- 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: 28 February 2021The Programme was launched with the objective to produce technically qualified human resources in the IsDB member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries by providing scholarships to promising and outstanding scholars and researchers...Expiring Soon28 February 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 28 February 2021The Programme was launched in 1998 with an objective to assist IsDB member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in the development of their human capitals specially in development related areas relevant to Sustainability Sciences ...Expiring Soon28 February 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 28 February 2021The Programme was launched in 1983 with the objective to provide educational opportunities to the academically meritorious young students from IsDB Member Countries (MCs) and Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue undergraduate or first...Expiring Soon28 February 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 5 March 2021Ajinomoto (Malaysia) Berhad is offering ASEAN+ONE International Students Scholarship Programme 2022 to Malaysian students who wish to enroll in a Master’s course (at specified graduate schools in the sciences) at designated universities in Japan.Expiring Soon5 March 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 14 March 2021Yayasan Sime Darby invites qualified students who will commence their undergraduate programmes in September 2021 after completing their STPM or Foundation/Matriculation studies as well as those who are in their first year of undergraduate studies to ...14 March 2021
- Deadline: 7 March, 24 March, 4 April 2021Are you a woman with a degree in STEM subjects passionate about your study? You could receive a scholarship to study a master's degree in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics programme at a leading UK university.7 March, 24 March, 4 April 2021
- Deadline: 6 April 2021Yayasan Sime Darby invites qualified SPM 2020 leavers to apply for education sponsorship to pursue foundation studies in China.6 April 2021
- Deadline: 6 April 2021Yayasan Sime Darby invites qualified SPM 2020 leavers to apply for education sponsorship to pursue foundation studies locally, leading to undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom.6 April 2021
- Deadline: 12 April 2021The Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship (BTAR) aims to help underprivileged students to continue their education in university. It is open to all Malaysians, focusing especially on high-potential students with a strong financial need to cover the expenses...12 April 2021
- Deadline: OngoingWe help our students liaise with external agencies to secure study loans. There is an option for everyone, and we recommend researching what is available before speaking to our student officers. Whatever your choice is, we will be glad to help.Ongoing
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.