Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) develops the converging Infocomm and Media sectors in a holistic way, and makes funding support available for the capability development of practitioners.

IMDA has streamlined its processes to ensure a consistent approach and to maintain a high standard of governance and accountability for the training grants it disburses.

With effect from 1 May 2018, the following guidelines are to be applied to applications for Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant.

IMDA supports fresh media graduates, media professionals and media freelancers for selected specialised media courses, workshops and masterclasses. Applicants must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident. Successful applicants will receive support of 90% of course fee (excluding GST), capped at S$3,000 per course for IMDA’s approved local courses.

Type of Trainee Eligibility Criteria

Fresh Media Graduates

Fresh Graduates from eligible media courses from the following institutions:

  • A local Private Education Institute (PEI) registered with the Council of Private Education (CPE) that is either EduTrust Certified by CPE or a SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) accredited Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centre.
    • Must show evidence of graduation, at least at diploma level within the last twelve (12) months of application.
  • Completed NS within last twelve (12) months and completed academic studies in eligible media courses.
    • Must show evidence of graduation in media course and date of completion from NS (ROD).

Media Professionals

(Self-Sponsored / Organisation-Sponsored)

A Media Professional is engaged primarily in media-related work in a media company or any user organisation. The work of the person includes design, development, production, operation, distribution, sales and/or marketing of media.

  • Must show evidence of employment in one of the eligible media job roles (e.g. letter of employment / declaration from the company / name card).

Media Freelancers

A Media Freelancer is:

  1. A person who does not have a contract of service with an employer AND
  2. Operates his/her own media service business or trade* without hiring any employees; AND
  3. He/She negotiates his/her terms and benefits with clients, and it is clearly stated in the contract that it is his/her service as an individual that is being procured for all intents and purposes; AND
  4. He/She can either operate as individual; OR have an Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) - registered entity such as sole proprietorships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and companies, where such entity does not hire any employees.
  • Must show evidence of being contracted in at least one freelance media project performing eligible media job roles the past six (6) months (e.g. invoice/receipt from hiring company).

*media service business or trade includes design, development, production, operation, distribution, sale and/or marketing of media.

Please refer to IMDA Talent Assistance ( for

  1. Grant Quantum
  2. Eligibility Criteria & Eligible Media Job Roles
  3. List of Pre-Approved Local Media Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses
  4. Application Procedure & Guide
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

For queries, please email