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Top 10 Master’s Scholarships for International Students

Top 10 Master’s Scholarships for International Students: One of the top reasons to seek a scholarship for studies is to offset some financial expenses. Master’s programmes are usually expensive and the cost of studies might be a great concern for prospective students from a disadvantaged background. However, with a scholarship, you can still achieve your academic goals.

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There are quite a number of available Master’s scholarships for students applying for a master’s programme. Here, we have compiled the best ten for you, hoping that you would find them helpful.

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  1. Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships

About the Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships (Bachelor, Master & PhD): Under the initiative 60 scholarships will be provided for one year study at Bachelor, Master or PhD levels to successful candidates who have an offer of a place at an eligible Irish higher education institution.

The aim of the GOI-IES scheme is to reflect Ireland’s engagement in target partner countries. The scheme is operated in the higher education sector and funded in partnership between the Government and the higher education institutions (HEIs).
Scholarships will be branded as prestigious awards reflecting the core messages about Ireland as a centre of international education. It is expected that for every scholarship winner, awareness of Ireland will be raised among many more potential students.

Benefits for students: Scholarships must be regarded as highly desirable and valueadding to individuals’ subsequent lives and careers. In view of this, the GOI-IES will be awarded:
• to high calibre higher education students from non-EU/EEA countries;
• to study in Ireland for a period of one year

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible for the Malmo University Master’s Scholarship if you:

  • are from non-EU/EEA countries and
  • are apply to study any of the eligible fields of study.

Process of Admission

The following steps are required for you to apply for the scholarship:

  • Apply for your master’s programme through the University Admission. If there is an application fee required, make sure you pay it.
  • The basis for the scholarship selection will be on the previous academic performance or experience as described in your CV and your ability to motivate social engagement through your selected programme of studies at Malmo University.
  • You will be notified by mid-May if you are offered a scholarship.
  1. The Chevening Scholarships

The UK government offers Chevening Scholarships to students all over the world who have outstanding academic results and could demonstrate very strong leadership potential.

The British Embassies single-handedly select the recipients of the scholarship awards and offer them a chance to become academically developed, create professional networks and have a feel of the UK culture.

The recipients of the scholarship are offered financial support to study a one-year master’s degree at any of the UK’s top universities. There are over 1 500 Chevening Scholarships that are offered to students globally every academic year.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Chevening Scholarships, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Chevening-eligible countries or territories;
  • Go back to his country of origin at least, two years after the end of the scholarship award;
  • Have completed the BSc degree and is pursuing a master’s degree at any UK university by the time of the submission of the application;
  • Have graduated with a 2:1 or its equivalence, depending on the university of graduation;
  • Have at least 2 years of work experience. This is an equivalence of 2,800 working hours; and
  • Applied for three different eligible university courses with an unconditional offer of study.

Ensure you meet the eligible criteria as that would determine if you would make it to the selection process. Furthermore, the moment your application has been submitted, you may not be able to effect any change. Hence, you must be careful with your application.

  1. Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships

The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are made available to international students from low and middle income countries. The countries must belong to the Commonwealth countries for the applicant to be qualified.

Talented and motivated individuals are encouraged to apply for scholarships in order to gain the knowledge and skills that are needed for sustainable development. Similarly, the recipients of the scholarships must demonstrate strong financial needs and ordinarily cannot afford to study in the UK.

The scholarships are offered under six themes and they include:

  • Science and technology for development;
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity;
  • Promoting global prosperity;
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance;
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises; and
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity.

Please, visit the scholarship portals for more information.

  1. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Global Professionals

The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites applicants from selected countries of the world to apply for the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals in the 2021/22 academic session. The scholarship award is strictly for prospective master’s students to study full-time in Sweden.

It is a highly competitive scholarship and only 2 – 6% of the total applicants are selected. As an applicant, you are required to meet specific English Language criteria in other to be able to study in the country.

Benefits of the Award

The scholarship award covers for the following:

  • Tuition fee. This is directly paid to the intended university of study.
  • Living allowance worth SEK 10 000 per month.
  • Travel grant worth SEK 15 000.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL).
  • Membership of the SI Alumni Network at the end of the scholarship period.

Application is done online through joint Swedish application portal.

  1. Africa Scholarship Programme at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands

The University of Wageningen invites appliants for its Africa Scholarship Programme (ASP) in the Netherlands.

