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IDPP Fellowships

Fellowship Opportunity to Pursue Master of Public Policy
at University of Malaya INPUMA

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The IDPP expects to offer up to fifteen fellowships, supported by The Nippon Foundation, to qualified students who are committed to pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree with a focus on disability policy at University of Malaya - International Institute for Public Policy and Management (INPUMA).

The INPUMA MPP program is currently residential; IDPP Fellows will live on the University of Malaya campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for at least two semesters and take face-to-face classes with INPUMA and IDPP faculty. Incoming IDPP Fellows will participate in a two-week residency program from 8-22 August 2014 on the University of Malaya campus before INPUMA MPP courses begin in September 2014.

Please note that from the pool of qualified applicants for IDPP Fellowships, preference is given to applicants who are from an ASEAN country and are blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard-of-hearing; and/or mobility impaired.


Fellowships are anticipated to include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing costs and a living stipend
  • Books and course materials
  • Technology equipment (e.g. computer, headset, Internet access, software)
  • Support services (e.g. personal assistant, sign language interpreters, assistive technologies)
  • Costs to participate in the IDPP Annual Meeting and two-week residency on the University of Malaya campus
  • Reimbursement of application fees to INPUMA MPP program

The IDPP aims to develop a cadre of disability policy leaders who will foster public policies at the global, regional and national levels that promote an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based ASEAN region.


Preference for IDPP Fellowships is given to applicants who meet the criteria below:

  • A talented and motivated individual who is blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard-of-hearing; and/or mobility impaired from one of the ten ASEAN countries with demonstrated leadership experience and commitment to working with organizations of/for persons with disabilities at the global, regional, national or local levels.
  • A commitment to achieving positive change for persons with disabilities through the development of public policies within the ASEAN region. 
  • A commitment to collaborate with the IDPP in some capacity and contribute to the IDPP's mission of developing a cadre of disability policy leaders.
  • A person who meets the academic requirements and experiential background to enroll in the MPP program at University of Malaya INPUMA.

More information about fellowship application requirements available on the application page.

More information about the INPUMA MPP program available on the IDPP's INPUMA MPP program page.

Please contact the IDPP Fellowships Team with any inquiries.

IDPP Fellowships will be awarded to successful applicants contingent upon renewal of grant funding.