Worldwide Government Scholarships for international students

We share the list of Worldwide Government Scholarships offered all over the world. Actually, some scholarships are in the form of tuition fee waivers only, some only cover living expenses, while some offer a partial cash grant but there are those scholarship programs that cover both tuition fee and living expenses and sometimes include travel costs, book allowance, insurance, etc. Fully funded Government scholarships provide most, if not all, of what you need to pursue your studies abroad. There are very few Government Scholarships those offers the fully-funded scholarships all around the world, Here we shortlisted the information about fully-funded Government Scholarships.

1. Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the USA

2. British Chevening Scholarships for International Students

3. Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships in Australia for International Students

4. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students

5. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

6.VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships in Belgium

7. New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships for International Students

 

1. Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the USA

USA Government
Masters/Ph.D. Degrees

Deadline: varies, Feb-Oct 2019
Study in:  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. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

Host Institution(s):

USA Universities and Academic Institutions

Field(s) of study:

Fulbright encourages applications from all fields, including interdisciplinary ones.

Number of Awards:

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

Target group:

International students from 155 countries around the world

Scholarship value/duration:

Generally, the grant funds 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.

Eligibility:

Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country. Please see the country specific websites to find information about the Fulbright Program in your home country, 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. Therefore, foreign students must apply through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. Deadline varies per country but is around February to October annually.

It is important to 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

Related Scholarships: List of USA Scholarships

2. British Chevening Scholarships for International Students

British Government/FCO
Masters Degree

Deadline: 5 Nov 2019 (annually)
Study in: UK

Brief description:

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds and a strong vision for the future. The scholarship offers full financial support to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also giving access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

Host Institution(s):

Any university in the UK

Level/Field(s) of study:

Full-time taught Masters Degree Programme in any subject at any UK university

Number of Awards:

Around 1500 scholarships globally will be offered.

Target group:

The scholarships are targeted to citizens of Chevening-eligible countries.  See the official website for the complete list of countries eligible for Chevening scholarships.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

A Chevening Scholarship normally covers university tuition fees, a monthly stipend, travel costs to and from the UK, an arrival allowance, a homeward departure allowance, the cost of one visa application, and a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

•  Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country.

•  Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship has ended

•  Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a post-graduate program at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honors degree in the UK

•  Have at least two years’ work experience

•  Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 16 July 2020

•  Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 16 July 2020

Application instructions:

Applications for Chevening Awards can only be submitted using the Chevening online application system, available through the ‘apply’ button on your country’s page. Applications close on  5 November 2019 at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time).

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

Related Scholarships: List of UK Scholarships

3. Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships in Australia for International Students

Australian Gov’t
Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 30 June 2019 (annual)
Study in:  Australia
Course starts Jan-Nov 2018

Brief description:

The Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides financial support for international applicants to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or Ph.D. level either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to four years.

Host Institution(s):

Universities or Higher Educations Institutions in Australia.

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field of study

Number of Awards:

Not specified.

Target group:

Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela

Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (People’s Republic), Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Republic of Korea – South), Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (including Reunion), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)

Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Pacific: Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated states), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand* (including Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

The scholarship value is up to $272,500 (PhD) and $140,500 (Masters). It includes travel allowance ($AUD 3,000), establishment allowance ($AUD 4,000), monthly stipend ($AUD 3,000; up to maximum programme duration on a pro-rata basis).  Health and travel insurance will also be provided.

Endeavor Scholarship recipients will also receive tuition fees paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees.

The duration of the scholarship is up to 2 years for a Masters and up to 4 years for a Ph.D.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to receive an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship, applicants must:

•  be aged 18 years or over at the commencement of their programme

•  be a citizen and/or permanent resident of a participating country (see above)

• commence their proposed programme after 1 January 2020 and no later than 30 November 2019. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence their intended programme prior to 2019 are not eligible to apply

•  provide all relevant supporting documentation

• not currently hold or have completed, since 1 January 2015, an Australian Government sponsored scholarship and/or fellowship (directly administered to recipients by the Australian Government)

•  not apply for a category in which they have already completed an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

As part of the eligibility requirements, International Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship applicants must attach a formal admission letter from their proposed Australian institution. A conditional admission letter will be accepted at the time of application. Commencement must be for the 2018 academic year.

