Category - Bachelors/Masters/PhD/Postdoctoral

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program for Africans

MasterCard Foundation
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: Jan-July 2016
Study in: USA & Africa
Course starts September 2016

Brief description:

The vision of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is to educate and develop academically qualified yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. This $500 million program will provide students in secondary school and university with the knowledge and leadership skills needed to contribute to economic and social progress across Africa.

Host Institution(s):

The following universities/institutions were selected for their commitment to academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth sectors in Africa, such as manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, and agriculture:

•  African Leadership Academy, South Africa
•  Ashesi University, Ghana
•  American University of Beirut, USA
•  Arizona State University, USA
•  Camfed , USA
•  Brac, Uganda
•  Duke University, USA
•  Earth University, Costa Rica
•  Forum for African Women Educationalists, Kenya
•  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
•  Makerere University, Uganda
•  McGill University, Canada
•  Michigan State University, USA
•  Stanford University, USA
•  University of British Columbia, Canada
•  University of California, Berkeley, USA
•  University of Pretoria, South Africa
•  University of Toronto, Canada
•   Wellesley College, USA
•   University of Cape Town, South Africa

Field(s) of study:

Approved fields of studies offered by participating Universities/Institutions.  See the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship pages of the Universities/Institutions above.

Number of Scholarships:

The Scholarship Programs aims to give out $500 million worth of scholarships to 15,000 African students in 10 years.

Target group:

Citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is designed to provide students with holistic support, including:

Comprehensive Scholarships:  Students receive financial support for fees, uniforms, books and supplies, transportation, accommodation, and stipends.

21st Century Skill Building: Students benefit from enrichment in skill areas relevant to employment success, such as critical thinking, communications, and entrepreneurship.

Transition Support: Students will receive support during their transition into secondary school, university or the workforce with mentoring, career counseling, internships, leadership development, and other life skills coaching.

Give-back Component: An integral component of the Program is the commitment from the Scholars to give back to their communities and countries of origin. Students will demonstrate this commitment through volunteerism and community service, as well as other forms of experiential learning.

Alumni Network: Graduates of the Scholars Program will be connected through an alumni network that offers information, resources, and opportunities to consult with other graduates.

Eligibility:

Please check the specific eligibility criteria of the host institution/university you are interested in.

Application instructions:

Applications must be made directly to the participating university/institution of your choice. Deadline varies but is around January-July 2016.

It is important to visit the institution’s or university’s websites (see above links) and the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://mastercardfdnscholars.org/

Norwegian Quota Scholarship Scheme

Norwegian Government
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 1 December (annual)
Study in:  Norway
Next course starts 2016

Brief description:

The Norwegian government provides scholarships for students from developing countries in the South and countries of Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia under the Quota Scheme. The main objective of the Quota Scheme is to contribute to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return.

The Quota scheme normally includes courses at Master’s and Ph.D. level in addition to certain professional/Bachelor’s degrees.

Host Institution(s):

See the list of participating institutions’ websites (PDF download).

Field(s) of study:

Please refer to the websites of participating Norwegian institutions for more information on programmes they offer under the Quota Scheme.

Target group:

The Quota Scheme is for certain developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Western Balkan, East Europe and Central Asia.   See the complete list of eligible countries.

No. of Scholarships:

Not specified.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. About 40 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 60 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion is waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study.   Students who stay in Norway after finishing their studies or take up residence in another country than their home country must repay their loan.

Normally, the financial support given will not exceed a time span of four years for one definite study plan or a combination of two programmes.

Eligibility:

The Quota Scheme as a rule only enrolls students from institutions which have collaboration agreements with Norwegian universities or university colleges. Norwegian institutions usually do not admit free movers (individual applicants) to this scheme. Only in very special cases can free movers be considered.  To find out which institutions collaborate with Norwegian institutions, please refer to the websites of the Norwegian institutions.

To be eligible to apply for the Quota Scheme, you must be able to find your home country on this list.  You must apply directly from your home country and must have stayed at least one year in your home country directly prior to the planned course of study at the Norwegian university /university college.

All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications: Secondary school certificates or a minimum two years of higher education from their home country. Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.

