The Fellowship Journey and Beyond

Learn more about the Fellowship’s leader development framework, what being a full-time teacher entails, and an overview of our Alumni network.

Preparing for the Fellowship

We recognise that Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. In order to maximise your growth and impact during the Fellowship, we run a comprehensive training programme to ensure all Fellows are fully prepared for service.

Pre-Service Programme

This residential programme marks the start of your leadership training. The Pre-Service Programme is designed to equip Fellows with the fundamental skills and competencies necessary to teach and to lead in the classroom. You will first go through a comprehensive crash-course in pedagogy to build up your foundational mindsets, knowledge and skills as a teacher. Additionally, you’ll experience hands-on practical training by teaching students and receiving daily feedback & support, helping to sharpen your skills and accelerate your growth.

Placement Orientation

During this time, you will visit the region you have been placed in to serve, so you will have the opportunity to understand the local context of the community where you will serve and settle during the Fellowship.

Life As A Fellow

You’ll find that developing leadership in classrooms builds a foundation for long-term impact.

Well thought, balanced classes

From Monday to Friday and certain weekends, you will be teaching one or more subjects during either the morning or afternoon session. Fellows are involved in extracurricular activities as well.

Frequent Coaching

Every fortnight, you will meet up with your Leadership Development Officer (LDO), a TFM coach for development tracking and support to accelerate your growth.

Personal Growth

Every fortnight, you’ll meet with your Leadership Development Officer (LDO), a TFM coach assigned to support you, track your development and accelerate your growth.

Create Impact

In your second year, you’ll be working together with other Fellows on a project aimed at broadening your impact in the classroom to the wider community. Often, these projects have grown into social enterprises that continue even after the Fellowship.

Overview of Alumni Pathways

The Alumni Movement is a core part of Teach For Malaysia. Regardless of their chosen career pathways, Alumni continue to work together across different sectors to champion for excellent education for all children.

To date, we have 447 Alumni as of beginning of 2022. 

Alumni Impact






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What Our Fellows Say

From championing quality education through in the classroom to driving innovation through policy, research and third sector work, they continue to grow their influence and secure resources to support the movement.

Whether continuing to impact learning in the system, or championing for education in the corporate and social sector, our Alumni play a big role in transforming education for students.

*On the assumption that all Alumni taught 150 students each during their Fellowship, and including the number of students impacted through alumni-founded organisations).

Alumni Initiatives

In Year 2 of the Fellowship, every Fellow runs an initiative directed at social or educational improvement in their community. After the Fellowship, some Alumni continue on as social entrepreneurs working in STEM, performing arts, literacy, school transformation, and student leadership.

Project ID

Led by Kelvin Tan (2012)

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Pemimpin GSL

Led by Cheryl Fernando (2013)

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Arus Academy

Co-founded by Alina Amir (2013), Daniel Russel (2013), David Chak (2013) and Felicia Yoon (2013)

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Co-founded by Rachel Lim (2014), Charis Ding (2013), Alex Lim (2013) & Tay Sue Yen (2014)

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Closing The Gap

Led by Ida Thien and co-founded by Connie Foong (2012), Brian Geh (2012) and Cheah Kok Hin (2012)

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Edvolution Enteprise

Led by Melissa Tanya Gomes (2013)

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Co-founded by Chong Zhi Xiong (2014) and Nigel Sim (2014)

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Classroom Adventures

Led by James Choong (2015)

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Project R.ED

Co-founded by Hilda Paviter (2019) and Aunger Aung

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Learn More About Our Work

We invite everyone who is passionate about education to join our national community of leaders. 

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