Professor ST Leong Memorial Scholarship

This Scholarship was established in memory of Sow-Theng Leong, Professor of Asian Studies at Murdoch University from 1985 to 1987, and aims to promote academic excellence in the study of Asian languages and cultures. Professor Leong was born in 1939 in Malaysia and received his university education at Brandeis and Harvard Universities. He held teaching and research posts at the University of Malaysia, the International Christian University in Tokyo, Australian National University and Melbourne University before taking up his post at Murdoch.

The scholarship is intended to help finance study in South East Asia, China or Japan. Study in the region may include language study or research at honours or postgraduate level.


One scholarship is available




Opens: Monday 30 September, 2019
Closes: Sunday 01 March, 2020


One $2,500 instalment to assist with travel and living expenses in Asia.


To apply for this scholarship you must be enrolled in a Major, Co-Major or Honours which involves field study in Asia, with priority to:

o Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) (B1316/B1316A or H1256),
o Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian) (B1316/B1316A),
o Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) (B1316/B1316A),
o Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist) at either Undergraduate or Honours level,
o a postgraduate degree that requires travel to Asia for study of an Asian topic.

More info:

Please note:

Priority will be given to those students who have not received any other scholarship or financial support. 

How to apply

1 Download and complete the application form

In addition to the application form, email the following documents to

• A personal statement of no more than two A4 pages. Please include in the personal statement:
- Study proposal, including dates of travel
- Information regarding any other scholarships or bursaries that you are in receipt of (or that are under consideration) for your studies
- How the scholarship will assist you to budget for the overseas travel

• A written reference from no more than two current or former academic referees or employers

• Postgraduate and Honours students: Academic transcript of your previous studies if you did not complete your undergraduate degree at Murdoch

What happens next?

All applications are ranked against each other in a careful assessment of the information provided in the application form. Please ensure that you submit all of the required documentation.

Applicants will be contacted by the Scholarships Office via the email address registered in MyInfo.