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9 Scholarships for Malaysian Students

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In 2019, over 70,000 Malaysian students abroad. As Malaysia develops its human capital and boosts its competitiveness on a global stage, this number increases. But a post-secondary education, especially as an international student, doesn’t come cheap. Thankfully there are plenty of excellent scholarships for Malaysian students to choose from.
Applying for a scholarship is a long-term process. There’s much to research to learn about how to get a scholarship to study abroad for Malaysians. For a running start, here’s our roundup of international scholarship for Malaysian students!


The Best Scholarships for Malaysians 



Scholarship Name
Awarded by
Country of Study
Fields of Study
Level of Study
Scholarship Coverage
Khazanah Global Scholarship
Yayasan Khazanah (Malaysia)
US, UK, Australia
business, engineering, life sciences, other fields deemed necessary for Malaysia's development
undergraduate, postgraduate
Fully funded
MyBrainSc Scholarship
MyBrainSc Scholarship Malaysian Ministry of Education
US, UK, Australia, Canada
natural sciences
undergraduate, postgraduate
Fully funded
Shell Malaysia Overseas Undergraduate Scholarship Awards
Shell Malaysia
US, UK, Australia
engineering, science, commerce
A-levels, undergraduate
Fully funded
Bank Negara Scholarship
Bank Negara
US, UK, Australia
economics, accounting, finance, actuarial science, math, statistics, law, data, and computer science
pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate
Fully funded
JPA Scholarship - Program JKPJ
Malaysia Public Service
Japan, Korea, France, Germany
engineering, science, technology, and social sciences
pre-university, undergraduate
Fully funded (*repayable loan)
UEM Group Undergraduate Overseas Scholarship
UEM Group Berhad
The UK, Australia (and others)
business, engineering, IT and computer/technology fields and actuarial science
undergraduate
Fully funded
Fullbright Program
US Department of State
US
any field; preference may be given to certain subjects
postgraduate
Partially funded
British Council GREAT Scholarship
British Council in partnership with UK Government
UK

postgraduate
Partially funded
Chevening Scholarship
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK
UK

postgraduate
Fully funded


1. Khazanah Global Scholarship

Offered by the Yayasan Khazanah foundation, this scholarship program is open to all Malaysian citizens. This government initiative provides fully-funded awards to students in fields like business, engineering, life sciences, and other fields necessary to Malaysia’s development. If you’re eligible, you receive complete financial support, covering fees, living costs, accommodation and more.

Scholarships for Malaysian universities are available if you’re studying at these top universities

UK
US
Australia
University of Oxford
California Institute of Technology
University of Melbourne
University of Cambridge
Stanford University

Imperial College London 
Harvard University

University College London
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of Edinburgh
Princeton University

London School of Economics
University of California Berkeley

Kings College London 
Yale University


University of California, Los Angeles


University of Pennsylvania


Cornell University


John Hopkins University


As a scholarship holder, you must maintain a high level of academic performance. Upon completing a program, you must return to Malaysia to work for Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, or other affiliated organisations. The required employment period matches the length of your program duration.

Fields of Study: business, engineering, life sciences, other fields deemed necessary for Malaysia’s development

Level of Study: undergraduate and postgraduate

Eligibility: open to Malaysian citizens below age 40 with excellent academic, extracurricular, and leadership track records


2. MyBrainSc Scholarship 

This is an initiative by the Malaysian Ministry of Education to raise a generation of young scientists and scholars. The program covers scholarship for Malaysian students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels enrolled in natural science programs.
Scholarships for Malaysian students studying abroad are open for top globally ranked universities in the Australia, US, Canada, and UK. The award covers expenses including tuition fees, living costs, accommodation, and things like your flight tickets, visa-related fees and so on. After completing your studies you agree to return to Malaysia and work in a government-approved school or research institution.


Fields of Study: natural sciences, like physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics

Level of Study: undergraduate and postgraduate

Eligibility: for bachelor’s, Malaysians not older than 21; for master’s, not older than 28; for PhD, not older than 35. Applicants must have first-class academic track records



3. Shell Malaysia Overseas Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

This annual scholarship is open for A-level and undergraduate students in engineering, sciences, and commerce. Subject to consistent academic performance, Shell Malaysia fully covers expenses like tuition, living costs, and other expenses. The award program is open for both local institutions and top-ranked universities in the US, UK, and Australia, including:

UK
US
Australia
University of Oxford
​Stanford University
University of Melbourne
University of Stanford
California Institute of Technology
Australian National University
University College London
Harvard University

Imperial College London
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of Edinburgh
Princeton University

London School of Economics
​Yale University

King’s College London
University of California, Berkeley


University of California, Los Angeles


Columbia University


University of Pennsylvania


Cornell University


University of Texas Austin


Colorado School of Mines

 

Fields of Study: engineering, sciences, commerce

Level of Study: pre-university and undergraduate

Eligibility: students with excellent academic, extracurricular, and leadership track records


4. Bank Negara Scholarships

Bank Negara Malaysia offers full scholarships for Malaysian students abroad and at home, at pre-university, undergraduate and graduate levels. The award programs cover study in commerce, math and computer science fields. Among the universities you may receive scholarships for are:

UK
US
Australia
​University of Leeds
University of Pennsylvania
University of Melbourne
London School of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Sydney
University of Warwick
University of California Berkeley
Australian National University
Lancaster University
University of Michigan
University of Queensland
University of Cambridge
New York University
Monash University
University of Oxford
University of Texas, Austin

University College London
Carnegie Mellon University

King’s College London
Cornell University

Durham University
Harvard University

Imperial College London
Princeton University

University of Birmingham
Stanford University

City, University of London
Columbia University

University of Kent
Yale University

University of Manchester
University of Chicago

University of Exeter
Northwestern University

University of Nottingham
University of California, Los Angeles


California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


University of Washington


Georgia Institute of Technology


University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

If you accept a Bank Negara scholarship, you agree to work for the bank for an equivalent of 2 years for every 1 year of study. So, for example, if your program is 3 years long, you work for Bank Negara for 6 years.

