The Media Education Scheme (MES) is an initiative launched in 2003 to build and nurture industry leaders in the media industry. Since its inception, more than 180 scholars have established themselves as film and TV directors, music producers, 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, better alignment of scholarship to industry demands and requirements, and a clearer career path for professionals set by companies. MES now comes with a full scholarship. ​​

  • Tuition fees and other compulsory university fees will be sponsored by MDA;

  • An annual allowa​nce from the sponsoring media company will be given to the MES scholar to defray living expenses during the period of study;

  • A job opportunity will be with made available by the sponsoring media company whereby 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 new media engineering will be extended to the MES scholar.

​Find out more about the co-sponsoring companies, their requirements and career opportunities here​.

MES (Film)

In 2013, to ensure continued relevance, MDA introduced a film category, MES (Film), to nurture talent pursuing independent film careers.

Aspiring film-maker can opt for the MES (Film) and be under a two-year mentorship with a reputable film-maker upon completion of studies. MES (Film) scholar will have their tuition fees and other compulsory university fees sponsored by MDA.​

Who can apply for MES and MES (Film)?

Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident with the aspiration to transform 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 who have already started their undergraduate or postgraduate programme 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

Application is open from 3 January ​2014 to 28 March 2014

Applicants will be assessed based on:

  • Academic results​

  • Creativity: assessed through portfolio submitted and/or track record, if any;

  • Leadership potential: assessed through their CCA record, community inv​​olvement, and/or contribution to the media industry (if applicable);​

  • Other requirements specified by MDA, and the co-sponsoring companies.

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for an interview. MDA 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.

MDA’s decision on scholarship grants is final and conclusive, and will not be subjected to any form of appeal or review.​​

How to Apply

​Applicants are to apply online at the Brightsparks Scholarship Application Portal, from 3 January 2014 to 28 March 2014. Please download and sign the application form, and send it together with the supporting documents to:

Industry Operations Division
(Media Education Scheme)
Media Development Authority
3 Fusionopolis Way
#16-22 Symbiosis
Singapore 138633

Supporting Documents

​Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in the following sequence:

  • Printed copy of completed application form

  • Printed copy of Resume

  • Photocopy of NRIC (front and back view on the same pa​​ge)

  • Copy of all educational certificates and transcripts from GCE ‘O’ level, or equivalent to tertiary education

  • Printed copy of essay (approximately 1,000-word) on how you would contribute to the media industry. Essay must be typed in font Arial (size 12), single-spaced, and printed on plain A4-size paper.

  • 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

  • Printed copy of 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 up to five best works (e.g. sketches, write-ups, and/or audio-video recordings) submitted in DVD format (acceptable file formats: .doc, .ppt, .mp4, .wmv, .jpg, .xls and .pdf). Three (3) DVD copies of the same samples are to be submitted to MDA. Printed copy of best works or portfolio submissions will not be considered. All DVDs should be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name, NRIC number, contact details and accompanied by a brief write-up of the work (e.g. applicant’s role in the work, title of work, date the work was produced etc).

  • 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 application form, supporting documents and the three (3) copies of DVDs must reach MDA by 31 March 2014 (Monday), 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.


​Please refer to the List of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other enquiries, please contact MDA ​​at or 6377 3800 during office hours.

Related Link

List of Co-Sponsoring Companies

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