A. INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP LINKS
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
IEFA is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. > View website
An international student and study abroad website that provides news, information, resources for international students to prepare them for a study abroad experience.
A website that provides information about international scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships for free.
A website that provides information about international scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships for free.
A website that provides information about international scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships for free.
The Science Careers website contains a section on funding sources for training in the sciences.
Higher Education Council (HEC), Government of Pakistan
This website includes a long list of scholarships for Pakistani and international students.
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program has recently been restructured to provide awards for Master’s degrees in Public Policy at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
The Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), sponsored by the government of Japan, awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities renowned for their development research and teaching. Applicants must submit evidence of current unconditional admission (copy of formal admission letter) to at least one development-related university Master’s degree program and proof of application to another university located in any World Bank member country except the applicant’s country. They should be between 25 and 45 years of age, hold a Bachelor’s degree with superior grades and have at least two, preferably four to five, years of recent full-time professional work experience after a university degree in the their home country or in another developing country and usually in the public sector.
Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’sdeveloping member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. View website
The Rotary Foundation
Promoting Rotary’s goal of world peace, goodwill, and understanding, the Rotary Foundation’s Educational Programs include Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange, and Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, and Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program. Information and application materials are available from their website or by email.
The Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a Masters or doctoral degree. Fellows are selected from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia, where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs. US nationals are not eligible, although fellows may study in the United States.
Fellows are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential and commitment to community or national service, as well as for academic excellence. Fellows may enroll in Master’s or doctoral programs and may pursue any academic discipline or field of study that is consistent with the interests and goals of the Ford Foundation. The Foundation currently works in 15 fields to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
Once selected, fellows may enroll in an appropriate university program anywhere in the world, including their country of residence. The program provides placement assistance to those fellows not yet admitted to graduate school.
IFP support also enables fellows to undertake short-term language study and training in research and computer skills prior to graduate school enrollment. In addition, new fellows attend orientation sessions, while current fellows actively participate in learning and discussion activities designed to create information and exchange networks among IFP fellows worldwide. Finally, the program strongly encourages IFP alumni to maintain contact with the program after completing the fellowships to help them remain current in their respective fields through the expanding IFP network. View website
The Shell Centenary Scholarships (TSCSF) (in the UK)
Royal Dutch Shell Centenary Scholarships (in the Netherlands)
Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarships
Under various Masters programmes, the Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund (TSCSF) offers postgraduate students from developing countries the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Each year nearly 90 students are given major scholarships (for one year in the UK, and for two years in NL).
Partners in the scheme are the University of Cambridge, Durham University, The University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, The University of Oxford and University College London in the UK, and with Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente in the Netherlands. These universities also contribute to the funding of scholarships.
A number of scholarships are also jointly funded with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and are known as Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarships.
Colombo Plan Awards
Colombo Plan Awards are open to nationals of the following Asian and Pacific countries, among others: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and the US. Applications should be made through the appropriate authority, usually the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the candidate’s home country. View website
Open Society Institute (OSI) and Soros Foundation Network
OSI provides a variety of scholarships in the humanities and social sciences to students from the former Soviet countries, including partial grants and shared Chevening scholarships for study at UK universities. The Soros Foundation has offices in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and the Open Society in Russia and Tajikistan. View website
B. COUNTRY SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIP LINKS
Students should consult the embassy website of the country where they wish to study as well as the website of the university where they will be studying to find out about available scholarships.
Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) provide opportunities for people from selected developing countries to undertake post-secondary level study in Australia. View website
General information about international and Canadian scholarship programmes can be found on www.scholarships-bourses-ca.org.
Commonwealth Scholarship Plan
Scholarships for full-time studies/research are tenable in Canadian universities and are open to men and women who are citizens of another Commonwealth country and who are normally resident in any part of the Commonwealth other than Canada. Scholarships are awarded for a period of 12 months to undertake work in a Canadian university on a Master’s or doctoral degree and may be renewed for one additional year. In Canada, it normally takes two years to complete a Master’s degree program and a minimum of three to four years for a doctoral program. Non-renewable scholarships to undertake research in Canada for up to 12 months are also available to assist individuals who are enrolled in a doctoral program at a university in their home country, or a third country. Each scholarship is intended to cover the expenses of travel, living and study, for the scholar only. The application form for most of the participating countries is available at : www.csfp-online.org.
