10+ Fully-funded Scholarships for International Students

Scholarships are often created to meet different purposes. They are either created in form of tuition fee waivers only, some only cover living expenses, while some may offer a partial cash grant but there are those scholarship programs that cover both tuition fee and living expenses and sometimes may even include travel costs, book allowance, insurance, etc.

Fully funded scholarships cover most, if not all, of what you need to pursue your studies abroad. They provide 80% – 100% of the total costs of education.

Scholarships for International Students

Many International Governments through various scholarship programs aid the study of international students. This is usually done for economic reasons and to foster good trade relationships. Non-governmental organizations, charity foundations, and institutions also offer targeted educational aids to international studies. 

Full scholarships in this list pertain to scholarships that cover at the last, both the tuition fee and living expenses.

Fully-funded Government Scholarships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Annually, the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries.

It is a research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at the doctoral or post-doctoral level at any publicly funded university or recognized institutions in Switzerland.  

The scholarship covers a monthly allowance, tuition fees, health insurance, lodging allowance, etc.

Host Institution(s):

  • One of the 10 Swiss cantonal universities
  • Both Swiss federal institutes of technology
  •  Public teaching and research institutes.

Level/Field of study:

Doctoral or Postdoctoral Studies or Research in any discipline

Award value

The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, airfare, housing allowance, etc., as applicable. This is country-specific.

Target group:

International doctoral students from more than 180 countries.  Visit the official website (link below)  for a complete list of eligible countries.

Eligibility Criteria:

Students pursuing Ph.D. and other Postdoctoral Degrees. Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for general and specific eligibility criteria.

Deadline: 

This varies: Sept-Dec 2021 depending on the Swiss Embassy to which the applications have to be submitted.

Resumption/ Next course starts 2022

Application instructions:

The country-specific fact sheets contain full information on eligibility criteria, application procedure, deadlines, and contact information specific to your country.

If you fulfill the eligibility requirements:

  • Contact the Swiss diplomatic representation in your country of origin. 
  • You will be contacted by the diplomatic representation which will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation.

Website:

Official Scholarship website 

British Chevening Scholarships (UK)

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree at any UK university.

Most Chevening Scholarships cover tuition fees, a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual), an economy class return airfare to the UK, additional grants to cover essential expenditure.

Number of Awards:

Around 1,500 scholarships globally will be offered.

Host Institution(s):

Any university in the UK

Level/Field(s) of study:

Full-time taught Masters Degree Programme in any subject.

Target group:

These scholarships are targeted to citizens of Chevening-eligible countries.  Visit the official website for a complete list of countries eligible for Chevening scholarships.

Award value/inclusions:

A Chevening Scholarship normally covers university tuition fees, a monthly living allowance, an economy class return airfare to the UK, and additional grants and allowances to cover essential expenditure.

Eligibility:

You must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
  • Agree to return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship has ended
  • Must have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate program at a UK university by the time you submit your application. 
  • Have an equivalent of or to an upper second-class 2:1 honors degree in the UK but may be different depending on your course and university choice.
  • Have at least two years of work experience.
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 15 July 2022.

Deadline:

 2 Nov 2021 at 12:00 GMT (midday) (annual) 

The course starts Sept/Oct 2022

Application instructions:

An application for Chevening Scholarships can only be submitted using the Chevening online application system. Click the ‘apply button on your country’s page. It is important to visit your individual country page at the official website for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official scholarship website

Swedish Scholarships for International Students (Sweden)

The Swedish Institute provides scholarships in Sweden to highly qualified international students from developing countries who want to pursue full-time Masters studies at Swedish Universities.  

The Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP), a new scholarship program that replaces the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) offers scholarships to a large number of master’s programs at Swedish Universities 

The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to a positive and sustainable development in their home countries and region.

The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, including some travel grants, and insurance.

Host Universities/Institutions:

Swedish Higher Education Institutions and Swedish Universities

Level/Field(s) of study:

This differs annually and the list of eligible master’s programs for SISGP is published on the official website by the middle of November

Award value/inclusions/duration:

The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses of SEK 10,000 per month, insurance, and a one-time travel grant of SEK 15,000 (only for scholarship holders living outside Sweden).

The scholarship is intended for full-time one-year or two-year master’s programs and is only awarded for programs starting in the autumn semester.

There are no additional grants for family members and don’t cover the application fee to University Admissions.

Number of Scholarships:

An estimated 300 scholarships will be available.

