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.

British Council IELTS International Award

Scholarship Description

Apply for the British Council IELTS Award 2019 and receive up to £10,000 to fund your studies worldwide!

The British Council has designed the 2019 British Council IELTS Award to study in an undergraduate or postgraduate level at an institution of higher education anywhere in the world, in English taught a program that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements.

The purpose of the IELTS award is to assist a high-caliber individual who have a strong motivation to develop their career and who can demonstrate that they have the potential to contribute to society with their studies in Germany or abroad.

The British Council IELTS Award is worth between £3,000 up to a maximum of £10,000 depending on the tuition fees of the institution attended by the winner and will go towards the cost of tuition fees of the individual’s selected course.

Provided By: The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.

They work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.

 Key Details:

  • Award Amount: £3,000 to £10,000
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Study level: Undergraduate or Postgraduate level
  • Application Deadline: 10 June 2019 (14:00, German time)
  • Winner Announcement: Week of 1 July 2019

Who May Enter:

To be eligible to apply for the IELTS Award you must:

  • Be aged 18 years or over on 31 July 2019
  • Have taken an IELTS test at a British Council center in Germany and received an official Test Report Form (TRF) dated between 2 June 2018 and 10 June 2019  issued by the British Council in Germany
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum overall band score of 6.5, plus a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four components of the IELTS test.
  • Be planning to enroll in 2019–20 academic year (i.e. starting August 2018 onwards) on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate program at a university or other institution of higher education in Germany or abroad, which accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements (check the official recognition list). The tuition fees for the program of choice must be a minimum of £3,000.
  • Be able to provide an acceptance letter from the relevant educational organization by 30 June 2019 at the latest.

Application Procedure:

To participate, the candidate must submit an application online form through the given link https://www.eventsforce.net/britishcouncil/frontend/reg/tRegisterEmailNew.csp

  • Take an IELTS test at a British Council authorized center in Germany and receive an official Test Report Form (TRF) dated between 2 June 2019 and 10 June 2019 issued by the British Council in Germany.

Additional Information:

  • Documentation can be written in English and German. In cases where issues of the interpretation of the terms arise, the English version of the text supersedes all others.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide evidence to support their application, such as a copy of their IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) and a copy of their ID.
  • The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to networking within the IELTS community and sharing their experience with other IELTS candidates.

 Award Description:

  • The British Council IELTS Award is worth between £3,000 up to a maximum of £10,000 depending on the tuition fees of the institution attended by the winner and will go towards the cost of tuition fees of the individual’s selected course.
  • The award applies only to courses in the 2019–20 academic year (i.e. starting August 2018 onwards) and will be paid directly to the institution.
  • If tuition fees of the successful candidate are below the maximum individual award fund of £10,000, the remaining fund may be allocated to support other runners-up.
  • The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to networking within the IELTS community and sharing their experience with other IELTS candidates.

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The Green Talents International Competition

Scholarship Description

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas.

Are you an up-and-coming scientist with inventive ideas and a strong focus on sustainable development? Does your research have the potential to change the world? They challenge you to convince their high-ranking expert jury and become one of the 25 Green Talents of 2018! The award is open to all disciplines as long as they are related to sustainable development.

The award, under the patronage of Minister Anja Karliczek, honors young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognized for their outstanding achievements in making their societies more sustainable.

The Green Talents Competition focuses on outstanding young scientists who are active in the field of sustainable development. The prestigious Green Talents program offers you the unique opportunity to become part of an exceptional worldwide network of outstanding young minds and leading German institutions.

Provided By: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research abbreviated BMBF, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Ministry provides funding for research projects and institutions (aiming for “research excellence”) and sets general educational policy.

 Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Multiple
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Study level: All disciplines
  • Application Deadline: 23 May 2018, 2 p.m. CEST

Who May Enter:

To eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolment in a master’s or Ph.D. program or a degree (master’s/ Ph.D.) completed no more than three years before the end of the application process
  • Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach
  • Proven excellent command of English
  • Significantly above-average grades
  • Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany
  • The award is open to all disciplines as long as they are related to sustainable development.
  • Applicants can, therefore, come from any scientific field closely related to sustainability research.

