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Scholarship Opportunities


A fully funded scholarship is always music to a prospective international student’s ears because most scholarships of this sort, if not all, provide the student with all he or she needs to pursue an academic programme abroad. Typically, they cover the tuition fee of the programme and the student’s living expenses. They may also include other costs like travel expenses, book allowance, visa costs, and health insurance.

The following scholarships fall into the fully-funded scholarships category because they cover at least the tuition and living expenses of an awardee.

FULLY-FUNDED GOVERNMENT 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, 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.

British Chevening Scholarships (UK)

The Chevening Scholarships are a part of the UK government’s international scholarship programme. They are awarded to highly talented scholars who also have a proven track record in leadership. These awards are usually for one-year Master’s programmes. They cover tuition fees, living allowance for the awardee, a return air ticket to the UK and other grants that cover other expenditure relevant to the student for the period of his study in the UK.

  • Participating Institutions: Any university in the UK
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: November 7 (annually)
  • Subject area: Full-time taught Master’s programme in any subject area
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 1,500 scholarships are offered to international students
  • Award Value: The Chevening Scholarship often covers the cost of tuition, travel fare to UK and back to the applicant’s home country, monthly stipend for living allowance, visa costs, a travel grant to Chevening events held in the UK as well as an arrival and a homeward departure allowance.
  • Eligibility: Want to apply for the Chevening Scholarship this year? Then you must:
  1. Be a citizen of a country that is Chevening-eligible
  2. Show your intention to return to your country of citizenship for at least 2 years after your scholarship is over.
  3. Have a Bachelor’s degree (usually a 2:1) that can grant you acceptance to pursue a postgraduate degree at a UK university.
  4. Have a minimum of 2 years’ work experience
  5. Apply to 3 of the participating UK universities for a programme with an unconditional offer from one of them by July 12.
  6. Meet the Chevening English Language proficiency requirement by July 12.
  • Application Instructions: To apply, visit your country page and click on the ‘apply’ tab. Note that applications are submitted through the Chevening online application system only. All applications close on November 7 at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time)
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, you can follow the link.

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards (Australia)

What makes this scholarship attractive is that it offers full financial support to prospective international students who would like to obtain an MSc or PhD in a research or coursework programme in Australia. These scholarships include travel allowance, tuition fees, establishment allowance, health insurance and monthly stipend.

  • Participating Institutions: Australia Universities and High Education Institutions
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: June 30 (Annual)
  • Subject area: Masters or PhD research or coursework in any field
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The value of the scholarship is up to $140,500 for Master’s Programmes and $272,500 for PhD Programmes. This value would also include a travel allowance of $AUD 3,000, an establishment allowance of $AUD 4,000 and a monthly stipend of $AUD 3,000 till the programme is over. Scholars are also entitled to grants for the full cost of tuition including amenities and student service fees till the programme ends.

Master’s programmes last for 2 years while PhD programmes may take 4 years.

  • Eligibility: To apply for these scholarships an applicant must be a citizen of one of the listed countries:

Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela

Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (People’s Republic), Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Republic of Korea – South), Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (including Reunion), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)

Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Pacific: Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated states), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand* (including Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

The applicant must also meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicant must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the programme
  2. The proposed programme must start between January and November and not later. Those who are already enrolled at the time of the scholarship application or will be enrolled before the time frame are not eligible to apply.
  3. All supporting documents that are relevant to the scholarship application must be submitted
  4. Applicant must not have held or completed a directly-administered Australian Government scholarship
  5. He or she is also not allowed to apply in a category he or she has previously owned a scholarship or fellowship.
  • Application Instructions: One other thing applicants must do is to attach a formal letter of admission from their proposed university in Australia. A conditional offer is also acceptable. All applications must be submitted via the Endeavour Online (EOL) system by 11:59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) of June 30.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link.

Application Guidelines are also available for your perusal.

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. It 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.

