Innovation Fellowship Application Process

The Innovation Fellowship application and selection consists of 3 rounds. Applications will be reviewed at each round and successful applicants will be notified when they make it through to the next phase. Please ensure that all documents required in the individual steps are ready before online submission. All documents should be submitted in PDF (.pdf) format. Materials not in electronic form must be scanned and submitted in PDF (.pdf) format. Failure to do so will result in an unsuccessful application.


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Interested applicants may submit your application and the following documents by 6 September 2020, 2359H: It is mandatory to fill in all the fields.

  1. Online application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Written essay

Written Essay

We request for the following short essay, in order to learn more about the person behind the application. We encourage you to share your passion, values and vision for your career with us. Please note that the answers to each question need to be written with a maximum word limit of 600 words. (Arial font, minimum size 12, Single Space).

Topic: Why is innovation an important part of your career pathway? How will the Innovation Fellowship help you achieve your short and long-term goals?

Applicants shortlisted into Round 2 will be notified via email. Please prepare the following documents and have it ready for submission via email.

  1. Video Essay*
  2. Referee Details

Video Essay

Please submit a video essay (up to 2 min) including a brief introduction of yourself, and describing at least one experience that demonstrates your creativity and/or inventiveness.
Note: Do not disclose any proprietary invention you have developed if it has yet to obtain any intellectual property protection.

*Video Submission Requirement:

  1. Please submit a 2-3 minutes video essay (videos longer than 2 minutes will not be accepted)
  2. Feel free to demonstrate your creativity and/or inventiveness in the video.
  3. Capture the video using your digital/video camera, smart phone or laptop and save it on your computer.
  4. Upload the video on dropbox or googledrive, Title your video: SB Fellowship 2021 Video – [Full name].
  5. Input the Dropbox or Google Drive download link of your Video Essay into the application form field.

Referee Letters

Please provide two referee letters with regards to support your application.

The referee letters should provide a description of the candidate's potential, academic and professional skills, contributions to research and innovation, character and attributes to be considered as an Innovation Fellow.

For Clinicians, please note that among the referee letters, one of them must be from your direct supervisor or Head of Department.

Referee letters should be emailed directly by the authoring referees by 4th October 2020 (2359 Hrs) to, with the email subject header “SB Fellowship 2021 – Referee letter for [Applicant Name]”.

Download the letter template here

Please note that we will not accept referee letters emailed by applicants themselves. It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including the referee letters, are duly submitted by the deadline.

All shortlisted applicants will have to go through a 0.5-day final interview (via Zoom) with an interview panel consisting of local ecosystem stakeholders and Singapore Biodesign Faculty.

The final interview dates are as follows (subject to change):

  • Pre-Interview Brief: Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 1800H - 1900H
  • Interview: Thursday, 29 October 2020, 1400H - 1800H OR Friday, 30 October, 2020, 0830H - 1230H

Applicants are encouraged to soft book/apply leave for the final interview dates.

Thank you for your interest in our Innovation Fellowship Programme. We have closed our Round 2 application. For more information, please contact us at

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