Full List of JPA Scholarships to Watch Out For

Published by Afterschool.my on Feb 23, 2021, 07:58 am

While there are plenty of scholarships available in Malaysia, there’s only a few that’s immensely popular among students.

Many people apply for scholarships because of the benefits that scholarships can provide to some people. If you can afford tertiary education without a scholarship, then that’s okay! Although, getting a scholarship is much more beneficial than just self-sponsoring your tertiary education. There are many benefits in applying for a scholarship and these benefits are why some people choose to apply for scholarships. Let’s talk about some of these benefits.

First of all, it reduces the financial burden. University fees are only getting more and more expensive. So having a scholarship that reduces the fees you have to pay or even a full scholarship that pays for all of your tuition fees will greatly reduce or even get rid of the financial burden you would have to deal with. Secondly, scholarships offer an advantage. Getting a scholarship would be something great to add to your list of accomplishments. You could even add it to your CV and employers would immediately notice it, causing the chances of you getting hired to increase exponentially.

Lastly, scholarships can decrease future debt. You might be taking a student loan to get into university, but with a scholarship, you can graduate without having the need to pay back university fees and student loans. This is because your scholarship would be paying your fees for you. Thus, you can graduate without worrying about accumulating debt.

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All JPA scholarships in Malaysia: 

Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) offers a number of sponsorship programmes and JPA scholarship applications for both undergraduate students and postgraduate students. Here, we list all sponsorships and scholarships offered by JPA that you NEED to know.


Program Dermasiswa B40

The objective of the programme is to help students from low-income families to pursue higher education, especially in the field of TVET and professional certificates with high prospects for the industry. For the year 2020, JPA sponsorships involved are in courses offered by Public Universities, Politeknik, and Institut Kemahiran Awam.

Courses NOT covered by this sponsorship include education, nursing, courses that require students to take piloting license and professional courses such as ACCA, LINUX and CLP.

To apply, here are the general requirements:

  • Malaysian citizen
  • Sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination of the previous year for the first time
  • Age has yet to reach 19 years on the date of application (20 years for transitional students)
  • Not blacklisted by the PSD or are under JPA lawsuit
  • Not accepting financial / sponsorship assistance from any agency for the same study
  • Household income is RM4,359.00 per month and below

Applicable for selected fields of study:

  • Technical and Engineering courses
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
  • Science
  • Social Science


Program Ijazah Dalam Negara (PIDN)

For this programme, candidates will be sponsored for their first undergraduate programme in public universities, politeknik premier and government-linked universities (GLU) as stated in terms of a convertible loan.

Successful applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Malaysian citizen
  • In good health
  • Has a SPM certificate 
  • Not blacklisted / taken legal action by the JPA
  • Did not receive financial aid/scholarships from other associations/organisations for the same level of study
  • Have already begun studying at an institution before the end of the application period

This sponsorship programme generally covers Engineering & Technical, Social Science, Clinical & Health, Architecture, Science and Veterinary fields. Although, in 2020, all fields of study are sponsored by PIDN in EXCEPT the following:

  • Education
  • Aviation-related fields that require students to obtain an aviation license
  • IPTA / IPTS franchise programmes
  • Twinning / dual award / double degree programmes in other institutions except those allowed (UKM-UDE and UMP-HsKA)
  • Nursing, semi-medical and pre-service programmes
  • Programmes associated with professional certificates such as ACCA
  • Part-time / distance learning / online programmes

We’ll update about the sponsored courses, don’t worry!


Program Penajaan Nasional (PPN)

PPN is a sponsorship programme whereby candidates selected will be offered a sponsorship in the form of a convertible loan (PBU) to pursue a preparatory course geared towards a First Degree, subject to the conditions set.

To be eligible,

  • The candidate is a citizen of Malaysia
  • Candidates must have good health
  • Mother and / or father and / or family members not blacklisted by JPA or are in litigation JPA
  • Candidate does not receive financial support / sponsorship of any agency or to the same study
  • Must obtained at minimum 9A+ for the listed subjects and for the remaining subjects must be graded A-

Applicable for selected fields of study:

  • Technology
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & Econometrics
  • Geology
  • Environmental
  • Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Mineral & Mining Engineering
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman (JKPJ)

The sponsorship programme is open to all SPM students who are interested to pursue engineering, science and technology (S&T), and social science in Japan, South Korea, France or Germany. Students will be sponsored as they attend the preparatory programmes before continuing their studies at the diploma or degree level in the selected countries.

