Scholarships to fund your foreign degree
Funded scholarships cover your fees and expenses when you go abroad for studies. Check out these scholarships whether they suit you now, or maybe in the near future. Careers360 brings you a comprehensive list of scholarships including their eligibility and application period. Read below to find more details.
The call of a faraway land where one can learn, experience and enjoy is irresistible for a study abroad aspirant. Hordes of students opt for higher education abroad while an equal number or more back out because of high tuition fees. Considering this, universities across the globe offer a number of scholarships-cum-fellowships, loans and fee waiver options. According to Hannah Ellerby, International Support Officer at University of Kent, “Scholarships can bridge the gap in the cost of studying in the UK for students, and can therefore be the difference between the student attending University, and not being able to do so. It can also free up students from having to work part time, and help them focus more on their studies and other aspects of the student experience.”
Listed below are some of the popular scholarships at various levels.
Select scholarships for undergraduate studies
Reach Oxford Scholarships: One of the best universities in the UK, Oxford has played an integral part in the evolution of academic excellence. Reach Oxford scholarships, formerly known as Oxford Student Scholarship, cater to applicants from low income groups.
For nationals of developing countries
Scholarships available for any programme, except Medicine
Must display academic excellence
Applicant must display intention to return to the home country after completing the programme
Preference for applicants who have not pursued UG programme before
Complete tuition fee and college fee for 3-4 years depending on the course
Return air fare every year
When to Apply
Next application information is likely to be available from January 2018.
MIT Scholarships: These scholarships are available for both UG and PG programmes, awarded on the basis of financial need of an applicant. According to MIT, 56% of UG applicants receive the scholarships worth over $38,000 per applicant
Admission offer from MIT
Exceptional academic record
Must submit a yearly Student Information Review Form
The benefits vary, depending on the programme. The scholarship is likely to help meet the tuition fee of the course
When to Apply
February to March each year.
Great Scholarships: It is available for 29 UG and over 160 PG programmes across UK covering Business, Art & Design, Engineering, Law and IT subjects, among others. The scholarships were launched in collaboration with over 30 participating institutes
Admission offer from any of the participating universities
Must confirm whether he/she is taking the offer before the deadline
Available only for those who are commencing a UG course at the university
Applicant must be an international fee payer and not in receipt of any external award
The scholarship is worth over £5000 each year (subject to change) towards the tuition fee.
Future Global Leaders Scholarship: The scholarship is awarded at Coventry University. Coventry is known to offer a variety of scholarships for international applicants including Academic Performance Scholarship, Faculty of Arts Scholarships, Faculty of Engineering and High Achievers scholarship among others
Must meet the academic requirements of the specific programme
He/ she should be an international fee paying and self-funded applicant
Applicant must hold a full-time offer for a UG programme
A 500 word Statement of Purpose
When to Apply
In the month of June, each year.
Select scholarships for postgraduate studies
Oxford University’s Rhodes Scholarships: The scholarship administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford University, is offered in 64 different countries around the world. The selection committee of the scholarship seek applicants of outstanding character, intellect, commitment to serve and those who display a strong tendency to come out as leaders of future
Admission offer from the University of Oxford
He/ she should be a citizen of the participating countries
Must have been born after September 30, 1993 or before October 1,1999
For medical students who have completed their one-year internship, the age limited is extended, hence applicants should be born after September 30, 1992 or before October 1, 1999
Must have completed undergraduate programme with first class or its equivalent
Covers university and college fee
Application fee of University of Oxford
A personal stipend of around £13,500 fixed by the Trustees (per annum)
One economy class air ticket to the university at the start of the scholarship and one economy flight back to the applicant’s home country at the conclusion of the scholarship
When to apply
Selected candidates can apply for the scholarship around June every year and usually the applications are open for 30 days.
Commonwealth Scholarship: The scholarship aims to target applicants of commonwealth countries. Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships to postgraduate applicants each year.
Must be a Commonwealth citizen
Candidate should be able to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of new academic year i.e. September/ October
He/she should hold a degree of upper second class Honours standard or above; or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification
The Commonwealth Scholarship can also be terminated if applicants do not meet the satisfactory academic standard of university
Airfare from the selected candidate’s country to the UK along with a return ticket at the completion of the course
Tuition and examination fees
Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,043 per month (2016-17)
Candidate will also receive grant for preparing thesis (wherever applicable)
Grants towards study-related travel within UK or overseas
PhD scholars receive airfare to their home as a paid mid-term visit
When to apply
Scholarships open in August.
Aga Khan Scholarship: These scholarships have benefitted over 2 million students, so far. The scholarships aim to create powerful leaders and scholars and prepare them for employment. The Aga Khan scholarships are awarded on a 50% scholarship and 50% loan basis. The scholarship does not cater to short-term courses.
Applicant should belong to the developing countries including India, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, Tanzania and Egypt among others
Preference is given to applicants below 30 years of age
Excellent academic record along with genuine financial need
Two years of financial benefits for PhD applicants post which candidates need to find an alternative financial assistance
The scholarship covers only the tuition fees and cost of living; travel expense is not included in the scholarship
When to apply
Application process starts in January, the exact dates may vary region-wise.
Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships: Administered by The Australian Government Department of Education and Training, the Endeavour Scholarships and fellowships aim to support the internationalisation of higher education in Australia.
Must be a citizen of participating country
Must be aged 18 years or over at the start of their programme
Must commence their proposed programme after 1 January 2018 and no later than 30 November 2018. Those who have already started or will start their intended programme before 2018 are not eligible
Not to apply for a category in which they have already completed an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.
Candidates must attach a formal admission letter from the proposed Australian institution.
Travel allowance: $3,000 (provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
Estt: allowance: $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships)
Monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)
Health insurance for the full category duration (Overseas Student Health Cover for international recipients) takes care of health needs
Travel insurance (excluding during program for international recipients)
Tuition fees up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees
When to apply
Can apply around April each year. The application procedure goes on for about a month.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: The fellowship program aims to bring together young experienced professionals from developing countries to the US. It is awarded across different fields including Communication/Journalism, Human Resource Management, Agricultural and Rural Development and Finance and Banking to name a few.
An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
Professional work experience of minimum of five years
Must demonstrate leadership qualities
Limited or no prior experience in the United States of America
English language skills
A record of public service in the community
Tuition and fees at the assigned host university
English language training, if required
A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
Accident and sickness coverage
A one-time computer subsidy
Air travel (international travel to and from the US and domestic travel to required program events)
A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences
When to apply
The dates may vary from country to country and the admitting institute. The application is made available in June each year, however the exact dates should be cross checked to avoid any inconvenience.
Compiled by Tenzin Pema
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