Heriot-Watt University Scholarships

High Achiever's Scholarship for Foundation Programme

We offer a range of scholarships to high achievers based on the tier below for our Foundation programmes.

Foundation programme annual tuition fee waiver information
SPM Results O Levels Results Annual Tuition Fee Waiver
9As (A+, A, A-) and above 8As and above RM 10,000
8As (A+, A, A-) 7As RM 8,000
7As (A+, A, A-) 6As RM 7,000
6As (A+, A, A-) 5As RM 6,000
5As (A+, A, A-) 4As RM 4,000*

*Applicable for September 2023 intake and onwards only.


Foundation Excellence Award

Foundation students from April 2023, July 2023, September 2023 and January 2024 intakes who have achieved Grade A (i.e. 70% average score and above) in Heriot-Watt University Malaysia's Foundation Programme will be awarded a RM 15,000 scholarship per year for the entire duration of their undergraduate study, subject to them achieving Grade A (i.e., 70% average score and above) in each academic year and the entire duration of study, failing which, the scholarship will be revoked with immediate effect and there shall be no continuation nor reinstatement thereafter.

High Achiever's Scholarship for Undergraduate Programme

We offer a range of scholarships to high achievers based on the tier below for our undergraduate programmes.

Undergraduate programme annual tuition fee waiver information
RM 12,000 per year RM 8,000 per year RM 5,000 per year
UEC (Best of 5 subjects) 8 points 10 points 12 points
IB 37 points 33 points 30 points
CPU 90% 85% 80%
ATAR 90% 85% 80%
MUFY 80% 75% 70%
SMA 3 Average 9.5 Average 9.0 Average 8.5
India CBSE/HSC 90% 85% 80%
Foundation/Matriculation/Diploma from other institutions (may be subjected to further assessment from HWUM) CGPA 3.75 CGPA 3.50 CGPA 3.30

Students are required to maintain 70% average (Grade A) every academic year.

Heriot-Watt Chinese Independent School Scholarship

The Heriot-Watt Chinese Independent School Scholarship is applicable for January 2024 intake for the Undergraduate programmes offered at Heriot-Wat University Malaysia. This offers MYR 3,000 scholarship in a yearly basis.

Applicants must apply using Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) from the Chinese Independent Schools in Malaysia who have been actively participating in extra-curricular activities and submit evidence of positions held in societies/clubs in the school or any achievements in competitions, e.g. state or national level involvement.

View the terms and conditions here: Heriot-Watt Chinese Independent School Scholarship.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Scholarship

Since opening our doors in Malaysia, we've made it possible for women in the ASEAN region to gain access to quality teaching and learning in the field of Engineering and Science. Committed to widening access, and reducing the gender gap in this field, we have developed this scholarship especially for woman who want to pursue a career in Engineering and Science.

Applications are open at both the Foundation and Undergraduate levels. Applications are accepted for those applying to both Foundation in Science and Foundation in Business with the intention to pursue any of the following undergraduate programmes:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Construction Project Management
  • Computing Science 
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying


  • Malaysian
  • Female
  • Meets academic requirements below
Academic requirements
Programme Qualification
Undergraduate HWUM Foundation Award 'A' average/ A Levels ABB / STPM ABB / IB 30 pts / CPU 80% / UEC 10 points / ATAR 80% or equivalent
Foundation SPM 6As / IGCSE 5As and above
Scholarship Award 50% contingent upon an interview with University staff

The following criteria will be considered for your application:

  • Academic excellence
  • Extra-curricular involvement
  • Leadership skills
  • Passion in STEM

Other application requirements:

  • A 1-minute video pitch outlining your passion for STEM and how your current experience will shape your role as a future leader in STEM-related careers for the next ten years. You are required to upload the video on Youtube as a private but shareable link.
  • A written personal statement
Application closing dates
Intake Level of study Application Closing Date
January 2024 Undergraduate Programme 7 December 2023
April 2024 Foundation Programme 29 March 2024
July 2024 Foundation Programme 14 June 2024
September 2024 Undergraduate Programme 1 August 2024
September 2024 Foundation Programme 25 July 2024

Email: hwum@hw.ac.uk for information on how to apply.

James Watt PhD Scholarship 2024

The Heriot-Watt University Malaysia James Watt PhD Scholarship 2024 offer a life-changing opportunity for potential PhD students to work on the most pressing global challenges from an Asian perspective.  

Deadline: 30 November 2023  

Location of Study: Malaysia  

Course starts in January 2024 

We seek to provide up to two (2) PhD students at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia with full tuition fees waiver for a 3 years duration of the study, along with a monthly stipend for 42 months. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisory team.   


  • Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Malaysia and worldwide.  
  • Candidates must hold a first-class Undergraduate degree or equivalent.  
  • Candidates with a standalone Master's qualification must have achieved a distinction.   
  • Prior to applying, candidates must have made contact with a supervisor at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) who has agreed to supervise them in their selected research project.   


You should submit your application for admission to study at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia through our online application portal Sign In (elluciancrmrecruit.com), which will require you to provide:  

  1. Degree transcripts for Undergraduate and Master study  
  2. Two references (at least one should be an academic reference)  
  3. A personal statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages), which must outline your academic and research achievements to date. 
  4. Research proposal. It is advised that you discuss your proposal with your selected PhD supervisor. 

Review and Selection  

The Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Selection Committee will review and shortlist outstanding applications. The committee consists of the Director of Research and Enterprise, relevant School research representative, and two members from Research Management Committee. Students will be selected from the final interview by our Selection Committee. 


The Heriot-Watt University Malaysia James Watt PhD Scholarship 2024 application deadline for the 2024 entry is 30 November 2023. Candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed in December 2023.  

Find out more below:

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact t.subramaniam@hw.ac.uk and d.barron@hw.ac.uk  

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