Merdeka Award Grant For International Attachment Now Open for Applications

The 2021 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment (MAGIA) 8th edition is now open for applications from high-spirited Malaysian.

This award is an initiative of the Merdeka Award Trust Established by PETRONAS, ExxonMobil and Shell, to recognise and elevate the highly spirited young Malaysian to “Personify the spirit of Merdeka” and an opportunity to enhance their uniqueness, and commitment to reach excellence.

The award offers five selected outstanding candidates between age 22-35 years old for a chance to a three-month attachment abroad and involve in a short term collaborative project or research programme at an internationally- recognised host institution.

Petroliam Nasional Berhad President and Group Chief, Tengku Muhammad Taufik said, “The Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment is committed to retain its position as a key for deserving young Malaysian to become the next generation of leaders in their respective fields.”

The grant covers a broad range of discipline namely education, visual and performing arts, sports, heritage, community and social work, economic, finance, environment, health, science and technology.

“Throughout the years, the programme has equipped necessary skills and expertise that has seen our young leaders expand their capabilities to deliver exceptional advancement for the nation and its people,” he added.

The selected recipients of the MAGIA are expected to begin their international attachment in 2022 or 2023, which provides some assurance for potential applicants who are concerned about traveling during the pandemic.

The interested candidate may apply for this programme via online at and the closing date is on May 3, 2021.

More information on the Merdeka Award can be reached at the website:

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