Target group:

Students from over 42 countries (African majorly)

Eligibility:

To be eligible for SISGP:

  • You must have had at least 3,000 hours’ work experience from a maximum of three organizations/companies. 
  • Applicants must be from eligible countries.
  • You must be able to demonstrate your previous leadership experience from your current or previous employment or civil society.
  • You must also be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programs at Swedish Universities
  • There are also other conditions regarding dual citizenship, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more. See the complete eligibility criteria on the official website.

Application instructions:

  • Apply for a master’s program at universityadmissions.se first
  • Then apply for an SI scholarship following the instructions on the official website.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Fulbright Foreign Student Program (USA)

Brief description: 

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists, from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States at U.S. universities or other academic institutions. It is a prestigious scholarship for international students who wants to pursue a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in the United States.

Generally, the Fulbright program offers grant funds to cover tuition, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance for the duration of the study.

Number of Awards:

Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

Host Institution(s):

USA Universities and Academic Institutions

Award value/duration:

The grant funds cover tuition, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance, etc. The Fulbright program provides funding for the duration of the study.

See the official website and country-specific websites for the complete list of scholarship benefits.

Field(s) of study:

Fulbright encourages graduate applications from all fields, including interdisciplinary ones.

Target group:

International students from 155 countries around the world

 Deadline 

This varies per country but usually February to October annually.

Eligibility:

The program’s eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country. Visit your home country-specific website to find information about the Fulbright Program including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.

Application instructions:

All Foreign Student Program applications are

  • Processed by bi-national Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. 
  • Foreign students must apply through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. Visit the official website (link found below) and the country-specific websites for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website/Links:

Official Scholarship Website

VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships (Belgium)

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from over 31 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America so that they can pursue English-taught training and Master’s Programme related to development at Universities in Belgium. 

The scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, allowance, travel costs,  and other program-related costs.

Host Institution(s):

Participating Belgian Flemish universities or university colleges

Fields of study/Programmes:

  • English Taught Training (ITP) 
  • Master’s programs (ICP) 

Number of Awards:

12 scholarships are awarded for each Training and Master’s program.

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

VLIR-UOS provides full scholarships for the total duration of the training or Masters’s. The scholarships cover allowance, accommodation, insurance, international travel, and tuition fee.

Eligibility Requirements:

You can only apply for a scholarship if you meet the following requisites:

  • Nationality and Country of Residence: You must be a national and resident of one of the 31 countries of the VLIR-UOS country list for scholarships (not necessarily the same country) at the time of application.
  • Age: The maximum age for a Master’s program candidate is 35 years for an initial master’s and 45 years for an advanced master’s. The candidate cannot succeed at this age on the intake year.
  • Professional background and experience: Candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, the social economy, or NGOs, or who aim at a career in one of these sectors are given priority.

However, master candidates employed in the profit sector or newly graduated candidates without any work experience can be eligible for the scholarship as well, depending on their motivation and profile. 

The training candidate should have relevant professional experience and a support letter confirming (re)integration in a professional context where the acquired knowledge and skills will be immediately applicable.

Target group/ Eligible Countries

Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam

Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa

Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

Application instructions:

  • Apply via the university’s website, you will have to apply for both admission to the program as well as for the scholarship itself. 
  • When applying for the program, be sure to mention if you wish to apply for a scholarship too. 

Deadline:

Varies and are determined by the program but most deadlines are around 1 February or 1 March for Masters Programmes. The call of applications for training programs will open at various times and can be monitored here

Please visit the official website and the websites of the specific Training or Master’s Programme you have chosen for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Fully-funded Institute Scholarships

OFID Scholarship Award

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) offers a fully-funded scholarship and sponsors to outstanding young students from developing countries who wish to study for a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, in an accredited University around the world. 

The scholarships are worth up to $50,000 that covers the tuition fees, monthly allowance to cover living expenses, accommodation, insurance, books, relocation grants, and travel costs.

Host Institution(s):

Any accredited university/College around the world

Level/Field of Study:

Master’s Degree studies related to development: 

  • Economics of development (poverty reduction, energy, and sustainable development), 
  • Environment (desertification), 
  • Other related science and technology fields.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions/Duration:

The Award will cover the full cost of tuition fees, including supplementary fees, required by your choice academic institution. The grant will also cover one round-trip flight between your home country and the university, health insurance, a relocation grant to help you cover additional costs of moving and a monthly allowance for one year.

Number of Scholarships:

Not specified

Target Group:

Nationals of developing countries (except OFID member countries).

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.
  • You must have obtained or be on the verge of completing your undergraduate degree with a Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university, or its equivalent.
  • Must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or it’s equivalent.
  • The candidate must be matriculated at an accredited university for an upcoming academic year and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
  • You must be a national of a developing country, refer to the list of eligible countries at the official website. Please note that nationals of OFID Member Countries (Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia,  Iran, Iraq, Kuwait,  Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela) are ineligible to apply. 
  • Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission which includes: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy, and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

Application Instructions:

Make sure that you fulfill the OFID Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria before you apply. To apply, you must register and fill out an application form and upload supporting documents online.

Visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application portal and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Joint Japan World ADB Japan Scholarship Program

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

The ADB-JSP provides full tuition fees, a monthly subsistence and housing allowance, an allowance for books and instructional materials, medical insurance, and travel expenses.

Host Institution(s):

ADB-JSP provides scholarships only to participating academic institutions.

Field(s) of study:

Programs covered by the ADB-JSP are postgraduate studies in:

  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Natural resource management
  • Science and technology
  •  Other development-related fields.

NB: Only programs offered at the participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Regions are eligible for ADB-JSP funding.

Number of Scholarships:

About 300 scholarships are awarded annually.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The ADB-JSP provides full tuition fees, a monthly subsistence and housing allowance, an allowance for books and instructional materials, medical insurance, and travel expenses.

The scholarship is for one year with an extension to the second year of study, as appropriate, this is conditional providing the scholar maintains a satisfactory level of performance as determined by the institute.

The maximum duration of the scholarship award is two years for master’s and doctorate programs.

Target group:

The scholarships are open to citizens of ADB’s  borrowing member countries

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should have gained admission to an approved MA/Ph.D. course at an academic institution.
  • Be a citizen or national of an ADB borrowing member country (applicants from countries that are no longer borrowing from ADB are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship).
  • You must show proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.
  • Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with a superior academic record.
  • Candidates must have at least two (2) years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application.
  • Shouldn’t be more than 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programs that are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years old.
  • Candidates must be in good health.
  • Must agree to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.
  • Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
  • Applicants who are executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of the aforementioned are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  • Staffs of academic institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  • Applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs are ineligible for ADB-JSP 
  • ADB-JSP does not sponsor undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

Application instructions:

  • Applicants are to request information and application forms from the chosen Academic Institution and should indicate to that Institution that they are applying for admission and that they would like to be considered for the ADB-JSP Scholarship. 
  • The completed Institution application form and required documentation, including the ADB-JSP Information Sheet form, should be submitted to the academic institution. No separate application to ADB is necessary.
  • You must send applications for scholarships at least six months before the planned time that you wish to commence your studies.   Please refer to the normal month of intake and deadline of application in the participating academic institutions.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Bank Scholarships

The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) provides scholarships to students from World Bank member developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program to pursue development-related studies at selected Universities around the world. 

The scholarship provides travel costs between your home country and the host university, tuition for your graduate program, the cost of basic medical insurance, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.

Host Institutions

This scholarship is open to 48 Participating Programs at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Japan. 

Programs of study:

Includes key areas of development

  • Economic policy management
  • Tax policy
  • Infrastructure management.

Target group:

Developing country nationals of World Bank Member Countries

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

This scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. All JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

Eligibility:

The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant must be a national of a World Bank member country on this list;
  • You must be in good health;
  • Candidates must not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • You must posses a Bachelor’s (or it’s equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years before the Application Deadline date;
  • You must be employed in development-related work in a paid full-time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. 
  • You should have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline.
  • Also, have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;
  • Candidate can not be an executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.
  • On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application.

Application instructions:

To be considered for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship

  • You must first apply and be unconditionally accepted for admissions to at least one of the Participating Programs. 
  • The scholarship application must be submitted online In your application, YOU NEED TO UPLOAD AN UNCONDITIONAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE from a participating master’s degree program.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. It funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. 

The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: passport/visa, inoculations, travel expenses, school supplies, tuition, room, and board, etc

Host Institution(s):

Any approved University located in a country where there is a host Rotary club or district, outside of the applicant’s home country

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Graduate-level coursework or research in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development.

Target group:

Non-Rotarians sponsored by Rotary District or Clubs

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 would cover Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), school supplies, tuition, room and board,  household supplies, and language training courses (if university admission is not contingent on improvement of language skills).

Most personal and miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the scholarship funding.

Eligibility Requirements:

For the eligibility requirements, please refer to the scholarship page of the Rotary Club/District where you intend to apply.

Application instructions:

Global grant applications are submitted online. The sponsor clubs or districts create the initial application, and the scholar candidate then completes the scholar profile online.

Interested applicants can contact their local Rotary clubs via the  Rotary Club Locator to inquire on how to be sponsored for the grant.

Global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but applications should be submitted at least three months before the scholar’s intended departure date to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing. 

Each Rotary Club/District may have its own specific timeline.

Read the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Supplement and visit the official website for details on how to apply for the scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

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