Offers from Japan, UK

THE Japanese Embassy has announced that the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship for the 2004 academic year is open for application from tomorrow. 

During the term of the scholarship, monthly allowances of approximately 139,200 yen (RM4,600) will be given to undergraduates, and 180,300 yen (RM5,900) to postgraduates (subject to change). Entrance exam fee, matriculation fee and tuition at universities will be exempted. A return air ticket is also provided. 

There are two categories of scholarship: 

  • Undergraduate – five-year tenure, except for Medicine and Dentistry that have a seven-year tenure, inclusive of a one-year Japanese language course; and, 

  • Postgraduate – 18-month tenure, inclusive of a six-month Japanese language course. 

    For the undergraduate category, applicants should be between 17 and 22 years of age as of April 1 next year – that is, born between 2 April 1982 and 1 April 1987.  

    They should also have completed at least 12 years of formal education (excluding remove class) and obtained SPM/O-Level, STPM/A-Level, UEC, matriculation or diploma. Those who will be sitting for STPM, A-Level, UEC, matriculation or diploma exams this year may also apply, provided the results are known by March next year. 

    For the postgraduate category, applicants should be under 35 years of age as of April 1 next year. They should be degree-holders (ideally a first class or second upper honours degree) with 16 years of formal education (excluding remove class). Final-year undergraduates are also eligible to apply. 

    Government employees should apply through the Public Services Department. For enquiries, call 03-8885 3432 (Mohd Sazali) or 03-8885 3436 (Rosmawati). 

    Application forms can be collected from the Japanese Embassy. Alternatively, applicants can send a self-addressed envelope with 50-sen stamp (please indicate the category at the left hand corner of ALL envelopes, otherwise applications will not be entertained) to: Japan Information Service, Embassy of Japan, No 11, Persiaran Stonor, off Jalan Tun Razak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. 

    To download the online form, access  

    Application forms should reach the embassy by 4pm on April 4. Candidates applying through the PSD should ensure their forms reach the PSD by March 28. For enquires, call the Japan Information Service at 03-2142 7044 ext 157 (Goh) or ext 146 (Eza). 

    Chevening Visiting Fellowship 

    THE British High Commission, in association with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), invites applications from Malaysians for the Malaysia Chevening Visiting Fellowship tenable at the Centre from Oct 1. 

    The Malaysia Chevening Visiting Fellowship, which is funded from the Malaysia programme of the British Government's Chevening Scholarship Scheme, is offered to support study in any area of the arts, humanities or social sciences that has contemporary relevance to the study of Islam in the Muslim world. The fellowship is aimed at providing opportunities for men and women who have shown outstanding achievement in their chosen field of study. 

    Applicants should be scholars or writers at the post-doctoral or equivalent level. Selection will be based upon the merits and significance of the applicant's proposed or current research and how this can be assisted by study at Oxford. 

    Each fellowship provides for economy class return travel and stipend and allowances of £900 (RM5,600) per month. Fellows will be provided with office space and access to libraries. Fellowships are tenable for 10 months. 

    Closing date for applications is April 15.The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is an associated institution of Oxford University and has links with universities and research centres throughout the world. Its primary purpose is to promote a better understanding of Islam and the Islamic world by means of research and advanced study.  

    The centre encourages multi-disciplinary studies and its academic focus is not restricted to any one discipline or world region. The successful candidate is expected to participate fully in the centre's academic and social activities. 

    Application forms may be obtained from the British High Commission, 185, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. For enquiries, call 03-2170 2256 or e-mail scholarships.kl@

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