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Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment

Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment
Closing Date
31 December 2014

Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment
The Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment was announced in conjunction with the 2011 Merdeka Award Presentation Ceremony by Prime Minister YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

It is designed to make it possible for qualified and deserving Malaysians, between the ages 22-35 to engage in short-term collaborative projects/programmes of up to three months, at an internationally-recognised host institution in select disciplines (education, arts, sports, community/social work, environment, health, science and technology).

The attachment aims to help the recipient build on his or her expertise by undergoing a learning experience in an institution or organisation of international repute, and improving the Grantee's body of work and achievements.

The end goal is to promote thought leadership and innovation, foster a culture of excellence and encourage a world-view.

Please read through the application requirements carefully, and complete the form as required. Please also make every effort to substantiate your application with information that will showcase your expertise and experience in your chosen area of study.

Note that this application is only available online; the Merdeka Award Secretariat will not accept any hard copies or physical applications.

Application Requirements
The grant is awarded to qualified citizens of Malaysia, aged 22 – 35, residing in Malaysia or overseas, in the following fields:
  •     Education and Community
  •     Environment
  •     Health, Science and Technology
Please take note of the following requirements:
  •     For academics, a Master or equivalent professional degree at the time of application in the field in which you are applying.
  •     For professionals and those outside academia, recognised professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments in the field in which you are applying.
Selection process
Upon submission, the Merdeka Award Grant committee will review the applications and shortlist candidates for interviews. You are required to meet all reasonable requests for dates and times for interviews, and are responsible for your own travel arrangements to the interview venue.

Application for the 2015 cycle is from September 4th, 2014 to December 31st, 2014.

Successful applicants will be notified via email and/or phone call.

* Dates are subject to changes. Please continue to check the website for updates.

How To Apply
It is very important that you fully understand the application criteria before you proceed with your application submission.

To avoid any appearance of conflict of interest staff of the Merdeka Award's Founding Partners - PETRONAS, ExxonMobil and Shell, and their immediate families are ineligible for the Grant.

Before filling in the online application form, please pre-prepare soft copies of the following documents, which should be attached with the online application.

Please take note that you have to reupload all the documents required if you encounter any error during the submission.
  1. Recent Passport Sized Photo
  2. Identity Card
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. Attachment Proposal
  5. Attachment Budget
  6. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  7. Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  8. Others
Each file/document uploaded MUST NOT exceed the maximum file size of 5MB.

Note: In the event that more files need to be uploaded, please combine the files and upload them under the category “Others” and ensure that file names are reflective of their content.