Swedish Scholarships for International Students (Sweden)

The Swedish Institute awards scholarships to talented and qualified students from developing countries who would like to pursue a full-time MSc programme in a university in Sweden. This scholarship covers living expenses, tuition fee, some grant for travel expenses and insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: Swedish Universities and Higher Education Institutions
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: January 16/February 10
  • Subject area: Any eligible master’s programme
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 335 scholarships
  • Award Value: The Scholarship award granted covers the entire period of academic study usually for one or two academic sessions. It covers the cost of tuition, provides a grant of SEK 9.000 every month for living expenses, insurance, as well as one-time travel allowance of SEK 15,000 for ODA recipients featured on the DAC list.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be from one of the eligible countries and must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of work experience from full or part-time employment, paid/unpaid internship, voluntary work, or position of trust. Applicants should also have a proven track record of academic excellence. They should also should also be able to show their commitment to changing their countries by working with issues that will contribute to a sustainable development in the long term.

The following are the eligible countries:

Group 1: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Group 2: Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran, Colombia and Vietnam.

Group 3: Countries on the DAC list that features ODA recipients.

Special Initiative: Syria and South Africa

  • Application Instructions: Applicants who wish to be considered for this scholarship must have completed a different application to enrol for a Master’s programme before January 16 through the online application service. Application fees must also be paid before February 1 in order to be considered for the scholarship.

The application is in two steps; where the first step involves submitting an application. Candidates shortlisted in the first step go to the second step where they will submit a detailed application.

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

VLIR-OUS Training and Masters Scholarships (Belgium)

VLIR-OUS provides scholarships to international students from some developing counties in Africa, Asia, and Latin America so that these students can enrol for a Training and Master’s Programme that is related to development from any of the Belgian universities. This scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, living expenses, and other costs related to the program.

  • Participating Institutions: Any participating Belgian Flemish college or university
  • Programme(s): VLIR-OUS Training or Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: varies (annually)
  • Subject area: Any English-taught Master’s or training programme at the participating university
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: This scholarship provides full aid for the cost of tuition, accommodation, international travel, and insurance for the entire length of the Master’s or training programme.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:
  • Citizenship and Country of Residence: Candidates must be citizens and residents of one of the 31 VLIR-OUS listed countries at the time of the application.
  • Age: Applicants must be 35 years old or younger to enrol for the initial master’s and at most 40 years old for advanced master’s. Candidates enrolling for an ITP should also not be older than 45 years. All ages are against the January 1 timeline.
  • Candidates who are employed in research institutes, social economy, governments, academic institutions, or NGOs or are aspiring to be involved in one of these areas are usually more preferred than other applicants. Applicants employed in the corporate profit sector or new graduates without work experience are also eligible to apply.
  • Application Instructions: Applications submitted directly to VLIR-OUS by candidates will not be considered. Applicants must apply for the Master’s or training programme first before they can apply for the scholarship. For specific application instructions you may want to page check the application of the website.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

New Zealand Development Scholarships (New Zealand)

The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) affords international students from some developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate programme in a subject area that will equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge to develop their home countries. This scholarship covers the travel costs, tuition fees, insurance, and living allowance. 

  • Participating Institutions: Eligible Universities and Institutes of technology in new Zealand
  • Programme(s): Postgraduate programmes
  • Deadline: March 15/30 (annually)
  • Subject area: a 6-month Postgraduate Certificate course, a 1-year Postgraduate Diploma programme, a 1 to 2-year Master’s Degree or a PhD for up to 3 ½ years in a development-related program like renewable energy, disaster risk management, private sector development, or public sector development. You can check out preferred fields for your country here
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, living expenses which is paid fortnightly, travel and medical insurance, establishment allowance, travel far to New Zealand and back to the applicant’s home country, reunion travel and home leave and support for thesis and research costs for most research students.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be 18 years or older at the commencement of the scholarship award
  2. Be citizens of the country from which they are applying and have resided for a minimum of 2 years
  3. Not be permanent residents or citizens of the following countries: Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Japan, USA, South Korea, member countries of the European Union, Qatar, Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. This doesn’t apply to citizens of Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau who are also citizens of New Zealand. It also doesn’t affect applicants with New Zealand-Samoan dual citizenship.
  4. Meet the requirements necessary to obtain a student visa to study in New Zealand or any Pacific country.
  5. Meet the entry requirements including English Language proficiency for the postgraduate programme of their choice.
  6. Must have a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time relevant work experience except they are applying from a school
  7. Show intentions to return to their home countries for at least 2 years after the programme.
  • Application Instructions: Applications can be done on paper or online with respect to your country. If your country is eligible for the 2 modes of application then you can apply between February 1 and March 15 by 12pm New Zealand time. Those from countries that can only apply online can apply between February 16 and March 30. You can check for your country’s mode of application and plan ahead.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

