Young Scholars for Excellence Programme

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Young Scholars for Excellence Scholarship Programme - KAS Malaysia
Young Scholars for Excellence Scholarship Programme - KAS Malaysia

About the Scholarship:

The Young Scholars for Excellence Programme of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Malaysia (KAS Malaysia) is open to full-time students of Malaysian nationality. Our aim is to prepare young Malaysians for academic and professional success by granting financial support and facilitating personal development.


What does the scholarship include?

  • An award of MYR 2,000 per month for the duration of one academic year,
  • Additional payment for the purchase of books related to your Master's programme, up to MYR 500 maximum per academic year,
  • A variety of exclusive trainings for your personal and professional development,
  • Invitations to KAS event and access to publications,
  • A chance to connect with local and international experts,
  • An opportunity to publish own paper(s),
  • And the chance to become a member of KAS’s Alumni network.


Who are we looking for?

To be eligible for our scholarship you should:

  • have completed your Bachelor’s degree with above average academic performance, which is a minimum CGPA of 3.5 AND,
  • be accepted to, or enrolled in, as a full-time Master's student in a Master's programme in either Law, Political Science, Social Science, Business and Economics, Journalism, International Relations, Area Studies (Asia and/or Europe) or in another related field at a public university in Malaysia,
  • have a very good command of the English language (written and spoken),
  • prove active participation in some form of community engagement or volunteer work,
  • demonstrate abilities for critical thinking,
  • possess a broad general knowledge and a distinct interest in Malaysian political issues,
  • have a positive attitude towards development, democracy and human rights,
  • be open to develop your personal points of view and practice tolerance, and
  • be highly motivated and able to convince us of your goals in life,
  • not bonded to or holding any other scholarships or receiving financial assistance from any organisations,
  • be a Malaysian citizen.


How do you apply?

Please send the following documents combined into ONE PDF file to this email address -

  • The completed Young Scholars for Excellence Programme application form,
  • A letter of motivation stating
    • your motivation to apply,
    • reflections on your career ambitions,
    • details about your interests,
    • your understanding of values and social commitment and
    • how you would like to engage with KAS’ activities during your scholarship.
  • One informal academic letter of recommendation
    • containing information about your academic qualifications and potential,
    • it should not be older than two months,
    • the author has to be a university professor or teacher holding a doctoral degree.
  • Certificate or letter of admission to your Master's degree programme from your university,
  • Copies of your Bachelor degree examination certificates,
  • Copies of your studies performance records so far (from SPM and/or O levels onwards)
  • Certificates proving your voluntary, social or community engagement.


For the Academic Year 2022/2023 starting in October 2022, please send us your complete application digitally by 31 August 2022. Selected candidates will be invited for a selection interview by mid September 2022. Successful applicants will be notified of their successful application before the end of September 2022.


Ng Chen Chen

Portrait Ng Chen Chen

Programmkoordinatorin +603 7660 4408 / +603 7660 4409