The Long-Term Scholarship Programme (LTSP) was a hallmark of the Colombo Plan during its early years until 1989. On the recommendations of the 38th Consultative Committee Meeting held in Colombo in 2001, the LTSP was re-established in 2004 as an important contribution of the Colombo Plan for the benefit of member countries. Recently, the LTSP is also made as a part of PPA/E. The LTSP is only offered for post-graduate studies at Master’s level.
Post-graduate scholarships are offered by the government of Malaysia at the Institute of Diplomacy & Foreign Relations (IDFR), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). Republic of Korea offers scholarships to study at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Korea. While Singapore offers scholarships to study at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Management University (SMU).
Areas of study cover a wide spectrum of subjects from IT Management, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Environmental, Diplomacy and International Relations and Public Policy. In total, Colombo Plan offers 46 scholarships per year to the member countries. From 2005 until 2009, the Colombo Plan had sponsored 93 scholars in various fields under the LTSP.
- Applicants must not already have Master’s degree.
- Must not be over 45 years old.
- Must have relevant work experience in related fields for 5 years and above.
- Must be a citizen of Colombo Plan member countries.
- Applicants must be endorsed and nominated by the Colombo Plan member countries National Focal Points.
- All applicants must have obtained a minimum score of 550 for TOEFL and Band 6.0 for IELTS within the past 2 years as a proof of English Language proficiency.
- The applicants must be certified medically fit by qualified medical professionals from their home countries.
- Only completed applications with all required supporting documents i.e. academic transcripts, copy of degrees or diplomas, medical test report and IELTS or TOEFL test score will be processed.
- Applicants are also subjected to the university admission requirements which may vary for each university.