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19 MARCH 2019

Online Applications Are Being Accepted – Closing Date 1 May 2019
19 March 2019, Kuala Lumpur – The Merdeka Award Trust is pleased to announce that the 2019 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment is now open for application.
The Grant aims to identify and recognise outstanding young Malaysians whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence, and support their journey to become young leaders who are driven to make a positive difference to Malaysia and the lives of Malaysians.
Each year the Grant is awarded to qualified Malaysians between the ages of 22 and 35, to engage in short-term (up to three months) collaborative programmes at globally-renowned host institutions and organisations.
The Grant covers a broad range of disciplines such as education, visual and performing arts, sports, heritage, community and social work, economics, finance, environment, health, science and technology.
This opportunity will allow the successful Grant recipient to establish contact and working relationships with other experts in their field of study, share knowledge and expertise in which they can utilise these relationships and further build their body of work, while also serving as role models to other Malaysians. 
Grant applicants will have to go through a three-step Selection Process – first by the Merdeka Award Secretariat; second by a Selection Committee comprising representatives from the three founding partners of the Merdeka Award – PETRONAS, ExxonMobil and Shell; and finally by the Merdeka Award Board of Trustees.

The recipient will have to complete the attachment within a year of being awarded the Grant. 

Since its introduction in 2012, a total of 14 young Malaysians have successfully received the grant, with 11 of them having completed their attachments at an international institution of their choice. The remaining three who received the Grant in 2018, will be pursuing their attachments this year.
The closing date to apply for the 2019 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment is 1 May 2019. All applications must be made online at

For more information about the Merdeka Award and its activities, please visit the following sites:

The Merdeka Award was established by PETRONAS, ExxonMobil and Shell on 27th August 2007 to recognise and reward excellent individuals and organisations whose works and achievements have contributed to the nation's growth and inspired greatness in the people of Malaysia.

It is a prestigious award that honours the outstanding work and achievements that have made an impact on the nation and its people in the following categories, namely Education and Community; Environment; Health, Science and Technology; Outstanding Scholastic Achievement; and Outstanding Contribution to the People of Malaysia.

In 2012, the Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment was introduced as a complementary programme to the Merdeka Award to nurture promising young Malaysians and support them in their journey of excellence. It is hoped that the Grant can elevate Malaysia’s future generation to one day be recognised among the Merdeka Award recipients.
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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
Dr Zetty
Dr Zetty is currently working on anti-cancer compounds found in Malaysian seaweed and has continued to pursue her original project proposal of microalgae vaccine carriers for fish. A working solution has been patented by Dr Zetty and will be deployed within the coming year.
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