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Frequently Asked Questions
about the TFM Fellowship
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When does Teach For Malaysia open for applications?
Our applications are currently open for the 2021 and 2022 Cohort. Applications for 2021 Cohort will close on 22nd March 2021 and 5th July 2021 for the 2022 Cohort.
How can I apply for the Fellowship?
Click the “Apply Now” button at the top right on our website to begin your application for the Fellowship. You will receive an email containing a link to “Part 2” of your application immediately after submission of “Part 1”.
May I complete my online application in Bahasa Malaysia?
No, please complete your application in English as it is the official language we use internally within Teach For Malaysia. Your proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia will be assessed at a later stage in the selection process.
When will your selectors collect references?
We will request for your references after the successful completion of your application and phone interview, before the Assessment Centre Stage.
When will I hear back after submitting my application?
You will be notified on the outcome of your application via email within 2-4 weeks.
I have technical difficulties with my application. What do I do?
Please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a screenshot of the problem. Our team will be in contact with you to support!
I started my application but did not receive an email with the Unique Link to continue with Part 2. What do I do?
Kindly check your spam inbox for an email with your unique link to the form. If the issue remains unresolved, please drop us an email at email@example.com with your full name and email address used to register.
Which measure of academic achievement should I use in my application form?
We understand that our applicants come from diverse educational backgrounds and school systems. Please select whichever measure of academic achievement is most relevant to your institution (GPA, Class of Degree, Cumulative Average, Other), and fill in the result obtained. For example, if your institution uses “Cumulative Average” as its measure of academic achievement and your cumulative average is 78/100, please select “Cumulative Average”, and then fill in “7.8/10.0” as the result. If none of the options apply to you, please select “Other” and indicate the system that your institution uses in the space provided. Please note that if you are invited to attend an Assessment Centre, we will ask for copies of your academic transcripts to confirm the score you have indicated.
I am working on my application, but cannot find my accreditation document. What should I do?
You may search for your accreditation document at http://www2.mqa.gov.my/mqr/. In the event that you are unable to find it through Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR), you may enquire the document from your university.
I passed the online application round, but am afraid that I won’t have sufficient funds to travel to Kuala Lumpur for the Assessment Centre. Should I withdraw my application?
No, please stay with us! We provide funds to assist with travel costs induced by our application process, for candidates who come from a financially challenging background. Please reach out to your recruiter or our team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to apply for this fund.
I applied but did not pass. Could I get Teach For Malaysia’s feedback on my application?
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive annually, our team will only be able to give feedback to applicants who reach the Assessment Centre stage.
I applied but did not pass. Can I apply again later?
It is not possible to apply more than once for the same Cohort, unless our selection team specifically invites you to try again later. However, all applicants are encouraged to apply again for the next Cohort! Follow our social media to be notified when next season’s recruitment season kicks off.
With the current pandemic, how will the Assessment Centre be?
Considering the safety of our staff and Fellowship candidates, the Assessment Center will be conducted vrtually unless stated otherwise.
What is the UKCG test and when does it take place?
The Ujian Kelayakan Calon Guru (UKCG) is a test used by the Ministry of Education for all teaching applicants, and our Offerees must successfully pass this test in order to start the Fellowship. All applicants are encouraged to learn more about this test before or during their application process. The dates and locations for the UKCG test are different every year. You will take the UKCG test together with the rest of your Cohort mates after you pass all of TFM’s selection stages and before the Pre-Service Programme.
Eligibility for the Fellowship
I have a scholarship or employment bond. Am I eligible to apply for the Fellowship?
Yes, JPA scholars may serve their bond through the Scholarship, Talent, Attraction & Retention (STAR) programme. Yayasan UEM scholars may choose to do a bond transfer and serve your bond through the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship. In past cohorts, we have also had graduates from various other scholarship providers. Applicants with other scholarships or employment bonds are encouraged to contact us at email@example.com to explore further.
I did not take SPM in secondary school / I do not meet SPM requirement but my Degree results meet requirement. Can I still apply?
No. You would have to meet all the eligibility requirements stated to be eligible to apply.
I took BM in IGCSE but not in SPM - is that equivalent or acceptable?
No, unfortunately only BM in SPM is recognised and acceptable for civil service employment. BM in IGCSE or other exams are not acceptable.
I am a Bachelors of Education graduate. Can I join the Fellowship?
If you are a Bachelors of Education graduate, you will need to register via MySPP portal as a pre-requisite before applying for the Fellowship.
I am a teacher in a Malaysian government school. Am I eligible to apply for the Fellowship?
If you are already a full-time Malaysian goverment school teacher, you are not eligible to apply for the Fellowship. This is because the Fellowship is aimed at attracting talent from different backgrounds to work alongside existing teachers in school to co-create solutions in the pursuit of educational opportunity for all. Existing teachers can be part of the movement by collaborating with Teach For Malaysia on projects, or be part of our ‘Program Duta Guru’.
I am currently a teacher in a private school. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, as long as you meet all of the other eligibility criteria listed.
I am graduating this year, but have not received my degree certificate yet. Can I still apply for the Fellowship?
Yes, you can as long as you are certain you will get your degree certificate and your official final transcript by the document submission deadline (31st March 2021 to be eligible for the 2021 Cohort ; 31st October 2021 to be eligible for the 2022 Cohort).
My Bachelor degree results don’t meet your academic requirements, but my Master degree results do / My Masters degree results don’t meet your academic requirements, but my Bachelor degree results do. Am I eligible to apply for the Fellowship?
Yes, if either one of your Bachelor or Master degrees meet the minimum academic requirements, you are eligible to apply.
Do I need any teaching experience to be considered for the Fellowship?