Applications are submitted through the Endeavour Online (EOL) system. Applications will close at 11.59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 30 June 2019.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website


4. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students

Swiss Government
PhD/Postdoctoral Degree

Deadline: varies, Sept-Dec 2019
Study in: Switzerland
Next course starts 2020

Brief description:

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Host Institution(s):

One of the 10 Swiss cantonal universities, the two Swiss federal institutes of technology or public teaching and research institutes.

Level/Field of study:

Doctoral or Postdoctoral Studies or Research in any discipline

Target group:

International students from more than 180 countries.  See the official website for complete list of eligible countries.

Scholarship inclusions:

The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, housing allowance, etc., as applicable. Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for exact scholarship benefits.

Eligibility Criteria:

Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for general and specific eligibility criteria.

Application instructions:

Please see the country-specific fact sheets for 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. The diplomatic representation will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation.

The application deadline falls between September-December 2019, depending on the Swiss Embassy to which the applications have to be submitted.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Related Scholarships: List of Switzerland Scholarships


5. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

Swedish Institute
Masters Degree

Deadline: 16 Jan/10 Feb 2017
Study in: Sweden
Course starts August 2017

Scholarship description:

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) are awarded to students from selected countries for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden starting in the Autumn semester 2019.

 

 

Host Universities/Institutions:

Swedish Higher Education Institutions and Swedish Universities

Level/Field(s) of study:

Check the list of eligible master programmes for the academic year 2017-2018.

Number of Scholarships:

An estimated 300 scholarships will be available.

Target group:

Students from SISS-eligible countries:

Category 1: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Category 2: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran and Vietnam.

Category 3: Candidates with citizenships from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients other than the above mentioned and those countries included in other SI scholarship programmes

Special Initiative: South Africa and Syria

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses of SEK 9,000 per month, insurance, and a one-time travel grant of SEK 15,000 (only for scholarship holders from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients). There are no additional grants for family members.

The scholarship covers the whole duration of the master’s program (one or two academic years).

Eligibility:

Applicants must be from an eligible country and have at least 3,000 hours of experience from full-time/part-time employment, voluntary work, paid/unpaid internship, and/or position of trust. Applicants must display academic qualifications and leadership experience. In addition, applicants should show an ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in their country, in a long term perspective.

Read more about the eligibility criteria at the official website.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

  1. To begin with, apply for a master’s program at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2018 – 15 January 2019.
  2. Apply for an SI scholarship between 4-14 February 2019, follow the instructions below.

It is important to read the application procedure and visit the official website for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website


6.VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships in Belgium

VLIR-UOS
Training/Masters Degree

Deadline: 1 Feb/1 Mar 2019 (annual)
Study in:  Belgium
Course starts 2019

Brief description:

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 31 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow an English-taught training or master programme at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium.

Host Institution(s):

Participating Belgian Flemish university or university college

Fields of study/Programmes:

English Taught Training and Master’s Programme at participating Belgian Universities

Number of Awards:

Not specified.

Target group:

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

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

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

Scholarship value/inclusions:

VLIR-UOS only provides full scholarships for the total duration of the training or Master. The scholarships cover allowance, accommodation, insurance, international travel and tuition fee. Read more at this link.

Eligibility Requirements:

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

  • •  Nationality and Country of Residence

A candidate should 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 an ICP candidate is 35 years for an initial masters and 40 years for an advanced masters. The maximum age for an ITP candidate is 45 years. The candidate cannot succeed this age on January 1 of the intake year.

  • •  Professional background and experience

VLIR-UOS gives priority to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, social economy or NGO’s, or aim a career in one of these sectors. However, also candidates employed in the profit sector (ICP and ITP) or newly graduated candidates without any work experience (ICP) can be eligible for the scholarship.

