10 Scholarships Available for International Development Students

These scholarships are offered to citizens of developing Commonwealth countries for Master’s and PhD study in the UK, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Students must choose to apply for a UK university with which the CSC has a funding agreement. While all Master’s (one-year) or PhD programs at participating universities are valid, the CSC gives priority to applications that have a strong connection to development studies.

The CSC awards around 300 of these scholarships each year. The funding covers airfare to and from the UK, tuition and exam fees, personal stipend, thesis grant (when applicable), initial arrival stipend, and more. All applications must be made through a nominating agency, usually a university, in the student’s home country Applications must be submitted online through the CSC Electronic Application System.

Eligible students should be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person; be permanently a resident in a developing Commonwealth country; be available to start their academic studies in the UK by the timeline specified in the application deadline; and hold a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree by the beginning of the starting academic semester.

Any students endorsed by their local Rotary Club/District are eligible for this fully funded academic fellowship for a Professional Development Certificate Program or Master’s degree program related at one of seven host universities: North Carolina University at Chapel Hill (USA), Duke University (USA), International Christian University (Japan), University of Bradford (England), University of Queensland (Australia), Uppsala University (Sweden), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Students must choose a field of study related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention.

Rotary chooses 100 students to be awarded each year—50 for master’s degree studies and 50 for certificate studies. Funding covers tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all expenses related to internships and field-studies. Students must submit applications to their respective Rotary districts to be nominated.

This program is designed for applicants who are professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict resolution studies. Eligible applicants should be proficient in English with a recommended proficiency in a second language, committed to international understanding in peace as demonstrated by their professional and academic experience, and developed in strong leadership skills. Master’s applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of full-time work or volunteer experience. Certificate applicants must have a strong academic background and a minimum of five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience.

The Rotary Foundation also offers a scholarship for graduate-level coursework/research for one to four academic years at any approved university where a host Rotary club/district is located, outside of the applicant’s home country. Students must be part of a graduate-level program in one of the designated areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.

Scholarships are valued at a minimum of $30,000. Funding provides for passport/visa, immunizations, travel expenses, school supplies, room and board, tuition, household supplies, and language training. Other personal and miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the scholarship. Students must apply through their local Rotary clubs and submit the applications online. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Eligibility requirements are determined by the individual Rotary club/district where potential recipients intend to apply and can typically be found on the club’s scholarship page.

The CSLA provides fully funded Master’s degree study to individuals from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan who demonstrate academic and professional excellence, as well as a commitment to positive social change in their communities. Students can study at one of several host universities throughout Europe and the US. Funding covers Master’s programs in the areas of communications, journalism, & media; culture, history, & society; development studies; economics; education management & leadership; environment & natural resource management; gender studies; human rights; law; politics & international studies; public health policy & health management; public policy & administration; social work & social policy.

The CSLA will provide funding for pre-academic preparation through summer schools; program-related travel; tuition and mandatory university fees; room, board, etc. through a living stipend; accident and sickness insurance; educational materials and professional development; attendance at regional Scholarship Programs conference; accommodations during the application process and the duration of the grant for any applicants with disabilities. Interested applicants must submit an application online or in paper to be considered.

Eligible applicants should have citizenship in an eligible country; maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential; a Bachelor’s degree finished in the previous academic year and an excellent academic record; professional experience in a relevant area; proficiency in the language of instruction at the host university; ability to participate in an intensive pre-academic summer school; ability to receive and maintain a visa or study permit; demonstrated commitment to return to their home country/region to continue supporting open society development.

This scholarship program offers graduates from developing countries the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in the areas of social, political, or economic development at one of eight German universities with relevant Master’s degree programs. The program is open to candidates from eligible countries in Africa, Latin America, North/Central America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

This scholarship exempts students from tuition fees and pays a monthly scholarship rate, currently €750. This program also provides funding for health insurance in Germany, appropriate travel allowance, study and research subsidies, rent subsidies, and allowances for spouses and/or children if applicable. All scholarship recipients will receive a 6-month German language course prior to their study programs. Students must apply for the DAAD scholarship through the respective participating universities.

