 years|
Eligibility Criteria and Applications
- Be Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents intending to take up citizenship;
- Possess GCE ‘A’ Levels (minimum 10 academic units), International Bacculaureate (IB), or Mass Communications Polytechnic Diploma holders (with merit) or equivalent;
- ‘A’ Level candidates should offer at least 10 academic units;
- Have good co-curricular activity (CCA) record;
- Possess strong leadership qualities with an interest to pursue a career in the Information Service
Mid-Term Scholarship Applicants must also:
- Have completed at least one semester of your undergraduate studies and is not in your final year of studies;
- Possess good university academic results and is expected to attain at least a Second Class Upper Honours Degree
The scholarship cycle will usually commence in September and will close 10 days after the A level results in Mar/Apr of the following year.
For Mid-Term applications, the scholarship cycle will usually commence in September and will close in May of the following year.
All applications are to be submitted via the PSC Gateway (please indicate ‘Information Service’ as your first choice of service). For more information on application deadlines and process, please visit the PSC Gateway website.
Please email to MCI_Human_Resource@mci.gov.sg to indicate your interest in the MCI Information Service (Translation) Scholarship if you are intending to apply for this scholarship in the 2017 Scholarship Cycle.
Frequently Asked Questions and Enquiry
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is the Information Service about? What does an Information Officer do?
The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) is the lead agency for the Singapore Government Information Service (IS). As the government’s communication specialists, Information Officers are involved in a dynamic and diverse range of Government communications work as follows:
- Develop strategies to communicate government policies effectively to the public and wider global community in an increasingly challenging communications environment.
- Engage in public consultation to understand ground sentiments, public perceptions and opinions.
- Cultivate networks and relationships with local and foreign journalists.
- Channel government information to both the local and foreign media, allowing them to keep abreast of the latest government policies and decisions.
- Develop and implement nation building strategies and rally Singaporeans together when the country is threatened by a crisis.
- Enhance foreign perceptions of Singapore as a cultural and business global city through a variety of channels, publications and online platforms.
For information, visit www.brightsparks.com.sg
2. What universities and disciplines of study should I apply for to be eligible for the scholarship?
Scholars can choose to study at our three local universities (NUS, NTU and SMU), or at any top overseas universities offering the courses of study allowed under our scholarship.
|Scholarship||Disciplines of studies|
|MCI Information Service Scholarship||Scholarship is tenable for most disciplines of studies, except Medicine and Dentistry.|
|MCI Information Service (Translation) Scholarship||Translation scholars should ideally pursue a degree in the following disciplines:
Scholars who take up other academic disciplines should take a minor in Translation or related language/translation module.
For overseas study, a resource list of where you can find information on the top universities is provided below.
|Country of Study||Useful References|
|World University Rankings||The Times Higher Education World University Rankings|
|QS World University Rankings|
|US||U.S. News & World Report|
|UK||Guardian University Guide|
|Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)|
|Australia||Australian Education Network|
|China||QS Asian Universities Ranking|
3. Do I apply for universities on my own, or will MCI apply on my behalf?
You should apply for universities, both local and overseas, on your own. This should be done concurrently with your application for all MCI Scholarships.
4. What career development opportunities can I look forward to as a MCI Information Service scholar / Translation scholar?
Upon graduation, all scholars will join MCI as an Information Officer.
Information Officers will have the opportunity to work in various capacities in MCI, and be seconded to Government Ministries and Statutory Boards to help in communications of policies and programmes.
As a young officer, you will generally begin your career in MCI where you will receive formal professional and on-the-job training with rotations to divisions and affiliate attachments; or be seconded to serve in the corporate communications department in government agencies. Experienced officers may be seconded to government agencies to assume directorial positions in the public affairs/ corporate communications departments or serve as Press Secretaries to Ministers.
For Translation scholars, you will generally begin your career in the MCI Translation Department and subsequently be posted to other divisions or public agencies where your language capabilities could be tapped on or for exposure to other areas of information work. Experienced Translation scholars could also be further groomed to assume the role of government translators / interpreters.
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