Top 10+ International Scholarships offered by Global Organizations, Institutions, and Foundations



A number of scholarships are offered by intergovernmental organizations, global institutions, and international foundations for international students. The scholarships allow international students to pursue various fields of study at various Universities around the world. lists the Top 10+ International scholarships offered by Global Organizations, Institutions, and Foundations.


International Scholarships by Intergovernmental Organizations »


Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
The Erasmus Mundus scholarships, funded by the European Union, are scholarships for a wide range of  Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes at Masters or Doctorate level and targeted to students within and outside the EU.  The programme offers full scholarships and/or fellowships that cover the living costs, tuition fees, travelling and insurance costs of the students.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Commonwealth Countries 
Under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), member countries of the Commonwealth offer Commonwealth Scholarships to other member countries. Through the scholarships, citizens of developing/developed Commonwealth countries can study in other developed/developing member countries. Most Commonwealth scholarships provides tuition fees, living allowance, travel costs, among others.

UNESCO Fellowships Programmes
Training and Research fellowships are jointly offered by UNESCO and partners to enhance the human resources and capacity-building of Member States of the United Nations, especially developing countries.  The current fellowship programmes are conducted in China, Czech Republic, Poland, Korea, Russia, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. The fellowships generally cover monthly allowance and travel costs but each fellowship programme offers its own benefits. 


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Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships 
The  Joint Japan World Bank  Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) sponsors students from developing countries to pursue graduate studies leading to a master’s degree from preferred universities around the world. Scholars are expected to return home to contribute to the development of their country. The scholarship covers travel costs, tuition, and monthly allowance.

ADB Japan Scholarship Program 
The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)  aims to provide opportunities 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.  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.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for Africa 
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.  Scholars receive financial support for fees, uniforms, books and supplies, transportation, accommodation, and stipends.

OFID Scholarship Award
OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) offers a fully-funded scholarship to qualified applicants who wish to study for a Master’s degree in an accredited University around the world subject to approval.   The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a tuition support of up to US$50,000 plus a a monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation.


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Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants
The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship opportunities through the Rotary Foundation Global Grants which may be used to fund  postgraduate studies of a Rotary club nominee in any country where there is a Rotary Club (in about 70 countries).  The grants can cover the partial/full cost of your studies.

See also Rotary Peace Fellowships

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program
The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.  Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year.  The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only.

Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships
The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to international students who gained their university entrance qualification from a school outside of Germany who wish to study a Masters or PhD Degree in Germany. The scholarship value is  €750 per month for Masters Students or €1000 per month for PhD students, plus € 100 mobility allowance per month. Tuition fees are not funded.

Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships for Developing Countries
The Wells Mountain Foundation, a public charitable foundation based in Bristol, Vermont, USA, funds scholarships for individuals in developing nations or other situations of extreme poverty to study in their choice of institution in their home country or in another developing country.  Scholarships support tuition and fees, books and materials, and other approved costs.

PEO International Peace Scholarships
The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in an accredited college or university in the United States and Canada. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $10,000. 

Open Society Foundation Civil Society Leadership Award
The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.  The scholarship are open to citizens of  Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. The scholarships covers tuition fees, monthly stipend, travel costs, insurance, etc.


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