SMM Centre for Nested Entrepreneurship Doctoral Scholarship (Business)


This is a prestigious scholarship offered by Sunway University and sponsored by SMM Centre for Nested Entrepreneurship. Only two scholarships will be awarded to eligible candidates undertaking Doctor of Philosophy (Business).

The scholarship offered will cover three years of full-time study in Sunway University Business School leading to a PhD degree. The focus of the PhD research for the scholarship should be related to entrepreneurship.

The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the standard three-year duration of studies for Doctor of Philosophy (Business). Applicants who meet the requirements may also be awarded a monthly allowance of RM3000 by Sunway University. An optional internship with the SMM Centre for Nested Entrepreneurship will also be available to the selected scholars. Applicants for the scholarship should be Malaysian citizens and meet the normal entry criteria for a PhD programme in business.


Value of Scholarship

The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the standard three-year duration of studies for Doctor of Philosophy (Business).

An additional monthly allowance of RM3000 may be awarded by Sunway University to candidates who meet the Sunway University Studentship requirements. Refer to the “Who Can Apply” section for further information.


Participating Programme(s)

Doctor of Philosophy (Business)


Who can apply

Candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in business with CGPA ≥ 3.25
  • IELTS 7.0 / TOEFL 100 internet –based / PTE Academic 70 overall (candidates who have completed a Master’s degree or equivalent in English would have met the language requirements)
  • Research topic related to entrepreneurship


Note: To be eligible for the monthly allowance of RM3000 awarded by Sunway University, candidates must meet the following requirements:


Mode of Study

Sunway Graduates*

Non-Sunway Graduates**

Doctor of Philosophy (Business)
-related area
CGPA ≥ 3.25 & at least one SCOPUS indexed output
Graduate of a global top 600 university (QS or THE), CGPA ≥ 3.25 & at least two SCOPUS indexed outputs


Not available

Not available




How to Apply

  1. Upon acceptance of admission to a PhD by Research degree programme at Sunway University, the candidate must complete and submit the SMM Centre for Nested Entrepreneurship Doctoral Scholarship Application Form to Research Enterprise Office (REO). The form may be downloaded from here
  2. The completed form and required supporting documents are to be submitted to REO before the deadline. REO will review the scholarship application and coordinate the scholarship evaluation process.
  3. An evaluation of the scholarship application will be conducted by a panel of reviewers from Sunway University Business School who will select and shortlist scholarship candidates for interview.
  4. Shortlisted candidates will attend an interview according to the scheduled date for the final selection.
  5. Letter of offer of scholarship will be given to successful candidates. Candidates who are unsuccessful will be notified.


Terms & Conditions

  1. The scholarship is offered strictly to full-time registered students at Sunway University.
  2. Offer of scholarship will only be made when all documentation required for the application is provided, including official results and certificates of previous qualifications.
  3. Incomplete or late submissions of application will not be accepted.
  4. The scholarship is for a standard full‐time program duration. It will be valid for the standard three-year, full‐time duration of Doctor of Philosophy (Business) programme.
  5. The scholarship will be terminated if the candidate fails to make satisfactory progress, fails to complete the programme within three years, withdraws part way through the programme, or if his/her enrolment in the programme is terminated for any reason.
  6. Sunway University reserves the right to involve the scholarship recipients in interviews, advertisements, photography or other publicity-related activities for the purpose of promoting the educational institution.
  7. Non-compliance with any of the terms and conditions related to the relevant scholarship will result in a breach of contract.


Application Date

Application starts on 13th May 2019. Deadline for submission is 14th June 2019.


Outcome Date

Outcome of the application will be announced prior to the intake date.


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