Human Life Advancement Foundation Science & Technology Scholarships

Application Dates
Degree Type
Bachelor degree
Degrees Accepted


The Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF) is the newly established foundation active in the fields of the education, technology transfer and sustainable development in developing world. Our mission is to develop networks of organizations and individuals able and willing to contribute to the needs of society, as well as in the development of internationally competent individuals. HLAF aspires to become a reference point for creation of knowledge, innovations and technology transfer related issues in developing countries. We support the importance of education in building a knowledge society.

This foundation strives to be an innovative institution responsive to needs of society for innovations, knowledge and technology by supporting fruitful interaction between firms, academia and public sector. We are delighted to announce that we are offering scholarships to those pursuing PhD studies and Posdoctoral research.

Applicants are invited from outstanding postgraduate students at PhD level or Postdoctoral researchers for the award of PhD scholarships funded by Human Life Advancement Foundation.

Application Medium

  • Individual application through HLAF’s website.
  • Application through institutions within HLAF networks.
  • Institutions that have networking with HLAF may recommend PhD students/Posdoctoral researchers to apply for HLAF Science & Technology Scholarship by submitting details of the applicants as below to

i) Name

ii) Department/Faculty/Centre

iii) Research Area                             

iv) Research Topic

Please provide Person in Charge of the Institution’s email and other contact details to us and applicants.Person in Charge of the Institution will be named as one of the referees when applying for the scholarship.Applicants have to apply the scholarship ONLINE (see “Procedure For Application”).

Project support by submitting proposal to HLAF.
The Foundation may grant the Scholarship Award as support for any specific project that is suitable for the scholarship. Institutions within HLAF network may submit proposal for the project to Agreement document will be signed between HLAF and the Institution for the supported project and applicants have to apply the scholarship ONLINE. Please provide Person in Charge of the Institution’s email and other contact details to us and applicants. Person in Charge of the Institution will be named as one of the referees when applying for the scholarship.The evaluation for application under project support might not follow the evaluation scheduled below.

Application Duration

  • For individual application or through institution within HLAF networks 15th April until 15th June each year.
  • Application for project support all year round, no deadline.

Scholarship Evaluation

  • For individual application or through institution within HLAF networks July/August

Preferred Discipline for Scholarship includes:

  • Any field of study that supports innovation and technology.

Eligibility Requirements:

Nationality : Unrestricted
Gender : Unrestricted
Maximum age :

  • 30 years for posgraduate student at PhD level
  • 35 years for postdoctoral researchers

Have received acceptance (offer) letter to pursue PhD/Postdoctoral at recognized universities before final decision on scholarship is taken.

In excellent health condition and certified by a Certified Doctor/Medical Professional. The cost of medical examination is to be borne by the applicants

All applicants should have a score of at least 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.0 points in the International English Language Testing Services (IELTS) or score a band 4 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET)or excellent result in other relevant English test that is accepted by the university and equivalent to the tests mentioned above.

Minimum Academic Achievement:

 Strong academic record and excellent academic references. Obtained a minimum of Second Class Upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at Bachelor Degree and must possess CGPA 3.8/4.0 or very good result at Masters Degree level in a similar field of intended PhD study, strong publication record.
 For Postdoctoral candidate strong academic record at PhD study and the research topics to be carried out will have an added advantage.

Selection Criteria:

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria :-

1) PhD:

  • Academic achievement at previous study;
  • Publication record;
  • The quality of the SOP and research proposal;
  • Recommendation letters;
  • Excellent communication, writing and reading skills in English Language.

2) Post doctorate

  • Academic achievement at PhD study;
  • Publication record;
  • Research proposal and its perspective application;
  • Recommendation letters;
  • Organization in which he/she will have its postdoctoral research;
  • Excellent communication, writing and reading skills in English Language.

Duration of Scholarship and Amount of Support

The scholarship value will depend on the type of study, as determined by HLAF.

Scholarship Type: PhD
Maximum Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Maximum Scholarship Value (USD): 15,000

Scholarship Type: Postdoctorate
Maximum Duration: 1 year (2 semesters)
Maximum Scholarship Value (USD): 35,000

Compulsory Documents:

  1. Identification Document / Passport
  2. University Acceptance/Admission/Offer letter
  3. Research proposal
  4. Academic Transcripts
  5. CV with publication list
  6. English proficiency test results
  7. Reference related to the relevent study

Procedure For Application

Application can be made ONLINE at

  • Sign up as member.
  • Go to “HLAF Programs” and click “Scholarship Application”
  • Fill in details required and attach documents as below:

-Identification Document / Passport 
-University Acceptance / Admission / Offer Letter
-Research Proposal
-Academic Transcript 
-CV with publication list 
-English proficiency test result 
-References related to the relevant study 
-Any other necessary documents

  • These documents are compulsory. Please name the files attached as above.
  • If you are applying through i) Institution within HLAF networks, orii) Project support by having an agreement with HLAF please name the Person in Charge of the Institution as one of the referees
  • Click “Submit this application” on the “summary” tab. You cannot edit any information after you submitted the application.

It is your responsibility to provide correct and certified supporting documentation. We will not consider your application if you do not provide the correct documentation. Late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interview. HLAF is not under any obligation whatsoever to call any candidate for interview.

Kindly read the scholarship Term & Conditions and FAQs at

For further enquiries, please contact:-

P.O Box 29 Suite 1B Level 5
Menara Dato' Onn, Putra World Trade Centre 
45 Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Tel : 603-2858 7075 
Fax : 603-4040 0212