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 23 other international finalists for the title of FameLab International Champion at Cheltenham Science Festival in November 2021!

Important Dates

Application deadline 

21 May 2021 (23:59 Malaysian time)

Application link :  https://www.eventsforce.net/britishcouncil/3796/register

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 2021 Regional Heats includes:

05 June 2021: Southern (Johor) 
12 June 2021: Northern (Penang)
19 June 2021: Central (Kuala Lumpur)
26 June 2021 : Sabah & Sarawak

Regional heats will be converted to virtual heats if travelling is restricted.  
Below is the dates for virtual heats :

05 June 2021: 1st Virtual Heats 
19 June 2021: 2nd Virtual Heats 

Important Dates

10 - 11 July 2021     : FameLab Masterclass
9 September 2021   : FameLab Malaysia National Final 2021
November 2021       : FameLab International 2021


Prizes for the FameLab Malaysia 2021 National Winner:

  1. Cash prize
  2. Representing Malaysia at the FameLab International Final on November 2021 at Cheltenham Literature Festival in the UK! 

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!