Million of dollars of scholarship funds go unclaimed yearly. Many of these scholarships go unclaimed because those who are eligible and should take advantage of them are not aware of such opportunities. This is particularly true for students of resource-poor settings keen on getting information on scholarship for developing countries
To this end therefore, on this page, you will find a list of scholarships that serious scholars must be aware, and take advantage of. Each scholarship opportunity has a brief introduction on the scholarship and then you are taken straight to the scholarship link without wasting much of your time on our platform.
We do hope that reading through them will be worth your time!
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1. UHR Scholarships for master’s students
The University of Skövde administrates some scholarships funded by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) to students liable to pay tuition fees attending a Master’s programme at our University. The scholarships are partial tuition fee waivers (50% of the tuition fee). The amount will be automatically deducted from the tuition fee when you receive your invoice. The scholarships are granted for one academic semester.
2. Wellcome Trust International Master’s Fellowships
This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at Master’s degree level. Before 4 June 2018, this scheme was called Master’s Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
3. EIFFEL Scholarship Program of Excellence
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program was established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education institutions to attract top foreign students to enroll in their masters and PhD programs.
It gives opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applicants up to 30 years old from developing countries at master’s level, and applicants up to 35 years old from developing and industrialized countries at PhD level.
4. Borlaug Fellowship Program
The Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to fellows from developing and middle-income countries. Borlaug fellows are generally scientists, researchers, or policymakers who are in the early or middle stages of their careers.
Each fellow works one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center or government agency, usually for 8-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration. Fellows may also attend professional conferences and events within their field, such as the annual World Food Prize Symposium.
Care for this Fellowship? Learn more on the funder’s page.
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5. Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme
The Fellowship Training Programme was Irish Aid’s first scholarship programme, begun in 1974. Since that time, it has brought suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake Masters degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland.
Awards are made for study in Ireland in fields such as development studies, rural development, health care, education and law with the aim of supporting and enhancing the contribution recipients can make to Irish Aid’s partner organisations. Fellowship eligibility requirements aim to ensure close alignment with Irish Aid’s programmatic approach.
The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of country study), monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. Eligible Masters programmes in Ireland commence in the period August to September each year and, depending on the course, scholarships will run for between 10 and 16 months.
6. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:
- Science and technology for development
- Strengthening health systems and capacity
- Promoting global prosperity
- Strengthening global peace, security and governance
- Strengthening resilience and response to crises
- Access, inclusion and opportunity
It is worthy of note that the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is different from the normal Commonwealth Scholarship of which the National Government of the applicant or her Agency is the nominating institution. For example the Commonwealth Scholarship in Nigeria has the federal Scholarship Board as the Nominating Agency.
For the Shared Scholarship, it is between the school admitting the student and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. The selection process does not involve your National Government. However, not all courses qualify for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.
7. Kofi Annan Business School Foundation Fellowship
The Kofi Annan Business School Foundation provides fellowships for talented and motivated students from developing countries that allow them to obtain a university degree in Europe at one of the academic partners of the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation. Partner schools are ESMT, HHL Leipzig (Germany), University of Utrecht (Netherlands), NOVA SBE (Portugal), Koc University (Turkey) and Business School Lausanne (Switzerland).
8. ICP Scholarship Programme for “Road Safety in the South”
This scholarship is open to students admitted for the ICP “Master of Transportation Sciences – Road Safety in Low & Middle Income Countries”. The ICP “Master of Transportation Sciences – Road Safety in Low & Middle Income Countries” offers a 2-year multidisciplinary master programme with a unique focus and approach to Road Safety in Developing Countries. The programme is supported by VLIR UOS and has 12 scholarships available each year.
Students are trained to identify transportation and road safety issues in order to create innovative solutions by using an integrative approach based on three pillars: the individual (dealing with the human behaviour in traffic and how to influence it e.g. intentional and unintentional riskful behaviour such as drunk driving or cognitive impairments), the environment (e.g. creating self-explaining roads and infrastructure that minimizes crash impact) and the society (e.g. societal norms and translation into policy and enforcement measures). Road safety in this programme is approached as a cross-border field, incorporating elements of psychology, economy, urban planning, environmental studies, engineering and more.
9. UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Programme (UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme)
1. UNESCO designed the project “UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme” (UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Programme) in the framework of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Capacity-Building of Human Resources which was established in November 2000 by the Government of Japan to enable UNESCO to give impetus to research in four areas under UNESCO’s Priority Programme Areas.
