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Scholarship Opportunities


Research scholarships happen to be one of the most well-funded of scholarships. The government-funded research scholarships are established to position the awarding country as a global research centre, while the University-funded research scholarships are established to attract the best and highly-talented students to make positive contributions to their research efforts. Research scholarships often fund Master’s by Research/Thesis programmes or PhD programmes. Here are the most popular:

GOVERNMENT-FUNDED INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

Fulbright Foreign Student Program (USA)

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is one that offers international students prestigious scholarships to pursue a Master’s or PhD in any University in the United States. This grant usually covers the tuition fee, airfare, textbooks and a stipend for living expenses and health insurance of the student for the duration of his or her study.

  • Participating Institutions: Academic Institutions and Universities in the US
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: Varies between February and October each year
  • Subject area: All fields are encouraged including interdisciplinary fields
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 4,000 Fulbright scholarships are awarded every year
  • Award Value: The value of a scholarship award is not specified but it typically covers tuition fees, airfare, health insurance, and living stipend among other costs. The benefits may also vary with country. Nonetheless, the program fund the entire duration of an awardee’s study.
  • Eligibility: Eligibility and application requirements are specific to applicants’ home country and they vary widely with country. Visiting the Fulbright website for your country will give you the requisite application information you will need.
  • Application Instructions: Foreign student are required to apply through the US Embassy or Fulbright Foundation/Commission in their home country. For country specific benefits, you are strongly advised to visit the Fulbright website.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Canada)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) is an initiative of the Canadian government to position Canada as a world-renowned centre of excellence in higher learning and research. Through this program world-class doctoral students are attracted and retained in participating Canadian universities. This scholarship is valued at $50,000 each year for 3 years.

  • Participating Institutions: Canadian Universities with Vanier CGS allocation.
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: November 1 (Annually)
  • Subject area: PhD or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD programmes in, natural sciences and/or engineering research, health research, and social sciences and/or humanities research.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 167 scholarships are awarded every year
  • Award Value: The scholarship has a value of $50,000 which is given to the scholar every year for 3 years.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  • Be nominated by just one Canadian institution that has be given a Vanier CGS quota
  • Be pursuing a doctoral or combined graduate degree for the first time. For those who will be enrolling for combined programmes, the award will be for the PhD part of the combination.
  • Have the intentions to pursue the programme by summer or in the academic year after the announcement of results
  • Have earned a first-class average in each year of the last 2 years of a full-time study. Applicants are also advised to get in touch with their nominating institutions for information on the institution’s definition of a first-class
  • Not hold, or have held at any time, a doctoral fellowship or scholarship from NSER, CIHR, OR SSHRC to pursue a doctoral degree.
  • Application Instructions: Candidates cannot apply to Vanier CGS program directly but have to be nominated by a Canadian university that has a quota. The student can contact the participating university to apply or the participating university may begin the nomination process by reaching out to its desired student.

By using the ResearchNet application system, applicants complete the application and send it to the nominating institution. It’s the institution that will then send the application to the Vanier-Banting secretariat by November 1.

  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Australia Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships (Australia)

The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships provide financial aid to Australian and foreign students who are pursuing Research Masters and Research Doctorate Degrees otherwise referred to as Higher Degrees by Research (HDR). The scholarship covers one or even more of these: living costs, tuition fees, and ancillary costs like publication costs, relocation costs, and health insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: Participating Universities in Australia
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD Programmes
  • Deadline: April to October (varies annually)
  • Subject area: Any Master’s by research or doctorate degree programme offered by any of the participating universities.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: Here are a few of the supports a University can award a recipient under the RTP:
  • An RTP award that covers the cost of tuition that the student is required to pay. It is never awarded as a stipend to the student but as a waiver.
  • A stipend that covers the recipient’s living expenses during the program.
  • Allowances that cover ancillary costs like relocation costs, during the HDR program, healthcare costs for recipients and their dependents, thesis printing and publication costs.