Most of the study programmes offered under the Quota Scheme are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English. Requirements may differ between institutions and various study programmes. Please see the university /university college’s website for more details about language requirements.

Application instructions:

There will no new admissions for the Quota Scheme for the 2016/17 academic year.

All inquiries and applications should be sent directly to the International Office at the Norwegian Institution where you intend to study.  The deadline for applications for the Quota scheme is usually 1 December every year. Some courses and educational programmes may have other deadlines.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.  Please see the websites of each institution for detailed information about available courses, admission requirements and application procedures.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: http://siu.no/eng/Front-Page/Programme-information/Scholarship-schemes/Quota-Scheme

AAUW International Fellowships in USA for Women

AAUW
Masters or First Professional/PhD/Postdoctoral

Deadline: 1 Dec 2016 (annual)
Study in: USA
Next course starts July 2017

Brief description:

AAUW (the American Association of University Women) awards International Fellowships for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited institutions are supported.

Host Institution(s):

Accredited U.S. institutions

Level/Field(s) of study:

Graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions.

Number of Awards:

Not specified

Target group:

Women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents.  Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Master’s/Professional Fellowship: $18,000
Doctorate Fellowship: $20,000
Postdoctoral Fellowship: $30,000

Eligibility:

Applicants must be women and have citizenship in a country other than the United States or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States. Women holding dual citizenship in the United States and another country are not eligible.

It is important to read the full eligibility criteria. See the official website for more details.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Applications and submission of supporting documents are done online. The application deadline for AY 2017-2018 is 1 December 2016.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application and for detailed updated information on this scholarship/fellowship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/international-fellowships/

Taiwan Government Scholarships for International Students

Government of Taiwan
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 31 March (annual)
Study in:  Taiwan
Course starts September 2017

Brief description:

The Taiwan Government through the Ministry of Education (MOE) offers Bachelors, Masters, and PhD  scholarships for international students who wants to study in Taiwan Colleges and Universities through the Taiwan Scholarship Program.

The program aims to encourage outstanding international students (excluding students from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau) to undertake degree studies in Taiwan so as to familiarize themselves with the academic environment in Taiwan and promote communication, understanding and friendship between Taiwan and countries around the world.

Host Institution(s):

See this link for a list of Colleges and Universities in Taiwan (Note: You must confirm with the University/College of your choice if they are participating in the scholarship program).

Field of study:

The scholarships cover a wide range of disciplines offered by Taiwan Universities and Colleges.

Target Group:

The scholarships are targeted to international students from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, USA and the rest of the world.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

(i) Tuition and payment of academic fees, including credit fee.

Upon validation of tuition and above fees, the MOE awards each recipient per semester up to NTD40,000. If the total amount of these fees should exceed NTD40,000, the remainder of all costs shall be covered by either the recipient, or the recipient’s college, whereas over NTD40,000 are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Tuition and academic fees do not include any of the following: administration fees, thesis advising fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, Internet access, all of which are payable by the recipients.

(ii) Subsistence allowance

The MOE offers each recipient undertaking undergraduate studies a monthly stipend of NTD15,000; it offers each recipient undertaking postgraduate studies a monthly stipend of NTD20,000.

The maximum period of each scholarship is four years for undergraduate programs, two years for master programs, and four years for doctorate programs. The maximum length of the total awards for each recipient undertaking a combination of studies is five years.

Eligibility:

(i) Applicants must be a foreign national with a high-school diploma or post-secondary degree(s), with an excellent academic record, and be of good moral character.

(ii) Applicants are ineligible if they meet the following criteria:

1. Are R.O.C. nationals or overseas Chinese students

2. Are already registered or have obtained student status at any university/college in Taiwan. Graduating students pursuing further studies are exempt from this rule.

3. Have already studied in Taiwan for the same level of degree as the one in which they currently intend to enroll.

4. Are exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and international universities/colleges.

5. Have been a recipient of the Taiwan Scholarship for over a total of five years.

6. Have had, in the past, their Taiwan Scholarship or Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from the MOE revoked.