The ITP 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.

Read the complete eligibility and selection criteria.

Application instructions:

Via the university’s website, you will have to apply for both admission to the programme as well as for the scholarship itself. When you apply for the programme, be sure to mention whether you wish to apply for a scholarship. The deadline varies and are determined by the programme but most deadlines are around 1 February or 1 March 2019 for Masters Programmes; applications for some training programmes are still closed but opening soon. 

It is important to 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

Related Link: List of  Top 10 Scholarships in Belgium for Foreign Students


7. New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships for International Students

NZAID
Postgraduate Studies

Deadline: 14/28 March 2019 (annual)
Study in:  New Zealand
Next course starts 2019

Brief description:

The New Zealand Aid Programme offers several different types of scholarship.  There are four types of scholarships for full-time tertiary level study in New Zealand:

Host Institution(s):

Eligible New Zealand universities and institutes of technology.

Levels/Fields of study:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees in preferred fields of study that are most relevant to the development needs of your country (i.e. renewable energy, agriculture development, disaster risk management, private sector development, public sector development).  Find out the preferred subjects for your country.

Target group:

The scholarships are open to citizens of selected countries in the Pacific, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Carribbean as well as Commonwealth countries. Please see the complete list of eligible countries.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The scholarships include full tuition fees, a living allowance (NZ$491 per week), an establishment allowance (NZ$3000), medical insurance when you are in New Zealand, travel to and from your own country and New Zealand at the start and end of your scholarship, travel insurance, travel home during your scholarship (one or two trips home are allowed, depending on the length of your scholarship), and help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students.

Eligibility*:

Age Requirements

To apply for a full New Zealand Scholarship, you must be 18 years old or older when you start your scholarship. This means if you are 17 years of age when you apply, you must have your 18th birthday before you start your scholarship in semester one. Exception for Samoa: Scholars from Samoa can be 17 years of age when they commence their scholarship.

There is no upper age limit for applicants. This means if you are 18 and over, you can apply. However, applicants who are under 40 years of age are preferred for New Zealand Scholarships for university or tertiary students.

Student Visa Requirements

Student visa requirements and application form for New Zealand (external link)

Academic Requirements

As part of the New Zealand Scholarships application process, you need to choose your preferred education institution and preferred courses. Scholarship applicants don’t need to apply for admission to their preferred education institution and courses but they need to check that they are likely to meet the minimum academic requirements and the minimum level of English required for their courses.

Course entry requirements are set by your chosen education institution so you must check minimum entry requirements on their website before you apply for a New Zealand Scholarship.

English Requirements

Each university or education institution sets the minimum level of English you need for your preferred courses, so check their website.

Generally, to study for a postgraduate qualification, you must have at least:

•  an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
• a TOEFL score of 90 on the internet-based test
• an overall PTE Academic score of 58.

Generally, to study for an undergraduate qualification, you must have at least:

• an overall IELTS score of 6.0 and no band less than 5.5
• a TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based test
• an overall PTE Academic score of 42.

Contribution to their Country’s Development

Scholars are expected to contribute to their country’s social or economic development for two years after completing their scholarship study. The purpose of a New Zealand Scholarship is to fund the training of citizens from developing countries, so they can positively impact on their country’s development by sharing new skills and knowledge gained from their study. That is why scholars are expected to return home after their scholarship for at least two years to contribute to the social and economic development of their own country.

Work Experience Requirements

When assessing scholarship applications, applicants who want to study courses that align strongly with their current work experience and applicants who will continue working in their current job sector after they finish their scholarship are preferred.

*Refer to the complete eligibility criteria at this link.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

The New Zealand Scholarship application process differs depending on which country or region you are from. You can apply between the application opening and closing dates for your country as found in this page. Most countries have a closing date of 14 March or 28 March 2019 except Kiribati (15 March) and Samoa (15 August).

It is important to visit the country-specific pages and the official website (link found below) to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Related Scholarships: List of New Zealand Scholarships

Best of luck to all international students for their future career.