No, not at all! All our Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, and most of them have had no prior teaching experience. During our training workshops, we empower you with the necessary knowledge and skills to do well in the classroom.
Do I need to have leadership experience to be considered for the Fellowship?
We recruit people with strong leadership potential to ensure that we maximise our Fellows’ impact in the classroom. However, you can exercise leadership potential without having been the leader of a group per se. Have a look at What we Look For to understand more.
I am currently studying / working abroad. Do I need to be back in Malaysia to apply?
No, you don’t need to be in Malaysia to start your application. All stages up until the Assessment Centre can be conducted online. However, you would need to be back in Malaysia to sit for the UKCG test. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to advise you.
I am currently doing my Masters, am I eligible to join?
Eventhough there are no official restrictions, we highly discourage doing your Masters during the Fellowship. The Fellowship will be demanding and will require high commitment. Fellows will have to balance between a daily teaching role, a part-time Post-graduate Diploma student, and additional workshops/coaching sessions/events by Teach For Malaysia.
Placement and Subjects
Can I choose where I will teach?
No, unfortunately not. All Fellow’s placement locations are determined by the Ministry of Education based on vacancies within the government education system, and Teach For Malaysia has little to no influence over the decision. Upon accepting your offer, we ask for you to be ready for placement anywhere in Malaysia. Throughout our application process, our recruiters are always happy to share previous experiences from our Fellows and Alumni who had to move far away from home.
When will I find out about my placement location?
The placement locations will be communicated to our Fellows as soon as Teach For Malaysia is informed by the Ministry of Education. This can happen any time between 2 months up to 1 week before starting teaching in school.
Can I choose my subject?
No, unfortunately not. Each Fellow’s subject is determined by the Ministry of Education based on vacancies within the government education system. Typically, the Ministry considers factors such as field of study and whether your university is in Malaysia or overseas.
If I am placed in a rural area/a place where I am unfamiliar with, will it be safe? How do I go about finding accomodation/ transportation?
The safety of our Fellows is an important priority within Teach For Malaysia. We have a team of staff members located in each of our regions, working hard to support our Fellows with any matters. Our teams also help to smoothen the transition into the region at the start of the Fellowship, by facilitating housing search and organising meetings with important stakeholders in the region. We do our best to make you feel safe and at home at soon as possible!
I would like to do the Fellowship but I am bound to a certain region. Could I still apply?
Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee placement in any region as all placement locations are determined by the Ministry of Education based on vacancies within the government education system. Upon accepting your offer, we ask for you to be ready for placement anywhere in Malaysia. Our recruiters are always open to thought partner with you before or after starting your application.
During the Fellowship
What is the Fellowship?
The Teach For Malaysia Fellowship is an intensive, full-time, fully-paid, two-year leadership development programme in which Fellows teach in a high-need school. Teachers make a difference for the students and communities while identifying how they can be part of the solution to education inequity. Our Fellows receive intensive training and mentoring to develop themselves as a leader.
Can I choose how long I want to do the Fellowship?
No, that is not possible. The 2-year commitment is essential for one’s leadership development journey, and developing a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by students in their schools and communities. Full commitment is crucial in order to develop the conviction and insight necessary to become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational opportunity for all.
Will I be paid during the Fellowship?
Yes, our Fellows receive the equivalent of a graduate teacher’s salary in the public school system.
What do you mean by a high-need school?
Our Fellows teach in government secondary schools across Malaysia. High need schools are schools that are facing academic challenges and/or are located in a community facing socio-economic challenges.
Which states have Teach For Malaysia placed Fellows in so far?
Fellows have been placed in Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Selangor. Placement is determined by the Ministry of Education, according to the needs of our local public schools.
What skills will I learn in the Fellowship?
Teach For Malaysia strongly believes that excellent teachers possess the same skills as excellent leaders in any field. Spending two years in the classroom will help Fellows develop leadership skills such as organization, communication, problem-solving in an unstructured environment, people management and resourcefulness that are valuable in any sector. Teach For Malaysia supports Fellows throughout this leadership development journey through trainings, workshops, and on the job coaching.
Does TFM provide accommodation?
No. Since Fellows will be paid a monthly salary by the Ministry of Education, Fellows are expected to arrange own accomodation and sustain their daily expenses. However, our team will be readily available to help smoothen transition and facilitate housing search.
Will I receive an allowance during training before school placement?
Yes. TFM will provide an allowance of ~ RM700/month during the Pre-Service Programme.
After the Fellowship
What happens after I complete the Fellowship?
After completion of the Fellowship, you will become part of the Teach For All alumni network. There are many options open to you as an alumni, including but not limited to:
- Continuing to make impact in the public education system at multiple levels – in school, districts, states and the federal level.
- Driving innovation and 3rd sector work via TFM, social innovations or NGOs working on issues in education or inequity.
- Contributing to the field of education as an advocate or academic in policy and research work, in or related to education.
- Joining private organisations and foundations whose core business is not education in order to provide resources like money, skills, and influence in order to further TFM’s vision and mission.
Will Teach For Malaysia help me continue my career after the Fellowship?
Yes – in your second year of the Fellowship, TFM provides support by connecting you to different partners and supporters who are always keen to hire TFM Alumni. You can also reach out to the Alumni Impact team at any point after the Fellowship for career support and advice.
Should I decide to stay on as a Teaching Alum after the Fellowship, can I continue teaching in the same school?
If you would like to continue teaching after the Fellowship, it is important to note that this means you would be applying to become a full-time civil servant with the Ministry of Education. Depending on your performance during the Fellowship, we can support you in this process and will do our best to help. However, the ultimate decision of acceptance and placement would be made by the Ministry.