Top study abroad scholarships with February-March deadline
Updated on Feb 27, 2015 - 4:46 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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With nearly 6 million students going to pursue education outside their home countries, an increasing number of institutions, government and external agencies are targeting these talented pool of  students through a host of tailor made scholarships.

While most of the scholarship deadlines fall within the months of October to January, there are other well-known ones whose deadlines are still in waiting.


Here is a list of the all the major scholarships whose deadline falls in February and March:


Aga Khan International Scholarship

Outstanding students from developing countries are selected each year by the Aga Khan Foundation to pursue postgraduate studies. While the scholarship is primarily for Master’s level aspirants, applications for the PhD programme are considered if the student displays high academic potential and is recommended for doctoral studies by his professors. However, they will be supported only for the first two years of their research.


Among the developing countries, the foundation only funds students from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.


Aga Khan International Scholarship is a 50% loan and 50% grant scholarship given towards tuition fee and living expenses.



Applications for the scholarship open once a year. Aspirants can collect the form from the registered offices of Aga Khan Foundation and submit the completed forms at the same agencies.

Application Deadline:

Last date of application distribution: 16th March

Last date for submission: 20th March

ADB - Japan Scholarship

Established in 1988, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Japan Scholarship Program is a platform for talented students from developing countries to pursue postgraduate studies at select institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region.

The scholarship is available for aspirants pursuing courses in the fields of economics, management, science and technology.


The ADB - Japan Scholarship is open to only developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank. There are around 26 participating institutes across 10 countries, which offer the scholarship.  ADB not only covers the full tuition fees of the student, it also includes extra allowances for subsistence, housing allowance, medical and travel expenses.



Aspirants can get the application forms for the ADB - Japan Scholarship from the respective participating institutions they apply to. At the time of application the applicant has to indicate his/her willingness to be considered for the ADB - Japan Scholarship.


Application Deadline:

Not all the participating institutions have their deadlines in the current season. Those that have are:

  1. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University- 27th February

  2. United Nations University - Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)- 28th February

  3. International University of Japan- February

  4. Nanyang Technological University- 31st March

  5. National University of Singapore- 31st March

Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students

The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to around 1,000 undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students across all subjects and nationalities every year. There are over 950 scholarships under this programme which is shared by both German and International students.

While the scholarship is open to all fields, it majorly focuses on Humanities and Social Science as well as Fine Arts and Cultural Studies.


The scholarship provides €750 a month for Masters students while a sum of €1000 a month is offered to PhD students.



Applications for the Heinrich Boll Scholarships open twice a year and the online application portal is open 6 weeks prior to the application deadline. For the spring admission process, graduate and doctoral scholarships are available for international students.


Application Deadline: 1 March, 2015

International Climate Protection Fellowships

The scholarship programme is open to young climate enthusiasts who are interested in conducting a climate-based project in Germany. The programme lets fellows to work on a research-based project Germany for 1 year. Fellows can have their own choice in the field of climate protection.


Aspirants who are involved in issues like scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change can apply for the scholarship.


The internship programme will also give aspirants the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany.



The applications are available online and aspirants are required to register with fellowship organisation before applying for the scholarship.


Application Deadline: 15th March

The Eamon Molloy Memorial Scholarship

The Eamon Molloy Memorial Scholarship is available to international students from Asia. The scholarship can only be availed by prospective students of the University of Canterbury.  Hence, applicants must have enrolled, or be intending to enroll, full time at the University of Canterbury in their second, third or fourth year of undergraduate university study in any discipline.

The foundation funds students from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.


Only one scholarship $15,000 is awarded for one year.



Applications usually open 8 weeks before the deadline. The application has to be downloaded and mailed to the scholarship office of the University of Canterbury.


Application Deadline: 28th February

Robert S. McNamara Fellowship

Established in 1982 to honor the former President of the World Bank, the Robert S. McNamara Fellowship provides grants to PhD candidates to pursue their fellowship at any host institution outside their home country. The fellowship was basically established to fund PhD aspirants from developing countries, and was also set up with contributions from the World Bank and the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and former Yugoslavia.


The fellowship only covers a doctoral research period of 6 to 10 months. So after the period is over, the candidate has to either support herself or apply for alternative funding options.



Applications for the fellowship are available online. It usually opens in January. Interestingly, there is no limitation on the number of times a student can apply. So, if an aspirant does not make the cut this time he/she can apply again for the same in succeeding years.


Application Deadline: 11th February

The London Business School Women's Scholarship

Tailor made for female MBA aspirants, the London Business School Women's Scholarship is offered to outstanding female aspirants of the business school. The scholarship has been established by the school to support female candidates with academic merit as well as to increase the number of women joining the London Business School. 

The scholarship contributes only towards the first year fee of the student.


Aspirants do not have to apply separately for the scholarship. Candidates who apply in Stages 1, 2 or 3 of the MBA application process and receive an offer for the class will be automatically considered for this award.

Application Deadline: 27th February 

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