Top Government Scholarships for International Students

Looking for government scholarships? You’ve come to the right place!

One of the best ways to study for free as a foreign student in another country is to apply for international scholarships offered by the government of that country.

Students who can’t afford quality education don’t need to worry anymore. There are many Scholarships that provide financial support to meritorious and needy students.

So if you are someone who thinks they deserve to have the best education and are not afraid to prove it or know someone who can use such scholarships.

United States Government Scholarships

Fulbright Foreign Student Program: The Fulbright Programs are full scholarships for international students from 155 countries around the world who want to pursue a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in the US.  The scholarships can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies.  The grant covers tuition fees, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.  Approximately 1,800 scholarships are awarded annually.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: 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 tuition fees, allowance, accident and health insurance, travel expenses, etc.   Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.

UK & British Commonwealth Government Scholarships

British Chevening Scholarships: Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s global scholarship program, are awarded to outstanding scholars from Chevening-eligible countries around the world. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree. Most Chevening Scholarships cover tuition fees, a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual), an economy class return airfare to the UK, and additional grants to cover essential expenditure.  Around 1500 scholarships globally are being offered.

UK Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries: The Commonwealth Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who want to pursue Masters and Ph.D. study in the UK. Each scholarship provides airfare to and from the United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), an initial arrival allowance, among others.  Approximately 300 of these scholarships are awarded each year.

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European Government Scholarships

The Netherlands:

  • Orange Knowledge Programme: The Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships are available for a selection of short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months) and master’s programs (duration 12 – 24 months).  An OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living such as tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance, etc.
  • Holland Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students: The Holland Scholarship, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s at one of the Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences in Holland.  The scholarship amounts to €5,000.

Belgium

  • Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships for International Students: The Government of Flanders launches a new scholarship program, Master Mind Scholarships that aims to promote the internationalization of the Flemish Higher Education.  It awards up to 45 scholarships to outstanding Master students from all countries. The incoming student is awarded a scholarship of maximum €8,000 per academic year. The Flemish Host Institution can ask the applicant for a tuition fee of a maximum of €109 per year.
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarship Program: VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 31 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to pursue an English Taught Training or Master’s Programme related to development at Universities in Belgium. The scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, allowance, travel costs,  and other program-related costs.

Germany

  • DAAD Scholarships for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for a range of postgraduate courses with special relevance to developing countries at German Universities. The scholarships are specifically targeted to international students and young professionals from developing countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Central and South America and Central and Eastern Europe.  DAAD scholarship supports selected programs with a variety of full or partial scholarships.

Switzerland

  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships: The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide graduates from around 180 countries with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in any academic field 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.

Sweden

  • Swedish Institute Study Scholarships: The Swedish Institute provides scholarships in Sweden to highly-qualified international students from developing countries who want to pursue full-time Masters studies at Swedish Universities. The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, some travel grants, and insurance. About 335 scholarships are offered.

Denmark

  • Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students: A number of scholarships are being offered each year by the Danish Ministry of Education to fund highly qualified and motivated international students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue full degree higher education program at participating Danish Universities. The scholarship can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs.

Italy

  • Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students: The Italian Government awards scholarships for studying in Italy both to foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad. The scholarships are towards University degree courses, Advanced vocational training, art and music courses, Masters Degree courses, PhD Courses, etc.  It is only possible to apply for three, six, or nine-month scholarships.

France

  • Eiffel Excellence Scholarships: 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 masters and Ph.D. degree programs.  Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance and other expenses such as return trips, health insurance, and cultural activities. It does not cover tuition fees.

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Australia and New Zealand Government Scholarships

  • Australian Awards Scholarships: Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australia Development Scholarships (ADS) are scholarships for international students from selected countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East who wants to study at Australian Universities.  The scholarships are towards vocational education and training courses, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and PhD degrees 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 (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC),  etc.
  • Endeavour Postgraduate Awards: The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide full financial support for international students from around the world to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or Ph.D. level either by coursework or research in any field of study in Australia.  The scholarships include tuition fees, travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend, health & travel insurance. See also Endeavor VET Scholarships and Endeavour Executive Fellowships
  • Australia International Postgraduate Research Scholarships: 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.  Around 330 scholarships are awarded annually.
  • New Zealand International Tertiary Scholarships: The Scholarships offers the opportunity for international students from selected developing countries in Pacific Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean as well as the Commonwealth to study in New Zealand to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in specific subject areas that will assist in the development of their home country.  The scholarships include tuition fees, travel costs, living allowance, and insurance.

