Talented international students with excellent academic records and outstanding co-curricular backgrounds can now apply for the 2014 Malaysia International Scholarship, MIS, to further their studies in any selected and well-established Malaysian public and private universities.

The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract the best brain from around the world to pursue advanced academic studies in Malaysia. This scholarship aims to support Malaysian Government’s effort to attract, motivate and retain talented human capital from abroad. This scholarship is divided into two (2) categories of study: Postgraduate and Post-doctoral Studies

Worth of Awards

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


To be eligible for Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS), applicants must fit the following criteria:-

  • Not be more than 40 years (Postgraduate) and 45 years (Post-doctoral) 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 field of studies.
  • 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).

Field of studies is in the following priority areas:

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

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

How to Apply

All applications should be made ONLINE through Ministry of Higher Education’s website (see below)

Step 1:

  • REGISTER your Passport Number or National Identication Number, password and email address.
  • LOG IN to online application form and fill in all section completely.
  • Please ensure all informations are correct before you print the application and logout.

Step 2:

  • Please attach printed application form together with the following documents:
  • Recent passport size photograph.
  • Completed Medical Report.
  • A certified copy of current passport showing evidence of citizenship.
  • A certified copy of academic transcript, testimonials and/or references relating to the relevant study, co-curriculum activities, achievements.
  • A certified copy of English Language proficiency certificate (Test of English as a Foreign Language/TOEFL or International English Language Testing Service/IELTS)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Admission letter from Malaysian University.
  • Two letters of recommendation from two (2) people who can act as referees to support your application.
  • Endorsement Form.
  • You are required to complete the two Letters of Recommendation from two referees, Endorsement Form and Medical Report. Please bring printed ONLINE application form and required documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the relevant agency responsible for the scholarship in your country to get the endorsement.


  • Scan all documents stated above in PDF format and LOGIN to MIS Online Application.
  • You are required to attach the documents and click SUBMIT button to submit the application. You will see the notification message when the process is done. All the application is fully online. No hard copy is required. Bring the hard copy of application form and original certificate during the interview session.

Please attach your documents accordingly to the list below : –

  • Recent Passport Size Photographs.
  • A certified copy of current passport showing evidence of citizenship.
  • Completed Medical Report.
  • A certified copy of academic transcript.
  • A certified copy of English Language proficiency certificate (Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Admission letter From University.
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from two (2) people who can act as reference to support your application.
  • Endorsement Form (From Applicants Home Countries Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For those already resides in Malaysia, form to be endorsed by embassy/ high commissioner in Malaysia.).

For further enquiries, please contact us:-

(formerly known as Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia)

Deadline: application closes September 30 2013.

Click here for more details

Click here to apply 


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