Frequently Asked Questions

The SB Innovation Fellowship programme is an enhancement of the previous SSB Fellowship program, designed to provide a deep and comprehensive training in health technology innovation, catered to the Singapore and Asian context. The goal is to produce the next generation of healthtech innovators for Asia.

The programme will continue fostering ties with Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign as a joint partner. This comes in the form of 1) regular mentorship from Stanford Biodesign Faculty alongside SB Faculty and local industry mentors throughout the year, and 2) 4 weeks implementation boot camp at the Stanford campus towards the end of the fellowship training year to further hone projects.

The programme will continue fostering ties with Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign as a joint partner. This comes in the form of 1) regular mentorship from Stanford Biodesign Faculty alongside SB Faculty and local industry mentors throughout the year, and 2) 4 weeks implementation boot camp at the Stanford campus towards the end of the fellowship training year to further hone projects.

Fellows can also expect to spend more time on project execution supplemented with dedicated mentoring and in-depth domain expertise workshops to derisk their product solution and business plan. This is further bolstered by the 4 weeks implementation bootcamp at Stanford. The programme will also feature an externship where Fellows get to participate in existing grant-funded projects that are further along in their development and commercialization plans.

Training will be carried out by the Fellowship Mentor Panel Fellowship Head and Co-Curriculum Heads.

  • First, the training you receive is highly experiential, which not only consists of a tailored curriculum to the Biodesign process, but includes an opportunity for hands-on learning by working on your project and frequent interaction with expert mentors.
  • Second, the Fellowship provides you with an end-to-end view of the early stages of the health technology innovation process. From the unique opportunities presented by the clinical immersion and needs finding in Singapore and regional Asian countries, to inventing and implementation planning; you will gain hands-on practice by navigating critical risks and opportunities across a broad range of activities. This training is further supplemented by our lecture series and domain-expert workshops, coupled with one-on-one (fellowship team) mentoring and participating in currently funded projects.
  • Third, the Fellowship is interdisciplinary and team-based. You will learn a tremendous amount from interacting with your peers whilst honing your teamwork skills.
  • Finally, the skills and connections you build are practical, targeted, and immediately applicable to a career in health technology innovation. Leveraging on the extensive local and international Biodesign network, the Fellowship will present an unprecedented headstart to springboard your project and to navigate the complex healthcare ecosystem.

At the end of the programme, the Innovation Fellows are presented a graduation certificate in Biodesign.

Up to 6 Fellows from multidisciplinary backgrounds will be selected each Fiscal Year and will be divided into two Fellowship teams consisting of 3 Fellows each. We advise interested applicants to attend our events and to interact with our team, mentors and alumni to better understand the culture and training process. Alternatively, do attend one of our roadshows to find out more!

We typically receive ~75 applications each year and interview 16 finalists for the fellowship positions that are available.

SB has conducted an extensive benchmarking with local entrepreneurship programmes and international Biodesign-like programmes to ensure fair compensation. SB will provide monthly stipends to match last drawn salary (not inclusive of bonus and CPF) up to a cap of SGD$6k/month for clinicians and non-clinicians, subject to changes. Clinicians may write in to their host institutions for top-up in stipends, where applicable.

Tuition fees for curriculum, mentoring and administrative fees for required training with Stanford Byers Centre for Bidoesign and SB’s appointed curriculum partners, return air ticket for the regional immersion and the United States (including visa fees, immunization and related insurance) and support for conference in a related area (subject to approval) will also be provided.

Although Singapore Biodesign is not hosted by a qualification-awarding institution, we will certify your participation in the fellowship, endorsed by A*STAR and joint programme partner Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, upon completion of the prescribed programme.

It is not a requirement to complete your AST, but that would be an advantage and preferred if you have attained an Associate Consultant position and/or equivalent.

There is no specific age limit imposed on the applicants.

Such experience would be advantageous, but not mandatory.

It is preferred that all supporting documents are submitted together with the application, when requested.

Reference letters will only be required at the 2nd round, and to be submitted by the referees to the office directly.

The goal of the Innovation Fellowship is to learn the Biodesign process of innovation from start to finish. Accordingly, we ask that you work on needs and technologies that you and your team identify and invent together as part of the Fellowship process. If you have an existing medical device idea, you may contact our office separately to share and seek corresponding advice.

No, Fellows have to commit to the Innovation Fellowship on a FULL-TIME basis. Engagement in other work or studies is not allowed.

Innovation Fellows are expected to contribute back to the nation’s ecosystem building efforts post-training. Fellows are required to submit a needs database of all the needs gathered during the Fellowship training back to SB one month before the completion of the programme.

Upon successful completion of the SB Programme, the Fellow is required to hold employment in a public or private enterprise located in Singapore for a period of 24 months in any relevant HealthTech appointment(s) which SB may deem appropriate. During the 24 months, each fellow is also required to contribute back to SB a minimum of 80 hours of service via lectures, project coaching and/or mentoring at SB training programmes.

Fellows who fail to complete the SB Fellowship or fail to fulfill the SB Fellowship bond, will be required to pay back all monies projected to be expensed by SB to or for the benefit of the Fellow for up to first three months of training, whichever is higher.

The Fellowship will span 10 months and will commence from the first week of June.

The Fellows will be trained in Singapore under the supervision of mentors from Singapore Biodesign together with Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. Towards the end of the Fellowship, the Fellows will spend time in Stanford to further refine and develop implementation plans for their top projects under the guidance of experts from Silicon Valley.

Yes. Fellows are required to submit tax deduction to IRAS on their own.

No. Each year, SB selects a different clinical subspecialty as the focus for the Fellowship. We believe that working in an area where Fellows are not necessarily experts gives them a different perspective where they are more likely to question existing paradigms and recognize interesting opportunities.

A*STAR as the host institution, owns the intellectual property. We work closely with A*ccelerate (A*STAR's tech transfer office) to help translate inventions coming out of the Fellowship, where appropriate.

Our Fellows are expected to contribute back to the health technology innovation ecosystem according to their strengths and career goals after the Innovation Fellowship. SB Fellows continue to pursue a career in healthcare post-fellowship in four key paths: CEOs/Co-Founders, Project Managers, Business Development Managers and Clinician Innovators.