Applicants for this scholarship program should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries. Both recent graduates and mid-career professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be fluent in English (and German), have academic excellence, be engaged politically and socially, and demonstrate personal motivation as well as the expected benefit after they return to their home country.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers a scholarship for individuals who are committed to peacebuilding in order to develop knowledge and skills towards a postgraduate degree. The scholarship is available for various online postgraduate study programs through UNITAR and Open University of Catalonia. Students can work towards the following degrees: International Master’s in Conflictology, Postgraduate Certificate in Armed Conflicts and Crisis Management, and Postgraduate Diploma in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding. Any individual involved in peacebuilding, development work, humanitarian work, and other related work is eligible to apply.

This scholarship covers up to 50% of the full tuition fees for the study program, or up to $5,700. Recipients can pay the remaining tuition fees in up to three installments. Applicants must pre-register on the official website to be considered for the scholarship.

Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to implement activities related to peace and conflict management in a conflict or post-conflict context; relevance of the degree for career advancement; citizenship of a developing country; low financial resources; no previous studies at the graduate level; years of relevant professional experience, and academic excellence. In cases of equal qualifications, females and applicants from developing countries will be preferred.

The European Union offers exclusive scholarships to students from both EU and non-EU countries who have been selected to study at the Master’s or Doctorate level at one of the European universities participating in the Erasmus Mundus Action Joint Programmes. Students can participate in one of 116 Master’s courses or 29 Joint Doctorate courses in the fields of agriculture and veterinary, engineering, manufacture and construction, health and welfare, humanities and arts, science, mathematics and computing, social sciences, business, and law. Two categories of scholarships are available—one for nationals from EU member states and Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein and one for nationals from countries outside of that list.

The program offers full-time scholarships and fellowships that cover a monthly stipend, participation costs, traveling and insurance costs, etc. Scholarship amounts varies according to the level of study, duration of study, and the student’s nationality. Students should consult the websites of each of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes of interest before applying.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Programme has its own selection criteria and admission process. Students must apply through these programs prior to applying for the scholarship program.

Funded by the US Department of State and intended for American students enrolled at US universities, this program allows students to spend 8-10 weeks abroad studying 1 of 14 critical languages. This program is meant to prepare students for careers in the fields of national security, international affairs, global politics, international development, etc. Students must be enrolled in an accredited US program at the undergraduate or graduate level, in a program that will result in a degree.

The scholarship covers most costs of participating in its overseas institutes for language study, including travel, costs for pre-departure orientation, visa fees, room and board, program-sponsored travel, language instruction, and entrance fees. Students are responsible to pay for their passport fees and medical exam fees. Students can apply online through the CLS Program website.

Eligible applicants must be a US citizen, enrolled at an accredited US university or college with a program resulting in a degree, and at least 18 years old by the spring semester of the academic year. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one academic year of study. Some languages require prerequisite study up to two years. Students can only apply for one language and will not be considered if they submit more than one application.

OFID offers a scholarship program for nationals of developing countries to study development in any accredited university in the world. Scholarships are for Master’s level studies in fields related to development, including economics, environment, sustainable development, etc.

The award covers full tuition fees, supplementary fees, one round-trip flight between the home country and the university, health insurance, relocation expenses, and a monthly stipend for one year. Applicants must fill out an application online, including uploading supporting documents.

Eligible applicants must be between the ages of 23-32, have a completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent, be accepted at an accredited university for the following academic year with full-time status for the duration of the Master’s program, be a national of a developing country except OFID member countries, and have selected a subject of study related to international development.

The Global Leaders Fellowship provides funding for graduate students at George Washington University who are from the following countries/regions: China, Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Laos, Latin America, the Caribbean, Mongolia, Sub-Saharan Africa, USSR Successor States, and Vietnam. The fellowship is intended to support students who will be future leaders in their respective fields in their home countries. Students must be pursuing Master’s or Doctorate level degrees at one of six schools located at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus.

The fellowship offers 3 awards, covering up to 18 credit hours. This fellowship is renewable each year for up to three years for Master’s students and up to five years for Doctoral candidates. Students must find other funding for living costs, supply costs, and other expenses. Students must apply for admission through the online process before applying for the fellowship.

Eligible applicants will be students with an F-1 visa from the above-listed countries who have not studied or worked in the US or other country outside of their home country. Students must have gained admission to GW and be attending their program at the Foggy Bottom campus. Applicants also must be fluent in English. This program is intended for students who will return to their home countries after completing their degrees to begin their careers as leaders in their fields.

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