FULLY-FUNDED UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)

These scholarships are full-cost grants for taught and research-based graduate programmes offered to international students from countries all over the world who would like to enrol at the University of Cambridge. It covers all expenses related to the student’s programme at the university. These costs include the university fees, airfare, maintenance allowance, and some of the dependent’s allowance.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Cambridge, UK
  • Programme(s): Masters or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: October 11/December 6 (Annually)
  • Subject area: PhD, MLitt or MSc in a one year postgraduate programme in any course taught at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 95 awards every year
  • Award Value: An awardee of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship receives a grant that covers the cost of tuition, maintenance, and travelling among other expenses. In essence it covers all expenses related to studying at Cambridge. Other funds it may provide include discretionary funding like family allowance and academic development.
  • Eligibility: To apply for this scholarship, candidates may be citizens of any country other than the United Kingdom. They must also be applying to pursue a PhD (3-year research degree); an MSc or MLitt (2-year research degree), or a 1-year postgraduate course.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants are required to submit a graduate admission and funding application through the University’s Graduate Portal. The deadline for the Gates Cambridge application is October 11 for US citizens that are resident in the US and December 6 for other applicants that meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link.

Clarendon Scholarships at University of Oxford (UK)

This scholarship fund is a prestigious scholarship award scheme that offers about 140 new scholarships annually to eligible UK and international graduate applicants for subjects offered at the University of Oxford. These scholarships are awarded based on applicants’ potential and academic excellence. Each one covers the complete value of the college and tuition fees and a grant sufficient for the applicant’s living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Oxford in London
  • Programme(s): Masters or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: January 8/ January 19 (Annually)
  • Subject area: All graduate level degree-bearing courses are eligible for the scholarship program including part-time and full-time Master’s courses and DPhil courses.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: About 140 awards are given annually
  • Award Value: The Clarendon Scholarships are full scholarships and they are paid for the full length of the scholars’ study period. Scholars pursuing a full-time course are given generous annual grants as living allowance. This could be £14,553 or more while those on part-time courses get a support grant that covers their non-fee costs.
  • Eligibility: The Clarendon Scholarships are open to all students including international students. However, the potential and academic performance of an applicant is a major criterion for eligibility. This is why the focus is usually on students with outstanding academic performance.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants for full or part-time Master’s or DPhil courses at the University who apply by the deadline are usually considered for the Clarendon Scholarship immediately. This means that, although additional documents may be required for the scholarship, there is no separate application for the scholarship.

So it is important that you submit your admission application before the deadline if you wish to be considered for this scholarship.

  • 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

Westminster International Scholarships (UK)

The Westminster International Scholarships are awarded by the University of Westminster to students that are eligible and from developing countries around the world, who would like to pursue a full-time Master’s programme in any subject area offered at the University of Westminster. The scholarship offers 100% tuition waivers, living expenses, return airfare to London, and accommodation expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Westminster
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: October 13 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any full-time Master’s programme except MBA, offered at University of Westminster
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 1
  • Award Value: Full tuition waivers, living expenses, accommodation, airfare ticket to London and back
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a First Class or its equivalent, demonstrate financial need and also show development potential. They must also be international students who are citizens of developing countries and already have an offer to pursue a full-time Master’s programme at the University of Westminster.
  • Application Instructions: You can only apply when you have received a conditional or an unconditional offer to pursue a course of your choice offered at University of Westminster. You are required to download the application form, complete it, and submit it with relevant supporting documents via POST before October 13.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships (UK)

