Special grants for international students
Special grants for international students -With the number of students packing their backs to study abroad increasing manifold, countries across the world are offering incredible scholarship opportunities to fulfill the students’ dream of studying at the top institutes. While most of the scholarship programmes offer full tuition fees waiver, some even cover sundry costs like the student’s living expenses as well as airfare and visa costs.
Besides the usual lot of scholarships offered by the universities, there are many special grants across the world which offer scholarships and grants for a wide range of fields and levels. Most of these special grants are conceptualised for a period of time and cover short-term as well as long-term funding for students and scholars. Many like the Fulbright or Erusmus + even offer funding for teachers training and leadership programmes.
Here we have a list of some of the top special grants across the world for international students
Erusmus+: The Erusmus + is a seven-year programme by the Europian Union with an initiative to forge collaborations between Indian and EU universities through student exchange, joint degrees and funding opportunities. A special grants for international students, the Eursmus plus programme, which was earlier known as the Erusmus Mundus programme, brings together four EU initiatives-
The Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig).
The Youth in Action programme.
Five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries).
The sport section.
The Erusmus+ programme is open for all major fields like science, mathematics, engineering and technology as well as liberal arts. Students are also accepted across all levels.
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MOE tuition Grant: TheMOE tuition grant is a special grant offered by the Singapore’s Ministry of Education which is open to all full-time diploma or undergraduate international students studying in Singapore. Under the MOE tuition grant, the Singapore government offers substantial subsidies to its international students and over 1700 international students have received the grants under the Tuition Grant scheme till 2014. The tuition grant only covers the tuition fee of the students and does not include living or sundry expenses.
One of the special grants for international students, the MOE grant is applicable only to students admitted to 14 institutes in Singapore. Students who avail the benefit of the tuition grant have to sign a bond with the Singaporean Government to work for a Singapore registered company for three years after the completion of the course.
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Robert S. McNamara Fellowship: The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship offers grants to PhD candidates from across the globe to pursue their fellowships outside their home country. The special grants for international students have been named after one of the former Presidents of the World Bank- Robert S. McNamara. The PhD is, mainly, applicable to research students from developing countries and was set up with contributions from partner countries like Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and former Yugoslavia. The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship is provided only for a period of 6-10 months after which research students have to find alternative means of funding their research.
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship requires the aspirant to be enrolled in a PhD programme in his/her home country, which again should be a member of the World Bank’s developing countries. Further, the candidate should not be more than 35 years of age at the time of application.
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Australia awards: The Australia awards let international students pursue studies, research or undertake other professional development opportunities in Australia. One of the special grants for international students, the award is funded by three major Australian government divisions - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The Australia awards have multiple divisions of scholarships like Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, Australia Awards Fellowships, John Allwright Fellowship, among others. Among the basic requirements, the Australia award covers tuition fees, airfare as well as some portion of living expenses including insurance charges.
The eligibility depends on the kind of scholarship the aspirant is aiming for within the Australian awards though most of awards demand that you are at least above 18 years of age. The eligibility also depends on the institution and the level of study.
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Fulbright: The Fulbright scholarship operates in over 150 countries and reaches around 8000 international students annually. One of the special grants for international students, the Fulbright programme provides funding for different levels of education and training including graduate, professional studies and teachers. Some common examples are the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Fulbright- Nehru Master’s Fellowship, Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, and so on. Like in the case of Australia awards, the benefits of the Fulbright programme differ between the awards. However, it offers tuition fee, airfare and living expenses in most cases.
Eligibility: Again, the requirements depend on the programme you are applying for. Eg: the Fulbright- Nehru Master’s Fellowship requires the aspirant to have a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 55%.
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Chevening programme: The Chevening fellowship is an umbrella programme covering a number of short term as well as long term fellowships at a number of universities across UK. Over 90 students from India are supported by the Chevening programme every year. One of the special grants for international students, it covers a wide range of fields including media, economy, politics, Information Technology and culture. Chevening is, basically, divided into two groups of scholarships- Chevening Masters scholarships and Chevening Fellowship programmes. Some of the awards covered under them are Chevening-HSBC Scholarship, Chevening-Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Scholarship, Chevening India-TCS Cyber Security Programme and Chevening India Journalism Programme. Chevening covers the programme fees, airfare and even basic living expenses.
Eligibility: Just like in other umbrella scholarship programmes, the eligibility criteria for Chevening also differ depending on the award the aspirant is vying for. Most of the fellowship programmes, however, require the candidate to have prior work experience of at least 4-5 years.
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