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Scholarship Opportunities


There are many European scholarships worth millions of euros that make the rounds every year. These scholarships include those sponsored by the European Union, the European Government States as well as European Universities and Colleges. International students, like the European students are at liberty to apply for these scholarships provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria. Here are some of the popular ones:

EUROPEAN GOVENRMENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

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 from selected countries; 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, click here

DAAD Scholarships with Relevance to Developing Countries (Germany)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a number of scholarships to specific postgraduate courses that are relevant to developing countries and are taught in German Universities. The target group for these scholarships are highly talented young professionals and international students who are from developing countries in Central and South America, Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the Pacific Islands. Scholarships offered by DAAD may be full or partial.

  • Participating Institutions: German Universities that offer development-related postgraduate courses
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD degree
  • Deadline: August to October (Annually)
  • Subject area: Master’s or PhD in one of the following areas: Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics; Medicine and Public Health; Social Sciences, Engineering and Related Sciences; Mathematics; Development Cooperation; Agricultural and Forest Sciences; Regional and Urban Planning; Natural and Environmental Sciences; Education and Law; and Media Studies.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Limited
  • Award Value: Beneficiaries of the graduate scholarship receive a monthly grant of 750 euros while doctoral students are paid 1000 euros every month. Other costs that the award covers, if they are not covered by the home country or other sources of funding, are; health, personal liability, and accident insurance, and travel allowance. The scholarship is valid for a period of 12 to 24 months for graduate programmes and 36 months for PhD programmes.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be employed in a public, state, or private company situated in a developing country. Hence he or she must be involved in project planning and execution with focus on policy development in technological, social and economic areas.
  2. Hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a related field.
  3. Have completed an academic programme with results that are above average and a minimum of 2 years professional experience after the bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  4. Present academic degrees earned at most 6 years before the application date.

For German-taught courses, applicants must have earned a minimum level of A2 in German Language. The scholarship also includes a 6-month course in German Language.

For English-taught courses, a band score of 6 on the IELTS or TOEFL scores of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test are the minimum required.

  • Application Instructions: Except applications that are sent in from Cameroon, applications must be sent to respective courses. You will do well to visit the website of your proposed course for further information about the application. The closing date varies with the course of study but is usually between August and October.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Netherlands Fellowship Program (Netherlands)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) encourages capacity building by providing fellowships that give professionals from different organisations in about 51 countries of the world the leverage to receive education and training. The fellowships are for Master’s and PhD studies and even short courses offered at Dutch academic institutions. The fellowship, when received, is to be a supplement to a fellow’s salary during the study period. The allowance covers the cost of tuition, living expenses, travel and visa fees, and thesis research.

  • Participating Institutions: Dutch Universities that offer courses listed in the NFP programmes.
  • Programme(s): Masters, PhD or Short Courses
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Subject area: You want to be sure you are well-informed. So we advise you to follow this link to select a course and the institutions that offer it. You can then confirm if the institution of your choice offers. And while you are at it, confirm that the course of your choice is NFP-qualified.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: An NFP fellow receives a grant that supplements the salary he or she will continue to or be receiving during the study programme. This is a contribution to covering costs like living expenses, tuition fees, insurance, travel fare, and thesis research. Whenever it’s applicable, the fellow will cover the difference between the total cost he or she will be required to pay without funding and the amount the NFP allowance provides.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be citizens of, working in, and living in any country listed by NFP
  2. Be recommended by an employer with an employer’s statement using the EP-Nuffic format.
  3. Not be employees of organisations that have staff-development programmes. Examples of such are: Multinationals like Shell, Microsoft, or Unilever; large national or commercial companies; bilateral donor organisations like USAID, Sida, FinAid, or SwissAid; multilateral donor organisations like African Development Bank, UN, World Bank, or IMF. Employees of international NGOs like Oxfam and Care are also not eligible.
  4. Have a valid international passport
  5. Not be beneficiaries of multiple fellowships for programmes that run concurrently.
  • Application Instructions: Applications are made directly to preferred Dutch higher education institutions. When you’ve confirmed the course you want and the institution that offers it then you can contact them for application procedures.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Swedish Institute Study Scholarship (Sweden)

