Since studying abroad can be costly, and likely often more expensive than studying in your home country if not only for the housing cost, we do not want you to stop that from having your dream study abroad experience!
Therefore we investigated various Scholarship options, for Europe, UK, US, Canada or specific countries as well as for specific study levels (Distance, Short-courses, Bachelors, Masters and PhD):
University of the People Tuition Free Degrees University of the People (UoPeople) offers everyone with internet access the opportunity to pursue Associate and Bachelor Degree Programs in Business Administration and Computer Science online. Tuition fee is free but students are required to pay an application Processing Fee (up to $50) as well as an Exam Processing Fee ($100) per end-of-course-exam. Scholarships are available to cover these fees.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships support candidates to study Master’s degree courses that are either offered in partnership with universities in developing countries, or delivered directly by UK institutions.
EdX Free Online Courses at Premier Universities edX is a learning platform that gives students from any country the opportunity to take free online courses offered by three premier Universities in the US – Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley plus other premier universities. Online learners can earn a certificate of completion after completing the course. The course are available to anyone in the world – from any demographic – who has access to a computer with internet access.
Hubert Humphrey Fellowships (USA) The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. The Fellowship provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. The fellowships provide tuition fees, maintenance allowance, insurance, travel costs, English language training, etc.
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) (USA) : The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment. The scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books.
VLIR-UOS Training Scholarships (Belgium) VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries to undertake English-taught training programmes at Belgian Universities. The scholarships cover allowance, travel costs, accommodation, insurance, tuition fees, and other program related costs.
Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships for Developing Country Students (Any developing country) The Wells Mountain Foundation funds scholarships for individuals in developing nations or other situations of extreme poverty. The scholarships range from $300 USD to $3000 USD annually and can be used for tuition and fees, books and materials, and other approved costs.
American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship (USA) The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship is targeted to high-achieving international students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the University and who are dedicated to positive civic and social change. The AU EGL scholarship covers all billable AU expenses (full tuition, room and board).
Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia (Canada) University of British Columbia (UBC) provides bachelors scholarships for talented secondary and post-secondary international students from around the world. The value of awards is commensurate with demonstrated financial need, up to full tuition costs for the relevant program of study, and living expenses.
Reach Oxford Scholarships (UK) A number of Oxford colleges offer Reach Oxford Scholarships to students from developing countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because equivalent educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own countries. The scholarships cover university fees and college fees, a grant for living expenses and one return air fare per year.
Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarships (Australia) The International Undergraduate Scholarships were established by the University of Melbourne in recognition of the significant contribution made by international students to the diversity of the University’s student population. The scholarships are in the form of partial and full tuition fee waivers. 4. Bachelors/Masters Scholarships for International Students » Emily Boutmy Scholarships for International Students (France)
The Emile Boutmy Scholarship is awarded to top international students from outside the EU who are applying for eligible Bachelor’s or Master’s Programme at the University. The scholarships can take different forms ranging from €5,000 to €10,000 for 2 years of postgraduate study or €3,000 to €12,300 for 3 years of undergraduate study. Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships (Australia)
The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship provides a partial tuition fee scholarship for outstanding students from a country other than ASEAN, a European country, Mongolia, Australia or New Zealand to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Macquarie University North Ryde campus. The scholarship amount is varied up to AUD$10,000 which will be applied towards the tuition fee.
Sheffield Hallam University Transform Together Scholarships (UK) Transform Together scholarships are open to international and European Union (non UK) students applying to study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at Sheffield Hallam University. A half fee waiver (50% discount) is available for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses for the first year of study.
The Hague World Citizen Talent Scholarship (Netherlands) The Hague University of Applied Sciences offers scholarships to outstanding international students outside The Netherlands who would like to start a Master programme at the University. The scholarship will be applied as a tuition fee waiver and is worth € 5,000.
Bologna University Study Grants for International Students (Italy) The University of Bologna offers study grants to deserving international students who wish to register for First Cycle (Bachelors), Second Cycle (Masters) or Single Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna. Each study grant is awarded for one academic year and amounts to a total of €11,000. 5.
» Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships (various countries) The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) sponsors students from developing countries to pursue one of the preferred and partner masters programs at participating Universities around the world. The scholarship covers the scholar’s tuition fees, travel costs, and living allowance.
ADB Japan Scholarship Program (Asian countries) The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. The scholarship provides full tuition fees, a monthly subsistence and housing allowance, an allowance for books and instructional materials, medical insurance, and travel expenses.
Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships (any country) The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis.
Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants (various countries) The Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund graduate-level coursework or research or its equivalent in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus for a term of one to four academic years. The study grants are valued at least $30,000.
British Chevening Scholarships (UK) Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme which offers awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. Most Chevening Scholarships cover: tuition fees; a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual); an economy class return airfare to the UK; additional grants to cover essential expenditure. Some scholarships cover part of the cost of studying in the UK; for example, tuition fees only or allowances only.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme at UK Universities (UK) The UK Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries. Each scholarship provides approved tuition and examination fees, approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award, stipend, thesis grant, warm clothing allowance, study travel grant, and excess baggage allowance. See also: UWE Millennium Development Scholarships
Developing Solutions Scholarships at University of Nottingham (UK) The Developing Solutions Scholarships are designed for international students from Africa, India or one of the developing countries of the Commonwealth who want to study a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham and make a difference to the development of their home country. Each year, 105 scholarships are awarded– 30 scholarships will cover the full tuition fee while 75 will cover 50% of the tuition fee.
Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands) The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding non-EEA/non-EFTA students enrolling in a master’s degree programme offered at Leiden University.
The scholarships come in the form of the following: €10,000 of the tuition fee, €15,000 of the tuition fee, or total tuition fee minus the home fee.
University of Maastricht Holland High Potential Scholarships (Netherlands) University of Maastricht Holland High Potential Scholarships are made available to talented students from outside the EU/EEA to follow a Master’s programme at Maastricht University. The scholarships cover tuition fee, living expenses per month, insurance, and visa costs.
University of Twente Scholarships (Netherlands) University Twente Scholarships (UTS) are scholarships for excellent students from non-EEA countries who are applying for a graduate programme (MSc) at the University of Twente. The scholarship amount is from € 6,000 – € 25,000 for one year.
VU University Amsterdam Fellowship Programme (Netherlands) The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students from outside the EU/EEA the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programmes at VU University. The VUFP scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. VUFP scholarship does not provide any additional allowance towards study or living costs.
Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (Sweden) The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to highly-qualified international students from several countries who wants to pursue full-time master’s level studies in Sweden. The scholarship covers tuition fee, living expenses, some travel grant, and insurance.
Uppsala IPK Scholarships (Sweden) Uppsala University awards the IPK scholarships to oustanding non-EU/EEA students applying for Master’s programmes at the University. Scholarships will cover the cost of tuition but not living expenses.
Umea University Scholarships for International Students (Sweden) Umeå University offers scholarships to talented and high-achieving non-EU/EEA citizens who wish to pursue one of the English-taught Master’s study programmes offered at the University. The scholarships are in the form of full or partial reduction of the tuition fee.
ETH Zurich Excellence Scholarship Programme (Switzerland) ETH Zurich supports excellent students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH with two scholarship programmes: the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) and the ETH-D Scholarship. The Excellence Scholarship consists of a grant covering living and study expenses (CHF 12,000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver. The ETH-D Scholarship consists of a partial stipend for living and study expenses (CHF 7,500 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver. The department will additionally provide a scholarship of CHF 3’000 per semester or offer an assistantship (with a payment of CHF 500 – 600 per month).
University of Lausanne Master’s Grant for Foreign Students (Switzerland) The University of Lausanne in Switzerland offers scholarships to international students who wishes to pursue a Masters Degree at the University through the UNIL Master’s Grants. The amount of the grant is CHF 1,600.- per month from 15 September to 15 July, for a duration not exceeding the regulation minimum period of the programme.
ENS International Selection Scholarships (France) Each year, the ENS organizes an international selection allowing about twenty of the most promising international students, either in Science or in Arts & Humanities, to follow a three-year Master’s Degree and Diploma at the ENS. Scholars receive a monthly grant of approximately 1,000 Euros. Ampere Excellence Scholarships for International Students (France)
The Ampère Scholarships of Excellence provide excellent international students with the opportunity to pursue one of the eligible Masters programs offered at ENS de Lyon. The scholarship is worth €1000/month for a duration of 12 months and is renewable. VLIR-UOS Masters Scholarships (Belgium) VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 54 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow an English-taught Masters programme at a Flemish university or university
college in Belgium. The scholarships cover allowance, travel costs, accommodation, insurance, tuition fees, and other program related costs.