These scholarships are awarded for a maximum of 2 years for the Master’s by research programmes, a minimum of 3 years and maximum of 4 years for the doctoral research programme. The decision is usually at the discretion of the selection committee.

  • Eligibility: To be eligible for these awards, applicants must be domestic or international students who are pursuing an accredited master’s by research or doctoral research programme at any Australian Higher Education Provider.
  • Application Instructions: Applications are made directly to the participating universities which each university having its own selection and application process. The deadline also varies with the university but is usually between April and October every year.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (Switzerland)

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships offer international graduates the opportunity of pursuing a doctoral or postdoctoral research at any recognised or public-funded university in Switzerland. This scholarship award covers tuition fees, monthly allowance, health insurance and lodging allowance.

  • Participating Institutions: Any one of the 10 Swiss cantonal universities, the Swiss federal institute of technology or one of the public research and teaching institutes.
  • Programme(s): PhD/Postdoctoral Degree
  • Deadline: September to December (varies)
  • Subject area: Research, Doctoral, or Postdoctoral Programme in any field of study
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: An awardee receives a monthly payment that excludes tuition fees but includes air fare, health insurance, and housing allowance among other expenses. More information about the benefits accrued to an awardee is available on the official website.
  • Eligibility: The eligibility criteria are country specific and are available on the official website
  • Application Instructions: Applicants are required to visit the fact sheets on the official website for country-specific information like the eligibility criteria, deadlines, and application procedure. Once an applicant fulfils all the requirement, he or she is required to contact the diplomatic representative of the Swiss Government in his or her country of citizenship; where information on how to apply and documents to be supplied are given.
  • Official Scholarship Website: You’ll find more information about this scholarship when you follow this link

CIMO Doctoral Fellowships (Finland)

The CIMO Fellowships are available to young international students from any country around the world who wish to pursue a Doctorate or double Doctorate Degree at any Finnish University. The scholarship is awarded for a minimum period of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months. It also includes a living allowance.

  • Participating Institutions: Any Accredited Finnish Institution
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Subject area: PhD Degree in any academic field
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The scholarship award covers only the cost of living and nothing else. So that an awardee receives a sum of 1,500 euros every month.
  • Eligibility: To be considered for this scholarship, visiting researchers must be have contacted the host Finnish University where they hope to pursue the programme. The Doctoral Admissions section would also give you more information and links to the universities that are participating in this program. However, we strongly advise that you get as much information from the Universities’ websites as you can.

As soon as a Finnish university has shown interest to host you, then the department where you’ll be pursuing the degree will apply to CIMO on your behalf. This means only participating universities are authorized to be the “applicant” in this fellowship programme.

  • Application Instructions: There are no annual application deadlines. This means applications can be considered at any time of the year. Nonetheless, applications should be submitted at least 5 months before the intended award period.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (New Zealand)

The NZIDRS offers scholarships to international students who wish to pursue a PhD programme in any discipline offered at the New Zealand University. The NZIDRS covers the cost of tuition and student levies for a period of 3 years. It also provides an annual stipend for living expenses and health insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: New Zealand Universities: AUT University, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: August 30 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any eligible PhD Programme in any discipline offered at any of the participating universities.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 8 scholarships
  • Award Value: The NZIDRS covers the following expenses for a period of 3 years: Tuition fees and associated levies, an annual tax-free living allowance of NZ$25,000, and health insurance of about NZ$600 annually.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Have a minimum GPA of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0, an A or an A+ average in the latest postgraduate tertiary academic qualification
  2. Have obtained a confirmed and an unconditional offer to pursue a PhD programme at a New Zealand University.
  3. Have only commenced a PhD program in a New Zealand University after July 1st and not earlier (for candidates that have already been enrolled)
  4. Pursue a PhD study in New Zealand and not from a distance
  5. Not be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or Australia
  • Application Instructions: Applicants must visit the website to get more information on the application procedure. All applications must be submitted before August 30 and only if the applicant meets all the eligibility criteria.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

