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In Search Of the Nation’s Young and Talented to Reimagine Excellence

19 APRIL 2021, BY Merdeka Award
“One of the most rewarding aspects of presenting the grant each year is getting to be part of this next step in the journey of a young Malaysian, in pursuit of his or her aspirations. I am greatly heartened by their energy and by their determination to make a difference in the world.” 
 
His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah
Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan and 
Royal Patron of the Merdeka Award Trust

Young, talented, and passionate Malaysian researchers who believe that their idea will rock the world need not look further. The opportunity to gain diverse and international scrutiny or collaboration with other like-minded talents  that will usher in distinction in your career and future is now here.

This is the springboard that the prestigious Merdeka Awards Grant for International Attachment, provides the young and talented of Malaysia in their journey of excellence. 

Since 2012, the Grant has honoured and rewarded young Malaysian talents between the age of 22 and 35, for their unrelenting dedication and contribution to the future of Malaysia and its people. It has afforded a pivotal platform for the transformation and elevation of knowledge, careers and global networking for successful recipients. 

Recipients are presented with an exceptional opportunity for international placement at recognised host institutions offering short-term attachment programmes. This enables distinguished young Malaysians to engage in collaborative efforts that enhance their work, expertise, and achievements. 

It facilitates collaborations and working relationships with global experts in their field of study, creating a unique and critical platform for knowledge transfer. This in turn increases the expertise and experience of recipients as they collaborate, build, and innovate upon their own body of work.

The Grant also provides an opportunity for members of society to be a part of this exciting initiative that brings positive change while developing wholesome community initiatives. Organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to join the giving experience and partake of the celebration of achievements. 

Since its introduction,19 exemplary young Malaysians have successfully received the Grant and have emerged as champions of innovation and excellence. Past winners view this Grant  as a defining event in their careers and lives, facilitating a greater sense of achievement and excellence in their work. 

If you are in hot pursuit for excellence, and want to boost your journey of discovery, apply now to reimagine your future!

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A Clarion Call for Young Talents of Malaysia
The Merdeka Awards Grant for International Attachment extends an invitation to Malaysia’s young and talented to apply for its Grant online at 
http://www.merdekaaward.my/The-Grant/Application.aspx.

Closing date: 3 May 2021.

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Here’s a quick view of past winners

2019 Winners
Dr Yanny Marliana Baba Ismail - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Ying Xin Feng - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Juliana Ooi - EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
Dr Mohd Azri Ab Rani  - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

2018 Winners
Dr Ong Wee Jun - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Dr Aishah Ismail - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

2017 Winners
Shahar Koyok  - EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
Dr Sophia Rasheeqa Ismail - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Dr Zetty Norhana Balia Yusof  - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

2016 Winners
Ms Koh Lily - EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
Dr Khamarrul Azahari Razak - ENVIRONMENT

2015 Winners
Ms Chua Ling Ling  - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Dr Mohd Sukor Su’ait  - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

2014 Winners
Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam  - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Dr Lim Hong Ngee  - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

2013 Winners
Prof Dr Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Dr Natrah Fatin Mohd Ikhsan - HEALTH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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Dr Edison Lee Tian Khoon
Dr Edison headed to Sweden’s Uppsala University, where he joined the Department of Chemistry, Ångström Laboratory, as part of his attachment stint. He is currently carrying out active research in polymer electrolyte and nanomaterials for Lithium-ion batteries. Read more about him here:
Innovating the Energy Ecosystem
Chrishen R. Gomez
Having attended the prestigious Ivy League Brown University as part of his attachment programme, 27-year-old Chrishen is now with the Wildlife Research and Conservation Unit at Oxford University. Chrishen is busy developing a genetic-based research project on the Sunda Clouded Leopard. Read more about him here: Conserving Our Forests & Future
 
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