Top 50 Scholarships for International Students

Finding a scholarship as an international student can be quite tasking but if you have the right information the process can be quite seamless.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the top 50 scholarship opportunities for international students.

American-based Scholarships

AAUW International Fellowships

The AAUW awards international fellowships to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents for full-time study or research in the United States. The scholarship is worth $18,000 for Masters Students, $20,000 for PhD and $30,000 for Postdoctoral students.


AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship Program

The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship is applicable to outstanding high-achieving international students that have shown dedication to achieving positive civic and social change. Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in America can apply for this award. However, beneficiaries of the scholarship are expected to return home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in their home country.  The scholarship covers full tuition and accomodation.


Foreign Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Program offers full scholarships for international students. This is particularly applicable to those that want to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in USA.  Typically, the scholarship covers tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.


Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is applicable to experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. These fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.  The fellowships cover all related expenses and provide a year of professional enrichment in the United States


ICSP Tuition Scholarships at University of Oregon

This is a need and merit based scholarship. Usually, international students must hae applied to the University of Oregon and these beneficiaries receive a tuition-waiver scholarship ranging from $9,000 to $27,000. However, an aspect of the scholarship terms indicate that ICSP students agree to complete 80 hours per year of cultural service as required by the program.


Canadian-based Scholarships

UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award

This is an undergraduate scholarship and it is offered by the University of British Columbia (UBC) for talented secondary and post-secondary international students from around the world.  The value of this award comprises the full tuition costs and the living expenses.


University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that is applicable to students of any nationality who will be registered as full-time graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) at the University of Manitoba.  The fellowship is valued at $18,000 for PhD students and $14,000 for Master’s students and the duration of the scholarship is 1 year.


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) is worth $50,000 per year for three years. The objective of the scholarship is to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.


Australian-based Scholarships

Adelaide Scholarships International

Established by the University of Adelaide, the Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI) program attracts high quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the University of Adelaide to support its research effort.  The scholarships include course tuition fees, annual living allowance, and health insurance.


Australian Awards Scholarship

Australia Awards Scholarships was created for international students from selected countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East who intend to study at Australian Universities.  The scholarship is applicable to those that intend to enrol in vocational education and training courses, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and PhD degrees at participating Australian universities as well as vocational and technical schools.

The scholarship includes full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contributions to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) etc.


Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards

The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide full financial support for international students at the Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field of study in Australia.  The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend, health and travel insurance.


International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

The IPRS program is applicable to international students that intend to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.  The duration of the scholarships is two years for Masters students and three years for PhD students. Typically, the scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs.


La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students

La Trobe’s Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) are applicable to outstanding international students from all countries across all of La Trobe’s undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  The scholarship usually covers tuition fees and is valued between $10,000 and $20,000.


Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship providing a partial tuition fee scholarship for outstanding students to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the Macquarie University North Ryde campus. The scholarship value varies but can be as much as AUD$10,000.


Monash University International Merit Scholarships

Monash University is known to offer several scholarship programs, one of which is the Monash University International Merit Scholarships for outstanding international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Monash University.  The value of the scholarship is $10,000.


Melbourne Research Scholarships

Established by the University of Melbourne, the Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS) is awarded to high achieving domestic and international research students. Some of the benefits of this scholarship include fortnightly living allowance, relocation allowance,  paid sick, maternity and parenting leave, full fee remission and Overseas Student Health Cover.


University of Sydney International Scholarships

The University of Sydney International Scholarship is applicable to students undertaking a Postgraduate Research Degree or Master’s by Research program at this University. The scholarship covers tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years.


UK-based Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships is a UK-based government’s global scholarship programme which awards over 1500 scholarships globally. The scholarship is usually awarded to outstanding scholars from Chevening-eligible countries across the world. The award is applicable to a one-year Master’s degree and covers tuition fees, living allowance, economy class return ticket to the UK and additional grants to cover essential expenditure.

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships is applicable to intending students from developing Commonwealth countries who intend to pursue a Master’s or PhD in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and provides a return ticket to the United Kingdom, tuition fees, personal maintainenance allowance, thesis grant (if applicable) among others.


Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford

This is the oldest and most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. It was established in 1902 and provides postgraduate awards to support outstanding international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers all university fees, personal stipend, health insurance and a return ticket.


Gates Cambridge Scholarships

This scholarship comprise the full cost of studying at Cambridge,  personal maintenance allowance for the single student, one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course as well as inbound visa costs.


University of Westminster International Scholarships

The scholarship was established by the University of Westminster and provides full tuition fee waivers, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.


Developing Solutions Scholarships at University of Nottingham

The Developing Solutions Scholarships was created for international students from Africa, India and any of the developing countries of the Commonwealth who intend to study a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham. Every year, 105 scholarships are awarded with 30 scholarships providing full tuition fee while 75 cover 50% of the tuition fee.


Edinburgh Global Development Academy Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh provides Masters Scholarships for international students from the least developing countries as well as UK/EU students at the University. Typically, the Master’s scholarships cover the tuition fees.


Germany-based Scholarships

DAAD Scholarships with Relevance to Developing Countries

These scholarships are specifically targeted to international students that want to study for postgraduate courses as well as young professionals from developing countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Central and South America and Central and Eastern Europe.  The DAAD scholarship is applicable to selected programmes and range from full to partial scholarships.


