13 Popular Scholarships Every Developing Country Student Should Know


Government-funded Scholarships

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
The European Union (EU) offers full-time scholarships for a wide range of Masters programmes and Doctorate programmes to students coming from developing/emerging countries outside the EU.  The programme offers full scholarships and/or fellowships that cover the living costs, tuition fees, travelling and insurance costs of the students.  About 1,000 students are awarded with an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship each year starting 2009.

DAAD Scholarships
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 programmes with a variety of full or partial scholarships

Australian Development Scholarships
Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are scholarships for international students from Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East,  Carribean countries and Latin America who wants to pursue vocational education and training courses, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and PhD degrees in a wide range of studies at participating Australian universities and technical colleges. The scholarship includes full tuition fees, air travel, establishment allowance, living allowance, student insurance, and etc.  Up to 1000 Australian Development Scholarships are awarded each year across 31 countries with scholarships awarded equally between men and women.

Netherlands Fellowship Program
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are scholarships that allow candidates from 61 developing countries to receive a postgraduate education and to earn Dutch Master or PhD degree in a wide range of studies at Dutch Universities.  The fellowship can cover the costs of tuition fees, allowance, visas, travel costs, insurance and thesis research.

VLIR-UOS Scholarships
VLIR-UOS awards training and masters scholarships to students from selected developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America so that they can pursue a Training and Master’s Programme related to development at Universities in Belgium.  Every year, VLIR-UOS awards up to 180 scholarships to first-year master’s students.  The scholarships cover tuition fee, accomodation, allowance, travel costs,  and other program related costs.

Commonwealth Scholarships
Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Commonwealth Scholarships are for students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue a Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) Degree in all fields of study at UK Universities.  The scholarship provides tuition and examination fees, travel costs, living allowance, establishment allowance, thesis allowance and other related program costs.   Approximately 200-230 scholarships are awarded each year.

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Institution-funded Scholarships

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships
The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships  (JJ/WBGSP) allows eligible students from World Bank member countries (including most developing countries) to pursue a Master’s Degree related to development at participating Universities around the world.  The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master’s degree or its equivalent including tuition fees, travel costs, and living allowance.

OFID Scholarships
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) are open to qualified students from any developing country who wish to pursue Master’s Degree in a subject related to development at any recognized University of his/her choice.  The scholarship covers tuition fees, allowance, health insurance, relocation grant, and travel costs.  OFID awards only one scholarship per year.

University-funded Scholarships

Ghent University Scholarships for Developing Countries
Ghent University provides postgraduate Masters scholarships to international students from developing countries who wish to study in Belgium and obtain a Master’s degree at Ghent University.  The scholarships consist of a monthly allowance, yearly tuition fee and one-time relocation fee.  Each year, a maximum of 10 scholarships can be awarded.

University of Westminster Scholarships for Developing Countries
University of Westminster awards scholarships to eligible students from any developing country who wish to study in the UK and pursue a full-time Masters degree in any field of study at the University of Westminster.  The scholarship awards full tuition fee waivers, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.

Developing Solutions Scholarships at University of Nottingham
The Developing Solutions Scholarships are designed for international students from Africa, India or one of the developing countries of the Commonwealth who want to study a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham and make a difference to the development of their home country. Each year,  105 scholarships  are awarded– 30 scholarships will cover the full tuition fee while 75 will cover 50% of the tuition fee.

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