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to outstanding and highly-talented international students who are from developing countries and wish to pursue a Master’s programme in a Swedish University. The scholarships cover the costs of tuition, living expenses and provides grants for travel costs 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-UOS Scholarship Awards (Belgium)

VLIR-UOS provides scholarships to international students from about 54 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

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)

The Eiffel Scholarship Programme is an initiative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a medium to attract the best international students to pursue Master’s or PhD programmes at French Institutions. Awardees receive a monthly stipend as well as grants that cover expenses like travel costs, cultural activities and health insurance. This scholarship does not cover the cost of tuition.

  • 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, click here

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students (Switzerland)

These scholarships provide the means through which graduates from 180 countries all over the world can pursue a doctoral or postdoctoral research in any subject area or academic field taught at recognized or public-funded institutions in the Switzerland. It provides the recipient with a monthly allowance and covers the cost of tuition, accommodation, and health 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 click here

Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students

There are a number of scholarships offered by the Danish Ministry of Education to highly-talented international students; who are from countries outside the EU/EEA and wish to pursue a full-time degree at any of the participating Universities in Denmark. The scholarship could be awarded as a full or partial tuition waiver and/or as grants that also cover living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: Participating institutions in Denmark
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: March to April/September to October (varies)
  • Subject area: Eligible full-time programmes offered at the participating institutions in Denmark
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Limited
  • Award Value: The scholarships are awarded by participating universities and may be awarded as a full or partial tuition waiver and/or grants for living expenses.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  • Not be citizens of Switzerland or any EU/EEA country
  • Be enrolled in a full-time programme at a higher education institution
  • Have been offered a temporary visa to study in Denmark
  • Application Instructions: The participating institutions award the scholarships and so they get to decide who gets its based on their criteria. This means applicants must check the participating institutions for specific instructions on entry requirements, student services, course descriptions, and deadlines.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Italian Government Bursaries for Foreign Students (Italy)

The Italian Government offers scholarships to foreign and Italian citizens who are resident abroad who would like to study in any of the Italian Universities. The scholarships are awarded for university degrees like Master’s and PhD degrees, art-related and music-related courses as well as advanced vocational training course. Nonetheless, these scholarships are available to the recipients only for a 3, 6 or 9-month period.

  • Participating Institutions: Any Italian Higher Education Institution. It could be a legally recognised institution or a state-owned institution by one of the state authorities.
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD
  • Deadline: May 10 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any eligible subject area taught at any of the participating universities
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: According to existing regulations, scholars are not expected to pay for the cost of tuition within the validity period of the award. However, some universities may decide on their own not to allow the exclusion. Applicants will do well to contact the university they’ll be applying to in order to confirm if the exemption is available and applies to your intending programme.

The scholarship covers the cost of accident and health insurance but doesn’t over airfare tickets for international students with the exception of students from Chile.

  • Eligibility:

Academic: Applicants are eligible for this scholarship as long as they have successfully satisfied the academic requirements of the participating university they wish to pursue a programme.

Age: Candidates must not be younger than 18 years or older than 36 years by the deadline. The age limit for PhD applicants is 33 years old by the deadline.

Language proficiency: Except the candidate is applying for an English-taught course, candidates are required to present a certificate demonstrating their proficiency and knowledge of the Italian language, starting with the B2 stage of Common European Framework of Reference Languages (CEFR)

  • Application Instructions: Applications are received electronically through “Portale borse online” before midnight (Italian time) on May 10.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

EUROPEAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)

These scholarships are full-cost grants for taught and research-based postgraduate 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, and the cost of an inbound visa.

