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10 International Scholarships to Study History

When asked their reasons for not wanting to study abroad, most people are quick to respond that the cost of overseas studies is exorbitant. They are right, anyway.

However, not all of them are aware of the funding opportunities available for international students. These opportunities could be from individuals, groups, the government, or the destination school itself. Also, there is a myriad of scholarships available for History students based on academic excellence, financial needs and field of speciality.

We have compiled a list of the best 10 scholarship programmes available for international students who wish to study History. It is worthy of note that the scholarships may not be solely for History students, but could cover other courses. What is most important is that History students can access them and apply for them.

  1. Great Wall Programme

The Great Wall Programme is available for students from developing countries looking to study or pursue research in China. It is a full scholarship established by the Chinese Governments through the Ministry of Education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The scholarship only supports general scholars and senior scholars.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The Great Wall Programme provides a full scholarship that covers tuition, accommodation, stipend and comprehensive medical insurance. Additionally, UNESCO covers international travel fare, a monthly pocket allowance and a termination allowance.

Eligibility Criteria

The following conditions must be met by applicants:

  • Applicants must be international students from developing countries;
  • Applicant must not have any physical or mental deformities;
  • Must be a holder of bachelor’s or master’s degree;
  • Must not be up to 45 as at the time of applying when applying for the general scholar programme;
  • Must not be above 50 when applying for the senior scholar programme.

The scholarship covers just one year of academic study.

  1. Clarendon Fund Scholarship at the University of Oxford

Clarendon Fund is one of the major scholarship schemes at the University of Oxford and it offers about 140 scholarships every year to international students at the school. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence across all degree courses at the University of Oxford.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The scholarship covers tuition and college fees in full for the duration of the programme.

Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria for the scholarship:

  • The scholarship does not include postgraduate certificate and diplomas, but other degree programmes are inclusive.
  • The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Visit the official website for more information.

  1. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarship Award

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students demonstrating dedication in their academic pursuit in field areas like history, law, economics, political science, medicine, nursing, and related courses.

The scholarship is offered to students of any nationality but must be planning to study in an accredited university in the United States.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The amount of the scholarship is a $2 500 one-off award.

Eligible Criteria

Candidates interested in the scholarship must:

  • Be citizens of America;
  • Attend or plan to attend an accredited university in the US;
  • Be academically sound, committed to the field of study and have strong financial needs.

The scholarship award is deposited directly with the recipient’s school and any unused portion must be returned to the scholarship provider.  Applicants cannot receive more than one scholarship from the DAR. The scholarship must be submitted online and emailed submission is no longer acceptable.

  1. Keystone Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Keystone Academic Solution offers scholarships aimed to help both undergraduate and graduate students of any nationality to achieve their dream of studying at an international university.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The award is valued at $10 000 and approximately six scholarships will be awarded.

Eligible Criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be from any nationality;
  • 18 when they started their academic programme;
  • Planning to study full-time in any field of study;
  • Have strong academic profile;
  • Be self-funded (not sponsored student) and eligible to pay overseas tuition.

Applicants are required to log in to StudentHub to apply for the Keystone Scholarship. Submit a letter of acceptance from the destination university as proof of admission status.

  1. The University of Manchester Global Future Scholarships – UK

This is an opportunity for international students to complete their higher studies without difficulties. The scholarship is open to both undergraduate and master’s students. The aim of the scholarship is to provide financial aids to needy students who wish to study at the University of Manchester.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • The scholarship is valued at £300 000 for international students commencing their studies by September.
  • For undergraduate recipients, £5000 is awarded to each candidate for the first year. But second-year awards will be based on attainment of 60% average in the first year.
  • Master’s students will be eligible to £6000 for the duration of the programme.

Eligibility Criteria: Eligible candidates must:

  • Be considered based on academic performance and quality of the scholarship application.
  • Be self-funded and not sponsored;
  • Medical, Dentistry, or Architecture students are not eligible to apply;
  • Have selected Manchester University as their choice university of study;

For Nigerian applicants, there is a need for them to complete a university recognized foundation programme before joining an undergraduate programme. This is due to the difference in the Nigerian and UK school systems.