Aga Khan Education Board Canada’s site, www.educationboard.ca, provides scholarship links under the “Educational Funding” menu. It focuses on links to free scholarship databases where individuals can enter specific criteria to find scholarships that are most relevant to them. For example, the University of Waterloo scholarship website enables domestic and international students to find scholarships for study around the world at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s International Development Scholarship (IDS) Programme
Aga Khan Foundation Canada provides fully funded scholarships for Master’s level courses to mid-career professionals in AKDN institutions who wish to upgrade their skills at selected institutions of higher learning in Canada. It is anticipated that such professionals will return to their country of origin and use their newly acquired knowledge for the benefit of their institutions, and in support of social and economic development. Applications forms are available from Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) representatives in their country of residence. The deadline for submission of applications is March 31.
Erasmus Mundus provides EU-funded scholarships for Master’s studies at EU universities for third country nationals as well as scholarships for EU-nationals studying in third countries. View website
The Eiffel Scholarship Programme of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides financial aid to foreign students nominated by the school of higher education in which they are pursuing their studies. The objective of the programme is to offer training at French higher education centres for future public- and private-sector decision-makers in three priority areas: engineering, economics & management and law & political science. The scholarship covers living expenses and travel. In the case of applications from students who do not have adequate knowledge of the French language, the Eiffel programme will cover preparatory language training of up to one year as requested by the French higher education centre with which the student is enrolled. The age limit is 30. The programme is managed by the organisation Egide for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. View website
The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst or German Academic Exchange Service) awards scholarships and grants for study at German universities and research institutes with funding from the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Funding is provided to students, student trainees and interns, doctoral students, and academics and researchers.
The Inlaks Foundation
Grants are provided to Indian citizens who are resident in India for up to two years at top American, European and UK institutions, for degrees in all kind of subjects, except Engineering, Computer Sciences, Management, English Literature, Indian History, Urban Design and Philosophy. Candidates must be below 30 years of age and have admission to their proposed course of studies before applying. The scholarship covers for the period granted tuition fees, adequate living expenses and one-way travel.
Application forms are available from 10th January to 15th April from Inlaks Foundation, P.O. Box 2108, Delhi – 110 007. They must be completed by the candidate and submitted at the same address by 15th of April.
The Charles Wallace India Trust
Postgraduate grants are given to Indian citizens, domiciled and resident in India and aged between 25 and 38 years, in six areas of study: visual and performing arts, architectural and materials conservation, museum studies and curatorship, English studies, humanities and journalism.
Awards are managed through the British Council in India and full information can be found on the Council’s website.
JN Tata Endowment Fund
The JN Tata Endowment awards loan scholarships to Indian nationals for Postgraduate/PhD/Post doctoral studies abroad. Only those students who have graduated from an Indian university are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a consistently high academic record and other achievements to their credit. View website
The Education Observer website:http://www.educationobserver.com/scholarships.htm provides a list of scholarships available for Indian students by study field and country.
Nuffic is the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education. View website
The Netherlands Student Grantfinderhttp://www.grantfinder.nl/content/index.asp is an online search engine for those who want to study in the Netherlands and are looking for financial aid. The Grantfinder contains information on a range of Dutch scholarships for foreign students. More information on studying in the Netherlands can be found on www.studyin.nl
Higher Education Commission (HEC) website gives information about scholarships available for Pakistani students for foreign study.
The Swiss government provides scholarships for foreign students through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students. These scholarships are offered on the basis of reciprocity (fixed number of scholarships for each country) or within the frame of a scholarship pool (scholarships without fixed distribution by country). They are intended for postgraduate students who, by staying in Switzerland, will be able to further their education and to undertake research work in the fields in which the Swiss universities are particularly active. Scholarships are also offered for postgraduate studies at the Universities of Applied Sciences. Application forms can be obtained from the Ministry of Education or institution in charge of scholarships in the country of origin of the candidate or from the Swiss diplomatic representation.
