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Indian Scholarship & Trust Fund (ISTF)

Closing Date
1 October 2011

Indian Trust Fund

The High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur, administers a scheme under the name of the 'India Scholarship and Trust Fund' (ISTF), through which a small amount of financial assistance, approximately RM1,000 per year, is provided to a few meritorious Malaysian Indian students pursuing their higher education locally. The ISTF acts an incentive for economically weaker sections of the Malaysian Indian community to study harder and score higher, since only the meritorious students are rewarded.

New ISTF application forms are put out when the scheme is opened in August-September every year. Applications submitted when the scheme is closed i.e. after the last date, will be rejected.

Only shortlisted fresh applicants will be called for an interview, and only those candidates who have been selected in the interview process would receive the financial assistance.

Previous recipients of the ISTF's financial assistance, who are still pursuing the same course of study, are eligible to reapply for the ISTF's financial assistance for another one time, by submitting the ISTF application form along with their latest mark-sheets and proof of study. Renewal applicants will not be called for the interview. When too many past ISTF recipients reapply, not all would get the financial assistance - in such cases the selection of renewal applicants depends on criteria set by the ISTF Selection Committee.

The application forms can be obtained from the Education Wing at the High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur, or it is also available at the website.


Pre-University, Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarship Offers

  1. 23 April 2017: UEM Group Local Foreign Universities Scholarship for SPM Leavers
  2. 30 April 2017: Dermasiswa Program Pembiayaan Pendidikan Tunas Potensi
  3. 30 April 2017: Biasiswa Yayasan AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia (YABM) Scholarship for Form 5 Students Apply AFS Program
  4. 30 April 2017: Biasiswa Bank Negara Malaysia Undergraduate (Honours) Scholarships
  5. 30 April 2017: Biasiswa Bank Negara Malaysia Postgraduate (Master & PhD) Scholarships
  6. 2 May 2017: Biasiswa MREPC Local Undergraduate Scholarship Awards
  7. 2 May 2017: MREPC Scholarship Awards for Graduate Diploma of Rubber Technology
  8. 3 May 2017: The Astro Scholarship Award for Pre-University / Foundation / Diploma / Undergraduate
  9. 3 May 2017: The Astro Postgraduate Scholarship Awards for MBA & Data Science
  10. 3 May 2017: Skim Prihatin Pendidikan 1Malaysia (SPP1M) 1Malaysia Education Care Scheme
  11. 8 May 2017: Sarawak Energy Berhad Scholarships for Sarawakians
  12. 22 May 2017: Biasiswa JPA: Penawaran Program Penajaan 9A+ SPM 2016
  13. 30 May 2017: Biasiswa Yayasan Tun Suffian Cambridge Scholarship Awards
  14. 18 June 2017: Penang Future Foundation (PFF) Undergraduate Scholarship
  15. 30 June 2017: Biasiswa OCBC Bank Malaysia Local Undergraduate Scholarships
  16. 31 December 2017: Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) Discount on Repayment
  17. Open throughout the year: Maxis What’s Next Scholarship for Postgraduate Degree/Diploma Programme
  18. Open throughout the year: Biasiswa Karangkraf Scholarship Education Fund
  19. Open throughout the year: Amcorp Study Grant for ACCA Qualification in Collaboration with Yayasan Azman Hashim Foundation
  20. 36 Scholarships for IPTA Undergraduate Students
  21. Throughout the year: Intel Malaysia Scholarships