The IPSA-NUS Methods School, in cooperation with the International Political Science Association, offer several merit and need-based grants to Methods School participants. The selection process is highly competitive, and preference is given to self-funded graduate students, who require specialized methodological skills in order to complete their dissertation research.
Please note that we can only process application from registered Methods School participants as the financial aid committee may use an applicant's course selection as a criterion in the selection process. Also, decisions will only be made after the Friday, May 1, 2015, deadline. As most courses will already be full by then, even applicants who would otherwise qualify for a grant might not be able to attend the Methods School for lack of a place on their favorite course. Therefore, it is essential that you register and pay for a Methods School course before you apply for financial aid.
The deadline for all financial aid applications is Friday, May 1, 2015. Late applications cannot be considered.
We strongly encourage Methods School participants interested in financial aid to also explore alternative funding opportunities. Past participants received funding from national and local funding agencies as well as their home institutions. Universities as well as individual research centers, departments, and schools often have special training funds at their disposal and are willing to provide financial assistance, especially when participation in the Methods School is combined with a research stay or conference presentation in the Asia-Pacific.
These are just a few agencies that provide financial assistance and/or information about funding opportunities:
If you are an employee of a Singapore Voluntary Welfare Organization (VWO) that is either a member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) or funded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), you might be eligible for a local Professional Capability training Grant (PCG) under the Charities Capability Fund (VCF) scheme.
Under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme, Singapore employers may qualify for tax deductions or cash payouts from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) when their employees attend the Methods School for training purposes.