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Tunku Fellows is a bilingual student leadership programme that develops champions for interracial justice and understanding. 10-12 Fellows will be selected among secondary school students in Petaling Jaya. Applications are accepted until 8 November 2020 (deadline extended).

Learn about challenges

of a multiracial


Fellows will engage in discussions about identity, stereotypes, discrimination and segregation in Malaysian schools.

Design and lead

positive change in 

your own community

Fellows will be provided the tools and the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to implement a project in their own school communities.

Receive 1-on-1

mentorship from an

NGO leader

Fellows will receive personalised guidance from a mentor experienced in social change projects throughout the fellowship.

Form lifelong friendships with peers of different backgrounds

Fellows will participate in 2 overnight retreats and 6 workshops over 8 months 

with peers from various

walks of life.



In order to be eligible for the Tunku Fellows programme, you must be: 

  • A student in a national secondary school in Petaling Jaya (see list below)

  • In Form 1 to 4 in 2020 (Form 2 to 5 in 2021)

  • Able to attend mandatory camps (19-21 December 2020; 13-14 March 2021) and events (18 January 2021, 6 February 2021)

Applicants will be selected based on: 

  • Interest and passion in improving their school social environments

  • Previous leadership experiences, no matter how big or small

  • Willingness to learn about Malaysia's diversity and confront difficult issues

  • Diversity of cohort in terms of race, gender, religion, socioeconomic background and other minority affiliations

We will not consider academic grades or language proficiency in the selection process. The Tunku Fellows programme is fully funded and Fellows will be given a transport allowance. We encourage students of all backgrounds to apply.




19-21 December 2020

Fellows will attend a 3D2N retreat in PJ. Fellows will learn the basics about how stereotypes exist, social inequalities and analysing issues in a community.


From January to February, Fellows will meet their Mentors, attend physical or virtual workshops, and participate in a networking event with school leaders to begin designing their project.


13-14 March 2021

Fellows will attend a 2D1N retreat in PJ. Fellows will be given the opportunity to refine their project proposal and design an action plan. Fellows will apply for a mini-grant up to RM500 to implement their project.


From April to July, Fellows will execute their projects. Opportunities will be provided to ensure Fellows are well supported. Fellows will also learn how to monitor and evaluate the impact of their projects.

All activities (camps, workshops, events) will be conducted in both English and Bahasa Melayu. We will ensure to the best of our ability that language will not impact the ability to fully participate in the programme's activities.


Ida Thien
Co-Founder of
Closing the Gap
Qyira Yusri
Co-Founder & Education Director of Undi18
Chan Soon Seng
CEO of 
Teach for Malaysia
Heidy Quah
Founder of Refuge for
the Refugees
Sophia Aliza Jamal
Co-Founder of
Kula Manter
Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman
Teach for Malaysia Alumni
Tharma Pillai
Co-Founder & Advocacy Director of Undi18



All applications are due on 8 November 2020.

The online application form can be found here. Applicants can use either English or Bahasa Melayu. We will evaluate applications based on the quality and thoughtfulness of answers, rather than the use of any language. Any questions or concerns can be directed to or +6014-3186370 (Jason).

Submit your online application here by 8 November 2020. You will be asked to fill in your personal details, answer three short essay questions and schedule an interview time.

We will confirm your interview slot and give you a call on the phone number stated in your application. Interviews will last for 15 minutes and are meant to get to know you better.

Results will be announced on 15 November 2020. We will notify all applicants on their application status through email. At this stage, we will also contact your parents to confirm their permission for your participation.



Architects of Diversity is committed to ensuring best practices are enforced throughout the duration of the Tunku Fellows programme. As a UWCx initiative under the United World College global movement, we comply with EduCare UK guidelines for safeguarding young people and preventing violence and harassment. We have experience with managing short and long-term programmes for children ages 13-17. All adults interacting with Fellows, including facilitators and mentors, will be required to undergo training to ensure child safety is prioritised at all times. In addition, parents of Fellows will regularly be notified about activities and be provided sufficient communication channels with both the organising team and reporting bodies. 




Eligible applicants must be attending one of the below schools throughout the Fellows programme: 

  • SMK Sri Utama

  • SMK (L) Bukit Bintang

  • SMK (P) Tmn Petaling

  • SMK Lembah Subang

  • SMK Kelana Jaya

  • SMK Bandar Sunway

  • SMK La Salle PJ

  • SMK (P) Sri Aman

  • SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (2)

  • SMK Seksyen 8 Kota Damansara

  • SMK Damansara Utama

  • SMK Tropicana

  • SMK Damansara Jaya

*private school students in the national syllabus may also be considered

  • SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 3

  • SMK Seksyen 4 Kota Damansara

  • SMK Taman Medan

  • SMK Sri Permata

  • SMK Sultan Abdul Samad

  • SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (4)

  • SMK Assunta

  • SMK Taman Dato' Harun

  • SMK Taman Sea

  • SMK Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara

  • SMK Damansara Damai 1

  • SMJK Katholik