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Malaysia International Scholarship


Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) 2023


Graduates from the recipient countries of MIS 2023 who:
1. are citizens from the recipient countries of MIS 2023*;
2. intend to pursue full-time postgraduate studies (Master’s/PhD) in Malaysia; or
3. are currently pursuing full-time postgraduate studies in Malaysian public universities and selected private higher education institutions** with a minimum of two (2) semesters remaining before the end of the study period.
* please refer to the list of Recipient Countries of MIS 2023 below
**please refer to the List of Universities below to view universities and institutions included under MIS


High potential and excellent graduates from the following countries are welcome to apply for MIS:

  • ASEAN countries
  • Morocco
  • Commonwealth countries
  • Palestine
  • Afghanistan
  • Qatar
  • Algeria
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Senegal
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Egypt
  • Syria
  • Georgia
  • Tajikistan
  • Hong Kong
  • Tunisia
  • Iran
  • Turkey
  • Iraq
  • Turkmenistan
  • Jordan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Libya
  • Yemen

1. Application for MIS can be accessed on our online application system via the link
2. Applicants will have to fill out and provide all the necessary information in the Application Form and have the compulsory documents listed below scanned and saved in PDF format and uploaded to the online application system:
i. A certified copy of the passport as evidence of nationality (with minimum validity of 6 months);
ii. A certified copy of the academic transcript(s):

a. Transcripts of undergraduate studies (together with the master’s degree transcript for PhD applicants)
b. Reflect the record of all the courses taken throughout the previous study programme(s)
c. Must be submitted together with a certified official document issued by the applicant’s alma mater describing the institution’s grade system if the applicant’s transcript does not include information on CGPA, marks or score

iii. A certified copy of English Proficiency test result (IELTS / TOEFL) or an official letter from the previous institution declaring English as the medium of instruction used for the obtained degree(s).
iv. Letter of Recommendation from two (2) referees;
v. Admission letter to Malaysian university (if applicants are currently undertaking postgraduate studies or if applicants have secures admission to the university);
vi. Curriculum Vitae; and
vii. Research Proposal *for Masters by Research and PhD applicants only
**all of the documents are required to be in English, if they are in any language other than English, you are required to provide certified translated copies of the documents.


Applicants must fulfill the following criteria for their applications to be considered further:
1. Is not more than 40 and 45 years old at the time of application for master’s and PhD levels respectively.
2. Possessing good academic qualifications:

i. Master’s applicants: obtaining CGPA 3.0 / 2nd Class Upper (Honours) or higher at Bachelor’s Degree level;
ii. PhD applicants: obtaining CGPA 3.0 / excellent results at Master’s level in course related to the intended study program

3. Mastering good proficiency of English Language:

i. Obtaining band 6.0 or higher in IELTS; or
ii. Obtaining a total score of 550 or higher in TOEFL paper-based test (PBT); or
iii. Has obtained previous degree(s) with English used as the medium of instructions.

4. Submitting a written research proposal* with minimum of 1,000 words that is relevant to the intended field of
studies *for Master’s by Research and PhD applicants only


1. Master’s degree
2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree
*Full-time study only


All Malaysian 20 public universities and 4 selected private universities as listed below are supported under MIS:
1. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
2. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
3. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
4. Universiti Malaya (UM)
5. Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)
6. Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM/IIUM)
7. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
8. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
9. Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
10. Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM)
11. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
12. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
13. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
14. Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
15. Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
16. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
17. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP)
18. Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA)
19. Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
20. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
21. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
22. Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
23. Multimedia University (MMU)
24. INCEIF University (INCEIF)


1. Tuition fees for the whole sponsorship period will be paid directly to the university.
2. Monthly living allowance of RM 1,500.00 per month.


Applicants are welcome to apply for any accredited courses with priorities given to courses under the following areas of study:
1. Education
2. Arts and Humanities
3. Social Sciences, Journalism and Information
4. Business, Administration and Law
5. Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics
6. Information and Communication Technologies
7. Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
8. Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Veterinary
9. Health and Welfare *not including medicine, nursing and pharmacy


Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
1. Outstanding academic and co-curricular achievement.
2. The quality of the research proposal and its potential contribution towards advancement of technology and human well-being, with a preference for Malaysia-related research topics.
3. Excellent communication, writing and reading skills in English language.

1. Scholars must undertake full-time study for postgraduate programs at the selected universities and higher education
institutes. It is the responsibility of the scholars to confirm their admission to the university.
2. Scholars must not change their study program during the tenure of the scholarship except with written permission from the university and the Ministry of Higher Education.
3. Scholars must fulfill the requirements of the study program and abide by Malaysian laws and the university’s rules, regulations, and codes of conduct.
4. Any suspension from the university will result in the scholar’s immediate suspension of the scholarship. Monthly
allowances are not payable during the suspension.
5. It is the responsibility of the successful candidates to apply and meet the requirements for the issuing of an appropriate entry visa, including a medical examination. The offer of the
scholarship does not guarantee the granting of a visa.  Further information and application details are available at
6. Scholars must maintain satisfactory academic progress and good standing throughout the study duration as stipulated by their host university, failure to do so will result in the scholarship being withdrawn.
7. The scholarships are tenable in Malaysian universities and higher education institutes and research must be carried out in Malaysia.
8. Scholars are not allowed to take any paid employment during the scholarship tenure unless they have written approval from the host university.


For further enquiries regarding MIS, please contact:
Ministry of Higher Education
Level 2, No 2, Tower 2,
Jalan P5/6, Precinct 5,
Phone: +603-8888 1616 / +603-8870 6323 / +603-8870 6346
(9.00 am – 4.30 pm Malaysia time / Monday - Friday)
For any technical assistance regarding MIS application form, please submit an e-mail with screenshot(s) of the issue to:


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