By Abdul Ghani Nasir
BANGI, 13 May, 2011 – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has launched a Fellowship Scheme worth RM500,000 per year aimed at attracting world class graduate students to do their PhDs at the university.
The UKM Perdana Fellowship is aimed at upgrading the university’s performance in research by increasing the number of students doing exemplary research work.
Managed by its Centre for Graduate Management, it uses the National University of Singapore, National Taiwan University and Hong Kong as the benchmark for the award in terms of purchasing power parity.
The Director of the Centre, Prof Dr Aini Hussein said the terms and conditions for graduates to apply involved their academic qualifications and the needs of the university.
The study grant given will start from the first semester from the date of registration for a maximum of three years.
She said in terms of financing, the Perdana Fellowship covers tuition fee and thesis examination fee. The recipient will be given a monthly allowance of RM4,000 and thesis preparation allowance of RM500. However, other fees will have to be borne by the student.
Applications for the Fellowship Scheme have been advertised in April and opened the whole year with the selection to be made in July and December every year.
The RM500,000 for the Perdana Fellowship is part of a RM5 million fellowship allocation to graduate students under the university’s Research University’s Fellowship award for 2011.
Prof Aini said the centre received a total of 215 applications from the various faculties and institutes of UKM of whom 188 graduates were found to be eligible based on their CGPA performances for the Research University’s Fellowships.
A total of 116 students, 51 for PhD studies and 65 for their masters, were then selected to receive the fellowship for 2011 with the PhD students given a monthly allowance of RM2300 and RM1800 a month for the masters degree students. In addition, the fellowships also cover their tuition fees.