These scholarships are offered to international students to help those who are financially handicapped as a result of their residence in a country ridden with political crisis, natural disasters and wars. Students in this category must also be seeking to pursue a full-time Master’s programme – not an MBA – at the University of Bradford. The scholarship is valued at £25,000, and it covers the full tuition fees, living costs, and accommodation expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Bradford
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: May 15 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any full-time Master’s programme except an MBA offered at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: Each scholarship is valued at approximately £25,000 and it covers the full cost of tuition and accommodation in The Green including a stipend of £4,200 every year to be paid in 3 instalments for living expenses
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be from these countries:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Burma/Myanmar, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo (Peoples Republic), Congo, Democratic Republic, Djibouti, Timor Leste (East Timor), Egypt, United Arab Republic of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Kenya, Korea (North), Democratic People’s Republic of Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar – Malagasy Republic, Malawi, Maldives Islands, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine -West Bank – Gaza Strip inc E Jerusa, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Somali Democratic Republic, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, United Republic of Uganda, Yemen, Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Those from Pakistan are considered through the Bestway Foundation Scholarship Scheme.

To be considered for a Master’s programme applicants must have earned the minimum qualification stipulated by their countries to pursue the degree. They are also require to have met the English Language requirements of the University to be chosen for their preferred course.

  • Application Instructions: Applicants don’t need to have received an admission offer to study at the University to apply for this scholarship. But, they must have earned a bachelor’s degree with results to apply.

Applicants who will be relying on this scholarship for tuition fees and living expenses during the Master’s program are advised to apply for the scholarship before securing a place in the University.

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

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

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 the applicant’s academic period.

  • 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

University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships (Netherlands)

These scholarships are offered by the University of Maastricht Scholarship Fund to encourage talented students from non-EEA countries to pursue a Master’s Programme at the University of Maastricht. This scholarship covers the student’s tuition fee, visa costs, living expenses, and insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: Maastricht University
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Subject area: Any of the eligible Master’s programme offered at Maastricht University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 24
  • Award Value: The scholarship award covers the awardee’s living expenses valued at €12,350 for 13 months and €23,750 for 25 months. Other expenses it covers are health insurance valued at €710, tuition fee valued at €13,000, €15,000, or €17,500 based on the tuition fees for the programme; visa costs at €317 and pre-academic training course at €825.

This scholarship award is valid for 13 months for a 1-year master’s programme, and 25 months for 2-year master’s programme.

  • Eligibility: The following requirements must be met before an applicant is considered for the scholarship:
  • Applicants must be citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and must be eligible to obtain a residence permit and an entry visa into the Netherlands.
  • Applicants must have submitted a course application to pursue an eligible full-time Master’s degree at Maastricht University.
  • He or she must be able to meet the requirements for admission into the proposed programme.
  • Applicants must not have participated in a primary, secondary, or higher education degree programme in Netherlands except they only participated in an exchange programme.
  • Applicants must have an excellent academic record proven with the most-recent transcripts. Applicants who graduated in the top 5% of their class are usually given more preference.
  • Application Instructions: Applying for a participating Master’s programme at Maastricht University is a prerequisite to applying for this scholarship. As soon as you’ve submitted your application via Studielink, you will be given a student ID number that will be requested from you during the scholarship application. You must complete and submit the application before February 1 for it to be processed.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

TU Delft Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Delft University of Technology offers excellence-based scholarship awards to international students every year. One of its scholarships is the Justus and Louise van Effen scholarship which aims to provide financial support to international students who wish to pursue a programme at TU Delft. This scholarship is a full one that covers tuition fees and provides the student with monthly allowance for living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: Delft University of Technology
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: December 1 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any Master’s Degree programme offered at TU Delft
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 3 Scholarships per faculty
  • Award Value: Full tuition waiver for an MSc Programme at TU Delft and living allowance for 2 years
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have an excellent academic record and must be admitted for an MSc programme at TU Delft having had a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 80% or higher from a globally recognised university.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants for this scholarship should have submitted an application for a Master’s Degree programme at TU Delft by December 1. The scholarship application form which is usually available by October 1 should have been uploaded as well with clear reasons for applying for the scholarship.
  • Official Scholarship Website: To access the application form and get more information about this scholarship, follow this link.

Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen (Netherlands)

These scholarships are awarded to international students who wish to purse a 1-year or 2-year Master’s programme at the University of Groningen. It covers tuition fees, airfare, books, health insurance, and subsistence.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Groningen
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Subject area: Any Master’s Programme offered at University of Groningen
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Limited
  • Award Value: The scholarship award covers cost of international travel, books, subsistence, tuition fee, and health insurance.
  • Eligibility: The following are the eligible countries applicants should hold a citizenship before they are considered for this scholarship:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Timor-Leste, Sudan (Rep.), Congo (Dem Rep.), South Sudan, Central African Republic, Zambia.

In addition, candidates should:

  1. Have at least a conditional offer for admission into the program of their choice
  2. Have an excellent academic record to be confirmed by letters of recommendations.
  3. Have achieved excellent grades in their bachelor’s degree
  4. Be proficient in the English language according to the requirements of the course programme.
  5. Be able to run a full-time programme where he or she participates
  6. Be in good health
  7. Be able to demonstrate financial need without alternative source of funding.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants need to have received a conditional offer to study at University of Groningen by December 1 before he or she can apply for the Eric Bleumink Fund Scholarships.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The AES awards grants to highly talented students from countries outside the EU who wish to pursue an eligible Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam. It has a value of €25,000 – a sum that covers both tuition and living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Amsterdam in Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s degree
  • Deadline: The deadline differs with Graduate School but usually comes after 15 January/ 1 February annually. To get the specific deadline you’ll have to visit the Graduate Schools website.
  • Subject area: English-taught subject areas that are eligible for this scholarship award are: Child Development and Education, Communication, Economics and Business, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science, Social Sciences.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: A full scholarship of €25,000 for a 1-year programme and a likely extension for a 2-year Master’s programme.
  • Eligibility: Only students from Non-EU countries who were in the top 10% of their graduating class may apply. Applicants with remarkable academic achievements and ambition who can also prove how the proposed area of study is relevant to their future career are more likely to be shortlisted.
  • Application Instructions: You can apply through the Admissions Offices of the Graduate Schools. Eligibility requirements, application instructions, and selection criteria specific to each graduate school are also available on each of the Graduate School websites.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarship Program (Switzerland)

If you are looking to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH, then you should take advantage of these scholarships. The Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme (ESOP) offers international students a grant that covers study and living expenses at CHF 11,000 for each semester including a tuition waiver. The Master Scholarship Programme (MSP) provides a partial stipend of CHF 6,000 each semester for study and living expenses including a tuition waiver.

  • Participating Institutions: ETH Zurich
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: December 15 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any eligible Master’s programme offered at the University.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Depends on how much funds are available.
  • Award Value: The Excellence Scholarship provides a grant that covers study and living expenses at 11,000 CHF for every semester and a tuition-fee waiver.

The Master Scholarship provides a partial stipend that covers study and living expenses to an extent and a tuition-fee waiver. The awardee’s department may also make an offer of 1,500 to 3,000 CHF every semester or make an offer of assistantship that begins from the 2nd semester of the master’s programme where he or she earns 600 CHF every month. The MSP requires some contribution from the awardee.

Both scholarships take effect from the day the awardee begins his or her programme and it lasts for the 3 or 4 months of the programme.

