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QS Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Scholarship for QS Academic Excellence
Value: US$10,000
Recipient(s): 1
Level: Masters/ PhD
Deadline: 30th April 2021 (midnight GMT)

QS is proud to announce the QS Academic Excellence scholarship. This scholarship is designed to identify applicants with an exceptionally strong level of academic excellence to promote innovation and new ideas in different fields of study. 

Scholarship value: US$ 10,000

Recipients: 1

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. You must attend a QS event (World Grad School Tour, World MBA Tour, Connect MBA, Connect Masters)
  2. You must start your first year of study in the next academic year
  3. You must study at a masters or PhD level
  4. You must have accepted an offer from a school by the time we select a winner in May
  5. The scholarship must go towards your tuition fee

If you don't meet the above eligibility criteria, QS has the right to exclude you from the selections process.


To apply for the scholarship, please elaborate on the below:

Essay topic:  Describe how your academic accomplishments so far have prepared you for the next level of your studies and how you are going to apply your academic excellence to have an impact on society/your community.

Word limit: Maximum 500 words


Deadline: 30th April 2021 (midnight GMT)


Please indicate your full name, the scholarship title and the QS fair you have attended (example: QS World Grad School Tour- London- March 2021) at the beginning of your essay. These words will not count towards the word limit.

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Is this scholarship only open for students entering graduate school or are current grad students eligible for this scholarship to help support their 2nd+ year of studies?

Hi Ann, to apply for this scholarship you must be starting your first year of study on a master's program in the next academic year. If you are in your second year, you aren't eligible for this scholarship. 

It seems that all QS events that are upcoming are full, or it won't let me register. What are we supposed to do in this case?

Hi Madeleine, There should be spaces available on the upcoming QS digital events. I have raised this issue with the digital events team and will get back to you shortly. 

Hey, how can i attend the a QS event (World Grad School Tour, World MBA Tour, Connect MBA, Connect Masters)

Hi Joy, Due to the coronavirus, we have started offering a range of virtual QS events. You can find out more about them here. 


I wonder when the results for QS Scholarship for Academic Excellence 2020 entry are expected to be announced?

Kind regards,

Hi, When will the results for QS Scholarship for Acadaemic Excellence be announced for 2020

I will apply to the QS World Grad School Virtual Event of 11-12th of May.
Can I still apply to this scholarship even though the deadline is the 30th of April?

Thank you!!


Dear Sabrina,
I am very happy the QS offers such a scholarship :-) I wonder whether people who currently study in their master's in a double degree program are eligible for this scholarship. This year, I complete my first master's year in France. Next year, however, I will continue in the U.S. at a different university and complete a different degree as each of the universities awards a separate degree. I would be very thankful if you liked to share your opinion. Thank you very much and stay safe.
Best, Nicholas

Good Day Dear Nicholas H, I want to take admission in PhD Education Please guide me, my Email address is, <[email protected]>

It seems that I will not be able to attend a QS Event in time to apply for this years scholarship. Is it possible to attend it at a later date? Thank you.

Good Day Dear Anthony M , I want to take admission in PhD Education Please guide me

Hello ,
how do i write the phone number(phone number format), because all the trial i have given have failed

Hello, I attended a QS event last September (2018) and ended up deferring my admission until fall of 2020. Am I still eligible to apply even though the QS event I attended was in 2018? Thanks!

Good day, I would want to do my Master's degree in public health, as I have found the need of change in the medical field in my country, it would help me overcome all odds and obstacles. Thanks

Iam making defferent ways to find scholership for Phd in field of medical entomology and vector control

I dont know how can I attend qs tour or connect masters, please guid me to find one of Qs event

I'm going to begin study a master in October 2019, is there any possibility to get the answer from you about scholarship before October?

Hi Andres, I'm afraid the 2019 round of QS scholarships has now passed and the next round will not be awarded until Spring 2020. However you could have a look at some of our external scholarship listings - we have lists of scholarships for different countries, subjects and student groups, which you can browse from here

Dear Sir looking to have Master in ENgineering Technology or lighting and sound field would you explain to me how can Apply and what are the terms and condition . while I am staying in KSA- Jeddah .

