Scholarships up for grabs


THE Fulbright Programme is a programme of academic exchange for the promotion of global understanding and peace. In Malaysia, the programme is administered by the Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange (Macee), a bi-national commission that promotes scholarly exchanges between the United States and Malaysia. 

With funds provided primarily from the United States government, Macee has sponsored these exchanges since 1963. 

It is now inviting applications for the annual Fulbright Awards for the 2004/2005 academic year. Eligible candidates can apply for the following awards: 

1. Fulbright Malaysian Graduate Study and Research Programme 

This award is for advanced students seeking Master’s or doctoral degrees. Successful candidates are most likely those with a clearly focused programme of study and a well-defined career track, with at least three years' professional experience. 

The award is for one year of study or research in a Master's/doctoral programme. Grants may be renewed for a second year. Recent graduates of American universities are not eligible to apply. 

2. Fulbright-Vijayashanker Memorial Scholarship Fund 

This newly-established special scholarship in the amount of US$30,000 (RM114,000) is offered to a Malaysian student in memory of Vijayashanker Paramsothy, a Malaysian who died in the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. 

The grant is towards a Master's or PhD degree in Actuarial Science or other fields related to finance. It may be renewed for a second year. 

3. Fulbright Malaysian Scholar Programme 

Malaysian citizens with PhDs (or equivalent) and a minimum experience of five years in relevant fields who have excellent records of achievement, as indicated by quality publications and professional activities, are encouraged to apply. 

Candidates must also be eligible for sabbatical or other leave from their home institutions. The grant allows successful applicants to conduct research and give occasional lectures at appropriate American universities for up to eight months. 

4. Fulbright Malaysian Professional Exchange Programme 

Malaysian citizens in managerial positions in any field with Master's degrees (or equivalent) who have a minimum of five years' working experience and a good command of English are eligible to apply. 

The grant enables Malaysian professionals to broaden their experiences through consultation, internship and other professional enrichment programmes at relevant organisations for a period of six weeks to three months. 

5. Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme 

This fellowship is granted competitively to mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. 

Prospective applicants should have a minimum of five years' professional experience prior to August 2004 and should be interested in policies pertaining to their fields of specialisation. Candidates are recommended to review the specific fields considered for this programme. 

Applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree. Emphasis will be placed upon practical knowledge that will be useful to fellows upon return to Malaysia. The fellowships are for one academic year of study or practical, work-related experience in the United States. 

6. East-West Center Awards 

The East-West Center, which promotes understanding between Asia and the United States, offers annual, renewable fellowships to support graduate study at the University of Hawaii in fields relevant to the goals of the center. Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree. Applications are available from www.EastWestCenter.org 

Application forms for Awards 1 to 5 are available at Macee. Applications can also be downloaded from the Macee website: www.macee.org.my. 

Completed forms must be returned to Macee by May 31 for Awards 1 and 2, and by July 31 for Awards 3, 4 and 5. Deadline information for Award 6 may be found on the EWC website. 

For application requests through the mail, please send a self-addressed envelope (15 x10 inches) with a RM1 stamp to Macee, 8th Floor, Menara John Hancock, 6 Jalan Gelenggang, 50490 Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.  

For enquires, email: pokala@pc.jaring.my or call Yati at 03-2093 8107. 

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