UNIVERSITY-FUNDED INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

Adelaide Scholarships International (Australia)

These scholarships are awarded by the University of Adelaide to attract highly-talented postgraduate students from any country of the world who wish to support the university’s research strength by enrolling for a research-based program. They include tuition fees for the research work, living expenses for the research period at the school, as well as the student’s health insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: January 31/April 30
  • Subject area: Any Master’s degree by Research or Doctoral Research degree offered at University of Adelaide.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Limited
  • Award Value: The scholarship award covers the cost of tuition, an annual living allowance, and an overseas student health cover (for award holders who have subclass 500 visas)

The duration of funding is 2 years for Master’s by Research programmes and 3 years for Doctoral research programmes with the possibility of an extension for doctoral programmes.

  • Eligibility:

Applicants are required to have earned the equivalent of an Australian First Class Honours degree from a 4-year programme with a major research project in his or her final year. The scholarship is awarded based on merit and doesn’t consider extracurricular activities.

They must not hold the equivalent of an Australian Research Doctorate Degree if they are applying for a Master’s by research programme or a research qualification higher than the equivalent of an Australian Master’s by Research degree.

Applicants who haven’t met the requirements of English language proficiency and/or are permanent residents and citizens of Australia are not eligible to apply.

  • Application Instructions: Applicants must submit a scholarship application via the online system before the closing dates.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Melbourne Research Scholarships (Australia)

The Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRS) is an initiative by the University of Melbourne to outstanding Australian and international research students who have a proven record of academic excellence. The benefits of these scholarships very with the awardee’s circumstances and may include one, more, or all of these: living allowance to be paid fortnightly, relocation allowance, sick, parenting or parenting leave allowance, complete fee remission and Overseas health Cover (for international students only)

  • Participating Institutions: University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: Ongoing (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any participating graduate research programme offered at University of Melbourne.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 300
  • Award Value: The award value depends on the financial condition of the applicant and it may include one or more of the following benefits: relocation grant, living allowance, thesis allowance, and limited paid sick, parenting and maternal leave.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have applied and met the admission requirements for a Master’s by research or Doctoral degree or be enrolled for one of these programmes at the University of Melbourne.
  • Application Instructions: New students who apply for a Graduate Research Degree by the closing date automatically get a consideration for the Graduate Research Scholarship. Specific closing dates and instructions are available on each faculty/school’s website. You should visit the one relevant to your proposed research area for more information.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

University of Sydney International Research Scholarships (Australia)

 To apply for the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship (USydIS), applicants must be eligible to enrol for a Master’s by Research Degree or a Postgraduate Research Degree at the University of Sydney. The scholarship award covers tuition fees and living allowances for 3 years of study.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Sydney, Australia
  • Programme(s): Masters or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: Admissions deadline
  • Subject area: Postgraduate Research degree or Master’s by Research in all research areas; which will depend on the Faculty.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The scholarship award covers the cost of tuition and living expenses every year for 3 years with a possible extension by a year for PhD students.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be international students who will be commencing or commenced within a 6-month time frame a Higher Degree Research programme at the University
  2. Be pursuing a research degree in one of the research areas the University considers as its areas of strengths.
  3. Not have a research degree equivalent to an Australian Research degree for PhD applicants and for Master’s by research applicants, they must not have the equivalent of an Australian Master’s by research degree or higher.
  4. Not have been a beneficiary of an Australian scholarship 2 years prior to the commencement of this scholarship.
  5. Not be a beneficiary of a scholarship that covers the cost of tuition to which the Australian Government makes a contribution.

Except an applicant was a beneficiary of an RTP scholarship for a Master’s by Research programme and has completed the programme to apply for the doctorate research degree, he or she must not have received the RTP Scholarship.