A resource for general scholarship information for study in Switzerland, including Rotary International Foundation, Ford Foundation, International Federation of University Women and Swiss Association of University Women: http://www.ucihl.org/teaching/master_scholarships.php
Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program (Muskie) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, and administered by IREX. Muskie provides opportunities for Master’s level study in the United States to citizens from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.
Eligible program fields include the following: Business Administration, Economics, Education, Environmental Management, International Affairs, Journalism and Mass Communications, Law, Library and Information Science, Public Administration, Public Health, and Public Policy.
The fellowship is fully funded and provides the following: U.S. J-1 visa support, round-trip airfare from the fellow’s home city in Eurasia to host institution in the United States, a monthly stipend, accident and sickness insurance, tuition and mandatory university fees, a limited allowance for books, pre-academic English language training (if necessary), and a wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities.
Applications may be obtained and submitted by contacting the IREX offices and IREX-administered IATP Access throughout Tajikistan:
- IREX, 40 Pushkin St., Dushanbe, tel: (372) 24-58-20, 24-58-65, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
- IATP Access Site in Dushanbe, Garm, Khorog, Khujand, Kulyab, Kurgan Tube, and Penjikent
- Applications can be downloaded from www.irex.org orhttp://www.irex.tj/eng/muskie.php.
- Applications can be completed and submitted on-line athttp://www.irex.org/programs/muskie/index.asp
The British Council website provides information on all aspects of studying in the UK, including BC scholarships and other sources of funding and support.
British Chevening Scholarships
These scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council, are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the United Kingdom. Scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their countries. The Chevening programme currently provides around 2,300 new scholarships each year for postgraduate studies or research at UK Institutions of Higher Education.
Chevening runs a website for people interested in the scholarship programme called About Chevening. It contains information and guidelines about the scholarship programme, gives details on who is eligible for scholarships, how to apply and contains links to the entire UK education resource which helps students identify the right course of study for them. View website
Canon Collins Trust
Canon Collins Trust awards approximately 20-30 postgraduate scholarships to the UK for southern African students each year. Scholarships fall under several different schemes, with some administered in partnership with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK universities. All scholarships are for postgraduate study for one academic year. Full scholarships, including maintenance and tuition fees, or partial grants are provided for taught/research Masters programmes. All applicants must be committed to returning to southern Africa upon completion of their studies and using the knowledge, training and skills acquired in the UK for the general benefit of their home community and country. Applications for all subject areas will be considered however scholarships for academic programmes which are relevant to the needs of southern Africa will be prioritised. Students are expected to apply independently to British universities. View website
Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan (CSFP)
The Plan aims to provide a network of study opportunities throughout the Commonwealth. The selection of candidates is a partnership between home and host country. When a country decides to offer awards, this is notified to those countries whose citizens will be eligible. The participation of each country is organised by a national nominating agency. Applicants should apply to the nominating agency in their own country in the first instance. In most cases, the agency is part of – or appointed by – government agencies, though in the case of some award categories, the functions are filled by other bodies, such as individual universities or their representative bodies. View website
Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS)
ORSAS awards offer international postgraduate students the opportunity to carry out a broad range of research at well-established UK academic institutions of worldwide recognition. ORSAS awards provide funding to pay the difference between the international student tuition fees and the home/EU student tuition fees charged by the academic institution that the student attends. ORSAS awards do not cover the home/EU fee element, maintenance or travel expenses. ORSAS awards are intended for students of full-time postgraduate research study only. Prospective applicants should contact institutions directly for information on how to apply for an ORSAS award. View website
The Rhodes Scholarships tenable at the University of Oxford
The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. View website
Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead.
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Through a donation by the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the Gates Cambridge Trust was established to provide grants to outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the university. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit, leadership potential and commitment of scholars to serving their communities.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to students who gain admission to the University of Cambridge through the University’s regular procedures. They cover the full cost of study at Cambridge for a single person – namely, all approved University and College tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, a further discretionary allowance for study-related activities and one return economy airfare between the UK and the scholar’s normal country of residence. View website
Karim Rida Said Foundation
The Karim Rida Said Foundation provides grants to students from the Arab countries, including Syria, for study at UK universities. The Foundation has partnership schemes with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, University College London, Nottingham University, the University of St Andrews and the University of Glasgow. The KRSF is able to provide full or partial scholarships for Masters degrees depending on the level of financial need or whether other grants are available to applicants.
