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The Tunku Abdul Rahman Graduate Scholarship

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Fund was established in 2003 by the Government of Malaysia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (B.A. 1926, Hon. LL.D. 1960, Hon. Fellow 1960), the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, who received his undergraduate degree, his Honorary Doctorate in Law, and an Honorary Fellowship from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

The Tunku Fund aims to encourage the development of the Humanities and the Social Sciences in Malaysia. It offers a scholarship for students wishing to pursue Ph.D. research or a studentship for work that leads to an M.Phil. or equivalent degree. It will also fund small project grants for Malaysian citizens.

The Fund provides one scholarship each year to enable an academically outstanding Malaysian student to undertake research leading to a degree in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. The Scholarship provides full fees and maintenance. The value of any studentship awarded will be reduced appropriately to take account of any payment from other sources. Tunku Scholars will be registered with one of the following Faculties or Departments of the University of Cambridge:

African Studies; Archaeology and Anthropology; Architecture and History of Art; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Criminology; Development Studies; Divinity; Economics; Education; English; Geography; History; History and Philosophy of Science; Land Economy; Latin American Studies; Law; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology, Sociology and International Studies (PPSIS).

Preference shall be given to candidates whose research is of particular relevance to Southeast and/or East Asia. Applicants to the Tunku Fund must already hold an offer of a place to study at the University of Cambridge.

IMPORTANT: Applicants to the Tunku Fund must already hold an offer of a place to study at the University of Cambridge. Candidates should thus submit their PhD application to the Board of Graduate Studies at the earliest possible moment. To do so, please visit

Once you have applied to the University of Cambridge, to apply for the Tunku Scholarship please complete the application form, and send it to the address below along with the following:

  • A copy of your application to the University of Cambridge (GRADSAF)
  • Transcripts of any further degrees
  • Research proposal
  • Your letter of offer of admission to the University of Cambridge
  • A copy of your current CV

A checklist is provided on the final page of the form for your convenience. Please ask your referees to prepare copies of your references in sealed envelopes to be also included in your application. The deadline for application each year is March 1st for courses commencing the following October.

Please note that all application documents must be submitted together in one pack and incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The Committee will select a shortlist of up to 5 applicants by the beginning of April, inviting them for interview at the end of April, either in person or over the web. All communication will be by email, so please ensure that your email address is printed clearly where required and that you check your email frequently.

Applications are to be sent to:

The Graduate Administrator
Tunku Fund Scholarship
St Catharine's College
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1RL

Alternatively applications can be submitted electronically to

Click here to download the Application Form for the Tunku Scholarship

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Last modified 26th February 2015