Dialog Merit Scholarships

Established in 2003, the Dialog Merit Scholarship programme provides financial assistance to the top performers at the General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) Ordinary Level (O/L) and the G.C.E. Advanced Level (A/L) examinations each year, aiming to help students pursue their higher education. Since the commencement of the programme, the Dialog Merit Scholarship scheme has assisted over 800 talented students through a commitment in excess of Rs. 100 million thus far.

Annually, two cohorts of students, one group having excelled at the O/L examination and the other having excelled at the A/L examination, are inducted into two parallel programmes. From the younger cohort, thirty top-performing students at the O/L examination are financially supported with a Rs. 2,500 monthly bursary during the two years leading up to their A/L examination. The cohort of 30 is comprised of the five top-performing students in the country as well as the top-performing student from each of the 25 districts, subject to them having achieved the said ranks at the first attempt at the O/L examination. As per the criteria set-out in the Dialog Merit Scholarship MoU between the Ministry of Education and Dialog Axiata, eligible candidates are determined by the Ministry of Education.

The parallel cohort is comprised of top performers at the A/L examination in the Physical Sciences stream who opt for specialisations in select Engineering and Information Technology disciplines. This cohort is comprised of the best-performing student in the country in the Physical Sciences stream; the best performing female student in the country in the Physical Sciences stream and the top performing A/L students from each district in the Physical Sciences stream, subject to them having achieved the said ranks at the first attempt at the O/L examination. These beneficiaries are financially supported with a Rs. 4,000 monthly bursary during their degree programme, upto a maximum of 4 years. Managing this cohort is carried collaboratively by Dialog Axiata and the University Grants Commission (UGC). The candidate selection process is carried out by the UGC, As per the criteria set-out in the Dialog Merit Scholarship MoU between the UGC and Dialog Axiata.


Alumni Journeys is a collection of success stories from around the country – outlining the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Dialog Merit Scholars. The book aims to celebrate their achievements and showcase their journeys towards excellence, while inspiring future generations.

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