Our vision is for Singapore to be a Smart Nation – where people live meaningful and fulfilled lives, enabled seamlessly by technology, offering exciting opportunities for all.”
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Singapore is embarking on a journey to build a Smart Nation, with the aim of harnessing technology and data to their fullest to improve the lives of citizens.
The Smart Nation Fellowship Programme brings top data scientists and technologists to Singapore to collaborate with the Singapore government on delivering projects for the public good.
digital platforms, apps, and analytical solutions that transform ideas into tangible results
with a dynamic team to co-create solutions to public sector problems
with senior decision makers across government on the intersection of technology and public policy
Develop and apply quantitative tools to visualise and analyse data
Enable evidence-based decision making in government
Design, build, and deploy applications and platforms
Deliver digital services to citizens and enhance their digital experience
Join us in Singapore in 2016
Expertise in computer and social sciences, software development, data science, UI/UX design, or technology (wireless and sensor networks, ICT and cybersecurity, Internet of Things)
Previous experience working on data or technology projects
Able to work in Singapore for at least 3 months
Applications for the period of July to December 2016 will close by 29 April 2016. You will be notified of the outcome before end May 2016.
Applications received after 29 April 2016 will be considered for the period of Jan to Jun 2017. You will be notified of the outcome before end November 2016.
Fellows will be appointed for short stints of 3 to 6 months. Fellows will have their projects scoped out prior to beginning their stint, so they are able to hit the ground running immediately upon joining.
Yes. We are looking at those working overseas in technology companies or teaching in Institutes of Higher Learning, as well as those working in the private sector or academia in Singapore.
The Fellowship positions require ability to work in a technical environment. Potential Fellows – who can be from academia or industry - will need to have significant experience and track record of leading or working on data or technology projects. They will need to have expertise in computer and social sciences, data science, software development, UX/UI design or technology (such as wireless and sensor networks, ICT and cyber security, and Internet of Things).
Fellows will work with a team of data scientists, software developers, coders and other experts from IDA’s Government Digital Services and other government agencies on a range of data and digital projects that aim to tackle real-world challenges in the areas of healthcare, transportation, Open Data and public service delivery.
These will include building transformational digital services and analytics platforms, as well as experimental apps and analytics projects for the public good.
Fellows can either choose to work on digital and data projects that the Government Digital Services team has pre-identified, or propose new projects.
Fellows will work alongside the Government Digital Services team at the IDA HIVE located at Sandcrawler. The HIVE is currently home to a team of forward-looking data scientists, designers, engineers, coders and other experts who have built a suite of transformative digital and data products for citizens and delivered data-driven insights for government agencies.
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend that is commensurate with the individual’s experience and skillsets.
IDA does not accept recommendations in the application process. Potential Fellows should apply for the programme directly.
IDA will continue to establish close contacts with Fellows who have completed their stints and build a global resource network of Fellowship alumni that the Singapore Government can continually tap on for their expertise on data science and technology matters. Alumni are also welcome to collaborate with IDA on projects that contribute to Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative in the long term.
The Fellowship is also an opportunity for them to get a good flavour of working on technology solutions for the public good, which could in turn inspire them to contribute in their own way, be it a start-up, social enterprise, or government.
There is no appeal process for the Fellowship programme. However, you may choose to apply for the next window of the Fellowship should your application be unsuccessful.
You should receive an email notification of the outcome of your application. Please ensure the email address that you have provided is correct, as that will be the main means of communication between us. Please also check your junk e-mail folder just in case our email got delivered there instead of your inbox.
Due to the high volume of applications received, we regret that we may not be able to entertain individual requests to check for application status.
No. Applicants should be able to commit on a full-time basis for the entire duration of the Fellowship Term.