K.U. Leuven Scholarships for International Students (Belgium) The Science@Leuven Scholarship are for motivated and talented international students, interested in participating in an international master programme of the Faculty of Science of the K.U.Leuven. The amount of the scholarship can be up to 10,000 Euro for 1 year. The scholarship will always cover the tuition fee for 1 year, the insurance and a basic health insurance coverage. The amount awarded for living expenses can vary.
DAAD Scholarships with Relevance to Developing Countries (Germany) The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies. Full and partial scholarships are available.
KAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries (Germany) The KAAD scholarships are targeted to post-graduates and academics from developing or emerging countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America who already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany.
Danish State Tuition Fee Waivers and Scholarships at Roskilde University (Denmark) A limited number of Danish state tuition fee waivers and scholarships are offered to highly talented students at graduate level, who come from countries outside of the EU/EEA and need a residence permit to study at Roskilde University. The scholarships include a tuition fee waiver and approximately DKK 7,800 per month to cover living expenses in Denmark.
» Fulbright Foreign Student Progam (USA) The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.
The Fulbright program provides funding for the duration of the study including tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. Australia Awards Scholarships (Australia) Australia Awards Scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. The scholarship benefits generally include full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses, health insurance, etc.
UK Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries (UK) The Commonwealth Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue Master’s and PhD study in the UK. Each Scholarship provides airfare to and from United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), initial arrival allowance, among others.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK) Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.
Clarendon Scholarships at University of Oxford (UK) The Clarendon Fund is a major graduate scholarship scheme at the University of Oxford and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential across all degree-bearing subjects at graduate level at the University of Oxford. The scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses.
See also Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffman Scholarship and Leadership Programme at Oxford University Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)
The Eiffel scholarship program was developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a tool to allow French higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students for Master’s and PhD degree programs. Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance and other expenses such as return trip, social security cover, and cultural activities. It does not cover tuition fees.
Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen (Netherlands) : The Eric Bleumink Fund awards scholarships to talented students and young researchers from developing countries who are pursuing a 1 year or 2 years Master’s degree programme at the University of Groningen. The grant covers tuition fee, costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance. Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships (Germany)
The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to international students who gained their university entrance qualification from a school outside of Germany who wish to study a Masters or PhD Degree in Germany. The scholarship value is €750 per month for Masters Students or €1000 per month for PhD students plus various individual allowances. Tuition fees are not funded. 7.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Canada) The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). The scholarships is worth $50,000 per year for three years.
University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (Canada) The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that are open to students of any nationality who will be registered as full-time graduate students (Masters or PhD) at the University of Manitoba. The value of these fellowships is $18,000 (Ph.D.) and is $14,000 (Master’s) for a 12 month period.
Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (UK) The University of Cambridge will offer, via the Cambridge Trusts, the Cambridge International Scholarships to international students undertaking PhD studies at the University. The Scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person.
Warwick Chancellor’s International Scholarships (UK) The Warwick Graduate School awards around 25 Chancellor’s International Scholarships to the most outstanding international PhD applicants yearly. The scholarships are open to students of any nationality and to any discipline offered at Warwick. The scholarships include the full payment of overseas tuition fee and a maintenance stipend.
Nottingham Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence (UK) The University of Nottingham offers scholarships for outstanding international students who wish to pursue a PhD or MPhil research programme at the University. The scholarship covers full tuition fees. Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships (UK)
The University of Edinburgh will offer 30 scholarships to outstanding overseas students who intends to pursue a PhD Research Programme in any field of study offered by the University. Each scholarship covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU graduate student and that chargeable to an overseas graduate student. The awards do not cover maintenance expenses.
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) (Australia) The IPRS program enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers. The scholarships are available for a period of two years for a Masters by research degree or three years for a Doctorate by research degree. The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs.
Melbourne Research Scholarships (Australia) : The Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRS) are awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. Benefits provided by the MRS include living allowance, relocation allowance, paid sick, maternity and parenting leave, full fee remission and Overseas Student Health Cover. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)
The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research at one of the public funded university or recognized institution in Switzerland. The scholarship covers a monthly allowance, tuition fees, health insurance, lodging allowance, etc.
Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships Programme at KU Leuven (Belgium) As one of its contributions to development cooperation, every academic year KU Leuven selects exceptional students from developing countries as scholarship candidates to obtain their PhD from the largest university of Belgium. The scholarship covers tuition fee, monthly allowance, insurance, travel costs, research allowance, etc.
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