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18 Mar 2019

Your Ultimate Guide to JPA Scholarships 2019

As one of the most sought-after scholarships in Malaysia, the Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (Public Service Department), or commonly known as JPA, has announced several prestigious and highly competitive scholarships for top scorers who sat for SPM in 2018.

If you’re at a loss on how to go about applying for JPA scholarships, here’s a comprehensive overview of all the JPA scholarships that are being offered in 2019.

#1. Program Penajaan 9A+ 2019

What It Is

The Program Penajaan 9A+ 2019 scholarship by JPA is open to SPM 2018 students who have scored a minimum of 9A+ regardless of the number of subjects taken. The scholarship will cover local preparatory studies AND can be extended to a local degree upon meeting the required grades set by JPA.

What You Need to Know

  • Pre-University courses that are applicable include A-Level, AUSMAT, STPM, Matrikulasi, Asasi and Foundation at local institutions (both public and selected private institutions).
  • Successful applicants can choose to pursue their degree in a local public university or selected private institutions based on the applicants’ selected field of study.
  • Recipients who did not manage to complete their preparatory course OR did not score grades higher than the minimum set by JPA will be terminated from this sponsorship programme.
  • This sponsorship is in the form of a convertible loan.

Application Process

You can apply online here via the JPA website. The deadline to submit your application is by 5pm, 30 June 2019. You will then need to email a softcopy of the following documents to [email protected]:

  • Application confirmation slip
  • Your IC
  • College offer letter

Offer letters will be sent out in July.

Pro Tip: Do you qualify for the JPA Program Penajaan 9A+? Email your SPM 2018 results to [email protected] and we can expedite your application to college!

#2. Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman (JKPJ) 2019

What It Is

The Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman 2019 scholarship by JPA is offered to SPM 2018 students to pursue courses related to engineering, social science or science and technology in Japan, Korea, France and Germany.

Successful candidates will attend a preparatory course locally before continuing on with their respective degree studies at selected institutions abroad.

What You Need to Know

For Engineering and Science & Technology courses, you must have scored at least:

  • A+/A in Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry; and
  • A- in English and History

For Social Science courses, you must have scored at least:

  • A+/A in Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics and any 2 other subjects; and
  • A- in English and History

You will have to take different pre-university programmes depending on which country you want to study in (e.g. Germany = A-Level, Korea = Foundation, etc.).

What Is the Selection Criteria

Successful applicants will be selected based on these following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Co-curricular activities involvements and achievements
  • Family’s socio-economic status
  • Student’s performance during the Student Assessment Centre (SAC) and interview

Application Process

Applications are already open. Eligible students can apply online through the JPA website. The application deadline is 5pm, 20 March 2019 (Wednesday). Successful applicants will tentatively be announced on JPA’s website at 5pm, 10 May 2019 (Friday).

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#3. Program Penajaan Nasional (PPN) 2019

What It Is

The most illustrious scholarship programme offered, the Program Penajaan Nasional is open only for the crème de la crème of the SPM 2018 candidates — 411 of the nation’s best students are handpicked but only 20 students will be selected for the scholarship.

Applicants will be sponsored to pursue a preparatory course in a selected local institution and then proceed to study in one of the top 20 universities in the UK or USA based on the QS World University Rankings (see the list of universities here).

What You Need to Know

  • Only 20 out of the 411 top SPM 2018 scorers will be selected for the scholarship. Eligible students who qualify for this programme can be found here.
  • Applicable for selected fields of study at selected institutions only. Selected fields are Technology (Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Neurotechnology, Green Technology, Digital Technology); Agriculture & Forestry; Biological Sciences; Computer Science; Economics & Econometrics; Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences; Mineral & Mining Engineering;Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.
  • Applicants will be called in for a special test, assessment and interview.
  • This sponsorship is in the form of a convertible loan.

What Is the Selection Criteria

Successful applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Co-curricular activity involvement and achievements
  • Family’s socio-economic status
  • Applicant’s performance in the Student Assessment Centre (SAC) and interview

Application Process

Applications are already open and eligible students can apply online through the JPA website.The application deadline is 5pm, 21 March 2019 (Thursday). Successful applicants will tentatively be announced on JPA’s website at 5pm, 10 May 2019 (Friday).

What is Student Assessment Centre (SAC)?

Shortlisted candidates for the Program Khas JKPJ will be required to attend the Student Assessment Centre (SAC). The main purpose of the SAC is to ensure that JPA selects the best scholars for this programme.

SAC has been tentatively scheduled for 8 to 12 April 2019. It will be held in various designated centres throughout the country where you’ll be assigned to a centre most convenient for you.

Further details (date, time and venue) are available on JPA’s website.

All JPA scholarships in 2019 are “Convertible Loans”

All JPA scholarships offered are in the form of convertible loans (Pinjaman Boleh Ubah). What this means is that the scholarship is essentially a loan from JPA that can be converted to a full or partial scholarship, depending on various situations.

Here’s how the convertible loan model works:

  • Full scholarship: If you serve as a public servant in the civil service upon graduation
  • 25% loan repayment: If you work in a Government-Linked Company (GLC) upon graduation
  • 50% loan repayment: If you work in a local company in the private sector upon graduation
  • Full loan repayment: All other situations

The convertible loan initiative is designed to inject talented graduates into the civil service, as well as to instil accountability for the country.

We hope we have helped shed some light on the JPA scholarships available this year. Do keep an eye out for more scholarship updates by JPA in the coming weeks.

Not eligible for JPA scholarships? Check out our comprehensive list of scholarships available across Malaysia.

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