Fields of Study: economics, accounting, finance, actuarial science, math, statistics, law, data, and computer science

Level of Study: pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate

Eligibility: open to students with excellent academic track records, and strong leadership and interpersonal skills. For master’s, there is an age limit of 30 years, and for PhD, 35 years.


5. JPA Scholarship – Program JKPJ 

This government-provided scholarship funds foundational and undergraduate studies in Japan, Korea, France, and Germany. The fields funding is available to cover engineering, science, technology, and social sciences.
This is a loan offered by the government to SPM students. You need to enrol in preparatory courses at a local school before attending a university in one of the 4 countries above. If you enter civil service after graduation, your loan repayment is fully waived. In other words, if you work as a public servant after graduation the loan is a full, non-repayable scholarship. If you work for a Government-Linked Company (GLC) after graduating, you pay back 25%. If you start working in a local private company, you repay 50%. And in any other situation, you repay 100% of the loan.


Fields of Study: engineering, science, technology, social sciences

Levels of Study: pre-university and undergraduate

Eligibility: open to students below the age of 18 when applying, with sound academic track records in relevant subjects


6. UEM Group Undergraduate Overseas Scholarship

Malaysia’s leading engineering-based infrastructure and services conglomerate, UEM Group, offers this scholarship for undergraduate students. Pursuing a bachelor’s in business, engineering, IT and computer/technology fields and actuarial science? You may receive full tuition coverage along with coverage for expenses like medical insurance and living expenses.

As a candidate, you’ll have to complete a pre-university program at Kolej Yayasan UEM before entering undergraduate study at top international universities. By accepting this scholarship, you also bond to Yayasan UEM to work for the company for up to 5 years.

 
Fields of Study: business, engineering, IT and computer/technology fields and actuarial science

Level of Study: undergraduate

Eligibility: Malaysian citizens with excellent academic performance in high school, with a minimum of 7 As in SPM exams. You must also display strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and a good extracurricular track record.


7. The Fullbright Program

This is a US-government program in partnership with 160 countries. Fullbright offers partial grants to Malaysian citizens for postgraduate study in the US. This means the grant supplements your personal funds and any existing scholarships or other funding you receive. The amount of the grant varies depending on the funding already available to you. So, this scholarship is a great option if you scored a partial scholarships from a home institution or the university you’ll be studying at.


The grants cover a variety of fields, from performance arts, humanities and social sciences to natural sciences and engineering. For Malaysia specifically, preference is given to applicants enrolling in specific programs (listed below). These grants are valid for one academic year but are renewable for a second year. These grants are valid for one academic year but are renewable for a second year. These renewals are not automatic. You need to be nominated for approval from the J. William Fullbright Foreign Scholarships Board.


Fields of Study: American Studies, Comparative Religion, Economics and Technology Transfer, Islamic Studies, Issues in Contemporary Society, International Relations, Malaysian Studies. Note that you can apply no matter what field you’re studying. As long as you’re eligible and qualified your application is valid. When accepting the grant, you agree that you’ll return to Malaysia after completing your program.

Level of Study: postgraduate

Eligibility: Malaysian citizens with a bachelor’s degree at or above CGPA 3.0, who meet specified TOEFL, GMAT and GRE score requirements


8. British Council GREAT Scholarships for Malaysian Students

GREAT Scholarships is a partner program between the UK government and the British Council. A total of 30 scholarships across many different fields are on offer for postgraduate study. The scholarship amounts to £10,000 to cover tuition for a one-year postgraduate course at a UK university. These awards are available for the following schools:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Bangor University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Cranfield University
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • Newcastle University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Kent
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading


Level of Study: postgraduate

Eligibility: Malaysian citizen with a valid bachelor’s degree, work experience and proven interest in the area you’re applying to study in


9. Chevening Scholarships for Malaysian Students

Funded by the UK government, this program covers postgraduate study at UK universities. You must apply for 3 different full-time master’s courses to be eligible. You could apply for 3 separate courses at the same university, or the same or similar course at 3 different universities. To apply for a Chevening scholarship, you’ll need to receive an unconditional offer for at least one of these courses. Before applying, do check that your course is eligible for this award!


Chevening funding includes full scholarship covering tuition (except for MBA programs, which have an £18,000 cap). It also covers monthly stipends, travel expenses within the country and to your home country, visa application, etc.


Level of Study: apart from PhD in Diplomatic Studies at Oxford University, limited to master’s degrees

Eligibility: Malaysian citizens with 2 years (2,800 hours) of work experience and a valid bachelor’s degree. You must receive an unconditional offer from 1 of the 3 courses you apply to and must return to Malaysia within 2 years after your scholarship funding ends


Final Thoughts on Scholarships for Malaysian Students

This list isn’t by any means a complete one, but it’s a great place to start. There are plenty of amazing scholarships for Malaysian students out there. You may find opportunities offered by government institutions or private companies. Explore and take advantage of these opportunities, exclusive to Malaysian citizens! The sooner you start and the more research you do, the more prepared you are to meet eligibility requirements! These scholarships don't only offer incredible opportunities to study in renowned schools. They also open the door to instant employment after graduating!


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