If you are a 21 years old and above, studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics, you are the candidates that we are seeking. 

FameLab Malaysia is trying to find people who want to talk about their science, not the people who have already shifted into science communication or promotion as a full-time career.

The competition is made up of 3 stages: 

Stage 1 – Upon successful application, entrants will start their FameLab journey taking part in the Regional Heats.

Stage 2 – Ten regional finalists will be selected from the Regional Heats and they will move on to participate in a mandatory FameLab Masterclass and the Malaysia National Final in Kuala Lumpur.

Stage 3 - The winner of the national competition will then move on to compete against 25 other international finalists for the title of FameLab International Champion at Cheltenham Science Festival in June.


Important Dates

Application deadline 

15 December 2019 (23:59 Malaysian time)

Regional heats

You will be required to attend the Regional Heats to enter the final stage. Please make yourself available on the following dates for the Regional Heats. 

Upon successful application, you will be contacted and informed on the locations and dates for Regional Heats.

The participating locations and dates for 2020 Regional Heats includes:

18 January 2020: Southern (Johor) 
15 February 2020: Northern (Penang)
22 February 2020: Central (Kuala Lumpur) 

Important Dates

7 - 8 March 2020              : FameLab Masterclass
 9 July 2020                      : FameLab Malaysia National Final 2020
12 – 26 November 2020  : FameLab International 2020

FameLab International 2020 goes online

FameLab International, the science communication competition owned by Cheltenham Science Festival and delivered globally by the British Council, is back this year in a new interactive online format this November.

The online events will be streamed live on the FameLab YouTube channel:

  • 12 November (16:00 – 18:00, GMT) : Semi finals
  • 16 November (12:00 – 12:20, GMT) Announcement of finalists
  • 26 November (16:00 – 18:00 GMT) : International final

For more info on FameLab International 2020, please refer to the link below;



Prizes for the FameLab Malaysia 2020 National Winner:

  1. RM3,000 cash prize
  2. Representing Malaysia at the FameLab International Final on 2- 11 October 2020 during the Cheltenham Literature Festival in the UK
  3. The EURAXESS ASEAN Prize 2020 worth EUR600 which offers the unique opportunity to visit a research lab or university anywhere in the UK or 27 European Union member states. 
  • This visit is expected to take place immediately after the FameLab International Final
  • This prize is sponsored by EURAXESS ASEAN
  • In recognition of the winner’s great science communication achievement, this prize is meant as a career-advancement bursary enabling the winner to expand their professional network through linkages with researchers in the Europe. 

FameLab MasterClass

The Masterclass is run by some of the best science communicators in the world. This is one of the biggest prizes for all FameLab finalists. At the Masterclass, you will learn why public engagement is important, develop invaluable media and presentation skills, and get the opportunity to network with scientists from many different scientific fields!

Eligibility and Rules

Before you apply please make sure you are eligible to take part in this competition and understand the rules that apply to the competition!

You can visit here for more information on eligibility and rules.

On the application form, you’ll be asked to provide a link to a three minute video of you, pitching the research topic you think is the most compelling. Videos will need to be uploaded to YouTube or a similar service. 

The video must meet the following criteria:

  • Up to three minutes long on any science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics related areas which you must present yourself
  • You cannot use a PowerPoint, other electronic presentation or audio recording
  • No editing or special effects
  • No other people or excessive props (you can only use the props that you can carry onto stage yourself)
  • No background music (unless that is what you are talking about!)
  • Recording quality will not be assessed but remember that the clearer you make it, the better we can judge it!