Top Scholarship programmes to study abroad
There are a number of scholarships available for the most ambitious students who wish to go abroad for higher studies. The major scholarship programmes by various countries are listed below:
Rotary Cultural Ambassador Programme
The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known programme, the Ambassadorial Scholarships, was founded in 1947. The programme sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill and cultural ambassadors to the host country and on returning home, they share the experiences with their society.
Commonwealth Split Site Programme
Scholarships for students from the developing Commonwealth to study in the United Kingdom are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Scholarships are available in all disciplines, including Medicine and Dentistry. The Commission supports full-time study at both Master’s and doctoral levels. There are also opportunities for those studying for doctoral degrees in developing country universities to spend up to a year in the United Kingdom as part of their studies. Each year, the Commission seeks about three times more nominations than what is required. It should be made clear that not all candidates, who are nominated, qualify for scholarship.
NUS Exchange programmes
The Student Exchange Programme (SEP) provides students from National University of Singapore (NUS) Partner Universities the opportunity to study for two semesters at NUS. Students will only need to pay the normal NUS tuition fees. They are not required to pay any tuition fees at the host university. It allows undergraduates to spend a semester or two at an overseas partner university, earning credits towards their NUS degree. Students can choose from 180 partner universities.
Sauve Scholars Programme
The Jeanne SauvÃ© Foundation (JSF) was established in 1989 by the Right Honourable Jeanne SauvÃ©, former Governor General of Canada. The SauvÃ© Scholars Programme was started in 2002 and each year, up to 14 remarkable young leaders are invited to Montreal for the academic calendar year and develop their leadership skills. Since 2003, the SauvÃ© Scholars Programme has welcomed 100 scholars from 45 countries and given them an opportunity to explore their innate leadership qualities that will help them to effect change in the world.
American field service programme
AFS Intercultural Programme was established in 1915 by A. Piatt Andrew as a service of volunteer ambulance drivers. Since then, AFS has evolved into one of the world’s largest not-for-profit volunteer-based international youth exchange organisations. In 2007, almost 13,000 participants travelled abroad on AFS cultural exchanges between 65 countries, as supported by 36,000 active volunteers in over 50 offices. More than 370,000 people have gone abroad with AFS and over 100,000 former AFS students live in the US. AFS provides intercultural learning and volunteer opportunities for students, young adults, teachers and families through international exchange. Living in another culture through AFS helps students and host families overcome the “us” versus “them” mentality, and to build relationships across cultures, all the while deepening their understanding of their home cultures.
Swedish Institute’s One-Year Exchange Programme
Swedish Institute’s Guest Scholarship Programme is a premier exchange programme which enables PhD scholars and post-doctoral fellows to spend a year or two at a Swedish institution. The fellowship adequately covers living and studying expenses for one individual. The institute places geographic, gender diversity, women candidates and under-represented nations top priority. The fellowship is available for all subjects and application is called for in November every year for the next year’s intake.
Foreign Language studies exchange programme
Most developed countries offer short-term exchange programmes to students who pursue their language. Germany offers the maximum number of such fellowships to students of German language. One additional feature of the German programme is that in addition to pure fellowships Germany also offers the option of paid summer jobs to students which helps them earn a stipend as well as study and interact with German citizens on a day-to-day basis. Italy, Spain, Portugal and Sweden are other countries which have established programmes. Visit the local embassy for more information.