Fulbright Malaysia Program

Fulbright Malaysia Program

Fulbright Malaysian Graduate Study & Research Program

  • Award Duration
    Master's - Maximum of 2 years
    Ph.D. - Maximum of 2 years
  • Announcement Of Application
    Open - 5 March 2024, Close - 5 June 2024

The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) is pleased to announce its annual competition for Fulbright grants for graduate-level study (Master’s or PhD degrees) in the United States for FY 2025 – 2026 academic year.

Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

Join us on the 18th of April, 2024 at 3 pm for an informative virtual session about our Fulbright Malaysian Graduate Study & Research Program! This session provides an opportunity to learn more about the program along with firsthand accounts from our esteemed Graduate Alumni.

  • Malaysian citizen
  • Applicants MUST have lived in Malaysia at least ONE year before the announcement date.
  • Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with Honors (Hons.) and CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent;
  • TOEFL score of at least 100 (iBT) on a test taken no more than two years before the time of application 
    • Note: Certain fields and/or institutions may require a higher score. 
    • If you haven’t taken the test, please register and state the test date in your application. 
  • Have a GMAT*, GRE*, or GRE subject test* with a minimum score as required by the institution of your choice.
  • Designate your test score reports to the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Institution code for TOEFL & GRE: 2326, GMAT: FOF-4J-28
  • Be available for a virtual interview.
  • Commit to return to Malaysia immediately upon completion of the study.


The Following Individuals Are Not Eligible:

  • Individuals who are or have already been enrolled in a graduate degree program at an American university and who seek the nomination to complete the said program.
  • Individuals who seek the nomination to complete a second master’s degree or doctoral degree.
  • Individuals who intend to pursue internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine, nursing, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.
  • Individuals who are working or currently studying anywhere outside Malaysia.
Award Benefit
  • USD 30,000 per year for a maximum of 2 years of study regardless of degree or curriculum sought.
  • University placement support.
  • Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) Coverage.
Award Details

Duration of award:

  • All grants are for periods of one academic year. 
  • Degree-track grants may be renewed for a second year. 

Note:  Grant renewals are recommended for approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board and are not automatically renewable.


Nature of the award: 

  • Awards will be partial grants or otherwise require cost-sharing from the candidate’s home institution, scholarships, or other funding from the admitting university or from personal resources.  
  • The amount of any specific award will be based on available funding and other criteria as determined by the academic committee during the selection process. 
  • All decisions regarding category and amount of grant shall be final. Similarly, the amount of renewal funding shall be contingent upon financial circumstances affecting the Commission. 
  • For graduate degree grants, efforts will be made to retain funding levels from the first to the second year. However, candidates should not assume this will take place.


Placement of award:

  • Institute of International Education (IIE) will assist candidates in securing a placement at a regionally accredited U.S. university and candidates should be accepted by June 1st, 2024.
Additional Information

Candidates applying for any field of study (outside of internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine, nursing, dentistry, or veterinary medicine) are encouraged to apply, as all highly qualified applicants will be considered.

Application Procedure

Click here for the application.

Click here for the Instructions for Completing the 2025-2026 Fulbright Foreign Student Program Application

The following materials comprise a complete application:

  • Completed online application form.
  • Certified true copies of university transcript(s) for all years of academic study.
  • Certified true copies of degree certificates.

Fulbright Plagiarism Procedure

This program seeks applicants whose writing achieves the highest academic standards of original research, writing, and citation. Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instances of plagiarism. Plagiarism in any part of your application will result in your disqualification from participating in the program.


Plagiarism will be understood to include any of the following:

Presenting wording, statistics, or concepts as your own which should be attributed to someone else or publications (online or offline). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying the exact wording of a written source
  • Presenting material with alterations in wording
  • Paraphrasing the content of a source without citation

It is expected that your application will be your work and writing, with a clear citation of secondary sources if describing the academic work and writing of others (including one’s own previously published work). Any sources used in the construction of your responses must be cited.


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and inquiries, please email us at fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my or contact us at 03-21668878.