- Scholarships Explained!
Below is our latest list of available scholarships offered by private and public organisations in Malaysia. Most of the scholarships are offered only to Malaysians while others includes scholarships for international students.
Scholarship / Fund / Loan
- Deadline: The deadline to apply for a GREAT Scholarship varies according to each institution. For details on individual institutions’ deadlines, please see the institution page.GREAT Scholarships offer students the opportunity to receive £10,000 towards their tuition fees for a wide range of one-year taught postgraduate courses in the 2024-25 academic year at universities across the UK.The deadline to apply for a GREAT Scholarship varies according to each institution. For details on individual institutions’ deadlines, please see the institution page.
- Deadline: 15 December 2023Exciting news! The Edinburgh Business School awards scholarships for their Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus MBA programme. Submit your application by 15 December 2023.15 December 2023
- Deadline: 15 December 2023The 30% Club Malaysia and Edinburgh Business School are delighted to announce that for a seventh year, a scholarship to attend the part-time MBA programme at the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus will be offered to an entrepreneurial woman. The ...15 December 2023
- Deadline: 15 December 2023This scholarship will provide financial support to Malaysian students who commence an undergraduate or a postgraduate program in 2024.15 December 2023
- Deadline: OngoingInterest free loan is only applicable to life members of Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA) (life member for minimum of 2 years).Ongoing
- Deadline: 1 February 2024The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship for 2024-2025 offers a remarkable opportunity for international students to pursue master’s studies at Utrecht University, one of Europe’s premier research institutions. This fully funded scholarship is availabl...1 February 2024
- Deadline: OngoingKWBTSM grants educational study loans to deserving students who are financially disadvantaged and currently enrolled in tertiary educational institutions. These study loans are repayable through monthly instalments commencing from a month after the s...Ongoing
- Deadline: OngoingThe AMMA Foundation was established in 1980, as a Company limited by guarantee and not having Share Capital. Its principal objective is to assist needy Malaysians to pursue their studies at approved institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. The Fo...Ongoing
- Deadline: OngoingThe Foundation offers the Study Loan to selected and deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing their tertiary education.Ongoing
- Deadline: 30 November 2023Daikin Malaysia is now open for application of our Scholarship program for the year 2023.30 November 2023
Financial Aid Providers
In Malaysia, the sponsors of financial aid come from various categories. These include scholarships and loans offered by the government, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, government-linked companies and trade associations.
Types of Financial Aid
Higher education is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime. With the increasing cost of education, planning ahead is essential to finance your education. So what are some options you can explore? Here are some common ways students seek financial aid.
Scholarships are monetary awards given based on academic or other achievements and are non-repayable, which means you won't have to pay the money back. Scholarships are awarded by the government, non-government organisations, corporations and independent foundations.
You may have heard people using the terms 'scholarship' and 'bursary' interchangeably, however, bursaries are usually non-competitive and automatic, and often based on financial need without emphasis on academic standing.
Grants are similar to scholarships and also don't have to be repaid. The difference is that grants are often need-based while scholarships are usually merit-based. Grants are also given to students who carry out academic research projects.
- Education Funds
Education Funds are Scholarships or loans provided by the Government / foundation / private educational institutions / financial institutions to reduce the burden of financing a student's education expenses, whether locally or overseas.
- Tuition Fee Waiver or Discount
Many private higher education institutions in Malaysia offer partial or full tuition fee waivers or discounts based on merit (e.g. academic, sports, leadership roles). Recipients are often required to maintain a minimum CGPA to continue enjoying the tuition fee waiver.
- Unit Trusts & Insurance Schemes
These are typically investment schemes that parents undertake for several years to secure financial funding for their child's higher education.
Loans are financial obligations that must be repaid. Loans are mostly provided by private sector or government bodies.
Financing for Higher Education
The cost of tertiary education does not come cheap, but it is a lifetime investment for your future. Therefore whether your parents can afford your entire or partial cost of tertiary education, you are advised to go through this pathway in order to be competitive in your career advancement. If your family cannot afford the cost, you may work while studying part-time or look for some forms of scholarship, study grant, loan or other sources of financial aid to help you to pay for your education.
Read the article on Scholarships & Study Loans for Higher Education here.