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Asia Government Scholarships

Japan

  • Japanese Government Scholarships: The  Japanese Government offers scholarships in Japan to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate and research students under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program.  The scholarships cover allowance, traveling costs, and school fees.

China

  • Chinese Government Scholarships for International Students: Chinese Government Scholarship—Bilateral Program includes a full or partial scholarship established by MOE in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities, and international organizations.  It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs, and senior scholar programs.  The Bilateral Program provides both full scholarships and partial scholarships.

Taiwan

Turkey

  • Turkey Graduate Scholarships for International Students: Türkiye Graduate Scholarship Programme is intended for successful international students from all over the world who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Turkey.  The scholarship includes a monthly stipend, full tuition fee, free 1-year Turkish language course, free state-run dormitory accommodation, round-trip air ticket, and health insurance.

Singapore

  • Singapore International Graduate Award: Singapore International Graduate Awards are given to international students with excellent academic undergraduate and/or master’s results, and a strong interest in doing research leading to a doctorate (PhD) in Science and Engineering at a Singapore University.  The award provides financial support for up to 4 years of PhD studies including full tuition fees, monthly stipend, settlement allowance, and airfare grant.

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme: Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims to attract outstanding students in the world to pursue their PhD degree programs in Hong Kong’s institutions.  The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and a conference and research-related travel allowance per year for a maximum period of three years.

Korea

  • Korean Government Scholarships: The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea and to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.  The scholarships cover tuition, allowance, travel, airfare, medical insurance, etc.

Yenching Academy of Peking University Full Fellowship for International Students in China

Yenching Academy is offering a highly selective and fully funded global fellowship program for international students to leading to a master degree from Peking University in China for 2020 academic year.

The main object of the program is to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies.

Studying at the Academy is an exceptional opportunity to take part in intercultural exchanges and interdisciplinary learning, developing both personally and professionally.

Provided By: Yenching Academy is an elite postgraduate college of Peking University. It was founded in 2014 and located in Beijing, China. It offers international students a fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts degree program in China Studies.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Full-Funded
  • Number of Awards: 125
  • Study Level: Master Degree
  • Requirement: English proficiency
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: December 06, 2019 (12:00 noon Beijing time).

Who May Enter?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • International students are encouraged to apply
  • Each Yenching Scholar selects one of six research areas in the field of China Studies and writes a thesis with guidance from a faculty advisor. Research areas are as follows: Economics and Management, History and Archaeology, Philosophy and Religion, Politics and International Relations, Law and Society, and Literature and Culture
  • Students outside of the Chinese mainland, including international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Mainland Chinese students are eligible to apply
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field awarded no later than August 31, 2020
  • An outstanding academic record
  • Strong interest in the interdisciplinary study of China
  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, and social responsibility
  • Leadership potential
  • No person over the age of 28 has been admitted to the program. The average age of students entering the program is 23.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in any files of study

Application Procedure:

To participate, candidates may apply through Yenching Academy’s online application portal. Each applicant will create an account on the Yenching Academy admissions portal and submit.

Required Documents:

  • The following required materials must in English: Completed online application form; Personal statement (750 words or less); Curriculum Vitae; Official transcript(s); Diploma(s) or Certificate(s) of Enrollment; Two letters of recommendation; Submission of English scores: For IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge tests
  • English requirements and minimum scores: IELTS (Academic) -overall 7.0, TOEFL (iBT)- overall 100, Cambridge English Scale (Advanced)-overall 185, CEFR- C1 level, CET 6- overall 600, TEM 4- Pass level of “良好” or above

Program Requirements

All students are required to take the following four courses:

  1. The Topics in China Studies Lecture Series offers expert perspectives on a broad range of China-related issues.
  2. China in Transition is a team-taught course about China’s post-1978 development from the perspectives of the economy, society & culture, politics & law, and environment & health.
  3. The weeklong Field Study Trip to historical and cultural relics and modern industrial parks gives insights into the local development and changes from the aspects of history, architecture, religion, folklore, and contemporary economic development.
  4. Academic Writing course offers practical workshops to cultivate academic writing skills.
  • Students are free to select elective courses from any of the six research areas (see below). Choice of thesis topic and advisor will determine the type of degree awarded upon graduation.
  • The Chinese language course is compulsory for international scholars. Those with high Chinese proficiencies can apply to waive this course and take Chinese-taught courses offered at Peking University.
  • To fulfill the graduation requirements, students outside of the Chinese mainland, including international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, must receive at least 31 credits along with a passed Master’s thesis.
  • Mainland Chinese students are required to take the Political Theory Course and the English course (can be waived). To fulfill the graduation requirements, students must complete at least 34 credits along with a passed Master’s thesis.

