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Top 10 Fully Funded Scholarships in Asia for International Students


If your dreams of studying abroad are in USA, Canada or UK but never in Asia, let me be the first to tell you… Wake up. Many universities in Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka,Indonesia, Malaysia, China, India and Taiwan, have strong links with industry, meaning that you will be able gain practical experience together with your degree. This not only makes your time studying more interesting, it can also mean that you will find employment more easily. That’s the new age of education these days where you need more than a strong academic qualification to reach your potential as a graduate.

And if your concern is about global competitiveness, did you know that more universities in Asia are gaining world recognition? Yes, Asian countries are strengthening their position in the global education space with speed. Also, Asia is perfect if you are interested in technology and innovation. See why I say schooling in Asia is the new age?


Now, here are top 10 scholarships in Asia for International Students. To find top 10 countdown of your favourite scholarships, go on AfterSchoolAfrica on Youtube. If you find our content useful, then SUBSCRIBE today.

10 University of Tokyo Masters and PhD Scholarships:

Imagine a scholarship that not only pays for your tuition but for other expenses like school expense exemptions, emergency loans, and student discounts. That is the University of Tokyo scholarship for international students. The purpose of this scholarship is twofold: to financially support Self-Supported International Students whose academic performance is outstanding and to increase the number of students from abroad.

9 Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarships (fully-funded) for International Students

The Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship (NPGS) is a competitive and prestigious scholarship scheme in Singapore designed to encourage outstanding international students whether graduate or final-year students, to pursue a leading research career by studying for a doctoral degree programme (PhD) at the great NTU, Nanyang Technological University. Funding is provided for up to 4 years for NPGS awardees. Up to 30 NPGS awards is made available in each Academic Year. Successful candidates are known as Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholars. Quite the catchy name.

8 Ashinaga Fully-funded Undergraduate Scholarships for Orphans from Africa:

The Ashinaga Scholarship is a 100-Year Vision to provide quality education to children orphans in Africa. Winners of this undergraduate scholarship can study in any university they choose in Japan and the cost of tuition, accommodation (during the terms and vacation), insurance, flight, and monthly stipend which covers food and necessary academic costs, will be covered.

7 Sri Lanka Presidential Scholarship: This fully-funded government scholarship is awarded to 100 foreign students every year to experience this Indian subcontinent. This little country is a big match for other popular student countries. Although a third world country, Sri Lanka takes education seriously. Schooling is compulsory for children from 5 + to 13 years of age. Education is state funded and offered free of charge at all levels, including the university level. The government also provides free textbooks to schoolchildren. Literacy rates and educational attainment levels rose steadily after Sri Lanka became an independent nation in 1948 and today the youth literacy rate stands at 97%. A degree in Sri Lanka is certainly better than where you are coming from.

6 Schwarzman Scholars:

Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the Schwarzman Scholars program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program for eternity. The $450 million endowment will fully support up to 200 scholars every year from around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

5 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme:

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC), aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong’s institutions. About 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded each academic year. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions.

4 Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship:

The Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master’s degree or its equivalent in a Japanese university. Several of this fully-funded scholarship is awarded every year to women and men from developing countries with the main criterion being you must be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position and be applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic. Pass this to your friend or sibling that might need this opportunity.

3 Rotary Yoneyama Foundation Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Scholarships:

The Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation awards scholarships to International students who aspire to study or conduct research in Japanese universities or graduate schools. This scholarship fund is supported by the contributions of Rotarians throughout Japan. The Rotary Yoneyama Foundation is Japan’s largest private scholarship organization, both in terms of program scale and number of scholarships awarded.

2 Korean Government Scholarships:

Up to 125,000 international students studied in South Korea in 2018 and the government has set its sights even higher, with an aim of 200,000 international students by 2023. As part of this ongoing focus on internationalization, several undergraduate and graduate scholarships are given every year to international students by the Korean Government. Instead of paying over $6000 in tuition fees and another $800 in monthly living expenses, you and other students from over 155 countries can enjoy this fully-funded scholarship.

1 Chinese Government Scholarships:

The Chinese government, plus its provincial governments in addition to its universities and its industry bigwigs as well as its various foundations, are the biggest scholarship providers in the world; both to international students and Chinese citizens. The scholarships offered by Government of China are too numerous to mention. However, if you want to study an English degree program in China, then be sure to apply between March and April for the following scholarships:

  1. Chinese government – Chinese university scholarship.
  2. Chinese Government Scholarship-Bilateral Program
  3. Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China MOFCOM Scholarship
  4. Chinese Government Scholarship-Great Wall Program
  5. Chinese Government Scholarship-EU Program for European Union member countries
  6. Chinese Government Scholarship-AUN Program for Asian countries
  7. Marine Scholarship of China
  8. Chinese Government Scholarship-World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  9. Chinese Government Scholarship-PIF Program for Pacific Island countries.

There you have it. Now you have enough information to go for the best scholarships in Asia. Keep a date with us at AfterschoolAfrica for a countdown of your favourite scholarships.

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