Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS) for International Students


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. This 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.



Graduates from the recipient countries of MIS 2024 who:

  • are citizens from the recipient countries of MIS 2024*;
  • intend to pursue full-time postgraduate studies (Master’s/PhD) in Malaysia; or
  • 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 click here to refer to the list of Recipient Countries of MIS 2024 and the List of Universities below to view universities and institutions included under MIS


All applications must be submitted through our online application system via the link

Application form

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:

  • A certified copy of the passport as evidence of nationality (with a minimum validity of 6 months);
  • 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); and
    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
  • 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);
  • Letter of Recommendation from two (2) referees;
  • Admission letter to Malaysian university (if applicants are currently undertaking postgraduate studies or if applicants have secured admission to the university);
  • Curriculum Vitae; and
  • Research Proposal *for Masters by Research and PhD applicants only

**all 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 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 of instructions.


  1. Master’s degree
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree

*Full-time study only


  • Tuition fees for the whole sponsorship period will be paid directly to the university upon the issuance of invoice to MOHE by the university.
  • Monthly living allowance of RM 1,500.00 per month will be paid to the scholars every semester upon the submission of
    scholars’ progress report to MOHE.


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 MOHE.
  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.

Application date:

Open : 31 May 2024
Close : 30 June 2024



Ministry of Higher Education
Level 2, No 2, Tower 2
Jalan P5/6, Precinct 5
62200 Putrajaya


Contact No:

Phone: +603-8888 1616 (Hotline) / +603-8870 6323 / +603-8870 6346 (Malaysia time / Monday - Friday)


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