Application Procedure:

To apply, the candidate must submit an application online form through the given link: https://secure.pt-dlr.de/ptoutline/app/greentalents2018

The application consists of the following four parts:

  • Forms with personal information and questions about your academic and professional career, including details about university degrees, research work, lists of publications, etc. You will not have to upload a CV.
  • Questions regarding your motivation to participate in the Science Forum (we recommend that you write your answers in advance and simply copy them into the text fields):
    • Briefly, explain your actual research by showing how it relates to sustainable development and demonstrate your interdisciplinary interest.
    • What new perspective are you providing to sustainability research? What is your professional goal?
    • How is your research/work related to sustainability science in Germany? Please also indicate which of the institutions in this year’s Science Forum are most relevant to you and why.
    • What do you expect to gain from the Green Talents Award for your future career?
  • Questions regarding your scientific qualification. We kindly ask to upload your latest FINAL graduation certificate as well as your latest course record. Full academic transcripts are required, because they convey important information such as specifics about the composition of the study programme, credit requirements and student performance. If you have only recently started a post-graduate study programme (Master or PhD), please upload your graduation certificate as well as a confirmation of matriculation.
  • Questions regarding your publications and patents. They merely require a list of books/chapters/articles you (co-)authored. Therefore please complete the Excel template you find during the application process and list your publications in chronological order, naming the titles, potential co-authors, the publisher and the context (book/chapter/article/conference paper etc.).
    • Include articles/papers that have been submitted but have not yet been approved.
    • Exclude articles/papers under preparation.
  • Letter of recommendationa letter in which the author assesses the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person being recommended in terms of the individual’s ability to perform a particular task or function. This
    • should focus on your career as a scientist and activities up until now,
    • must be in English,
    • should not be older than 6 months,
    • can be written by current or past supervisors from either academia or industry.
  • Your application is incomplete and cannot be processed without this document. However, we are well aware that despite it being common practice for individuals being assessed to be handed a reference letter in Europe, this may not be the case in other countries. If your assessor refuses to give you a letter of recommendation, upload a Word document with his/her name and complete your application. The assessor should then send us a letter via email to greentalents@dlr.de, stating your name and application ID number. They will add the letter to your documents. In this case, you will receive an additional email confirming that the letter of recommendation has been submitted. Important: the letter must reach us before the deadline. Otherwise, your application will be incomplete and therefore disqualified.
  • It is mandatory to indicate the level of your English skills and to add an English language certificate to your application. For example, this can be a certificate from a language examination (TOEFL, IELTS etc.), a certificate from language classes you have taken or confirmation from your university that your courses are taught in English. As a native speaker, please simply fill out and attach the selfdeclaration of proficiency in English signed by yourself, indicating your full proficiency.

 

 

 

Additional Information:

  • The applicant should focus on their career as a scientist and activities up until now
  • Must be in English
  • Should not be older than 6 months
  • Can be written by current or past supervisors from either academia or industry
  • Include articles/papers that have been submitted but have not yet been approved
  • Exclude articles/papers under preparation

Award Description:

  • When selected as a “Green Talent”, you will be invited to a two-week Science Forum in Germany (which takes place in October).
  • Winners will have the opportunity to return to Germany for up to three months to conduct a research stay at an institute of your choice the year after the Science Forum.
  • The BMBF will cover your travel expenses (to/from Germany and during the trip) as well as your meals and accommodation during the Science Forum. Costs for health insurance and visa fees cannot be covered and must be paid by the participants.
  • They will cover return flights to Germany and also provide a monthly allowance when you return in 2019 for your research stay. This allowance is intended to support you during your stay and will be sufficient for accommodation, insurance, food and your daily needs. However, it is not intended to support your research.

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