7. Are recipients of any other scholarship or subsidy offered by the Taiwan government or education institutions in Taiwan. This excludes subsidies offered by universities/colleges to cover tuition and other fees exceeding the scholarship limit.

(iii) Applicants should apply directly for admission within the deadlines specified by each university/college listed in the “Association of Taiwan Scholarship Program Schools” (see Appendix 1). Applications for admission outside of the universities/colleges participating in the Taiwan Scholarship Program are automatically disqualified and will not be returned.

Application instructions:

Scholarship applicants should apply directly for admission to Taiwan universities and colleges of their choice within their specified application deadlines.  For the application process, guidelines and forms, types of scholarship and quotas, selection criteria and deadlines, applicants should directly contact the relevant Taiwan Embassy or Representative Office, as early as possible or by 31 January each year.

To apply for the scholarship, the applicant must send all completed documents to the nearest Taiwan Embassy or Representative Office in his/her home country.  In principle, the yearly application period is from 1 February through 31 March. However, the actual application period will be in accordance with the general regulations of the local Taiwan Representative Offices.

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

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://edu.law.moe.gov.tw/EngLawContent.aspx?Type=E&id=122

Chinese Government Scholarships-Bilateral Program for International Students

Chinese Government
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: Jan-April 2017 (annual)
Study in:  China
Course starts Sept 2017

Brief description:

Chinese Government Scholarship—Bilateral Program includes a full or partial scholarship established by MOE in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs between Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities and international organizations.  It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.

Host Institution(s):

Please check Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program at www.csc.edu.cn/laihua or www.campuschina.org.

Field(s) of study:

Not specified

Target group:

Citizens of a country other than the People’s Republic of China

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The Bilateral Program provides both full scholarships and partial scholarships.

Eligibility:

1. Applicants must be a citizen of a country other than the People’s Republic of China, and be in good health.

2. The requirements for applicants’ degree and age are that applicants must:

•  be a high school graduate under the age of 25 when applying for the undergraduate programs;

•  be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for the master’s programs;

•  be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for the doctoral programs;

•  be under the age of 45 and have a high school diploma (or higher) when applying for the general scholar programs;

•  be a master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 when applying for the senior scholar programs.

Application instructions:

Applicants should consult to the dispatching authorities for overseas study in their home countries for the details and requirements of Bilateral Program and apply between January and early April. Please consult the dispatching authorities for the specific deadline of each year.

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

Contact information:

Please contact the  Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your region/country.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.csc.edu.cn/studyinchina/scholarshipdetailen.aspx?cid=97&id=3157

Australia Awards Scholarships

Australian Government
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degrees

Deadline: 30 Apr 2017 (annual)
Study in:  Australia
Course starts 2017

Brief description:

Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

Host Institution(s):

Any of the Participating Australian Institutions

Level/Field(s) of study:

Undergraduate or Postgraduate Programmes that are related to your country’s priority areas for development which are listed on the participating country profiles.

Australia Awards are not available for training in areas related to flying aircraft, nuclear technology or military training.

Number of Scholarships:

Not specified.

Target group:

Citizens of one of the participating countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. See the complete list of participating countries.

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), Introductory Academic Program (IAP), Pre-course English (PCE) fees, etc. See the complete list of benefits at the official website.

The scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to receive a Scholarship, applicants must:

a. be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Scholarship

b. be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship

c. not be married, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa (subclass 500) and not be current serving military personnel

d. not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently

e. not be applying for another long‐term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia

f. have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Program Area or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship (e.g. having worked a certain number of years in an appropriate sector)

g. be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken

h. be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to hold a Student Visa.

i. Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

Read the complete eligibility criteria in the Australia Awards Policy Handbook (PDF)

Application instructions:

Check the open and close dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply. Deadline varies per country. The deadline for most countries is 30 April 2017 except for Kiribati (March 7), Laos (March 24), Papua New Guinea (February 28).  Australia Awards for Africa, Timor-Leste, Samoa, and Vanuatu are already closed. No applications in India for intake 2017 are sought.

It is important to read the how to apply page and visit the  country specific pages, and the official website (link found below) for detailed and updated information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships.aspx