There is no separate application for the scholarship, eligible students are required to only apply for admission.

  1. University of Sussex Chancellors International and EU Scholarships

International students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies are, hereby, invited to apply for the University of Sussex Chancellors International and EU Scholarships. The scholarships are highly competitive and so, only academically excellent applicants are selected.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The sum of £5000 is awarded to each recipient.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria to stand a chance of being considered for the scholarship. They must:

  • Be domestic or international students;
  • Hold an offer for admission at the University of Sussex;
  • Be classified as overseas students for fee purpose;
  • Have excellent academic grades.

To be considered for the offer, you need to visit the website of the school for more information on how to apply.

  1. Global PhD Scholarship in History at the University of St Andrews, UK

The University of St Andrews wishes to aid international students with exceptional academic qualities who are undertaking doctoral research. The scholarship is funded by St. Leonard’s Postgraduate College. The award can be taken in the UK.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The award covers tuition and maintenance for up to 3.5 years. £15 009 stipends payable at the standard UK Research council rate will be given to the beneficiary.

Eligibility Criteria

Below are the conditions for qualifying for the scholarship:

  • All nationals of any country are eligible to apply.
  • The award will be offered to only PhD students in History.
  • Applicants must not hold a doctoral degree or be enrolled for a doctoral degree at the university prior to scholarship application.
  • Applicants must plan to apply for the eligible course at the University of St Andrews.

Supporting CV, two originally signed academic references, a sample of academic written work in English, academic transcript and degree certificates as well as proficiency in English language is required for application.

  1. Dinah and Jessica Nichols Scholarship

The scholarship is open for International or Home students with fee status who are pursuing their master’s at any UK university. Eligible candidates must have received an unconditional offer to study History at the university.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The scholarship is offered as a form of a fee reduction and living costs, where applicable. The value of £12 000 is awarded to the beneficiary.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be a new, full-time student.
  • Have achieved, or be expected to achieve a First Class Honours degree or its equivalence.
  • Hold an unconditional offer to study MA History, Holocaust Studies and related fields.

The application is online and you must upload valid documents required to meet the criteria, including your transcripts.

  1. DAAD Scholarship for International Students in Germany

The scholarship is available for Non-German citizens and made available by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange (DAAD).

Benefit of the Scholarship

A basic monthly stipend of 1000 EUR, travel allowance, combined health, accident and liability insurance policy, allowances for study and research, as well as rent and family allowance, if applicable, will be offered to the beneficiary, in addition to financial support for a pre-sessional language course.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must not be German citizens.
  • Has not lived in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months, counting from the application date.
  • Must be applying for doctoral programme with the master’s degree not longer than six years.
  • Must be students of Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS).

Candidates are required to send their applications via the official website.

  1. Hansen Trust PhD Scholarship in History at the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne offers numerous scholarships to its students and one of them is the Hansen Trust PhD Scholarship in History. It allows the students to expand their work in promoting and encouraging History in Australia.

Benefits of the scholarship

The scholarship provides $35 000 annually for the length of the full-time PhD programme.

A mentoring programme that focuses on providing valuable experience in tertiary teaching and the promotion of History to the community.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for the scholarship must meet the following conditions:

  • Must be an Australian or international student.
  • Must have received a minimum of First Class in the previous degree.
  • Must be pursuing a full-time PhD in History, Philosophy, Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne.
  • Must develop a research proposal and nominate a proposed supervisor.

The application is online and candidates are required to submit a 500-word statement, explaining their views on the importance of History teaching and the role of History in our society; a copy of their research proposal, and a copy of their academic records.

In conclusion, a degree in History provides you with the knowledge and examination of issues and events that are very relevant to historians and can be applied in other academic fields. Obtaining a scholarship to study History is a form of financial relief. Do not relent.

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