VCF Professional Capability Grant - Master's Degree/Graduate Diploma for Psychologists

Programme

The grant is under the purview of VCF Professional Capability Grant. For more information on VCF Grants, please visit their website.

[UPDATE: There are new changes to the Claim Submission process of VCF Grants. Details can be found under Disbursement Procedures below]


Note: VCF Funding has been revised from 100% to 75% of course fee, capped at $90,000.
Refer to changes below under Funding Quantum.
 
Description

The professional capability grant provides funding for associate psychologists in Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) and Special Education programmes to acquire Master's Degree/Graduate diploma qualifications.

After obtaining the qualifications, recipients should apply for accreditation status as Registered Psychologists by applying to the Singapore Psychological Society.

 

Scope
Read more on the following:
  1. List of approved programmes under this Grant.
  2. Conditions of Funding
  3. For information on the accreditation process to be a Registered Psychologist, please visit Singapore Psychological Society.
Organisation
Categories
Staff (NCSS Member VWO), Staff (MSF funded VWOs), Singaporean or Singapore PRsBoth
Conditions
Application Criteria & Eligibility
  1. All permanent staff of NCSS member social service agencies or MSF-funded social service agencies who:
    • Are Singaporeans/PRs
    • Are associate psychologists in EIPIC and Special Education programmes
    • Are not receiving other government funding unless specifically allowed
    • Have been accepted into an approved Masters/Graduate Diploma programme
    • Have been employed in social services sector for at least 2 years at the point of application
  2. Funding will not be extended to courses that have already commenced.
  3. Late applications will NOT be processed and also NOT be automatically moved to the next window.
  4. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.
  5. Please note that approval of applications is on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to budget availability.
Funding Quantum
The “Support for Acquiring Recognised Psychology Qualifications” Grant has been available since 2015, to support Associate Psychologists working in Special Education (SPED) and Early Intervention (EIPIC) programmes to become qualified psychologists. In the past few years, we have seen an increase in demand for the Grant, as well as from individuals who are not Associate Psychologists but have related jobs. Thus, we have reviewed the funding structure of the Grant to better meet the social service sector’s current manpower needs to ensure an adequate supply of qualified and registered psychologists. 
 
The key changes to the Grant are:
  1. Eligibility has been expanded to include in-service professionals (not limited to Associate Psychologists) working in disability related programmes [EIPIC, SPED, Disability Day Activity Centres (DAC), Adult Disability Homes (ADH), Children’s Disability Homes (CDH)] and children and family services [Voluntary Children’s Homes (VCH), Family Violence Service Centres (FVSC), Child Protection Specialist Centres (CPSC), Family Service Centres (FSC), and Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSA)].
  2. Introduction of a co-pay component of 25% by employers, to ensure that employers have a stake in the continued professional development of staff who tap on this grant. This is in line with other VWO-Charities Capability Fund (VCF) professional development schemes.
  3. The removal of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology as a supported course.
Disbursement Procedure
The recipient should pay the course fees to their tertiary institutions according to their payment schedules. Total disbursements are capped at $90,000 for Master's programmes and should not exceed the supported funding quantum or actual course fees incurred, whichever is lower. Disbursements are made to the SSA in three phases, as illustrated in the table below.
 
First Disbursement (Upon Signing of Deed) Second Disbursement
(Upon Completion of Course)
Final Disbursement
(Upon Completion of Bond)
25% of course fees upon submission of Letter of Acceptance by Institution and a copy of signed agreement in soft copy.
 
Remaining 25% of course fees upon submission of the following documents:

1) Transcript/letter from the institution certifying successful completion of course

2) All receipts/invoices for course fees paid
Final 25% of course fees upon submission of the following documents:
 
1) Letter from social service agency certifying completion of bond period
 
2) Proof of status as Registered Psychologist (by Singapore Psychological Society).

*Note: We have made changes to the claim submission process and will no longer accept hard copy submissions. Please use the claim form provided for all claims, and email the completed form and supporting documents to the relevant processing officer shown at the bottom of this page. You can obtain a copy of the claim form from the processing officer if you do not have one.
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Application Deadline
Click here to see application submission closing dates and VCF Evaluation Panel Meeting dates.
Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted through the Fund Application System (FAS). Please log in to the e-Services using your CorpPass to access FAS.

Applications must be submitted according to the VCF Evaluation Panel meetings and submission deadlinesAll applications for the grant must reach the VCF Secretariat at least one month before the VCF Evaluation Panel meetings.

Please select Funding Application type: PCG – Support For Acquiring Recognised Psychology Qualification FY17-FY21.

Contact
In view of the current COVID-19 situation, please access our e-services to minimise your time spent in public places. If you need to submit grant-related documents, please login to e-services (refer to Application Procedures above) or email/mail to the respective grant's contact person. Rest assured you will continue to receive quality service through our e-services.

Ms Ang Hui Zhen
Tel: 6210 2649
Email: Ang_hui_zhen@ncss.gov.sg