  • Application Instructions: A candidate is considered for this scholarship when he or she applies for an admission into a research programme. Applications for the scholarship will be received throughout the year but they are only available for the Research Period 2 in March and the Research Period 3 in July.

You may also like to read the Research Experience guide and selection process.

  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (UK)

The University of Cambridge offers about 80 scholarships to international students through the Cambridge Trusts. They are offered for research courses that will be leading to a PhD degree. Each award covers the full cost of tuition and maintenance for the period of academic study.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Cambridge, UK
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: December 6 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any eligible research programme that leads to a PhD offered at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The award covers the University Composition Fee and an allowance for maintenance for the scholarship recipient.
  • Eligibility: The financial condition of an applicant is NOT considered in the selection process. A committee makes a list of all PhD candidates from all disciplines in the university and awards the scholarship based on academic qualifications, candidate’s reference, and candidate’s research potential.
  • Application Instructions: An applicant will show an interest to be considered for this scholarship by completing the funding section of the online application through the application portal. All applications must be submitted by December 6.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link

Warwick Chancellor’s International Scholarship (UK)

The Warwick Graduate School offers about 25 Chancellor’s International Scholarships annually to PhD applicants who have a proven track record of academic excellence. They are open to students from any country around the world who would like to pursue a PhD in any subject area taught at Warwick. These scholarships covers the full tuition fee and maintenance allowance.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: January 19 (Annually)
  • Subject area: PhD Programme in any discipline offered at Warwick
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 25
  • Award Value: Awards for the Autumn intake includes the full payment of international tuition fees and maintenance allowance based on the RCUK rates.

The length of funding is usually 3 ½ years except the awardee had already started the first year of study; in which case the funding length is reduced accordingly.

  • Eligibility:
  • Applicants must also apply for a PhD at the University of Warwick.
  • Students who are already enrolled in a PhD or MPhil/PhD can also apply but only the first year of their programme.
  • Applicants must be classed as international fee-paying students (there are no restrictions on nationality)
  • Applicants may apply or be from any discipline offered at Warwick
  • Application Instructions: New applicants can apply by completing and submitting the Joint Postgraduate Admissions and Scholarship Application form. If you are eligible you’ll be asked if you would like to be funded by this scholarship. Deadline for application is 23:59 (GMT) on January 19. You should also go through the Guide Notes for Applicants.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships (UK)

The Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships have been established to encourage and attract highly-qualified international students to the University of Edinburgh. These scholarships don’t cover maintenance costs. They only cover the difference in tuition costs between what a UK/EU graduate student will be asked to pay and what an international student will pay. So, at the end of the day, the international student who is a recipient of this award will pay the same tuition fee as a UK/EU graduate student.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Edinburgh
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: February 1 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any PhD programme in any field offered at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 30
  • Award Value: The award covers the difference between the tuition fees of an overseas graduate student and that of a UK/EU graduate student but it doesn’t cover the cost of maintenance. It is renewable for a maximum of 3 years provided satisfactory academic progress is achieved.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be classed as fee-paying international students and must have obtained an offer to pursue a full-time PhD programme.
  • Application Instructions: To apply for these scholarships, applicants must have applied for admission to pursue a PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh. Those who meet the eligibility criteria can then complete an online scholarship form and submit by February 1.

You will only be granted access to the online application when you have applied for admission.

  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link

Nottingham Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence (UK)

The University of Nottingham scholarship offers are available to highly-talented international students who want to pursue an MPhil or PhD research program at the university. It covers the full cost of the awardee’s tuition.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: March 10 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Full-time Research Degree Programme, PhD or MPhil in any subject area offered by the Faculties of Medical and Health Sciences, Arts, Science, and Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. However, there are research priorities in each faculty that you may like to check.

Engineering research students are required to apply for the Dean of Engineering Research Scholarship for International Excellence.