  • 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: http://www.gatescambridge.org/

Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford (UK)

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. Established in 1902 in Cecil Rhodes’ will, these scholarships are known to provide support and financial aid to outstanding international students from participating countries who would like to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford.  An awardee of the Rhodes Scholarship receives the monetary worth of university fees, health insurance, personal allowance, and a return ticket to his home country.

  • Participating Institutions: Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Programme(s): Master’s or PhD Degree
  • Deadline: July to October (Annually)
  • Subject area: Scholars are at liberty to pursue any full-time postgraduate programme at Oxford University with a few restrictions.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 95 scholarships are awarded
  • Award Value: This scholarship covers all academic fees, a personal allowance, an economy airfare to Oxford, and another economy ticket to the scholar’s home country at the end of the programme.

This scholarship is valid for 2 years and is always subject to satisfactory personal conduct and academic performance.

  • Eligibility: Eligible candidates must be from one of the following countries:

Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Kenya, Malaysia, China, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, New Zealand, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, , Malawi, Namibia Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland), Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (SJLP), United States, United Arab Emirates, West Africa  (from 2018), Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Residency and citizenship: Applicants must fulfil the residency and citizenship requirements of the constituency peculiar to them and through which they will be applying.

Age: The age limit also varies with constituencies and could be within the range of 18 and 28. You are required to check the age requirements set by your constituency.

Education: With Oxford’s competitive admission requirements, applicants must have earned or will earn by October, a good class of degree in a Bachelor’s programme. In some cases, as a guarantee that the applicant will perform excellently well in the proposed programme a First Class degree or its equivalent is requested. Some constituencies may also require that the undergraduate programme must have been taken in an institution within the constituency.

  • Application Instructions: You are required to get the global information for this scholarship and also move to the country-specific website to also read the eligibility requirements, application criteria, and deadlines that are specific to your country. You should also apply for this scholarships in the summer and spring of the year preceding the commencement of the programme.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Sheffield Hallam University Transform Together Scholarships (UK)

Transform Together Scholarships are offered to international students including non-UK students from the European Union who would like to apply for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Sheffield Hallam University. The scholarship is awarded as a 50% tuition waiver for postgraduate programme and each year of an undergraduate programme.

  • Participating Institutions: Sheffield Hallam University in UK
  • Programme(s): Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: May 31/November 1 (Annual)
  • Subject area: Any full-time Undergraduate or Postgraduate taught course offered at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: A half-fee waiver is awarded every year of an undergraduate study and for the period of a postgraduate course.
  • Eligibility: An applicant must:
  1. Be a European Union (non-UK) or international fee paying student
  2. (For undergraduate) have met the academic and English requirements of the proposed course of study.
  3. (For postgraduate) have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor’s Honours degree and met the academic and English Language requirements.
  4. Have an admission offer to pursue a taught postgraduate or undergraduate programme at Sheffield Hallam University
  5. Be self-sponsoring his or her studies.
  6. Be able to bear the financial responsibility of additional course-related fees.
  • Application Instructions: You are in the clear to apply for this scholarship if you already have an offer to enrol for a full-time course at the University. If you haven’t applied yet, you can check out the online prospectus to apply. You can apply for the scholarship as soon as you have received an offer. However, all forms an supporting documents must be submitted by May 31 for the September intake and November 1 for the January intake.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

University of Westminster International Scholarships (UK)

University of Westminster offers scholarships to international students who are from developing countries and would want to pursue a full-time Master’s Programme in any of the taught fields offered at University of Westminster. The scholarship covers the cost of full tuition, accommodation, living expenses and travel costs from the recipient’s country of residence to London and back.