Excellent, talented, and motivated individuals from Africa have been offered the opportunity to study at the University of Wageningen for a two-year master’s programme.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • Tuition fee
  • Budget to visit one seminar or conference in Europe
  • Visa and health insurance costs
  • Living expenses for two years
  • Participation in the ‘Reach your full potential’ programme.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have:

  • A GPA of 80% or higher in a bachelor’s degree programme.
  • Been admitted to study at Wageningen University for a master’s programme.

The scholarship is open to only African nationals. Ensure you visit the university scholarship portal for more information on how to apply.

  1. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Joint Master’s Degree in Public Health in Europe

Applicants are invited by the European Union for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Public Health in Disasters (EMJMDPHID) for the academic session.

The scholarship aims to build capacities that would lower risks of disasters as well as contribute to a more enhanced public health-based relief after a disaster.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • €1000 for travel costs awarded each year to each scholarship holder resident of a Programme Country.
  • €2000 per year for travel costs plus €1000 for installation costs for scholarship holder resident of a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than 4000 kilometers from the EMMC coordinating HEI.
  • €3000 for travel costs awarded each year plus €1000 for installation for residents of a Partner Country whose location is situated at 4000 kilometers or more from the EMMC coordinating HEI.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Study a full-time course
  • Not hold another scholarship for the same joint course for the length of the study period
  • Not be more than three from the same country.
  • Hold a primary degree in fields that are related to Health, Management and Administration or Social Sciences.

Applicants must fill the online application and upload the necessary requirements.

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  1. MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

MasterCard, in conjunction with universities around the world, offers full scholarship to prospective master’s students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants must be financially challenged, yet excellent in academic performance. This is to foster the development of future Sub-Saharan African leaders and entrepreneurs.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • The scholarship is fully funded
  • Candidates are provided with a comprehensive support network that ranges from mentorship, support services community services and employment opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidate must:

  • Have never completed any graduate studies;
  • Hold an admission to study one of the eligible programmes at McGill University;
  • Be nominated by a professor of a McGill University or MasterCard Foundation Partner University;
  • Be a citizen of and have spent the major part of his life in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Intend to go back to his country upon the completion of his studies, with the aim of transforming his community economically and socially;
  • Be an active member of the school with proof of record;
  • Demonstrate a financially incapacitated state.

The students are advised to request nomination from the department, with relevant documents.

  1. Oxford University Nicholas Bratt Graduate Scholarship for International Students in the UK

The Nicholas Bratt Graduate Scholarship, together with the University of Oxford offers scholarships to applicants for the 2012/22 academic session.

Applicants must be applying for any taught or research course offered by the Medical Science Division and accepted at St. John’s College.

Benefit of the Award

The scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship award that covers for tuition fee and costs of living. This covers for the full duration of the programme.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the scholarship must:

  • Be applying to start a new graduate course;
  • Submit his or her course application before the deadline;
  • Have subsequently been offered a place after the application is considered.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship. Once you meet up the eligibility of the University of Oxford, you are automatically qualified.

  1. Fully-funded Oppenheimer Scholarships at the University of Oxford

Candidates are invited by the University of Oxford for the Oppenheimer Scholarships for the 2021academic session. Candidates must have completed their previous studies at a South African university. In addition, the award is available to students who are studying for a part-time or full-time programme at the University of Oxford.

Benefit of the Scholarship

The scholarship is fully-funded and covers for tuition and living costs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have previously studied at a South African university;
  • The continuation of the scholarship each year is susceptible to renewal, based on academic performance.

Candidates must submit an application for the programme before the deadline as there is no separate application for the scholarship.

  1. Helmut Veith Stipend for Female Masters Students in Computer Science in Austria

The Helmut Veith Stipend for Female Master’s Students is an annual scholarship awarded to outstanding students in the field of Computer Science. Candidates must pursue or be willing to pursue a master’s programme at the TU Wien taught in English.

Benefit of the Scholarship

Successful candidates are offered €6000 per annum which is paid in installments. Additionally, their tuition fees are waived.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The application for the scholarship is filed separately from the admission process.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to candidates who successfully gained admission to study for a master’s programme at the university.

The scholarship is only open to female students. You can visit the scholarship portal for more information.

In conclusion, you are presented with many opportunities for you to run your master’s programme. Definitely, they may not all resound with your taste, but you’ve got to give them a try. Who knows? You might just be unlocking the door to your next academic development with little or no financial commitments.