  • Number of Scholarships offered: 38 scholarship awards
  • Award Value: The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and is awarded every year for up to 3 years of the research programme provided the academic performance of the student is satisfactory.
  • Eligibility: Applicants:
  1. Must be classed as fee-paying international students
  2. Should already have an offer to pursue a full-time research programme (PhD or MPhil) at the University of Nottingham campus in any subject area except Engineering.
  • Application Instructions: Applying for and obtaining an offer to pursue a research programme at the University of Nottingham is a prerequisite to applying for this scholarship. And it must be received six weeks before the scholarship deadline for processing and confirmation before the scholarship application.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Sussex Chancellor’s International Research Scholarships (UK)

The University of Sussex attracts international research students by offering them scholarships to pursue a full-time doctoral program in an eligible field of study offered at the University. These scholarships cover the international fees and provides the scholar with a stipend.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: May 1 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any eligible postgraduate taught programme (MA, MSc, MRes, Graduate and Postgraduate )offered by the University of Sussex Schools
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 25 scholarships
  • Award Value: The scholarship is awarded as a one-year 50% international student tuition waiver
  • Eligibility: The following are criteria that must be met before an applicant is considered for the Chancellor’s International Scholarship:
  1. The applicant must have applied for and must be accepted to study for a Master’s taught degree at the University of Sussex. Eligible courses include MSc, MA, LLM, MRes, Graduate Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma.

The following degrees are not eligible:

  1. Courses offered by the Institute of Development excluding an MA in Gender and Development and MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy.
  2. MSc in Social Research Methods
  3. DPhil combined (1+3 degrees)
  4. International foundation years, International Year One Diploma in Business and Management, postgraduate certificate, and Pre-masters.
  5. Diplomas and Pre-Masters Degrees taught at partner-colleges validates by University of Sussex
  6. Master’s in Education or Master’s in Business Administration
  7. LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance (taught in Qatar)
  8. Courses with Sussex Medical School and Brighton
  9. Applicant must be assessed as an international (Non-EU) fee-paying student
  10. He or she must also show intentions to stay in the programme for which he or she is being awarded.
  11. Considering the fact that eligible applicants are likely to win this award, they must be financially capable of meeting the needs of their living expenses and tuition fees
  • Application Instructions: Applicants must have submitted an application to pursue a Master’s degree at the University through its online postgraduate application system. Application for this scholarship may proceed once the applicant has submitted an admissions application. Deadline for the submission of the scholarship application is May 1.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme at K.U. Leuven (Belgium)

K.U. Leuven offers IRO () Scholarships to highly-talented and deserving international students from developing countries so that they can pursue a PhD in the University – being the largest in Flanders, Belgium. These scholarships cover the cost of living expenses, tuition, health and accident insurance, including return tickets.

  • Participating Institutions: Katholieke Universiteit in Flanders, Belgium
  • Programme(s): Doctoral Degree (PhD)
  • Deadline: November 13 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Pre-doctoral or doctoral programme in Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, and Technology, or Biomedical Sciences. The research topics can be found on the respective doctoral schools.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The scholarship award includes return flight tickets, tuition fees, installation allowance, monthly allowance, and accident insurance.
  • Eligibility: Applicants:
  1. Must be citizens of one of the countries listed on the OCDE DAC table considered as: Least Developed Countries, Low Middle Income Countries, or Low Income Countries.
  2. Must not be citizens of EU countries or have a long-term residence permit of any.
  3. Should have bachelor’s degrees that are not older than 10 years from October 1
  4. Should have academic qualifications equal to at least a high distinction. Final scores equivalent to a second class lower division will not be considered
  5. The research project should be of academic quality
  6. Must be supported by a Leuven promoter
  7. Must be supported by a local co-supporter in their home country to ensure the contextual relevance of the research to the country
  8. Must be highly-recommended by relevant referees.
  • Application Instructions: Once you have met the conditions stated, ensure you make an online application before November 13.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here