  • 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

Developing Solutions Scholarships at University of Nottingham (UK)

These scholarships are primarily offered to international students from African countries, India, or any developing country that is a member of the Commonwealth. It is awarded to students who would like to pursue a Master’s programme at the University of Nottingham with the intention to return to their home country where they will contribute to its development. 30 of the 105 scholarships offered annually cover the full cost of tuition while the remaining 75 cover 50% of it.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Nottingham, UK
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: March 24 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Full-time Master’s Programme in any field in one of these faculties: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Science, and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 105 scholarships with 30 of them awarded as full-tuition waivers and 75 of them awarded as 50% tuition waivers.
  • Award Value: The scholarship simply offers 50% to 100% financial support towards the cost of tuition
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a permanent resident of India or an African country. He or she could also be from any one of the following Commonwealth countries:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Montserrat, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Other eligibility criteria that must be checked. Applicants:

  1. Must be classed as a foreign student with respect to fee payment
  2. Should not have studied outside their country of residence
  3. Must not be current students or graduates of University of Nottingham
  4. Must have received an offer to commence a full-time Master’s programme (Including MRes) at the University within any one of these faculties: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Social Science, and faculty of Science.
  • Application Instructions: You must have received an offer of admission to enrol for a full-time Master’s programme in any one of the aforementioned faculties before you are granted access to the scholarship application. Admission applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks before the scholarship deadline. This way, the admission wll have enough time to process your application and also grant you access to the scholarship application if you are granted admission. The scholarship deadline is March 24 by 12 noon (UK time)
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Leiden University Excellence scholarship Programme aka LExS will be suitable for you if you are looking to purse an MSc, MA, or an LL.M at the Leiden University. It is awarded in one of these 3 ways: as a €10,000-grant for tuition only, as a €15,000 grant for tuition only, or as the equivalent of a total tuition in euros excluding the home fee.

  • Participating Institutions: Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: October 1 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any MSc, MA or LL.M programme listed in Master’s Programmes in Leiden.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: It depends on the available budget for each department in a faculty
  • Award Value: The scholarship may be awarded in one of the following ways:
  • € 10,000 of the cost of tuition
  • € 15,000 of the cost of tuition
  • Total tuition fee excluding statutory tuition fee

The award is valid till the student’s programme is over.

  • Eligibility:
  1. Applicants must be from Non-EU/EEA who would be enrolling for a Master’s programme in Leiden University in September.
  2. The applicant must also have a record of academic excellence where he or she graduated in the top 10% off his class
  3. He or she must not be eligible to receive study loans and grants under the Dutch system.
  4. Except it a Master’s programme that is a prerequisite to another Master’s programme like the LL.M advanced masters, applicants who hold master’s degrees obtained from Leiden are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Application Instructions: Before an eligible student can apply for the LExS, he or she must have made an admission application indicating his or her interest to apply for the scholarship. Applicants will be required to upload a letter of motivation on the scholarship portal. The deadline for receiving scholarship application is February 1 for September intakes and October 1 for February intakes.
  • 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

Radboud University Scholarship Programme (Netherlands)

This scholarship is awarded to talented and exceptional students from non-EU/EEA countries who wish to pursue English-taught master’s degree programmes at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. It gives the awardee the privilege of a tuition waiver so that he or she can pay exactly what an EEA student will pay. Other expenses covered by this scholarship include residence permit, visa, liability insurance and health insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: Radboud University in The Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: 1 March (Annual)
  • Subject area: The following subject areas are included in the scholarship’s scope: Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, Language and Communication, European Law, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Biology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Information Sciences, Computing Science, Medical Biology, Mathematics, Molecular Life Sciences, Science, Physics and Astronomy, Anthropology and Development Studies, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioural Science, Pedagogical Sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social and Cultural Science.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 30 scholarships every year
  • Award Value: The scholarship is not a full one and it does not cover the student’s living expense. It is, however, offered as a grant that waives the tuition fees to the amount an EEA student will pay. So someone who receives this grant will be expected to pay €2,060 instead of €10,856. It will also cover other costs like those for residence permit, and health insurance which amounts to about €940.
  • Eligibility: To qualify for a Radboud Scholarship you must:
  1. Have a non-EU/EEA passport
  2. Not be eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for any other reason
  3. Have earned or will earn a Bachelor’s Degree in an institution outside the Netherlands with no degrees achieved or education received in the Netherlands.
  4. Have received a formal letter of admission for an English-taught Master’s programme for the next academic year or have been enrolled at the Radboud University as a full-time Master’s student for the course and academic year the scholarship is to be awarded.
  5. Be able to meet the conditions necessary to obtain a Netherlands visa.
  • Application Instructions: The admission and the scholarship applications are integrated so that an applicant doesn’t have to submit separate applications. You can apply for a Radboud scholarship by indicating it during the admission application process.
  • Official Scholarship Website: You can apply and get more information by clicking 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

