Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP)

The Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) was launched in 1980. The main objective lies under its philosophy that the human resource development is a vital catalyst for countries to achieve sustainable economic and social development. The Programme consolidates various forms of technical cooperation in areas where Malaysia has the valuable experience and expertise. Through these cooperation efforts, Malaysia’s bilateral ties with MTCP member countries were strengthened. The MTCP is implemented through several cooperation programmes such as training in both short and long-term courses, study visits and practical attachment.

The MTCP Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies provides opportunities for. students to pursue advanced academic study in Malaysia. This scholarship is a Government-to-Government basis, without any bond imposed by Malaysia. Scholarships are intended for promising candidates who may be expected to make a significant contribution to their own countries on their return from Malaysia.

Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP)  Details
Scholarship Criteria The scholarship is open equally to qualified candidate up to 45 years of age at the time of application.

Candidates should be the citizens of beneficiary as listed in Appendix I. They should, at the time of application, obtain a degree or equivalent qualification with at least upper second class honours, (or CGPA 3.0) for Master’s programme; and hold a Master’s degree with good grades for PhD programme.

The candidates must demonstrate outstanding verbal, reading and writing proficiency in the English language through one of the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or
Test administered by the International English Language Testing Service (IEL TS).

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or take an entrance test or English Test conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education or the Board of Admissions of the particular university.

Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.

Field of Study Scholarships are available for postgraduate studies at Masters and PhD level tenable at Malaysian Universities. The duration of the award is 36 months for PhD and between 12 to 24 months for Masters programme.
Scholarship Package Each scholarship consists of:

  1. a return air tickets from recipient’s capital city to Malaysia;
  2. an approved tuition fees by the respective university;
  3. a maintenance allowance at the rate of RM1 ,200.00 per month;
  4. a yearly grant for books and internal travel;
  5. thesis allowance, installation and termination grant.

No marriage/family allowance for accompanying spouse or children.
Government of Malaysia reserves the rights to review the value of awards at anytime, 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 To Apply Applicants should complete the application form ( in 2 copies) attached with this document. The following documentation must be attached with the application form:

  • A certified copy of the applicant’s current passport showing evidence of citizenship;
  • The applicant’s academic transcripts, testimonials and/ or references relating to the relevant study, co-curricullum activities, achievements;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Passport-size photograph (2 copies);
  • Completed Medical Report;
  • A clear and precise study or research plan (for postgraduate studies);
  • English language proficiency certificate or test score (if any);
  • Admission letter from the university; and
  • Two letters of recommendation.

All certificates and related documents submitted must be certified by a recognised official or by the institution that issued the documents and must bear the official stamp and signature of the certifier. Official translation in English is required if the transcript is in other languages.

Applications must be endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or agency responsible for technical cooperation in the respective recipient’s Government and submitted to the Malaysian Goverment
Representatives in the country in which the applicant has his/her permanent home; or send direct to:

The Secretary General
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia
Multilateral Economy and Environment Division
Wisma Putra
No 1, Jalan Wisma Putra, Presint 2
62602 Putrajaya

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