Finding funding for your PhD is not always easy. They are rare and are not too often publicized as Masters and Bachelors scholarships. However, tens of thousands of these types of scholarships exist all over the web especially for students from Africa and other developing regions. A few of these scholarships have been identified as some of the top scholarships for intending PhD and Post-doctoral students.
So the next time you have to search for a PhD scholarship worthy of your resources, here is a top fifteen list of carefully analysed scholarships, studentships, fellowships or grants in terms of provisions for research and the large pool of grantees received.
Some of these scholarships are yet to be launched while some are ongoing/past. Research and apply for ongoing scholarships or bookmark this page for incoming ones.
The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide outstanding recent doctoral students advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific, but rather can be held in any department or research unit across the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto.
2. Rotary Yoneyama Foundation Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Scholarships for International Students
The Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation awards scholarships to overseas students who aspire to study or conduct research in Japanese universities or graduate schools.
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland offers fellowship programme, open to outstanding young professors from universities from developing and emerging countries in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, pursuing advanced research in areas bridging the fields of international and development studies, broadly defined, and working in disciplines such as anthropology, history, law, politics and political science, and economics.
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions (in Africa, Europe and America) to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.
Each year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) support young professionals from developing countries with a variety of scholarships to pursue internationally recognized Postgraduate degrees in selected courses at German Universities.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development offers six Georg Forster Research Awards for students from developing countries. The award particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers. The award amount totals €60,000. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law.
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited – 24,000 of them have held awards funded by the United Kingdom, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).
Trudeau Foundation offers Doctoral Scholarships for Canadian Citizens and Foreign Nationals (with preference to developing countries) to study Social Sciences and Humanities at Canadian Universities.
The University of Cambridge will offer, via the Cambridge Trusts, approximately 250 Cambridge International Scholarships to Overseas Students who embark on a research course in the next academic year.
10. Updated: Korean Government Scholarships for 170 Bachelors, 800 Masters & PhD for Developing Countries
The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) is offered to international students from developing countries who want to pursue Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Korean Universities.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The scholarships are for study towards a Master’s or PhD degree, and can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies.
CityU through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) is recruiting the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue PhD studies at the College of Business.
See Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme: https://www.afterschoolafrica.com/778/hong-kong-phd-fellowship-scheme-for/
The primary target group in the CIMO Fellowship programme are such Doctoral level students who will be doing their Doctorate (or Double Doctorate) at a Finnish university .
25 Chancellor’s International Scholarships at University of Warwick UK for PhD/Doctoral Students of any Nationality in 2018/2019 academic year
Four three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded this year. The stipend for each of the three years of the fellowship will be approximately $84,500. In addition, fellows are provided with a shared office, a personal computer, a research account of $5,000 a year, access to university grants, benefits and other resources.
Bonus: Hamburg University Fully funded PhD Scholarship for Nigerian Scholars (Project Benin Bronzes)
Hamburg University seeks a nigerian historian who is willing to undertake research for a Ph.D. in history, working on the occupation of Benin City by British forces in 1897 and the looting of the city as well as the ways in which the artefacts were distributed amongst the colonial forces and removed from the colony and brought to Europe.