In Syria, applications are handled by the British Council at:
Maysaloon Street Shaalan
PO Box 33105
Tel: 00 963 11 331 0631
Fax: 00 963 11 3321467
US-UK Fulbright Commission
The US-UK Fulbright Commission provides up to 11 awards to US citizens to fund the first year of a master’s or doctorate degree or to pursue research at an educational institution within the UK. The awards cover tuition fees, a maintenance stipend and accident and sickness insurance for one academic year, usually beginning in mid-late September (approximately 9 months). All applications for a Fulbright award to the UK must be made via the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. For more information and an application pack please contact IIE at:
809 United Nations Plaza
NY 10017- 3580
Tel: (001) 212 984 5330
British Marshall Scholarships
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the UK. At least 40 scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.
The scholarship covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. View website
British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG)
British Federation of Women Graduates makes awards to women graduates undertaking pre-doctorate research in Great Britain (i.e. all of the United Kingdom except Northern Ireland) on the basis of academic excellence. These awards are made without reference to financial need. Most awards are open to any field of study. Typically, awards will range up to GBP 3,000. For inquiries about eligibility, one may contact the Secretary of BFWG, by e-mail at email@example.com.
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (UK)
Awards of between GBP 500 and GBP 2,500 are made to Canadian men and women for academic and artistic studies in the UK. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a postgraduate programme and at the time of applying be attending a full-time UK university or similar institution, and have completed at least one term of study. These awards are exclusively for students who have already commenced their studies in the UK.
Michael Peacock Charitable Foundation scholarships at the London School of Economics
The Michael Peacock Charitable Foundation provides five scholarships per year to students from post-Soviet countries who have been accepted for postgraduate courses at the London School of Economics. Information can be found on the LSE website. The intention behind these scholarships is to aid the transition of former Soviet countries to market economies with Western style democratic institutions. The Peacock Scholarships are awarded to candidates of outstanding academic merit who are able to demonstrate how their studies at the LSE will make a genuine contribution towards their country’s future development. Scholars are asked to give an undertaking to return to their home countries for further study or work on completion of their period at the LSE and to provide a clear statement of the work they intend to pursue. Interested candidates should apply for admission to a Master’s programme at the School following the School’s normal admission procedures. Applications for admission must reach the Graduate Admissions Office in sufficient time for a formal offer of a place to be made by 28 April 2006. The value of the scholarships will vary depending on the financial circumstances of the successful candidates. The average award is approximately GBP 23,000.
FinAid, the SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid, provides information on scholarships, loans and other forms of aid at: http://www.finaid.org/
The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The AAUW’s International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. View website
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund provides grants for women from the developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries. Applicants must already be living in the US and enrolled in the program for which they intend to sue the grant. View website
Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program
This programme confers fellowships for Master’s degree-level study in the US in the fields of business administration, economics, education, environmental policy and management, international affairs, journalism/mass communications, law, library and information science, public administration, public health and public policy for students and professionals from Eurasia. Candidates are recruited through a merit-based competition administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).
The Johns Hopkins Sommer Scholars Program
The Hopkins Sommer Scholars program supports up to 15 Master of Public Health and 15 doctoral students each year at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The program seeks individuals who have demonstrated innate leadership skills and want to channel those skills in the direction of public health. Applicants may include writers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians, business executives, journalists, engineers, financial analysts, economists and others who want to make a difference in the world and are seeking the tools to do so effectively. Their training will enable them to confront the world’s complex health issues by pursuing critical discovery and its translation into effective health policies and programs. More information
US Government-sponsored Education Exchange Agencies – America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST)
AMIDEAST provides English language and professional skills training, educational advising, and testing services to students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa, and administers educational exchange programs. AMIDEAST is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has a network of field offices in the Arab countries, including Syria.
- International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
IREX facilitates the international exchange of students, scholars, and professionals through educational advising; standardised testing; study, research, and internships abroad; and fellowship administration. IREX is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in the following AKDN countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan. View website
- American Councils for International Education (ACTR)
ACTR/ACCELS works to advance education, research, and mutual understanding between the US and Eurasian countries, such as, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan by focusing on academic exchanges and professional training. View website
Source: AKDN website