  • Eligibility: Applications are open to international students and students from ETH or other universities and colleges who wish to pursue a Master’s programme at ETH. Applicants must be in the top 10% of their graduating class to be considered for the scholarships.
  • Application Instructions: You can apply for the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme or the Master Scholarship Programme if you apply for a Master’s programme at the University simultaneously or if you are currently enrolled for a Bachelor’s programme and wish to continue with a Master’s Programme consecutively.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia (Canada)

The University of British Columbia (UBC) offers undergraduate scholarships for outstanding secondary and post-secondary international students. Students who win these awards receive financial aid that covers their tuition fees and living expenses, excluding the contributions that can be made by the student and his or her family to cover other costs.

  • Participating Institutions: University of British Columbia
  • Programme(s): Bachelor’s Degree
  • Deadline: November 15/December 1
  • Subject area: Eligible undergraduate programmes offered at UBC
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: Awardees receive the equivalent of a financial aid that is sufficient enough to undertake an undergraduate programme minus the sum the awardee and his or her family are able to contribute annually. So when shortlisted, the awardee receives aid based on the financial information that he or she provides.

Awards are renewable as long as the awardee’s academic performance meets the stipulated standard at the end of each academic year. The renewal will also depend on whether he or she demonstrates the need for it and is able to maintain a student visa.

  • Eligibility: candidates must have been nominated by the school they are being transferred from the high school they have just graduated or will be graduating from. For an applicant to be considered for this award he or she must:
  1. Be applying for an undergraduate programme
  2. Must be admissible to the first choice program and meet the English Language Admission Standard of UBC
  3. Have a an excellent and proven academic record with an ‘A’ average or its equivalent
  4. Not be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada but an international student with a Canadian Study Permit
  5. Must demonstrate financial need sufficient enough to prevent them from pursuing the program at UBC
  6. Must be coming into UBC from a recognized high school or transferred from a college or university of the sort.
  • Application Instructions: Nominated candidates must be confirmed by their high school or university through the International Leader of Tomorrow Award nomination package.

And all packages must be sent in by November 15. Nominees are also required to complete the online admission application by December 1 and must have met the English Language Admission Requirement by January 31 of the following year.

  • Official Scholarship Website: Get more information on how to apply by following this link.

Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto (Canada)

This scholarship program is an initiative of the University of Toronto to attract international students with exceptional academic achievement and are recognised in their schools as leaders. The scholarship covers the student’s tuition, incidental fees, books, as well as a residence support for up to 4 years.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Toronto, Canada
  • Programme(s): Bachelor’s Degree
  • Deadline: November 30 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any undergraduate programme offered at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 37 scholarships are awarded annually
  • Award Value: The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, full residence for 4 years, and incidental fees.
  • Eligibility: Applicants are nominated by their high schools for an invitation to apply for the scholarship program. He or she must:
  1. Be classed as an international student
  2. Demonstrate originality and be a creative thinker
  3. Be committed to community and school development
  4. Have an excellent academic record
  5. Have a strong motivation to learn and explore intellectual knowledge
  6. Demonstrate strong leadership qualities
  7. Have graduated from high school before June of the year of application or is in his or her final year of high school
  8. Not be enrolled in post-secondary studies at the time of application
  • Application Instructions: You must be nominated by your school. If your school doesn’t have nomination rights then it needs to apply for one. You must also apply for studies at the University of Toronto before the admission deadline. As soon as you have been nominated and you have applied, then you can apply for the scholarship online.

The deadline for school nomination is November 30 while the deadline for student application is January 15.

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

FULLY-FUNDED INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIPS

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships

The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers scholarships to international students who are from World Bank-member countries and will like to pursue programmes related to development in any of the universities that have been selected by the scholarship body. The scholarship covers the student’s travel costs to and from his or her host university, tuition fees for the Master’s programme, basic medical insurance allowance for living expenses and books.