2. The Government of Japan offers 10 fellowships, to be awarded to deserving candidates from developing countries, special attention will be given to those who may wish pursue their research studies in Japan, to women, candidates from LDCs, Africa and SIDS countries who are eager to undertake research on one or more of the topics listed below. The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in four areas of development of particular interest to UNESCO.
10. FWO Junior postdoctoral fellowship
The postdoctoral fellowships are intended to support researchers who have only recently completed their PhD, in developing an independent, international research career. For the funding of a limited number of fellowships, the FWO collaborates with VITO.
11. Postgraduate Scholarship in Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The vision of our scholarship sponsors is for scholarship recipients to become instruments of positive and just change by applying the knowledge and skills acquired at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in their home countries.
Thanks to the generous support of our scholarship sponsors, we are able to grant a limited number of full and partial scholarships to candidates who have been selected during a competitive review of all applicants. The scholarships are granted only to candidates from developing and economically-transitioning countries.
12. The World Academy of Sciences-CNPq Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in Brasilia, Brazil, and TWAS offer full time and sandwich postgraduate fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Brazil) who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in natural sciences.
13. The World Academy of Sciences-ICCBS Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) — comprising the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular and Drug Research in Karachi, Pakistan — and TWAS offer fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in chemical and biological sciences.
14. The Eric Bleumink Fund
The Eric Bleumink Fund awards scholarships to talented students from developing countries. Such scholarships enable them to further develop as individuals and to make important contributions to the development of their own countries.Since 2000, the year the fund was started, the EBF handed out more than sixty scholarships.
This means more than sixty young, ambitious and very talented people were able to follow an additional study at the University of Groningen. Here they were introduced to an academic culture, libraries and international contacts they are often lacking in their homeland.
15. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship – International Masters in Infectious Diseases and One Health
IDOH (Infectious Diseases and One Health) is a partnership of some of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities in the field of infectious diseases and the “one health” concept. The three founding partners are Université de Tours, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of Edinburgh.
The IDOH consortium is aiming to offer innovative postgraduate programmes in infectious diseases emphasising the three aspects of the one health concept: humans, animals and the environment. The IDOH MSc programme involves mobility of students among the partners and associate partners. There will be a maximum of 24 students in each intake, ensuring that all students receive the highest level of teaching and interactions with staff at all three institutions.
You will learn Spanish and French in addition to English Language, which is a prerequisite for the programme.
16. Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.
This scholarship will require you to gain admission into the “Preferred Masters Programme”.
17. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships in Canada
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister. In 2002, with the support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. The Foundation also benefits from private donations.
By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors, and holding public events, the Foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment.
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation supports research and engagement in the humanities and social sciences, and fosters a fruitful dialogue between scholars and decision makers in the arts community, business, government, and civil society organizations. The Foundation:
- Encourages emerging talent by awarding scholarships to the most talented doctoral students in Canada and abroad;
- Entrusts fellows and mentors distinguished for their knowledge and wisdom with the mission to build an intellectual community to support the work of the scholars; and
- Creates and maintains an international network of fellows, scholars, and mentors.
18. New Zealand Scholarships
New Zealand offers scholarships to eligible citizens from developing countries to study abroad at a New Zealand education institution or university or at a Pacific university.
The New Zealand Government offers New Zealand Scholarships including full academic scholarships and short term training scholarships for workers to gain work skills, English skills and workplace experience.
19. Australia Awards Africa
The Australia Awards – Africa is the cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa. It provides access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute to the development of their home countries.
20. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in Canada
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually. A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time. Each award is worth $50,000.00 for a period of three years (non-renewable).
21. Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.
We offer 90 full-cost scholarships each year 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 selection criteria are:
- outstanding intellectual ability
- leadership potential
- a commitment to improving the lives of others
- a good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying
There are about 225 Scholars from c. 50 countries studying in Cambridge at any one time who pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges.
The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
22. Global Health Fellowship
A GHC fellowship is an exciting opportunity to build skills and gain experience with a high-impact health organization, but it’s also much more than that. It’s a year that will catalyze your personal and professional growth as a leader, placing you within a global and diverse network of bright, young, and committed health equity champions. It is – we hope – the beginning of the rest of your career working to transform health systems to deliver for all.