- 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: 30 April 2021Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract the best brain from around the world to pursue postgraduate academic studies in Malaysia. This scholarship aims to support Malaysian Government's effort ...Expiring Soon30 April 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 30 April 2021Equator College Art Talent Study Award is to award to deserving art talented Malaysians to pursue their higher education at Equator College’s art and design Diploma programs, namely Diploma in Graphic and Multimedia Design, Diploma in Digital 3D An...Expiring Soon30 April 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 5 May 2021These 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.5 May 2021
Embassy of Japan in Malaysia - Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship for Postgraduate (Research Student) 2022Deadline: 8 May 2021The Embassy of Japan is pleased to announce that the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships for the academic year 2022 is open for application now.8 May 2021
- Deadline: 31 May 2021Sunway University is offering the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Scholarship 2021 to Malaysians aged 25 years with family household income below RM 5,000 per month.31 May 2021
- Deadline: 31 May 2021Offered to “budding potentials” from the age of 18-25, recommended from children welfare homes, NGOs or poor communities.31 May 2021
- Deadline: 10 June 2021Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) is offering scholarships to Malaysians who wish to pursue their education with MCKL.10 June 2021
- Deadline: 15 June 2021Dasein-EXSIM Scholarship is only applicable for new enrollment and offered strictly to full-time registered students at Dasein Academy of Art.15 June 2021
- Deadline: 5 July 2021The Fellowship is a Leadership Development Programme that trains Fellows to become changemakers in the education system. Fellows are given the chance to teach in high-need schools to deepen their understanding of the education landscape and the roots...5 July 2021
- Deadline: 30 July 2021In support of Malaysia's aspiration to have 20,000 Data Professionals by the next decade, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia has committed to provide a three-year scholarship programme for high achieving and deserving students to pursue a BSc (Hons) Sta...30 July 2021
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.