Netherland-based Scholarships

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships

The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (AES) awards scholarships to outstanding students from outside the EU to pursue eligible Master’s Programmes offered at the University of Amsterdam. The AES is a full scholarship of €25,000 which typically covers the tuition and living expenses.


Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen

The Erik Bleumink Fund Scholarships is applicable to Masters and Ph.D programme offered at the University of Groningen.  The award covers the tuition fees, the costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance.


Leiden University Excellence Scholarships

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding Non-EU/EEA students that have enrolled in a master’s degree programme offered at Leiden University. The scholarships could either be full or partial.


Netherlands Fellowship Program

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is a capacity building program which is provided to organisations in 51 countries. The fellowship trains and educates professionals in these organizations through Master studies, PhD studies, or short courses at Dutch Universities or academic institutions.

The NFP fellowship enables these professionals fund their study and take care of their expenses during their study period.


Radboud University Scholarship Programme

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is an award for a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students to study an English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen. The scholarship comes as a partial tuition waiver. It also covers visa fees, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance.


University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships

The University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships is available through the UM Scholarship Fund which encourages talented students from outside the EEA to follow a master’s programme at UM.  The scholarships include tuition fee, living expenses, visa costs, and insurance.


University of Twente Scholarships

University Twente Scholarships (UTS) are scholarships for excellent students from both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA countries with the intention of pursuing  a graduate programme (MSc) at the University of Twente. The value of the scholarship is between €6,000 and €25,000 and it is for a duration of one year.


Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship provides outstanding prospective students with the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University. Usually, the scholarship of these selected students covers the tuition fee and €10.000 living expenses on a yearly basis.


Sweden-based Scholarships

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

The Swedish Institute provides scholarships in Sweden to qualified international students from developing countries who want to pursue full-time Masters studies at Swedish Universities.  Typically, the scholarship covers tuition fee, living expenses, some travel grant, and insurance.


Lund University Global Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students

The Lund University Global Scholarship Programme is targeted at the outstanding students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area who intend to pursue a Bachelor’s or Masters Degree studies at the University. The scholarships may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology Tuition Fee Waivers

This scholarship is applicable to citizens from non-EU/EEA/EFTA countries that have enrolled in the Master’s programme at KTH as first priority. The scholarship comes as a tuition waiver.


Belgium-based Scholarships

VLIR-UOS Scholarship Awards

VLIR-UOS awards full scholarships to students from 54 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to pursue an English based training or Master’s Programme related to development at Universities in Belgium.


France-based Scholarships

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme

Established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme is a tool that allows French higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs.  The beneficiaries of this scheme receive a monthly allowance and other expenses which include return trip, health insurance and cultural activities but it does not cover tuition fees.


ENS International Selection Scholarships

This scholarship provides 30 of the most promising international students in the Sciences and Humanities for a two or three-year course at the ENS. These scholars receive a monthly stipend of approximately €1,000.


Emily Boutmy Scholarships for International Students at Sciences Po

The scholarship was created by the Sciences Po in order to attract the very best international students from outside of the European Union.  The value of the Emily Boutmy Master’s Programme range from €5,000 to €16,000  depending on the course type.


Norway-based Scholarships

Quota Scholarship Scheme

This scholarship is a brainchild of the Norwegian government and the scheme provides scholarships for students from developing countries in the South and countries of Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia under the Quota Scheme. Typically, the scheme includes courses at the Master and PhD level as well as certain professional degrees offered by state universities and colleges in Norway. Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. 40% of the amount is given as a grant and 60% as a loan. However, if the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study, the loan will be waived.


Switzerland-based Scholarships

ETH Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)

The ETH Zurich supports outstanding students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH. There are two scholarship programmes which include the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) and the Master Scholarship Programme (MSP).

The Excellence Scholarship comprise a grant covering living and study expenses (CHF 11,000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver while the Master Scholarship Programme comprise a partial stipend for living and study expenses (CHF 6,000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver.


Swiss Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide graduates from 180 countries across the globe with postgraduate research scholarship opportunities to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in any academic field at any university in Switzerland. The scholarship covers a monthly allowance, tuition fees, health insurance, lodging allowance, etc.


University of Lausanne Master’s Grant for Foreign Students

The University of Lausanne in Switzerland offers scholarships to international students who intend 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 or for duration of the programme.


Japan-based Scholarships

Japanese Government Scholarships

The Japanese Government provides scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities either as undergraduate or research students under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program.  Typically, the scholarships cover allowance, travelling costs, and school fees.


Hong Kong Scholarships

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme was established in 2009 with the goal of attracting outstanding students in the world to pursue their PhD degree programs in Hong Kong’s institutions.  The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend, a conference and research-related travel allowance per year for a maximum of three years.


Singapore-based Scholarships

Singapore International Graduate Award

The award provides financial support for up to 4 years of PhD studies for excellent students at undergraduate and Master’s result. The scholarship includes full tuition fees, monthly stipend, settlement allowance, and airfare grant.


China-based Scholarships

Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University

The Schwarzman Scholars Program is another top Scholarship award for intending Master’s students at the Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.  The scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, travel costs, personal stipend, health insurance, etc.


Korean-based Scholarships

Korean Government Scholarships

The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to attract international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea. The scholarships cover tuition, allowance, travel, airfare, medical insurance, etc.


New Zealand based Scholarships

New Zealand Development Scholarship

This scholarship offers international students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Carribean the opportunity to undertake their postgraduate studies in the country. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel costs, living allowance and insurance.

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