Good afteroon Sabrina, I hope all is well. I submitted my essay the 30th April before the deadline time. I saw the confirmation screen but haven't recieved any other confirmation. I just want to confirm that I made it on time, who must I reach out to?
Thank you in advance
Best Regards

Hi Misa, we don't currently send confirmation emails but please rest assured that your application was correctly received. We will be in touch hopefully within the next few weeks with feedback on whether your application was successful or not. Best of luck! :) 

Hi sabrina, I attended 2018 QS tour and got admitted to master program this year. Is that okay? Also can I apply both this and leadership scholarship as well? Thanks!

Hello, if you applied before 30th April 2019 your master's degree must begin in the 2019/20 academic year (it sounds like yours does, so this should be absolutely fine), and you can apply for both QS scholarships but can only win one. Best of luck! :)

Can this scholarship be applied to university
provided services such as meal plans, on campus housing, etc, or is this solely for tuition?

Hello, I'm afraid the scholarship can only be used for tuition fees. Good luck with your application!

hi i have submitted the essay, but i forgot to put the scholarship title in the essay (I have put my name and event I attended). should i reupload?

it is required a minimum GPA to apply for the QS Academic Excellence Scholarship?

I belong to Pakistan and I m interested in computer sciences (masters).can I apply for this scholarship....plz guide me regarding best options of universities n further procedure.

Good Day Dear, I want to take admission in PhD Education Please guide me and reply on email plz, my Email address is, <[email protected]

Please help me in getting admission in PhD in business management on scholarship bases in any university.

Good Day Dear, I want to take admission in PhD Education Please guide me and reply on email plz, my Email address is, <[email protected]

Hi, does this apply to programs starting in the fall semester of 2019?

Hi Thao, that's correct! Best of luck with your application :)

Actually iam planning masters in computer science in spring 2020.Can i
eligible to apply for scholarship

Hi Nikhil, yes, anyone studying at master's and PhD level is eligible to apply for this scholarship, although you will need to attend a QS World Grad School Fair first. 

Hi,i attended the QS World Grad School Tour and QS Connect Masters on 14th November 2018 at Kuala Lumpur. however, in my QS Events App it only shows that I attended the QS Connect Masters and not the QS World Grad School Tour but infact, I attended both. How can that be fixed and I need that to apply for this scholarship.. please respond thank you

Hi Tasvir, please could you email [email protected] and this will be rectified for you.

I m now intending to go spain to follow my postgraduate PhD program, I have been accpeted for PhD program, can I apply for a schoolership without attending any event? Since I dont have any info about any events whether locally or globally....
Please advice me in regard to this subject

Hi, although I haven't attended the QS grad tour yet, I am planning to attend the one that's happening in Mumbai on 1st Dec, 2018. Can I still apply for this scholarship?

Hi Aditi, you can apply for this scholarship, and will need to tell us which event you're planning to attend (we will then confirm your attendance whilst reviewing scholarship applications). Alternatively you might find it easier to simply apply for this scholarship after you've attended the event, as there's plenty of time between the event and the scholarship deadline (April 30 2019).

I wish to apply for the scholarship but where can I attend the As world Grad school tour since am in Cameroon?

Hi Nangeh, I'm afraid we don't currently run events in Cameroon. However, if you're able to travel to your nearest event, you can find the details here (there are currently no events scheduled in Africa, but you can check back at a later date).

Is the 2018 winner of this Scholarship already announced? If not when will this be? I would like to ask him some questions.
Thank you

Hi Jean, we've now chosen the winner and will shortly be publishing an article to announce the winner. You won't be able to contact them directly, but the article will be based on an interview with the winner and include advice from them on how to get a scholarship. 

Hi, has the winner been selected yet?

Any Update for this?

Hi Elena, we haven't, but are currently in the process of deciding the winners of the QS scholarships.  

I am currently 12 years of age but I will be applying