Top 10 PhD Scholarships for International Students


If you are an international student, it may seem difficult to find a PhD scholarship but you’d be surprised that there are a considerable number of PhD Scholarships for international students out there. Most PhD funding from Universities comes in the form of teaching assignments or involves carrying out a research.


Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge and also provides additional, discretionary funding.

See also Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme

Clarendon Scholarships at University of Oxford (UK)
The Clarendon Fund is a major graduate scholarship scheme at the University of Oxford, offering around 140 new scholarships every year.  The scholarships are open to students from all countries and awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential across all degree-bearing subjects at graduate level at the University of Oxford. The scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses.

See also Rhodes Scholarships

Warwick Chancellor’s International Scholarships (UK)
The Warwick Graduate School awards around 25 Chancellor’s International Scholarships to the most outstanding international PhD applicants each year. The scholarships are open to students of any nationality and to any discipline offered at Warwick. The scholarships include the full payment of overseas tuition fees and maintenance allowance.

Nottingham Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence (UK)
The University of Nottingham offers scholarships for international students who wish to pursue a PhD or MPhil research programme at the University.  The scholarship cover full tuition fees.

Adelaide Scholarships International (Australia)
The University of Adelaide offers the  Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI) program to attract high quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the University of Adelaide to support its research effort.  The scholarships includes course tuition fees, annual living allowance, and health insurance.

University of Sydney International Research Scholarships (Australia)
The University of Sydney invites candidates who are eligible to undertake a postgraduate research degree program at this University to apply for the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship (USydIS).   The USydIS will cover tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years.

Melbourne International Research Scholarships (Australia)
The Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) are awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. Benefits provided by the MIRS include living allowance, relocation grant, thesis allowance, and paid sick, maternity and parenting leave. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is also included.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (Canada)
The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that are open to students of any nationality who will be registered as full-time PhD students at the University of Manitoba. The fellowships are valued at $18,000 for a 12-month period.

Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen (Netherlands)
The Erik Bleumink Fund Scholarships are open to selected developing countries who wish to pursue a PhD degree programme offered at the University of Groningen.  The grant covers the tuition fees plus the costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance.

IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme at K.U. Leuven (Belgium)
K.U.Leuven offers IRO scholarships to deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD in the largest university in Flanders, Belgium. The scholarship includes waived tuition fees, monthly allowance, housing allowance, installation allowance, health insurance, accident insurance, and return flight tickets.


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