  • Participating Institutions: Participating institutions in Africa, Japan, and the U.S
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 23 (annually)
  • Subject area: The JJWBGSP provides scholarships for more than 200 programs across 14 different Partner Programs in development including tax policy, economic policy management, and infrastructure management.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, monthly allowance for living expenses. A return ticket, travel allowance, and health insurance for the period of academic study; which is usually 2 years or less.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  • Be from a developing country that is a World Bank member
  • Not be citizens of 2 developing countries
  • Be medically fit for the program
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent not less than 3 years before the application deadline
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of development-related work experience after the Bachelor’s degree.
  • Have received an unconditional offer to pursue a Master’s degree in one of the JJWBGSP Partner or Preferred Programs
  • Not be a Director or an employee of the World Bank Group. He or she must not be related to an employee either as a Father, Mother, Half-sibling, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son, Niece, Uncle, Aunt, or Nephew.
  • Application Instructions: For the Preferred Master’s Programs applicants must have applied to at least one of the Preferred Programs and the JJWBGSP scholarship between January 25 and February 23.

Applicants for the Partner Master’s Programs must apply for an admission into at least one of the Partner Master’s Program. They are to wait for the board to review the submissions after which eligible candidates will be shortlisted and invited to the secretariat to apply for the scholarship. You may also like to take advantage of the application guidelines.

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

ADB Japan Scholarship Program

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) encourages well-qualified students from its developing member-countries to pursue postgraduate programmes in management, economics, science and technology, and other fields that are related to development at participating institution in the Pacific and Asian Region. It covers the full value of the student’s tuition fees, books, instructional materials, allowance for accommodation, living and travel expenses, and medical insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: Any of the participating institutions
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Subject area: Economics, management, education, health, environment, agriculture, science and technology, natural resource management, and any development-related field.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 300 scholarships are given every year.
  • Award Value: An awardee receives a scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition, housing allowance, monthly subsistence, book and instructional materials allowance, travel expenses, and medical insurance.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be nationals of an ADB borrowing country (You are not eligible for this scholarship if your country no longer borrows from ADB)
  2. Have gained admission into an approved MA/PhD course at one of the participating higher institutions.
  3. Have earned a bachelor’s degree with excellent academic record.
  4. Have at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience after university degree and proficiency in written and oral English at the time of application.
  5. Not be older than 35 years of age at the time of application. The age limit for senior officials and mangers is 45 years.
  6. Have a good health record.
  7. Show intentions of returning to his or her home country at the end of the academic program.
  8. Not be directors, management and staff of ADB; consultants or relatives of employees of ADB
  9. Not be staff members of academic institutions
  10. Be working or living in his or her home country
  11. Not be already enrolled in any graduate program
  12. Not be seeking this scholarship for undergraduate studies, short-term training courses, conferences, distance learning programs, research projects, and thesis writing.
  • Application Instructions: If you would like to apply for this scholarship, you are required to contact an eligible academic institution of your choice, apply for admission into a graduate program and make a request to be considered for the ADB-JSP scholarship. All admission and scholarship application forms should be submitted to the college or university. Applications should not be sent to ADB separately.

However, applications for the scholarship must be submitted at least 6 months before the proposed commencement date of your preferred program. Get more information about the deadline for this scholarship by following this link

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

Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants

Annually, the Rotary Foundation offers grants through its Global Study Scheme to international students. It funds research or coursework at the graduate level for a period of 1 to 4 academic years. The minimum grant offered by the foundation is $30,000 – one that can cover the passport/visa, insurance, books, relocation, travel, and accommodation costs.

  • Participating Institutions: Any one of the approved universities in countries where there is a host Rotary district or club (not in the applicant’s home country)
  • Programme(s): Masters or PhD Degrees
  • Deadline: Rolling (It is all through the year. But applicants are advised to submit 3 months before the commencement of the intended study programme)
  • Subject area: A graduate-level research or coursework in one of the following areas: Disease prevention and treatment, Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Economic and community development, Basic education and literacy.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The least this scholarship awards recipients is $30,000 and it is sufficient to fund inoculation, passport and/or visa, travel expenses (terms and conditions apply), school supplies, room and board, tuition, household items, language training courses (provided university admission doesn’t depend on the applicant’s language improvement).

Personal and miscellaneous expenses are usually not covered by the given grant.

  • Eligibility: Eligibility requirements are specific to Rotary clubs and districts where the applicant intends to apply. You can visit the official website for more information about this.