The YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award is a flagship leadership programme of YSN-ASM. The term “Chrysalis” refers to “a transitional stage of life when undergoing a transformation between the immature and mature stages”, in analogy to the process that postgraduate students (pupal) undergo that culminate in successful graduation as competent researchers (butterfly). We aim to identify and nurture promising PhD candidates to be the future pillars of our Science, Technology, Innovation and Economic (STIE) ecosystem. 15 Selected YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Finalists will experience continuous support and mentoring for the next five years after the programme. This step ensures that these finalists are empowered to be outstanding researchers who will contribute to Malaysia’s STIE ecosystem. In recognition of their talents, almost RM 10,000 cash prizes (in total) for the winners and other category for their professional development.

  1. To identify and recognise the talents of promising future researchers in Malaysia.
  2. To develop and nurture these future researchers to fulfil their potential.
  3. To empower these future researchers in alignment with Malaysia's STIE outlook.
  1. Undergo extensive training with industry experts and academia to be future science leaders.
  2. Mentoring programme with YSN-ASM Members and Industry
  3. Open to other dimensions of research that synergise multidisciplinary research collaboration.
  •       Malaysian citizens aged 35 years and below on 1st January 2023.
  •       Final year PhD students studying in Malaysia.
  •       Research expertise falls within (but not limited to) the following domains:
    • Engineering Sciences
    • Medical and Health Sciences
    • Physical and Chemical Sciences
    • Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    • Science and Technology Development Industry
    • Social Sciences and Humanities

Our aspiration for the Chrysalis Award is to build the talents and skills of our young scientists to positively impact the STIE ecosystem and inculcate the spirit of giving back to our society. 

The journey of this leadership programme is divided into four stages: 

(1)   IDENTIFY: Shortlisting of Fifteen young scientists as YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Finalists.

(2) DEVELOP: Development of these YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Finalists through training modules organised by YSN-ASM to bolster relevant transferable skills and networking with outstanding local scientists.

(3)   RECOGNISE: Recognising Three winners for the YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award. These Finalists are shortlisted based on their demonstration of knowledge, enthusiasm, leadership, creativity, teamwork, presentation skills, and performance throughout the workshops and pitching programme.

(4)   EMPOWER: Invitation to all YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Finalists and Winners to contribute to the STIE ecosystem through YSN-ASM activities for the following years.

  • 14 March 2023

    Opening of the new call for YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award.
  • 14 April 2023

    Application for YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award will be closed.
  • Early of May 2023

    Shortlisted YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Finalists will be contacted via email. All finalists must commit to attend all virtual workshops. A schedule will be given to all finalists.
  • May – October 2023

    Online/physical Skills Development Workshop Series
  • September 2023

    Mentoring for proposal (assignment mentor)
  • November 2023

    Grand Finale & Award Ceremony
  • 2024-2026