How many Fellowship positions will be available each year?
A total of 4 Fellows will be selected each year.
What kind of certification will the Fellows be awarded with?
Singapore-Stanford Biodesign is not a qualification-awarding institution, and will only certify your participation in the Fellowship upon your completion of the prescribed programme.
Being a medical practitioner, do I need to complete my Advanced Specialty Training (AST) before I apply?
It is not a requirement to complete your AST, but that would be an advantage.
Is there any age limit on the applicants for the Fellowship?
There is no specific age limit imposed on the applicants.
Must I hold mentoring and teaching experience in order to apply for the Fellowship?
Such experience would be advantageous but not mandatory.
If I do not have any educational transcripts in time for the application submission, can I submit copies of my certifications first and the transcripts later?
It is preferred that all supporting documents are submitted together with the application.
Can the reference letters be sent in before or after the application is submitted?
Reference letters will be accepted, as long as they are submitted before the application deadline.
Can I have more details on the financial support to be provided?
The Fellows will be entitled a monthly stipend (with reference to qualifications and experience held etc). CPF contribution will not be applicable. Furthermore, there will be financial support on the expenses incurred during the training at Stanford, such as those related to air travel, visa, insurance, tuition and subsistence.
Can I continue with my current job or studies, while undergoing the Fellowship?
The Fellows have to commit to the Fellowship on a full-time basis and shall not engage in other work or studies, during the one year.
Will there be a bond tied to the Fellowship?
Each Fellow is required to work in Singapore for 2 years, right after completion of the Fellowship. However, his/her employer is not restricted to any particular organisation during the bond period. It is also not mandatory for him/her to stay in a single organisation throughout the 2 years, they are allowed to change jobs as long as he/she remains working in Singapore for the 2 years.
What is the duration of the Fellowship?
The Fellowship will span 1 year. It will commence from the first week of January to the following year's end of first week of January (start and end date may change based on Stanford's semester start date for the year).
Will the Fellowship training be conducted at Stanford University or in Singapore?
The Fellows will undergo the first 5 months of training at Stanford, followed by a 3-weeks attachment to a hospital in Asia for a regional clinical immersion. Thereafter, Fellows will continue 6 months of training in Singapore.
Can I know more about the training curriculum for the Fellowship?
The Fellows will undergo intensive, multidisciplinary training on the entire value chain of medical device innovation, from clinical needs finding, to solution development up to proof-of-concept stage.
They will first be immersed in a customised 5-month curriculum on the Biodesign process at Stanford, where they will also have opportunities to interact with, and learn from, Silicon Valley industry veterans and entrepreneurs. Thereafter, they will spend another 5 months of practical team-based learning, from needs finding to development of medical device prototypes and business proposals, in Singapore. To facilitate identification of real-world clinical needs and understanding the market needs, clinical immersions will be arranged for the Fellows during their stints at Stanford, and in Singapore, as well as a regional clinical immersion in a partnering hospital outside Singapore (typically in Indonesia or Korea). To augment their learning experience, the Fellows will serve as Teaching Assistants for the Biodesign Innovation Class.
Are stipends subjected to income tax deduction by IRAS?
Yes. Fellows for year 2017 onwards are required to submit tax deduction to IRAS on their own.
Innovation Class Application
Do I need to form a team prior to applying for the private team option?
No, you do not need to have a team before applying for the class. You will form a team with other students shortlisted in to the class. You will meet with the other shortlisted students at the scheduled Briefing Session.
What are the additional benefits for private team students?
Private team students will be working on a medical innovation concept/prototype/business plan around a real-world clinical need identified by SSB. Each team will also be assigned a dedicated TA to provide guidance on the topics taught during lectures, and development of team project.
Do I have to sign any agreement(s) prior to class i.e. non-disclosure agreement?
Yes, all selected private students will have to sign a Private Student Agreement to be provided by SSB.
Can I work on a clinical need/problem that I have identified outside of class?
No. You will be working on one clinical need per team, to be provided by SSB.
I’m signing up as a private team option, if any IP issues arise, what should I do?
SSB will not own any IP generated from the class. If any intellectual property rights are expected to be created or jointly created in the Private Team during the course of the class, each team member is required to inform your relevant IP office(s) for further discussions and/or separate agreement.