Scholarships in Malaysia


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Malaysian government offers International Scholarships


The scholarships are offered for postgraduate and post-doctoral students


Students with excellent academic background are eligible for it

Malaysia is one of the most economical options for a student who is looking for an affordable and quality education. The country not only offers globally competent courses in its universities but also home various international campuses making it a true global education destination. Malaysian government also supports international students by offering them scholarships.


The details of the scholarships are mentioned below:


Malaysian International Scholarship

The Malaysian International Scholarship is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract the merit students from around the world to pursue advanced academic studies in Malaysia. Talented international students with excellent academic backgrounds and outstanding co-curricular records are welcomed to apply for this scholarship and further their studies in any selected and well-established Malaysian public and private universities. This scholarship is divided into two categories of study, Postgraduate and Post-doctoral studies.


Eligibility criteria for Malaysian International Scholarship

  • A candidate should not be more than 40 years (postgraduate) and 45 years (post-doctoral) of age during application.


  • He/she should have obtained a minimum of second class upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4 at Bachelor Degree level for Masters Degree while PhD candidates must acquire a CGPA 3.5/4 or very good result at Masters level in a similar field of intended PhD study. In addition, for post-doctoral programme, the selection will be evaluated based on the number of books produced, referred/non referred journals, portfolio and patent copyright. The post-doctoral candidate must have excellent reputation in research and possess knowledge related to the research to be carried out.


  • A candidate should have taken one of the following English Language Proficiency Test mot more than two years before the date of application. The list of tests and minimum scores required:
    • IELTS Academic Test with a score of at least 6.5
    • TOEFL paper-based test with a score of at least 580 or computer-based test with a score of at least 230 or internet-based test with a score of at least 92.


  • A candidate should be in a good health condition and he/she should be certified by a certified doctor/medical professional. The cost of medical examination is to be borne by the applicants.


  • He/she should write a proposal that is relevant to the field of studies.


  • A candidate should have applied for and gained admission to postgraduate and post-doctoral studies in Malaysia (conditional letters of offer will be accepted at the time of application or has a confirmation of acceptance or affiliation with universities in Malaysia).


Value of Malaysian International Scholarship

  • Air tickets from recipient’s capital city to Malaysia
  • An approved tuition fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Annual grant for books and internal travel
  • Medical/health insurance
  • Installation and termination grant
  • Thesis allowance
  • Visa


Priority study areas for Malaysian International Scholarship

  • Science and Engineering
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Economics and Islamic Finance
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Infrastructure and Utility
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health not including nursing, medicine, clinical pharmacy

Applicants may choose any related course within the field/areas mentioned above.


Selection criteria for Malaysian International Scholarship

  • A candidate should posses a high-level of academic achievement.
  • The quality of the research proposal and its potential contribution towards advancement of technology and human well-being.
  • He/she should be excellent in communication, writing and reading skills in English language. 

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