Applications are now open for the 2024/25 Malaysia International Scholarship for Masters/PhD Study!

Funded Malaysia International Scholarship

Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract brilliant minds from around the world to pursue postgraduate studies in Malaysia. The Malaysia International scholarship is parallel with Malaysia’s aspiration to emerge as one of the global centres of academic excellence by attracting, motivating and retaining talented human capital from abroad.

Interested international graduates with outstanding academic and co-curricular backgrounds are welcome to apply for this scholarship to further their studies in leading Malaysian universities and higher education institutions with the opportunity to enjoy Malaysian hospitality and a world-class higher education experience.

The call for application for the Malaysia International Scholarship academic year 2024/2025 opened from 31 May 2024 until 30 June 2024

Who can Apply for the Malaysia International Scholarship?

Graduates from the recipient countries of Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) 2024 who:

  1. are citizens from the recipient countries of MIS 2024*;
  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 2024 in the scholarship guidelines link provided below.
    **please refer to the List of Universities provided in the scholarship guidelines below to view universities and institutions included under MIS

Malaysia International Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must fulfill the following criteria for their applications to be considered further:

  1. Is not more than 40 or 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 a CGPA of 3.00 / 2nd Class Upper (Honours) or higher at the
    bachelor’s degree level;
    ii. PhD applicants: obtaining a CGPA of 3.00 / excellent results at the Master’s level in courses related to the intended study program
  3. Mastering good proficiency of English Language:
    i. Obtaining an IELTS band 6.0 or higher; 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 of4
  4. Submitting a written research proposal* with a 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

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.

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:

Access the Scholarship Guideline here



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