Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Postgraduate Scholarships.........

Hmm.....have been thinking of writing up a post on scholarships since last year, but always found myself defering. Haha. Hope this would benefit whoever from Malaysia are looking for scholarships.

In fact, this post was created more in favour to provide my experiences and information to some of my friends and juniors. :)

I remembered eventhough i hope to pursue my studies oversea badly, but i was not proactive in searching and applying for scholarships. In fact, i din really know where to start and how many scholarships are available. Before an INTENSE search, it seems to me, oversea scholarships are rare and extinctING, yet in reality there aren't, BUT VERY COMPETITIVE and limited scholars. Hopefully, these info can help them in any way to realising their dreams.

Well, here a list of scholarships that i've known of:
locally, u may apply to:
1) Universiti biasiswa, i guessed each local uni have their own biasiswa for application.
2) National science foundation(NSF)
3) Yang di-Pertuan Agong Scholarship (YDA)
4)Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarship:
and others.........

For overseas,
1) NSF (international slots)
2) YDA
3) Perdana menteri scholarship
4) Asia Japan Alumni (ASJA) in collaboration with Japan Graduates' Association of Malaysia (JAGAM) [1 and only chosen] and
5) Japanese MEXT Mobukagakusho(depend on budject, usually quite a few) If you are interested in going Japan
6) Korean goverment scholarship:
7) NUS offers several types of scholarship, browse their website:
8) Fulbright scholar: for those interested in going to the STATES
9) Rhodes scholarship
10) Belinda Gates scholarship
11) Yayasan Sime Darby Postgraduate Overseas Scholarship: (not easy to get)
12) Australia National University (ANU) alumni (1 given for PhD): please ask IDP or email
13) Taiwan Scholarship Programme : Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, Level 7, Menara Yayasan Tun Razak, 200 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
For details, call Kuo at 03-2168 8722. (Quote from Malaysia-scholarship centre).
14) British council (but now reduced to 1 year funding only for British chevening postgraduate studies [encouraging short term studies] if i'm not wrong).
15) Erasmus Mundus Scholarships: for european scholarships, usually most of it relevant to ecological, tropical studies.
16) DAAD Scholarships for Master and Doctoral Programs: for those interested to study in Germany
17) Australian goverment scholarship( Endeavour):
18) Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul scholarships:
19) Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Plan (CSFP): if you are froma commonwealth country.
and MANY MORE that i cant recall..........

In fact, many universities offers a range of financial aid to students, it can be in the form of bursaries or loan or limited scholarships, e.g Cambridge, University of Sydney...etc. Do check out often from time to time to the universities you aim to pursue your studies, contact them for financial fundings.

You can always refer to some good websites which dedicated themselves to constantly updating scholarships news at: or
and find news on postgraduate vacancies(masters or PhD) in

Final words: Get tips of applying scholarships from websites, heaps of them. BE PROACTIVE to find them and find them as early as possible :), scholarships won't find u!!!

Please leave a comment or message in the chat box if you find these info useful, thank you.


  1. wei... nice sharing ler.... will check it out....thanks... might want to try it out for my master in aus....