Funding Schemes

Funding Opportunities Available for Education, Skills Development & Lifelong Learning


The Ministry for Education and Employment offers a number of Scholarships opportunities to facilitate learning and skills development.

  • ENDEAVOUR Scholarship Scheme

The ENDEAVOUR Scholarships Scheme is to support good quality tertiary education and to ensure that the Maltese labour market is supplied with the right individuals and to guarantee that it is in a better position to compete at an international level. The scheme is aimed to support those pursuing this path to succeed both at the level of education attainment as well as contributing effectively towards the economy.

  • TESS - Tertiary Education Scholarship Scheme

The Tertiary Education Scholarships Scheme (TESS) is intended to support good quality tertiary education at MQF Level 7 and MQF Level 8 and to seek to contribute towards the Maltese labour market with the right skilled individuals. The scheme is aimed to support those pursuing this path to succeed both at the level of education attainment as well as contributing effectively towards the economy.

  • Veterinary Studies Scholarship

The launch of this new scholarship scheme will enable students following the course for Doctor in Veterinary (MQF Level 7) to apply and be awarded a more rewarding financial package covering the duration of the whole course until completion and ultimately graduating in Veterinary Medicine at a recognized Institution and with level 7 certification of the Malta Qualification Framework.

  • Malta Scholarship for Doctoral Programme European University Institute, Fiesole, Firenze

The Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta is funding scholarships for doctoral programmes to be conducted by Maltese nationals to study on a full time resident basis at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Florence.

  • Malta Arts Scholarship

The Malta Arts Scholarships Scheme aims at providing more opportunities to support individuals who are exceptionally talented in the creation and/or promotion of professional in the Expressive arts. Theatre, music, dance, design, creative writing, film, the visual arts or any combination thereof shall be given priority.

  • Malta Sports Scholarship

The promulgation of sports at a professional level will promote the development of high-performance athletes who will eventually represent Malta in international competitions. The elevation of the status of sport in Malta will not only bring about a wider international recognition with positive economic benefits for the tourism industry but will also encourage the uptake of sport and physical activity across the country resulting in overall improvements in health and well-being of the population as a whole. The application is open for high-performance Athletes, Coaches, Sports Administrators and academic courses related to sport.

In addition, a number of other funding opportunities are available such as:

  • Stipends and Grants
    Students' Maintenance Grants are provided by the Government of Malta for students in higher education. The Students' Maintenance Grants' scheme operates under a set of regulations and the respective Legal Notice namely L.N.308 of 2016 determining eligibility.

Students' Maintenance Grants' online application forms should be submitted on a yearly basis at the beginning of the academic year. There shall be no further processing of online applications after end June of the respective academic year.

For further details about different Students' Maintenance Grants, click HERE.

The Students' Maintenance Grants can be classified in seven distinct tiers:

  • Initial Grant
  • One-Time Grant
  • Stipends (click here for more detailed information on Stipends and Grants)
  • Supplementary Allowances (click here for more detailed information about Supplementary Allowances)
  • Single Parents’ Benefit (click here for more detailed information about Single Parents’ Benefits)
  • Summer Special Stipend
  • Topup Stipends (click here for more detailed information about Summer Special and Topup Stipends)





GET QUALIFIED is an initiative that supports the personal development of individuals for the achievement of qualifications and certifications required by industry. The incentive is applicable to individuals following a course of studies leading to a certification, diploma, degree or post-graduate degree courses. Upon successful completion the student will benefit from a tax credit enabling them to recover part of the costs incurred.

Students following courses approved by the Ministry for Education and Employment are granted tax credits on the following costs:

- fees paid by the individual to the university, institution or other entity recognized by the Ministry for Education and Employment for the training and educational services leading to the approved qualification.

- fees for sitting for examinations required to achieve the approved qualification.

  • Skills Development Scheme 2020

Through this scheme, Malta Enterprise shall support business undertakings to provide training to develop and update the skills and knowledge of their workforce. The Corporation shall support training and knowledge transfer initiatives that will support employees to acquire new skills, knowhow and knowledge. Further information on the scheme can be obtained here.


Jobsplus' employment schemes for both jobseekers and employers are listed here.

To apply for a scheme, registered users should sign in, select the desired scheme and submit a request through the Apply for Scheme function. Non-registered users should log in through the Sign up now! function.

Investing in Skills Scheme

An aid scheme part-financed by the European Union Operational Programme II – Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and managed by Jobsplus.

The Scheme was launched to promote the training of persons actively participating in the Maltese Labour Market, with the aim to increase productivity and enhance adaptability.

With a budget of €8 million available until 30th June 2020, this scheme falls under Malta’s Operational Programme II of the European Social Fund - ‘Investing in human capital to create more opportunities and promote the well-being of society’ for the 2014-2020 programming period.

Eligible applicants cover all Employers having an economic activity irrespective of their legal form. These include partnerships, companies, family businesses, associations, individual self-employed or other body of persons, NGOs and Social Partners.

NGOs and Social Partners not having an economic activity are also eligible to benefit from the scheme.

 Training Pay Scheme

The Training Pays Scheme, forms part of the ESF.01.001 – Training for Employment Project and it aims to assist individuals to develop and/or improve their skills by participating in further off-the-job education and training.

The scheme offers assistance in the form of a training grant to aid participants with costs relating to training. This grant will be awarded to the individual (trainee) after successful completion of their training.

The Scheme is open to applicants of working age population 16 to 64 years as per applicable law. In the case of persons aged between 16 and 24, they must not be participating under the Youth Guarantee NEET Activation Scheme II.

Traineeships Scheme 

The Traineeship Scheme is intended to provide jobseekers with initial vocational training (pre-employment training) that will help individuals obtain the knowledge, skills and competence required to find and retain employment. Traineeships are based on a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training. The programmes offered are labour market driven, whereby the job preferences of the jobseekers are matched with the requests made by employers participating in the scheme.

For further details, visit Jobsplus website here

Cooperation Partners
  • Malta Association of Credit Management
  • Malta Employers' Associations