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. The theme for YSN-ASM 2024 Chrysalis Award is ‘Tomorrow's Leaders: Cultivating Innovation and Impact for Our Nations and Communities’.

  • To identify and recognise the talents of promising future researchers in Malaysia.
  • To develop and nurture these future researchers to fulfil their potential.
  • To empower these future researchers in alignment with Malaysia's STIE outlook.
Benefits to Finalist
  • Undergo extensive training with industry experts and academia to be future science leaders.
  • Mentoring programme with YSN-ASM members and industry.
  • Open to other dimensions of research that synergise multidisciplinary research collaboration.
  • Malaysian citizens aged 35 years and below on 1st January 2024
  • Final year PhD students studying in Malaysia and have not completed Research VIVA before 15 March 2024
  • 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
Selection Criteria: ·
  • Outstanding record in research
  • Enthusiasm to improve oneself
  • Commitment to contribute back to Malaysia
  • 22 March 2024

    Application for YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award will be closed.
  • End of April 2024

    Shortlisted YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Finalists will be contacted via email. All finalists must commit to attend all workshops (Virtual or Physical). A schedule will be given to all finalists.
  • May – October 2024

    Online/Physical Skills Development Workshop Series
  • August – September 2024

    Mentoring for proposal (assignment mentor)
  • November 2024

    Grand Finale & Award Ceremony
  • 2025-2027