The Institute for the Public Services offers sponsorships on behalf of the Government of Malta to public officers with a view to helping them to continue their formal education, gain tertiary-level qualifications and develop their careers. Sponsored courses vary from diploma courses to master’s degree programmes.

Sponsorships are normally advertised through OPM circulars in the months of July and August. The circulars provide instructions on how to apply for sponsorships.

The number of sponsorships for each course will depend on the funds available. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, a selection process would be held. Sponsorships may include paid study leave or part-payment of course fees or both, depending on the course. Prior to the commencement of their studies, selected officers would be required to enter into a binding commitment to serve the Government for a specific period as defined by the Manual on Staff Development in Public Administration (Appendix III) after the completion of their studies.

Scholarships are offered by the Public Service to its staff in the knowledge that staff are any organisation’s most important asset, and in keeping with the concept of lifelong learning and the development of a learning culture.