The Fellowship Pathways

Find out who we look for

The Fellowship is as challenging as it is rewarding. We are looking for ambitious, resilient, and committed individuals who are passionate about our mission to end education inequity.

The Teach For Malaysia Fellowship

Contract of Service (COS) Pathway

About COS

  • Engage in a teaching role with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and contract through Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Pendidikan (SPP)
  • You will be placed in schools/regions subjected to MOE’s vacancies
  • You will be working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education by Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM) to be a fully qualified teacher upon completion of Fellowship
  • At the end of 2 years, you will have the opportunity to apply to continue staying in the education system as Teaching Alumni


To be eligible to join, you must:

  • Be a Malaysian citizen, aged 32 years or younger at the start of the Fellowship
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Have strong verbal and written English and Bahasa Melayu communication skills
  • Possess a minimum credit (C) for Bahasa Melayu in SPM
  • Be a graduate from a local public or overseas university recognised by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • Have a strong academic track record

Teaching Partner Pathway

About TPP

Collaborate with teachers to enhance classroom environment for students with varying learning capabilities
You will be placed in high need areas as recommended by Teach For Malaysia.
At the end of 2 years, you will create impact in education though TFM Alumni Network.


To be eligible to join, you must:

  • Be a Malaysian citizen
  • Hold an accredited Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Have strong verbal and written English and Bahasa Melayu communication skills
  • Be a graduate from a local or overseas university
  • Have a strong academic track record

Leadership Competencies

Teach For Malaysia Fellows come from very diverse backgrounds, but are united through a strong belief and purpose in the organisation’s mission. Our leadership competencies below should give you an idea of what we search for in our candidates and what we focus on further developing in your 2-year journey.

Motivation & Drive

You seek challenges and you understand that the path to success requires hard work. You have initiative, you are organised and you increase your effort as new challenges arise. As such, you achieve ambitious results.

Change Potential

You adapt to new and unfamiliar situations. You are versatile in ambiguous situations. You remain calm and confident when the best laid plans do not materialise and you integrate new input or context into a flexible plan.

People Potential

You are able to work effectively and collectively in teams. You are aware of your impact on others. You listen, encourage participation and engagement to influence others. you create a positive culture for others especially in challenging situations.

Intellectual and Learning Potential

You are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, you are comfortable giving as well as receiving feedback and coaching. You have a strong growth mindset and actively develop learning opportunities. You reflect and challenge your own assumptions.

Respect and Humility

You do not generalise as you seek the best in other people's wisdom despite it contradicting your own beliefs. You seek to understand and empathise with others. You understand that you are not an expert in ending education inequity and you are grounded in the limitations of your experience.

Sense of Possibility

You dream big. You can mentally visualize different versions of the future. You are fearless in your pursuit of that dream. You motivate others to do the same. You do not dwell on setbacks and you see new opportunities in every crisis.


You command a presence through clear, compelling and passionate communication. You can adapt your communication style to different audiences in different situations. You are proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

Mission Fit

Your personal vision and mission aligns with Teach For Malaysia's. You are motivated to succeed as a Fellow on the 2-year leadership development programme. You are realistic that the mission would not be achieved overnight and you continue serving the mission in whichever pathway you choose as an Alum. You understand that the 2-year programme isn't "just another teaching job".

Learn More About The Fellowship

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

The Fellowship

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How To Apply

Learn more about our application process

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

Fellowship FAQ

Find out answers to frequently asked questions about the Fellowship

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