Financial Aid

The main means of financial support for attendance in the IPSA-NUS Methods School are the discounted registration fees for students and participants from academic institutions. In addition, participants can apply for Methods School grants. Various universities, professional association, private and public sector employers, and the Singapore government also provide scholarships, grants, or tax incentives to attend the Methods School.

Methods School Grants

The 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.

To apply for a Methods School grant, please follow these steps:

  1. Register and pay for a Methods School course.

  2. After having successfully registered, you and your letter of recommendation writers should e-mail the following supporting materials to under separate cover:

    • Cover letter that explains how participation in the Methods School will contribute towards completion of your dissertation research

    • Curriculum vitae

    • Two letters of recommendation from academic advisors/dissertation committee members

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 Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 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 Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Late applications cannot be considered.

External Funding

We strongly encourage Methods School participants interested in financial aid to also explore alternative funding opportunities. Past participants received scholarships or support from national and local funding agencies, professional associations, 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:

Singapore Government

Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) to attend Methods School courses. Claims for registration fee reimbursement by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to a personal bank account have to be filed on the SFC online portal within 90 days of the Methods School start date. The Methods School cannot accept direct 'disburse-to-training-provider' SFC payments.

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.

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.


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