Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following frequently asked questions are common among those contemplating University of Malaya (UM). This page provides answers to these questions and provides links to useful UM websites that provide additional answers.


Each research assistant is entitled to get GRAS. What is the procedure for applying for GRAS?

GRAS is under the responsibility of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS). Please check the IPS website.  PPGP only confirms the appointment as research assistant period for each applicant.

Why research assistant not get salary for the month even they was sending the acceptance of the offer?

This is because PPGP have received the acceptance after the system of salary close. And PPGP will pay this month salary to the next month.

When is the Research Assistant paid?

The processing of the salary/allowance each month will be closed 10 days before the date of the payment as scheduled by the Bursary of University Malaya. Please refer the payment schedule in UMResearch website.

That means only the acceptance, change salary/allowance and termination letter received before the deadline will be processed by PPGP.  After the deadline, the salary/allowance will be processed in the following month.

When will the letter of appointment / extension be issued by IPPP?

Upon received of the complete application, letter of appointment or extension will be issued within seven (7) working days if there is no problem with the application. The letter will be sent under the RA name to the supervisor’s department address.

How to become a Research Assistant?

Please refer to the Guidelines for the Appointment of Research Assistants, Research Assistants (Graduate Students), Research Assistants (Project) and Research Assistants (for research administrations only) in University of Malaya at UMReasearch website