17 Full Scholarships To Local & Overseas Universities You Can Apply For In 2018

We compiled a list of full scholarships ranging from Pre-University to postgraduate.

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Pre-University and undergraduate studies:

1. Yayasan Sime Darby (SPM 2017 leavers) - NEW

Region: Local for foundation but given priority for Yayasan Sime Darby Undergraduate Scholarship (Overseas).

Courses: Foundation.

Universities: Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM, Lembah Beringin).

Deadline: Opens from 12 March 2018.

Offers: Full tuition fees, board and lodging and book allowance.

Criteria: On completion of foundation and undergraduate studies, scholars will be required to serve Sime Darby Group of Companies for 5 to 6 years, depending on the value of the scholarship.

Further details can be found here.

2. Yayasan Sime Darby - NEW

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Region: Local.

Courses: Degree in Mass Communications or Engineering and Sciences related courses only.

Universities: UM, USM, UKM, UPM, UTM, UTP, UiTM, UUM, Taylor's University.

Deadline: 6 April 2018.

Offers: Full tuition fees, living allowance, books allowance and computer allowance.

Criteria: Required to serve Sime Darby Group of Companies for 2 to 4 years, depending on the value of the scholarship.

Further details can be found here.

3. Hong Leong Bank Scholarship - NEW

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Region: Local.

Courses: ANY course or field for Degree or Diploma.

Universities: Recognised public and private universities and colleges in Malaysia.

Deadline: Opens from 1 April 2018 - 1 June 2018.

- Undergraduate studies in public universities -- RM 8,500/= p.a.
- Diploma/Advanced Diploma courses in public universities -- RM 6,000/= p.a.
- Undergraduate studies at local private universities -- up to RM 24,000/= p.a.
- ("3+0" degree programmes on full-time and on-campus basis) Medicine/Dentistry courses in local private universities -- up to RM 32,000/= p.a

Criteria: Candidates will be evaluated based on their academic performance, financial needs, family background and circumstances, merits, leadership qualities and etc.

Further info can be found here.

4. Shell Malaysia Scholarship Programme - NEW

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Region: Local.

Courses: A-levels. However, performing scholars will stand a chance to pursue their studies at prestigious colleges and universities locally and overseas.

Shell seeks to sponsor students to pursue higher education in the following fields:

i) Engineering: Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Petroleum, Electrical & Electronics.
ii) Sciences: Geology, Geosciences, Geomatics, Geophysics.
iii) Commercial: Human Resources, Business & Management.

Universities: Kolej Tuanku Jaafar

Deadline: 25 March 2018.

Offers: Unspecified amount.

Further details can be found here.

5. The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation-Sunway Group Scholarship - UPDATED

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Region: Local and overseas.

Courses: Degree in engineer, business/management and health sciences.

Universities: Local, private as well as top-ranked international universities.

Deadline: 19 March 2018 - 18 May 2018.

Offers: Tuition fees, accommodation and a stipend to cover basic living expenses.

- Malaysian below 21 years old.
- Minimum CGPA 3.30 or equivalent in STPM, Foundation, Matriculation or Pre-University
- Applicants must have secured an unconditional/conditional letter of offer from the university
- Active in extra-curricular activities.

Further details can be found here.

6. The Star Education Fund

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Region: Local only.

Courses: A-levels, foundation, and selected diploma and degree courses.

Universities: Participating institutions can be found here.

Deadline: 30 March 2018.

Offers: Full or partial tuition fees.

Further details can be found here.

7. Sin Chew Education Fund

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Region: Local only.

Courses: Pre-U and degree.

Universities: Participating institutions can be found here.

Deadline: Open for now.

Offers: Full or partial tuition fees and other relevant fees.

8. ABS - Dr Goh Keng Swee

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Country: Singapore.

Courses: Most courses (except for specialised courses like medicine) will be considered.

Universities: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, or Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Deadline: 15 March 2018.

Offers: Full tuition and other compulsory fees, travel, annual maintenance allowance of SGD6,500 (RM19,500), and hostel allowance based on the institution of study.

Criteria: Successful candidates are required to work for three years in either an approved company in Singapore or an approved Singapore-based company in their home country.

Further details can be found here.

9. Chulalongkorn University - Thailand

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Country: Thailand.

Courses: Bachelor degrees in aerospace engineering, nano engineer, information and communication engineering, automotive design and manufacturing engineering.

University: Chulalongkorn University.

Deadline: 31 March 2018.

Offers: Tuition and program fees, travel tickets, allowance, accommodation, book allowance, and health insurance.

Click here for more info.

10. International Medical College

Region: Local only.

Course: Diploma in Nursing.

College: International Medical College.

Deadline: 14 days after the announcement of SPM results.

Offers: Three years of tuition fees, accommodation (hostel), transportation for practical training, student insurance coverage, and monthly allowances.

More information can be found here.

11. Datuk Roger Tan Memorial Scholarship - UPDATED

Country: England.

Courses: Only for London School of Economics and political science students.

University: London School of Economics (LSE).

Deadline: Applications are closed for now. Expected to reopen around May.

Offers: Full tuition fees, living expenses, travel costs (flight ticket at commencement and completion of studies), relocation allowance and visa fee.

Criteria: Proof of financial need is necessary and the applicant must have a conditional or unconditional offer from LSE.

Further information can be found here.

UPDATE: The scholarship no longer accepts applications till further notice


Region: Local and overseas.

Courses: Engineering, urban planning, social sciences, business, accounting, quantity surveying, technical sciences, human resource, psychology, architecture, property.

Universities: Any reputable university.

Deadline: Will reopen on 15 March 2018.

Offers: Full tuition fees and living expenses.

Criteria: Willing to serve the Gamuda Group for a specified period upon graduation.

Click here for more info.

13. Yayasan Khanazah - UPDATED

Region: Local (Watan Programme) and overseas (Global Scholarship).

Courses: Foundation, degree, master's and PhD.

Universities: Any institution from this list.

Deadline: 16 March until 6 April 2018.

Offers: Full academic fees, living expenses, accommodation as well as development and training support.

Criteria: Required to serve Khazanah Nasional or other approved organisations for a duration equal to the study period.

14. MOE Taiwan Scholarship 2018 - NEW

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Country: Taiwan.

Courses: Any course for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. However, applicants must apply directly to the university/college for admission within the application deadline.

Universities: List of participating college and uni can be found here.

Deadline: 14 March 2018.

Offers: NTD 40,000 (RM5,300) in tuition fees each semester, NTD 15,000 (RM2,000) monthly allowance for undergraduate students / NTD 20,000 (RM2,700) monthly allowance for postgraduate students.

Further details can be found here.

Postgraduate studies:

15. HM The King's and HM The Queen’s Scholarships

Country: Thailand.

Courses: Master's in any discipline offered at School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Management (SOM) or School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD).

University: Asian Institute of Technology.

Deadline: 31 March 2018.

Offers: Tuition fees, accommodation, and a bursary for living expenses in AIT's residential campus for the entire 22-month program.

Further information can be found here.

16. Asian Bank Development - Japan

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Region: Overseas only. 

Courses: Postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields.

Universities: Academic institutions located in 10 countries within Asia Pacific. Check here.

Deadline: Six months before course intake.

Offers: Tuition fees, book allowance, medical insurance, travel expenses, and living expenses for one to two years.

17. Chevening

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Region: United Kingdom.

Course: One-year master’s degree in any subject.

Universities: Any university in UK.

Deadline: Closed for now. Reopens in August 2018.

Offers: Full tuition fees, travel allowance, monthly allowance, and visa application cost.

More information can be found here.

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