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Scholarship Opportunities


Bright, talented and highly-motivated international students deserve the best scholarships. And just in case you are one of them, we have made a list of the 10 best scholarship programs just for you.

GOVERNMENT-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Fulbright Scholarships (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 or some other recognised university outside the US for a period of one year or even longer. 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.

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, an economy-class 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: http://www.chevening.org/

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. The scholarship awards can fund MSc programmes with up to 2 years of study and PhD programmes with up to 4 years of study. 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) on June 30.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link.

Application Guidelines are also available for your perusal.

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France developed this scholarship as a medium to attract highly talented foreign students to enrol for Master’s and PhD programmes at its higher education institutions. Awardees of the Eiffel scholarships receive allowance for living expenses, social security cover, a return trip to their home country, and other expenses. However, this scholarship does not include the cost of tuition fees.

  • Participating Institutions: Universities and academic institutions in France
  • Programme(s): Masters or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: November to January 6 (Annually)
  • Subject area: The 3 main fields that are eligible for Master’s degree or PhD degree programmes are: engineering science for Master’s (with a broad sense of it at the PhD level), law and political sciences and economics and management.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: Awardees for Master’s programmes are entitled to a scholarship that includes a monthly allowance split into a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a stipend of €150; which may be awarded for 12 to 36 months. At the PhD level, the scholarship includes a monthly stipend of €1,400 for up to 10 months.

The award may also cover certain expenses like a return trip, cultural activities, and a cover for social security. It is also likely that awardees will also receive housing allowance as well.

  • Eligibility:

Age: Applicants for Master’s courses must 30 years or younger while PhD applicants must be 35 or younger by March 6.

Nationality: Candidates must not be of French nationality. Candidates with dual citizenship where France is one of the two countries are NOT eligible to apply.

Application route: Applications submitted through any other means aside the French educational establishments will not be considered. Multiple nominations from establishments will also be disqualified.

Other Scholarships: Foreign students who are beneficiaries of other French Government scholarships at the time of the application are not eligible to apply. This includes scholarships that don’t have social security cover.

Field of Study: The scholarships are for Master’s course, including those taught in engineering school, and PhD courses. This scholarship does not include French Master’s courses that are run abroad because PhD programmes require that 75% of the course load is taken in France. Moreover, professional or apprenticeship training contracts do not apply to this scholarship program.

Eiffel Master Scholarship: Applicants who applied before and were rejected will not be considered whether or not the new application is submitted for a different field or by a different establishment.

Eiffel PhD Scholarship: If a candidate was previously nominated by an establishment at Master’s level, he or she can be nominated at the PhD level. However, those who have received the scholarship at the PhD level cannot receive another be awarded an Eiffel PhD Scholarship again. More so, applicants who applied before and were rejected will not be considered whether or not the new application is submitted for a different field or by a different establishment.

Language proficiency: Before establishments select non-French-speaking candidates, they must ensure that the candidate’s language skills are suitable for the relevant course they have applied for.

  • Application Instructions: APPLICATIONS FOR THE EIFFEL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FROM APPLICANTS DIRECTLY. Applicants are required to submit their applications through the French Higher Education Institutions and they must have met the requirements before their applications are considered.

For applications through Campus France, the deadline is January 6 while applications through French Institutions must be submitted between November and December.

You can get more information on this from the Programme Guide and the Application Guide

  • Official Scholarship Website: To apply and have access to the online application form via Campus France follow this link.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)

The Swedish Institute awards scholarships to talented and qualified graduate students from developing countries who would like to pursue Master’s, doctoral or postdoctoral research in any recognised or public-funded universities in Sweden. This scholarship covers living expenses, tuition fee, some grant for travel expenses and insurance.

  • 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.

UNIVERSITY-FUNDED INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)

Over 100 Gates Scholarships are awarded every year. 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 for a full-time postgraduate degree. It covers all expenses related to the student’s programme at the university. These costs include the university fees, inbound visa 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 graduate award scheme that offers about 140 new scholarships annually to eligible UK and international graduate applicants for degree-bearing 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 awardee’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.

Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University (China)

The Schwarzman Scholars Program is an initiative of the Tsinghua University to help the world’s brightest international students with the opportunity to hone their leadership skills and develop their professional network through a 1-year Master’s programme at the University. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room and board, travel fare to Beijing and back, in-country study tour, books and academic supplies, health insurance, a Lenovo smartphone and Laptop, and a personal stipend.

  • Participating Institutions: Tsinghua University in Beijing, China
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: May 31/ September 28
  • Subject area: Master’s Degree in International Studies, Public Policy, or Economic and Business
  • Number of Scholarships offered: About 200 students are awarded every year
  • Award Value: Scholars receive a grant that covers tuition and related fees, travel to Beijing and back to their home country, room and board, in-country tour, books and supplies relevant to the study program, a Lenovo smartphone and laptop, a personal stipend of $3,500, and health insurance.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have earned or will successfully earn an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) by August 1 before orientation begins at Tsinghua University. There are no specific eligible courses. However, applicants should be able to show how the selected course of study will help them develop leadership potential in their chosen field.

Age: Applicants must not be as old as 29 years of age but not younger than 18 years by August 1.

English language proficiency:  Applicants must have a strong command of English because all courses will be instructed in English language. In a case where English is not the applicant’s native language, he or she is required to submit scores from an official English proficiency test. Here are the acceptable tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT)
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

However, if the applicant earned a degree from an institution where he or she was instructed in English language for at least 2 years, then this criterion will be waived.

  • Application Instructions: To apply for the Schwarzman scholarship, the online application form must be completed and submitted along with other requisite documents on or before the deadline. Citizens of Mainland China, Taiwan, Macao, and Hong Kong may apply between January 31 and May 31 while citizens of other countries can apply between April 17 and September 28.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For access to the application form and for more information on how to apply, follow this link.

INSTITUTE-FUNDED INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants (Various Countries)

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.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants are required to get in touch with local Rotary clubs using the Rotary Club Locator. The applications should be completed and submitted online by the applicant as soon as the applicant’s Rotary club has created initial online application and a profile for the candidate.

Rotary clubs have their specific timelines. So you may need to visit their websites for more information on how and when to submit an application.

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

Trudeau Scholarships (Canada)

The Trudeau Scholarships are the most prestigious of this sort in Canada. They are available to international students especially those from developing countries who wish pursue a doctoral degree or are already in the first or second year of a full-time doctoral program in a Canadian University. An awardee may receive as much as $60,000 every year for the maximum 3 years of study and even benefit from a relationship with a Trudeau Mentor who has a wealth of experience.

  • Participating Institutions: Any participating Canadian University
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: December 8 (Annually)
  • Subject area: PhD Research courses related to Social Sciences and Humanities with emphasis on or more of the following: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, and Canada in the World and People and their Natural Environment.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 15 scholarships
  • Award Value: The scholarship provides $40,000 every year for 3 years and $20,000 for travel and research allowance at the same payment rate. It also affords the scholar an opportunity of a dissemination and writing scholarship in the 4th year of study.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time students of a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities. They may also be students who are still registering or in their first or second year.

The applicants may be citizens or permanent residents who are registered in a full-time doctoral program in Canada. Citizens of Canada registered for a full-time doctoral program outside the country are also eligible for this scholarship.

  • Application Instructions: Candidates must be nominated by the foreign or Canadian university where they are studying or wish to study in. Most internal university deadlines are around Fall. However, the Trudeau Foundation must have received candidates’ applications from the university by December 8.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link.