University of Twente Scholarships (Netherlands)

University Twente Scholarships (UTS) are for outstanding students from member and non-member countries of the EU/EEA who would like to pursue an MSc at the University of Twente. The worth of the award could range from €6,000 to €25,000 for a year.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 1/ May 1
  • Subject area: A Master’s programme in any of these fields of study
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Management
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management and Engineering
  • Educational Science and Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • European Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Media Interaction
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Internet Science & Technology
  • Environmental and Energy Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences
  • Nanotechnology
  • Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Science Education and Communication
  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Systems and Control
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 50 scholarships
  • Award Value: The scholarship value is usually within the range of € 3,000 and € 25,000 for a year. Where the awardee is enrolled for a 2-year programme, a UTS with the same value as the one that was awarded to the recipient is given under the eligibility criteria for a UTS
  • Eligibility: To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • Have received a provisional admission into one of the participating Master’s programmes. (It may take about 8 weeks for applicants to get a feedback after submitting this application)
  • Not be a graduate of a UT programme
  • Comply with the conditions necessary to obtain a visa into the Netherlands
  • Must have a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS (with 90 on the TOEFL iBT) and a 6.0 (TOEFL iBT 20) on the Speaking section.
  • Not be eligible for a Dutch study grant
  • Belong to the top 5% to 10 % of their graduating class
  • Application Instructions: You’ll need to have been given a provisional offer to pursue one of the eligible Master’s programme before you can apply for this scholarship. Applications for the 1at round open on October 1 and those for Round 2 open on February 1.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link

Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Utrecht University Excellence Scholarship provides outstanding prospective international students with scholarships that encourage them to pursue a Master’s or Bachelor’s programme in some fields at the Utrecht University. The scholarship is either awarded as tuition fees or as the tuition fees and €11,000 as allowance for living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: Utrecht University
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: December 1/February 1
  • Subject area: Not all scholarships are supported by this scholarship. To find out if your propose programme is supported follow this link uu.nl/masters > master’s programme>Tuition fees and financial. If the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is listed as a scholarship opportunity then you are good to go.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 20 to 25
  • Award Value: The grant offered is not a full scholarship and it may be awarded as tuition fees and a stipend of 11,000 euros for living expenses or as a cost that simply covers tuition fees. You may choose to look for additional funding options to ensure that you are financially safe during your study period. Depending on the programme, the scholarship may be awarded for 1 or 2 years. It could also be renewed in the 2nd year if the awardee meets the academic requirement to sustain the award.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be in the top 10% of their graduating class
  2. Be a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country and not eligible to be supported with study loans and grants under the Dutch system.
  3. Have completed secondary school education and/or undergraduate programme in a country other than the Netherlands.
  4. Have applied for a master’s programme that will begin by September 1
  • Application Instructions: Applications for this scholarship are only considered when the applicant has applied for a Master’s programme. International students from non-EU/EEA countries will be given the privilege to apply for the scholarship as soon as they have submitted the application for admission.

Applicants stand a better chance of having their applications considered if they submit the scholarship application before February. In some cases, however, the deadline may be as early as December 1.

Specific information about this is available in the Master’s programme sections of the official website.

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

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 insuramce.
  • 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

ETH Excellence Scholarships (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.