Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PFF Program:

PFF is a scholarship program awarded by Penang State Government to outstanding and deserving Malaysians to pursue first and full time undergraduate degree in Malaysia.

The objective of Penang Future Foundation (PFF) is to encourage Malaysians to pursue higher education in line with attracting and retaining talents in Penang.

Only MQA fully accredited courses in Science*, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Accountancy/ Finance will be sponsored.

*Excludes Medicine

PFF Scholarship is open to all Malaysian students. Kindly refer to the Scholarship & Eligibility.

There will be a service bond based on the total amount sponsored (Tuition Fee AND Living Allowance). PFF scholars are required to work in Penang in any organization of their choice upon completion of study.

Minimum period required for completion of degree course (to graduate on time).

Depending on the category of scholarship, the ‘PFF Penang Scholar’ sponsors tuition fee up to RM 100,000 with a monthly living allowance; the ‘PFF Mutiara Scholar’ sponsors tuition fee up to RM 60,000 with a monthly living allowance.

No. Changing the field of studies after the commencement of sponsorship is not allowed. Exceptional case is subject to special review and approval by the selection committee.

You may apply. However, if you are offered the PFF scholarship, you would have to make a choice as PFF does not permit other financial assistance (scholarship/ study loan/ grant etc).

*For avoidance of doubt, ‘other financial assistance’ does NOT include scholarship(s) received in the form of tuition fee waiver/ discount (50% of the tuition fee or less) from the Academic Institution which the scholar is enrolled in. 

Save for twinning programmes*, PFF scholarship is only applicable for studies carried out in IPTA/IPTS in Malaysia.
*Twinning programmes are allowed provided –
(a)    studying period in Malaysia must not be less than half of the total duration expected for scholar to graduate; and
(b)    PFF will only bear the Malaysian portion of tuition fees up to a maximum of the scholarship award. Any portion charged by the academic institution’s foreign partner will be borne by the scholar at no further costs to PFF.

No. The scholarship is strictly for Malaysians.

No. A full STPM result slip is required at the point of applying.

Yes, you may, as long as you are not above the age of 25 on 1st Jan of the year application closes.

(Example: For Year 2020’s application, birth year 1994 and younger are eligible to apply.)

Yes, you may apply by indicating your chosen course and institution. Any offer of scholarship will be regarded as “provisional offer” until an official letter of acceptance by university is given to us.

No. All supporting documents must be scanned documents in good quality. Poor quality of documents may result in disqualification.

Late applications will not be considered.

A warning letter will be issued to the scholar once they have failed to maintain the minimum CGPA required for a semester. After which, should the scholar fail to maintain the minimum CGPA required for the subsequent semester, the State Government may exercise its discretion to revoke the scholarship.

The scholar and guarantors will have to reimburse the State Government for all monies within 60 days.

Refer to Inland Revenue Malaysia’s (LHDN) website.

For example, if the father is employed, he should file for Borang BE.

Please declare the Annual Income as it is and upload other documents i.e. payslip/ EA Form to support your declaration on the household income.

However you shall be required to produce Statutory Declaration IF you are being shortlisted to the Selection Interview. 

UEC Students are to convert their best FIVE (5) subjects into CGPA. Please refer below for the conversion rate:


Subject Marks GPA Awarded UEC
80 – 100 4.00 A1 (85-100)
A2 (80-84)
75 – 79 3.67 B3 (75-79)
70 – 74 3.33 B4 (70-74)
65 – 69 3.00 B5 (65-69)
60 – 64 2.67 B6 (60-64)
55 – 59 2.33 C7 (55-59)
50-54 2.00 C8 (50-54)
Formula: [(subject A’s Credit Points * GPA Awarded) + (subject B’s Credit Points * GPA Awarded) + (subject C’s Credit Points * GPA Awarded) + (subject D’s Credit Points * GPA Awarded) + (subject E’s Credit Points * GPA Awarded)] / Total Credit Points = Actual CGPA

No. Eligibility criteria that applies in each category must be fully complied. Applicants can only apply for the category they are eligible for and not vice versa.

Application Enquiry :

Application for PFF Scholarship is only available via online at the On-Line Application.

Please be advised that PFF will not accept any application done over the counter, through post  and/or using other means apart from online. 

The opening and closing dates of the online application will be posted on the PFF home page OR PFF Facebook Page.

Kindly refer to this  On-Line Application for application steps.

Two guarantors are required for students who are awarded the scholarship at the time when completing the scholarship agreement.

You may save and edit at any point of time before the online application is submitted. Please be advised however that ONCE your application is submitted, NO CHANGES will be allowed.
Students are expected to demonstrate reasonable measure of care and effort in ensuring that the application’s content is accurate and true before submission. 

A notification message will be sent to you via the email which you have registered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified via email. If you do not receive any notification from us by 15 August 2020, please consider your application as unsuccessful and try again in the next PFF scholarship opening.

Selection Enquiry :

The selection criteria can be viewed at Scholarship & Eligibility.

Any request to reschedule is subject to availability within that same session or alternative session on the given date of interview.
Please be advised however, that request to reschedule will not be entertained save for extenuating circumstances beyond your control e.g. illness, examination. Students who find themselves affected by these reasons must inform the PFF Secretariat as soon as practicable, and provide us with relevant documentary proof e.g. medical certificate, letter from university confirming examination scheduled on the date concerned. 

Unless informed otherwise by the PFF’s Secretariat, the answer is no. 

At the selection interview, candidates are to present original documents that were submitted via online application. Detailed instruction will be provided in the selection interview invitation email.