Award Description:

The Yenching Academy provides full fellowships and also offers them a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the humanities and social sciences.

Full Fellowships includes all these- the first academic year, which covers tuition, accommodation in the Yenching Academy House, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between your base city and Beijing (the base city must be a city within the country of your nationality; cost of this round-trip will be estimated and calculated by YCA), basic medical insurance, a monthly stipend, and expenses related to research.

Students who maintained a good academic standing, and plan to stay in Beijing during their second academic year can apply for the second-year Yenching Fellowship. This will cover the tuition, accommodation in the Yenching Academy House, basic medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.

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Chinese Government Scholarship for Chinese Unviersity Program and Silk Road Program

South China University of Technology School of International Education is pleased to offer the Chinese Government Scholarship for Chinese University Program and the Silk Road Program. The scholarships are open to all international students who are non-Chinese national and be in good health.

In order to increase the cooperation and understanding between the people of China and other countries, develop outstanding international talent, SCUT will provide about 70 full scholarships for full-time postgraduate studies under the Chinese government scholarship program.

Provided By: South China University of Technology (SCUT) is one of China’s leading universities. It operates under the direct leadership of the State Ministry of Education.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Fully-funded Scholarships
  • Number of Awards: 70
  • Study level: Postgraduate Studies
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2019

Who May Enter:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Applicants must be non-Chinese national and be in good health.
  • Education background and age limit:
  • Applicants studying to earn a Master’s degree must have a Bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35.
  • Applicants studying to earn a Doctorate degree must have a Master’s degree and be under the age of 40.
  • Applicants may not be in receipt of any other types of scholarship at any universities in China.

Application Procedure:

To participate, there are three ways to apply for the scholarship as:

Step 1: Apply at http://www.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/

  • *Agency No: 10561 Type Category: B
  • Download <APPLICATION FORM FOR CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP> (pdf) and Print two copies.

Step 2: Apply at http://scut.edu.cn/apply

  • Submit <APPLICATION FORM FOR CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP> (pdf) to the system.
  • All the master’s or doctoral applicants should contact supervisors from professional school in SCUT via mail or interview.
  • The applicants, who pass the assessment by supervisors, please ask the supervisors to sign a <pre-acceptance letters>.
  • Regarding how to contact the supervisor, please find the information via:
  • https://yanzhao.scut.edu.cn/open/TutorList.aspx(Chinese Version)
  • http://www2.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/1197/list.htm(English Version)

Step 3: Following <The Checklist of the SCUT Chinese Government Scholarship Application Material> to prepare your application material. Then please deliver your paper document to the Admissions Office of School of International Education, SCUT.

The Checklist of SCUT Chinese Government Scholarship Application Material: The Application Delivery Address: Admissions Office, School of International Education, SCUT
Room 207, B1 Building, South China University of Technology, University Town Campus, Panyu District, Guangzhou. Postcode: 510006. Tel: 86-20-39381048 or 39381029 or 39382002.

Application Materials:

  • (1)The Checklist of SCUT Chinese Government Scholarship Application Material
  • (2) APPLICATION FORM FOR CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP
  • (3) SCUT APPLICATION FORM FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
  • (4) Front Page of Passport, Visa Page
  • (5) Highest diploma or Pre-graduate Certificate (original copy and notarized photocopy)
  • (6) Academic transcripts (original copy and notarized photocopy) (7) A study or research plan in Chinese or in English (Chinese or English, no less than 500 words).
  • (8) Two recommendation letters in Chinese or English from professors or associate professors
  • (9) A pre-acceptance letter of supervisor issued by SCUT professors or associate professors (Sample Format)
  • (10) The applicants of PhD have to submit Abstract(s) of Graduation Thesis (es) or Published Paper(s)
  • (11) One cassette records for those applying to music programs. Design a portfolio for those applying to architecture programs.
  • (12) Foreigner Physical Examination Form.
  • (13) Regarding Language Certificate

Language requirements for Chinese-medium Programs:

  • -New HSK Band 4 with scores above 180 for Science or Engineering studies;
  • -New HSK Band 5 with scores above 180 for Liberal Arts, Economics, or Management Studies.

Language requirements for English-Medium Programs (only for non-English speaking countries):

  • –TOEFL IBT 80 or above;
  • –IELTS 6.0 above or above.

Applications from English speaking countries: A letter of English as a medium of instruction issued by graduated universities or education institutes

Award Description:

(1) Exempt from registration fee, tuition, and fee for accommodation;

(2) Monthly Living allowance:

– Master’s degree students: RMB 3,000

– Doctorate degree students: RMB 3,500

(3) Comprehensive Medical Insurance for International Students in China.

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