If you are a bright, talented, or motivated international student, the best scholarships are for your taking. scholars4dev.com lists the ten most prestigious international scholarship programs out there for the brightest international students from anywhere in the world. If you are from a developing country, also see top scholarships for developing country students.
Government-funded International Scholarships
The Fulbright Scholarship Program is the flagship international exchange scholarship program between the U.S. Government and 155 countries. Each year, approximately 1,800 Fulbright scholarships are awarded to excellent foreign students who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD Degree in the United States. The Fulbright Scholarship Program provides full funding for the duration of the study which includes tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.
The Chevening Scholarships is the flagship global scholarship program of the British Government. Every year, it provides scholarships to around 1000 outstanding students from over 130 countries who wish to pursue postgraduate study in the UK. Chevening Scholarships are full scholarships which cover tuition fees, monthly stipend and various one-off allowances as well as international travel to and from UK.
The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, The Caribbean, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The scholarship funds tuition fees, monthly stipend, travel allowance, establishment allowance as well as health and travel insurance.
The Federal Foreign Office of Germany, through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range scholarships to outstanding foreign students, graduates, doctoral students, and young and early-stage researchers from all academic disciplines as well as from the fields of music, art, and performing arts. Funding varies per scholarship but generally includes a monthly payment based on the scholarship holder’s academic level and may include travel expenses, health insurance, accident insurance, and personal/private liability insurance. DAAD awards more than 70,000 scholars every year.
Swiss Government Scholarships
The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships to foreign students from participating countries. These scholarships provide international students from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research at a publicly funded university or recognized institution in Switzerland. The scholarship awards a monthly stipend of around CHF 1600-1920. Around 1,000 eligible applications are accepted each year and only 1/5 of these applications (around 200) are granted a scholarship.
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme is funded by the French Government and was launched to attract elite overseas students who wish to pursue Master’s, Engineering and PhD degrees in France. The Eiffel Programme does not cover tuition fees but scholarship holders are given a monthly allowance, travel costs, health insurance and possibly an accommodation allowance. Approximately 400 new scholarships are awarded each year.
University-funded International Scholarships
Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards that supports exceptional international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholarship covers all university fees, personal stipend, health insurance, and airfare to and from the student’s home country. A class of 83 Scholars are selected each year.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are open to all international students from all over the world. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge namely: university fees, maintenance allowances, airfare, and some dependant’s allowance. About 100 new Gates Scholars are awarded annually (although the exact number of awards may change from year to year).
Institute-funded International Scholarships
Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships
Each year, the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 exemplary undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities who are pursuing their postgraduate degrees at universities, universities of applied sciences or universities of the arts in Germany. The scholarship provides an allowance of €750 per month for Masters students and €1000 per month for PhD students.
Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants
The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship opportunities through the Rotary Foundation Global Grants which may be used to fund postgraduate studies of a Rotary club member/nominee in any country where there is a Rotary Club (in about 70 countries). The grants can fund the whole duration of your studies.