Master’s Scholarship Application

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The Hong Leong Foundation is offering scholarships for Masters programmes abroad. The scholarship aims to provide opportunities for further study to  students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs. We seek young Malaysians who possess the Hong Leong Group values of integrity, tenacity, acumen, foresight and humility.

Applications are now open from 1st May - 1st July, 2016


  • Malaysian citizen
  • Aged below 35 years
  • Obtained a minimum of second class upper Degree (Hons) for Bachelor’s Degree or a CGPA of 3.65 and above
  • Offered a seat in a full time Masters programme by coursework and/or research in one of the top 200 universities of the world, as per Times Higher Education ranking. The duration of the programme should not  exceed 2 years
  • Plans to pursue a course of study that is relevant to the Hong Leong Group of company businesses, i.e. in the manufacturing, properties, leisure, and banking industries
  • Demonstrates active involvement in extra-curricular, community or voluntary activities
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and leadership skills
  • Possesses the character of an ambassador with a sense of faithfulness for Malaysia
  • Must not be bonded or receiving any form of financial aid or award from other educational institutions or organizations
  • Internal candidates are not eligible



Postgraduate Scholarships
Who can apply? Malaysian citizens aged below 35 years who have demonstrated active involvement in extra curricular, community or voluntary activities and demonstrates strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
When is the closing date for the scholarship application? 1 July, 2016.
What are the academic requirements for sponsorship? Candidates must have obtained a minimum of a second class upper Degree (Hons) for their Bachelor’s Degree, or a CGPA of 3.65 and above.
How much is the scholarship amount and what does it cover? This scholarship awards up to RM250,000 which covers:

  • Full tuition fees,
  • 1 student visa,
  • 1 return economy flight
  • Insurance and other costs as defined as part of the comprehensive fee by the university
How often do you pay out the scholarship amount and to whom? University fees will be paid directly to the university every semester, whereas living expenses will be paid directly to the scholar. Living expenses will be based on what is defined or recommended by the intended university.
What other benefits come with the scholarship? In addition to financial support, we also have enrichment programmes for our scholars. Recipients can take part in all the programmes deemed relevant to them. They will be informed from time to time about the opportunities via the Scholars’ Club monthly newsletter.
Do I have to already be enrolled in a specific university to apply for this scholarship? Yes. Candidates must have already been offered a spot in a full time Masters programme by coursework and/or by research in one of the top 200 Universities in the world as per Times Higher Education ranking. You can check if your university is listed here:
What are the courses/fields of study offered? Candidates should apply for postgraduate programmes which are relevant to the Hong Leong core business. The courses include (but are not limited to):

  • Banking and finance
  • Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Sales and marketing
  • Law
  • Research and Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Hotel Management
  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Studies
  • Earth Studies
What are the expectations of scholarship recipients upon graduation? Scholarship recipients are encouraged to join the Hong Leong Group to contribute their knowledge and skills acquired during their studies.Subject to fulfillment of selection criteria and availability of positions, the Hong Leong Group looks forward to welcoming Scholarship Holders to its organizations.Scholarship Holders will be required to participate in the HLG Inspire and Aspire Programme, and are required to live and work in Malaysia for 3 years upon graduation.
Can I apply for a scholarship if I hold a conditional offer from the University? Yes. You can submit your conditional letter of offer in place of your actual offer letter. Once you have received an official offer letter from the University, please mail over a certified copy to the Foundation.
If I defer my entry to the university after being awarded the scholarship, am I still able to receive it? Yes, as monies will only disperse once scholars are enrolled in the intended course.
Am I allowed to study and work at the same time? Yes. However, we encourage that Scholarship Holders prioritise their studies. The scholarship is in place so students do not have to worry about finances.
Am I allowed to apply for and receive additional funding, i.e through personal loans? Yes. However, please ensure that this additional funding does not end up bonding you (i.e another scholarship). We would also require that you submit your justification for additional funding. A breakdown of expenses would be sufficient to justify this.
Where do I submit the application? All completed application forms & necessary documents are to be scanned and sent to
Can I apply online? To apply online, click on the following link
When will I know if my application is successful? Only shortlisted candidates will be notified (usually through email) and will be called for an interview within two weeks after the application deadline
What is the next step after I submit the application form? If you are shortlisted, you will be informed of the interview date. Please make sure that the phone number you provide and your email address is correct!
Where will the interview be held? How long will it take? Interviews will be held at Wisma Hong Leong, 18 Jalan Perak KL. If the applicant is already not in the country, we will use platforms like Skype to conduct the interview.
How many scholarships will be offered? We offer 3 scholarships per year.
How do I check the status of my application? A member of the Foundation team will be in touch with you either via email or phone to update you about the status of your application.
How are recipients selected? Candidates will be evaluated based on their academic performance, financial needs, family background and circumstances, merits, leadership qualities and etc.
Must I submit ORIGINAL documents? Your document should be photocopied from the original and certified-true-copy by relevant parties like your school, university, etc. Please note that forgery and provision of false information is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate rejection.
Where can I get the application Form? Application forms may be obtained by downloading from Submit your completed application form and relevant documents to Hong Leong Foundation Masters Scholarship Programme, Level 10,Wisma Hong Leong,18 Jalan Perak,50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Who can I contact for additional information or special inquiries? The Hong Leong Foundation Secretariat at