The general requirements are:

  • Malaysian citizen;
  • Applicant must have good health
  • Sat for SPM for the first time in listed year
  • Has not reached the age of 18 years (19 years for transition students) during the SPM exam
  • Is not blacklisted by the JPA or in litigation by JPA 
  • Applicant is not receiving financial support/sponsorship by any agency of the same level of education.

Sponsored courses and the designated country are as follows:

  • Engineering: Japan, South Korea, France, and Germany
  • Science and Technology: South Korea, Germany and China
  • Social Science: France


Program Pelajar Cemerlang 

Students are invited to apply for the JPA-sponsored degree students to continue their studies at masters and doctoral degrees in various fields at universities identified by the Public Service Department (PSD). This programme is also in the form of a convertible loan (PBU).

Sponsored fields are Engineering & Technical, Social Science, and Science & Technology (S&T). Below are the general requirements as well as the specific requirements:


  • Malaysian citizen is not more than 26 years of age for Master's degree studies and 30 years of age for PhD level of studies on the year of application
  • Students were JPA/ PSD sponsored students at the stage of their first degree
  • Students who are eligible to apply are students who graduated with their first degree from the listed year until the closing date of this application for this sponsorship where it is intended allow time for students achieve enrolment in Bachelor's degree or Doctorate level
  • Students have received conditional / unconditional offer from university and pursuing studies on a full-time basis. The list of universities can be found on Lampiran A
  • Students must have graduated in fixed time and never had any extension during their first degree.
  • The Masters Degree program applied is not rated the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree for the purpose of selection into the Public Service Department. For example, the Government has set that the Master of Engineering (M.Eng) qualification from the universities in the United Kingdom considered at the same level as a Bachelor’s Degree or RIBA Part II for the study of architecture whereby it is considered equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree and not a Master’s.
  • Have at least 9 months remaining for Masters programme or 24 months for a PhD programme.

Specific Requirements

  • Obtained First Class Degree or minimum CGPA of 3.75 or equivalent during the first degree or Masters level, inside the country or abroad.
  • Non-sponsored fields of study are Medical, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Education, Nursing, courses that require students to take flight licenses and professional courses such as ACCA, LINUX and CLP.


Program University Perdana

This sponsorship programme is for candidates who are put forward by University Perdana under University Perdana-Royal College of Surgeon Ireland for convertible loan (PBU)

  • Malaysian citizen
  • Age not exceeding 22 years
  • Mother and/or father and/ or family members are not blacklisted by JPA or in litigation by JPA
  • Applicant must have good health
  • Applicant must have SPM/SPVM to qualify for civil services

Program Khas Lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Dalam Negara (PKLSPM)

This is a sponsorship programme in the form of a convertible loan (PBU), offered to top SPM students to continue their studies within the country.

To be eligible, students must obtain 9A+’s for their SPM, regardless of the number of subjects. The general requirements are:

  • Malaysian citizen
  • Applicant must have good health
  • Sat for SPM for the first time in the listed year
  • Has not reached the age of 18 years (19 years for transition students) during the SPM exam;
  • Is not blacklisted by the JPA or in litigation by JPA; and
  • Applicant is not receiving financial support/sponsorship by any agency of the same level of education.

For public universities, all courses are sponsored under PKLSPM EXCEPT for Education, Aviation-related fields, Twinning / dual award / double degree, Nursing, semi-medical and pre-service programmes, and professional courses.

Meanwhile for private universities, only Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Science & Technology (S&T), and Social Science fields are sponsored.


Biasiswa Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

The most prestigious scholarship in Malaysia, this scholarship is offered to postgraduate students who are pursuing their Master and PhD in the fields of Law, Economy, Science and Technology (S&T), and Islamic Finance.

Candidates must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Age not exceeding 35 years
  • Obtained a CGPA of 3.75 for their bachelor’s degree (for Master students) and master’s degree (for PhD students)
  • Active participation in co-curricular/community work
  • Mastered more than one international language
  • Obtained a place in Universiti Penyelidikan Tempatan /Top Worldwide Universities as approved by JPA.

 Eligible students can apply for their JPA scholarships online through the Portal Rasmi Pembangunan Modal Insan JPA https://esilav2.jpa.gov.my/

And there we have it! Remember to bookmark this page for full information on JPA Scholarship Applications, as we update upcoming deadlines.

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