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Malaysia Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) Details, 2019/2020



Application Deadline: 31st July 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the Malaysia Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) for Developing Countries. Interested students should see the details below.

Malaysia Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan Details and FAQs

The Malaysian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan are awarded by the Malaysian Government to the nominated students from the Commonwealth countries to study at the post-graduate level in Malaysia. This is a Government to Government scheme without any bond imposed by Malaysia. The awards for Masters degree are between 12 to 24 months depending on the courses. Awards for pursuing PhD degree are for 3 years. The Awards are only applicable for candidates pursuing full-time degree programme in Malaysia.

The Malaysian Government offers the Malaysia Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan for Masters and PhD Students from Developing countries 2019/2020.

When is the application deadline?

31st July 2018

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Commonwealth developing countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Malaysia

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters,. PhD

What are the selection criteria and how do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship? 

To be eligible for Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Not be more than 45 years of age during application.
  • Obtained a minimum of Second Class Upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at Bachelor Degree Level for Masters Degree applicants and for PhD candidates must possess CGPA 3.5/4.0 or very good result at Masters degree 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, refereed/non refereed journals, portfolio and patent copyright. The Post-Doctoral candidate must have excellent reputation in research and possesses knowledge related to the research to be carried out.
  • Took one of the following English Language Proficiency Test not 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; or
    • 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 at least 92.
    • In excellent health condition and certified by a Certified Doctor/Medical Professional. The cost of medical examination is to be borne by the applicants
    • Wrote a proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Malaysia (research-based programme only)
    • Has 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 the universities in Malaysia).

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:-

  • High-level academic achievement
  • The quality of the research proposal and its potential contribution towards advancement of technology and human well-being.
  • Excellent communication, writing and reading skills in English Language

What are the benefits of the scholarship? 

Each scholarship consists of:

  • 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

*The Government of Malaysia reserves the rights to review the value of awards at any time (and if such changes are made, the value of scholarship will be changed and the effective date will be informed to the successful candidates).

How long will the scholarship last?

The awards for Masters degree are between 12 to 24 months depending on the courses. Awards for pursuing PhD degree are for 3 years.

How to Apply for the Malaysia Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

All applications should be made ONLINE through Ministry of Education’s website at https://biasiswa.moe.gov.my/INTER/ until 31st July 2018.

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