Your journey as a Fellow begins with the 8-week Pre-Service Programme, and continues over the 2 years while you serve in a high-need school.
You’ll find that classroom leadership as a full-time teacher, while also studying a postgraduate level diploma, builds a foundation for long-term impact.

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 in January.

  • Rancangan Orientasi Sekolah
    It is important that you are able to thrive in your role as a teacher. You will be paired up with a current Fellow or Alum, whom you will shadow for a week on their daily duties. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in school life and get a taste of the Fellowship journey.
  • Pre-Service Programme

    This 8-week intensive 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.

    For the first 4 weeks, you will go through a comprehensive crash-course in pedagogy to build up your foundational mindsets, knowledge and skills as a teacher.

    For the next 3 weeks, you will experience hands-on practical training teaching actual students and receive daily feedback and support, to sharpen your skills and accelerate your growth.

  • Placement Orientation Week
    For the final week of the Pre-Service Programme, 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.

Fellowship Information

We believe that classroom leadership builds the foundation for long-term impact. Throughout the programme, Fellows work full time as a teacher with full salary and benefits, while also studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Serving as a Full-time Teacher

You will serve and receive a competitive salary as a full-time graduate teacher in a

Duties as a Teacher

As full-time teachers, Fellows are assigned to teach from Mondays to Fridays, and occasionally weekends when required by school authorities.

Fellows are typically assigned to teach one or more subjects from Peralihan to Form 5. Like other teachers, you will be expected to be involved in extracurricular activities and carry various responsibilities as well.

Placement: Where do Fellows teach?

Fellow placement locations are determined by the Ministry of Education based on high-need vacancies within the government education system. Teach For Malaysia has very limited influence over the decision. When you apply to the Fellowship, you will need to be flexible with where you will be placed to teach. That said, we do all we can to support Fellows with an easy transition into their placement locations.

In the past, Fellows have been placed in Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Selangor. Fellows are usually notified of their placement locations between 2 months up to 1 week before teaching in school commences. If you are from East Malaysia (indicated by a “H” or “K” in your IC card), there is a high likelihood that you will be placed to teach in Sabah or Sarawak, in line with the Ministry’s policies.

Subjects: What do Fellows teach?

Similar to placement locations, the subjects Fellows are assigned to teach are determined by the Ministry of Education based on high-need vacancies in placement regions. Typically, however, the Ministry will take into consideration factors such as your field of study and university location.

You may be assigned to teach a subject that is not your preference, or that you do not feel confident to teach. As a Fellow, you will have access to support networks in your school and Fellowship peers, and from your Leadership Development Officer. You will also attend classes for your Postgraduate Diploma in Education, which will help you to get up to speed with the subject content quickly.


As a first-year teacher, you will be contracted with the Ministry of Education and get the same benefits and salary as any other teacher.

Leadership Development

Every month, you will meet with your assigned Leadership Development Officer, a professional coach who will help you to track your development and support you to accelerate your personal, pedagogical, and professional growth.

Additionally, you will be expected to attend workshops and events as part of your leadership and pedagogical development. It is also an opportunity to meet up, learn, and bond with other Fellows on the same leadership journey as you. These friendships will sustain you during the Fellowship, and often long beyond the 2 years.

Studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education

In the first 1.5 years of the Fellowship, you will attend classes for your Postgraduate Diploma in Education conducted by Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia together with other Fellows in your region. As Fellows teach full-time, you will typically attend classes about 2 weekends (Saturday and Sunday) every month and during your school holidays.

Running an Initiative

In Year 2 of the Fellowship, all Fellows are expected to lead an initiative that benefits the broader communities they serve. You will be tasked with developing a sustainable solution a localised problem faced by the community in your region. Often, Fellows work collaboratively on these projects, and a number of initiatives have become successful social enterprises after the Fellowship (Eg. MYReaders, Closing The Gap).


Our Fellows tend to share houses together and have time and support from us before the Fellowship to secure housing.

Having A Family

Being both a teacher and a parent is an extremely enriching experience! However, the decision to join the Fellowship does not only impact yourself but also your family. At TFM, we support parents to join the Fellowship, but we would like you to be aware of the potential implications, such as your child’s schooling and child care during your work hours. Our recruiters are more than happy to talk to you about it.

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Snapshot of the Fellowship

Fellows go through an intense but highly developmental 2 years as they teach, study, and lead initiatives to catalyse change in the community they serve.

  • Johanan Wong, 2015 Cohort
    Johanan shares some candid anecdotes of highs and lows with his students during his Fellowship in Miri, Sarawak.
  • Nadia Nicole and Juan Magrita, 2016 Cohort
    Follow Nadia and Juan to school in Pasir Gudang, Johor, as they discuss what they have learnt in their roles as teachers.
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