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10 Study Abroad Scholarships You Need to Know About

By Mathilde Frot

Updated September 16, 2022 Updated September 16, 2022

Chances are, any lingering doubts you may have about studying overseas probably have something to do with the astronomical costs of moving abroad and ever-increasing international student fees. What you may not be aware of, however, is the sheer number of funding opportunities available to help you cover the costs.

Read on to discover 10 fabulous study abroad scholarships you could be eligible for.

1. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Enrolled on one of Erasmus Mundus’ joint master degrees, you could receive a full scholarship covering your tuition fees and your living costs. Typically lasting between one and two years, the program would send you to at least two participating universities based overseas. Find out more here.

2. Fulbright Foreign Student Program

These scholarships to study abroad in the US support postgraduate students, young professionals artists pursuing studies or research. Admissions and entry requirements vary by nationality and are all listed here. Select your country in the dropdown menu at the bottom of the page and wait to be redirected to the relevant page.

3. QS Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship, worth US$10,000, is awarded each year to a prospective postgraduate student who demonstrates strong leadership capabilities and/or contribution to a specific community or cause. Could this be you? To find out, attend a QS World Grad Tour event and submit a short essay.

4. QS Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Also worth US$10,000, this postgraduate scholarship goes to a student who demonstrates strong academic potential, with the capacity to make a significant contribution in his or her field. It can be used towards tuition fees for a master’s or PhD program anywhere in the world.

4. QS Undergraduate Scholarship

Newly launched in 2016, this undergraduate scholarship is worth US$10,000 towards tuition fees for a bachelor’s degree at a university featured in any of the QS rankings. Applicants are asked to submit a short essay explaining how an inspirational person has impacted on their life and ambitions.

5. Great Wall Program

If you’re looking to study abroad in China, the Great Wall Program is funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The full scholarship sponsors international students and scholars from developing nations looking to study and/or pursue research in China. To apply, speak to the National Commission for UNESCO in your home country, apply to your chosen Chinese university with the documents provided by UNESCO, and submit your application online.

7. Clarendon Scholarships at the University of Oxford

Every year, the Clarendon Scholarships fund awards 140 much-prized postgraduate scholarships offering a full ride at the University of Oxford on the basis of academic merit, across all subjects. You will be automatically considered for the scholarship if you meet the January application deadline for your chosen course.

8. Adelaide Scholarships International

Australia’s University of Adelaide offers scholarships covering fees, health insurance and a stipend for international postgraduate students. The scholarship lasts for a total duration of two years for master’s degrees and three years for PhDs. To qualify, you must hold the equivalent of an Australian first class honors degree. To apply, submit an application online.

9. International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia in Canada offers undergraduate scholarships to international applicants on the basis of economic need and academic merit. To be eligible, you must have an excellent academic track record, not hold a previous undergraduate degree, be an international student and demonstrate your financial need. Find out more here.

10. Westminster Full International Scholarship

To be eligible for a full scholarship to study abroad at the UK’s University of Westminster, you need to be an international applicant from a developing country and hold a full-time offer from the university. Find out if your country is considered to be developing here. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, financial need and development potential. Find out how to apply here.

This article was originally published in December 2016 . It was last updated in September 2022

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