- 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: 22 March 2024Kuok Foundation Berhad offers scholarships and half-loan half-grant awards to students who are applying for or currently pursuing a first degree full-time and on-campus at any one of the Singaporean public universities.22 March 2024
- Deadline: 25 April 2024 (Secondary 1 & 3); 13 June 2024 (Pre-University)These ASEAN scholarships are for students from Malaysia joining Secondary 1, Secondary 3 or Pre-university 1 in selected Singapore secondary schools or junior colleges. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.25 April 2024 (Secondary 1 & 3); 13 June 2024 (Pre-University)
- Deadline: 15 March 2024The ASEAN-Maybank Scholarship programme is a partnership between Maybank Foundation and the ASEAN Secretariat. It is one of the ASEAN-level initiatives undertaken by Maybank Foundation, a newly accredited ASEAN entity, with the aim to “promote an i...15 March 2024
2024/2025 OVERSEAS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, GERMANY, FRANCE, AND MALAYSIADeadline: 18 March 2024The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), the Federal Government agency with the mandate of developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry, invites applications from suitably qualif...18 March 2024
- Deadline: 30 June 2024The OCBC Bank culture rests on nurturing and developing outstanding individuals through quality education, and providing them challenging – and rewarding – opportunities to grow to their fullest potential.30 June 2024
- Deadline: 17 March 2024The Audi Environmental Foundation actively supports research into new technologies and scientific methods for a liveable future. Its stated goal is to make a contribution to environmental protection and to create and promote ways of behaving sustaina...17 March 2024
- Deadline: 2 February 2024The Embassy of Japan is pleased to announce that the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT)Scholarships for Japanese Studies and Teacher Training is now open for application until 2nd February 2024. Qualified Malaysian nationals who would like to ...2 February 2024
- Deadline: 30 April 2024The MOE Taiwan Scholarship Program encourages outstanding Malaysian students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Taiwan by awarding each recipient tuition and miscellaneous expenses of NTD 40,000 each semester. Recipients undertakin...30 April 2024
- Deadline: OngoingIn driving and transforming MSU towards excellence, financial assistance has been provided to outstanding and deserving students to acquire quality education. The funds are distributed through various means including collaborative efforts between MSU...Ongoing
- Deadline: 14 February 2024 (Submission of Online Application Forms); 21 February 2024 (Submission of Printed Application Forms)In year 2020, Kuok Foundation started offering a Scholarship on a yearly basis to assist ONE Malaysian student to undertake up to four years of undergraduate studies at selected British Universities. Please refer to the attached announcement for mor...14 February 2024 (Submission of Online Application Forms); 21 February 2024 (Submission of Printed Application Forms)
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.