Frequently Asked Questions 

NUS Resilience and Growth Initiative Traineeship Programme

FAQs for Trainees

  1. What is the purpose of the traineeship programme?

    Our graduating class will face challenges securing full-time employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The traineeships will help fresh graduates acquire relevant work experience, develop professionally, and boost their employability, post-COVID-19.

  2. How can NUS' traineeship programme boost my employability?

    Aside from exciting work opportunities, trainees will have a personalised development plan, created in consultation with an experienced mentor. Trainees will also be given up to 4 days a month to enrol in a wide range of CET courses offered by NUS, for free. The courses include data analytics, AI and machine learning, and business and management.

  3. Am I eligible for the traineeship?

    These traineeship positions are launched in partnership with the SGUnited Traineeships Programme. As such, you must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, and have graduated in calendar year 2019 or be graduating in 2020 to be eligible.

  4. What positions are available?

    NUS is offering 800 positions. There are four career tracks available:

    • Executive & Professional Trainees,
    • Teaching Apprentices,
    • Research / Doctoral Apprentices, and
    • Entrepreneurship Trainees.

    Please refer to Traineeships at NUS for a description of the positions. All positions except doctoral apprentices are open to bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates. For doctoral apprentices, applicants must have a PhD degree.

  5. What is the training allowance and the duration of the traineeship?

    The training allowance and duration of the traineeship depends on the role.

    Role Training Allowance Duration
    Executive & Professional Trainees Up to $2,500 per month Up to 9 months
    Teaching Apprentices Up to $2,500 per month Up to 9 months
    Research / Doctoral Apprentices Up to $2,500 per month Up to 12 months
    Entrepreneurship Trainees Up to $2,500 per month Up to 12 months
  6. What benefits are trainees eligible for?

    Trainees are eligible for:

    • 14 days of vacation leave per year, pro-rated based on the actual period served,
    • Medical leave, and
    • Work injury insurance.
  7. Will I be getting CPF contributions during the traineeship duration?

    CPF is not payable on the training allowance.

  8. Can I leave the programme early?

    Yes. Trainees can leave the traineeships if there are good reasons to do so (e.g. offered a full-time role elsewhere). Trainees should provide at least two weeks’ notice.

  9. What happens upon the completion of the traineeship?

    Your host unit and mentor will work with you to discuss career prospects and opportunities during the traineeship. Trainees who perform well may be offered full-time positions.


  1. How can I apply for the positions?

    Please apply at NUS TalentConnect. Traineeship positions are being posted on the portal progressively so do be sure to check back often.

    Please also refer to the NUS Personal Data Notice for traineeship applicants.

    For Entrepreneurship Trainee, please refer to the directions on Entrepreneurship Trainee.

  2. Can I apply for more than one role in the university if I am interested in several roles within the programme?

    Yes, you can, but please state that you are applying for other roles in the application form. Please only submit one application form.

  3. Can I apply for the traineeship position in NUS and also apply for a job in NUS through the NUS career portal?

    Yes, you can, but please state that you are applying for other roles in the application form.

  4. What if I am unable to secure a traineeship?

    Applicants unsuccessful in securing a traineeship can sign up for other traineeship opportunities on

  5. Who can I contact if I have more queries about the traineeship programme?

    Please send your queries to:

  6. You can also contact our Career Advisors at the Centre for Future-ready Graduates at

For FAQs for Entrepreneurship Traineeship, please visit NUS Enterprise.

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