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25 Best Full Scholarships You Should Know About – If you want to Study Abroad

If you are planning to study abroad on scholarships or know someone who does, there are thousands of full and partial scholarship programs out there. But which of them are the best fully funded scholarship opportunities? By fully funded, we are talking about scholarships that literally pays you to go to school.

Well, you will be able to answer that question when you are done watching this video. You will get to know 25 best fully funded scholarships anyone who wants to study abroad should know about. All of these scholarships are offered annually. So be sure to share this video with that friend of yours who has been bothering you with his study abroad dreams.

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1.     Chevening Scholarships

Up to 1,500, Chevening scholarships are offered every year to international students to study in UK. The scholarship offers full financial support for a Master’s degree and the opportunity to become part of an influential global network of over 44,000 alumni. This scholarship expects you to have at least two years’ work experience.

2.     Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship

 This Scholarship Programme by the Hungarian Government, offers international students the opportunity to undergo study of all types in Hungary for free. The programme is based on cooperation and agreement between other countries and Hungary. Currently, more than 50 countries from 4 different continents are in this programme.

3.     Australia Awards Scholarship

This initiative of the Australian Government, is a program with up to 3000 Masters Scholarships every year for eligible working class students – with 1000 going to African students. This program prioritizes your work experience over academic grades and qualifications. For years, a third class degree could get you this full government sponsored scholarship.

4.     Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program helps graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The scholarships are for a Master’s or PhD degree, and can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies. The number of awards differs per country, but approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

5.     DAAD Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports thousands of students and professions from developing countries with a variety of scholarships ranging from undergraduate degrees to faculty visits at German Universities. Some of these scholarships come with internships.

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6.     Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme

There are several commonwealth scholarship programmes including: Commonwealth scholarship for Fulltime Master and PhD students, Commonwealth Shared scholarships in collaboration with UK universities; Commonwealth Professional Fellowships; Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD; Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships; Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships for Postdoctoral study and, Commonwealth Medical Fellowships. Read up more about these scholarships. Application for the Commonwealth-Shared scholarship is ongoing. Apply now to be part of this prestigious award.

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7.     Beijing Government Scholarships

The Beijing Government Scholarship was established by Beijing Municipal Government, aiming to provide tuition fees fully or partially to the international students studying or applying for studying in Beijing.

8.     Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

This Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to attract top foreign students to enroll in their master’s and PhD courses. It encourages applications from emerging and industrialized countries at master’s and PhD levels.

9.     Chinese Government Scholarships

The Chinese government, plus its provincial governments in addition to its universities offer a large number of scholarships to international students. Some of the scholarship programmes include the Chinese university scholarship, the Bilateral Scholarship Program, MOFCOM Scholarship to mention a few. Read up more about Chinese Government scholarships.

10. Schwarzman Scholars Program

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 long time. 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.

11. Ashinaga Scholarships for Orphans

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, insurance, flight, and monthly stipend which covers food and necessary academic costs, will be covered.

12. Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships

This scholarship is offered to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities covering all costs. The Japanese Govt also offers scholarships for teacher-training and scholarships into technical colleges.

13. Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship

This Scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master’s degree in a Japanese university. Several of this scholarship is awarded every year to students from developing countries with the main criterion being that 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.

14. Japan Africa Dream Scholarship

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship Programme is open to applicants from African development Bank member countries who have had at least 1 year of paid employment in their home country or in other African countries. The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance for you to study for a Masters degree in Japan.

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15. Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree Programme

If you have your mind set on studying in Europe, this programme is the perfect opportunity to both learn and develop yourself through new experiences in more than one European country all for free. This is a highly rated international study programme that is offered by a group of European higher education institutions. The study period will be spent in at least two of the programme countries.

16. OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarships

The OFID Scholarship is open to those students who wish to pursue studies in a relevant field of Development or Energy Studies such as: economics of development, environment, or other related science and technology fields. Winners will receive a full tuition scholarship of up to US$50,000 covering one year of study.

17. Cambridge Trust International Scholarships

The Trust awards approximately 500 undergraduate,masters and PhD scholarships annually from 85 countries across the world. During its history of over 30 years of offering scholarships at the University of Cambridge, the Trust has awarded over 19,000 scholarships to international students.

18. Clarendon Fund Scholarships

The Clarendon Fund offers around 140 fully funded scholarships every year to academically excellent graduate students from all around the world at the University of Oxford. The Clarendon Fund was launched in 2001, and since that time has enabled over 2,500 scholars from around the world to undertake graduate study at Oxford.

19. Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. Masters and PhD Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK.

20. Rhodes Trust Scholarships

Each year, the Rhodes scholarship is offered to 95 Rhodes Scholars selected from 64 countries worldwide to study for postgraduate degree at university of Oxford. They are outstanding young women and men of diverse backgrounds and interests who show strong potential to be public-spirited leaders for the world’s future.

21. Rotary Peace Fellowship Programs

Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of its peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Up to 50 master’s degree fellowships are awarded at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and other non-US institutions.

22. MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Started in 2012, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. The Program provides full financial, social, and academic support to Scholars. The Scholarship Program is anticipated to benefit 15,000 young people for secondary, undergraduate and Masters levels within 8 to 10 years.

23. New Zealand Development Scholarships

This scholarship offers candidates from developing countries an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will assist in the development of their home country. Awardees are required to return to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their scholarship. Also check out New Zealand Commonwealth scholarship.

24. Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals

The SISGP programme by the Swedish government’s aimed at developing global leaders who will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The scholarship pays tuition fees, living expenses, travel, Insurance and Alumni membership fees of up to 300 young professionals interested in Master degrees in Sweden.

25. VLIR- UOS Scholarship of the Belgium Government

VLIR-UOS offers full Masters & training Scholarships in Belgium for students from Developing countries – half of this scholarship are offered to African students and preference is given to Women.

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