The Fellowship is an award-winning Leadership Development Programme. Gain professional training and support while you expand opportunities for students in the highest-need schools.


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Fellows teach for 2 years in a high-need school.

Alex Lim (2013)

Taught in Kedah

• Co-founded MYReaders, a literacy intervention programme impacting over 20 schools.

• Served in the Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) at the Ministry of Education.

Cheryl Fernando (2013)

Taught in Kedah

• Country Director (Malaysia) at Global School Leaders.

• Cheryl is the author of “T for Teacher”.

• Her Fellowship experiences inspired the film “Adiwiraku”.

Karthik Karunanithy (2012)

Taught in Selangor

• Co-founded 100% Project, an award-winning social enterprise.

• Karthik currently works at Google Malaysia as a Partnership Lead.

Ellen Chong (2015)

Taught in Sarawak

• Joined the CIMB Fusion programme, which fast-tracks Alumni into banking.

• Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an M.A. (Hons) in Economics.

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to begin your leadership journey.

The CIMB Fusion programme

2 years on the Fellowship + 1 year at CIMB


• CIMB Fusion aims to build socially-conscious leaders with the technical skills needed to succeed in the financial industry.

• Fellows who are selected are fast-tracked into banking after completing their 2 years, at the Senior Associate level.


Fresh graduates who have
• a keen interest in the Banking and Finance industry
• strong communication skills
• Strong networking skills

To apply, please indicate your interest in your online application.

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What's in the Fellowship?

On our programme, Fellows learn through direct involvement in a broad variety of roles and responsibilities.
Here’s a snapshot of the journey:
Year 1


Your journey starts with two months of intensive residential training that prepares you to be a leader in the classroom.


You’ll teach for two years in a high-need school. As a full-time teacher, you’ll work in collaboration with other teachers and community leaders to improve students’ educational outcomes.


04 Regional events


Regional Events are key opportunities to build community and connections between Fellows, Alumni, and staff, and to focus on Fellows' personal vision and development.

Year 2

05 Completing your PGDE


During the Fellowship, you will study towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) which qualifies you to continue your career in teaching after the two years.


How do you create continuous impact? Fellows are expected to lead an initiative to solve a problem they identify in their community.


This annual event is an opportunity for Fellows to network and pitch their 2nd year initiatives to a select panel of corporate leaders for funding and support.

After the Fellowship, Fellows are inducted into the Alumni community.

Fresh graduates and working professionals are welcome to apply.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

• Be a Malaysian citizen
• Be aged 33 years or younger
• Possess a minimum of 5As in SPM, including the minimum grade of credit (C) for Bahasa Melayu
• Hold a Bachelor’s degree in any non-education discipline
• Not possess an Education Qualification to teach in public schools
• Have a strong academic track record (Minimum CGPA of 3.0 / 2nd Class Upper or equivalent)
• Have strong written and verbal English communication skills

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The Application Process

The process from your initial online application until your assessment centre should take between 6-7 weeks.
Your progression through the next stages is dependent on the time of year.

1. Online Application

Online application

Fill in the form and submit your resume along with a few personal reflections. You’ll also need to pass an English Language Assessment.

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2. Phone Interview

Phone interview

Let us get to know you better through a conversation with one of our interviewers.

3. Assessment Centre

Assessment centre

Prepare and teach a sample lesson to a mock class, participate in a group discussion and attend a one-on-one interview.

4. Ujian Kelayakan Calon Guru (UKCG)

Conducted by the Ministry of Education.

Shortlisted candidates must be in Malaysia to sit for this exam. Arrangements can be made for overseas candidates.

5. Rancangan Orientasi Sekolah (ROS)

Candidates shadow a Fellow for a week to gain practical experience and insight into classroom learning.

6. Pre-Service Programme   (PSP)

Candidates attend a residential training institute to develop core leadership, hone teaching skills and prepare for the Fellowship.

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