Education Ministry Bursaries, Overseas Degree Programme Scholarships (PILN) & National Scholarship Programme
- Education Ministry Bursaries (dermasiswa) for local pre-unversity courses will be offered automatically to all students with SPM 9A+ and above.
- Recipients of Education Ministry Bursaries will be offered local or overseas scholarships if they meet the required criteria.
- For the Overseas Degree Programme Scholarships (Biasiswa Program Ijazah Luar Negara, PILN), students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5 or its equivalent in their pre-university studies.
- Students who wish to pursue medicine, dentistry and pharmacy (overseas) must have unconditional offers of admission from any of the top 10 universities in the world, based on the list (provided by the ministry).
- For other fields of study, students must have unconditional offers of admission from any of the top 50 universities in the world (as determined by the ministry)
- The bursaries will cover costs for either the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), matriculation studies, the International Baccalaurate (IB), A-Levels, or other foundation courses provided by the Higher Education Ministry.
- Top 50 students in the SPM 2011 will be offered scholarships under the National Scholarship Programme (Program Biasiswa Nasional, PBN) - for tertiary study at the top universities in the world (Ivy League universities) based on academic merit. Selected candidates will be offered scholarships for their foundation and undergraduate studies for the fields of their choice in local and foreign universities, subject to the conditions set the Public Service Department (PSD).
The Ivy League universities include Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College and University College London (all in the UK) and Harvard University, John Hopkins University, Stanford University, Yale University, University of California Los Angeles and Duke University (in the US).
- Selection for the 2014 PILN is divided into four categories; scholastic ability (20%); ethnic population (60%); Sabah and Sarawak bumiputra (10%); and the socially disadvantaged (10%).
- Students' co-curricular participation, socio-economic backgrounds, and interviews will be taken into account alongside their academic ability with the weightage for these criteria varying according to the four categories outlined above.
- Scholarship candidates will also be assessed by the Student Assessment Centre (SAC) during their interviews. The SAC is a more comprehensive selection and assessment method based on determined competencies including interest, behaviour, leadership, patriotism, creativity, endurance, and confidence. The assessment panel is made up of Government officials from various races, professions and job grades.
- Students who have completed their pre-university studies this year are also eligible for PSD scholarships. Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) will offer 10,300 scholarships to students who have completed their pre-university studies to pursue their undergraduate degrees at recognised local public and private tertiary institutions. A total of 300 students will be sponsored by the PSD for engineering courses in Japan, Korea, France and Germany.
- More details of the bursaries will be available at www.moe.gov.my from April 16 onwards