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If you’ve checked out the latest QS University Rankings: Latin America, you’ll know there are many leading universities to choose from across the region, many of them also featured in the overall world rankings.


Tuition fees and living costs are generally significantly lower in Latin America than in the rest of the Americas (I’m looking at you, US), but a little extra funding is still likely to come in handy for many international students.

Below you’ll find a selection of current study abroad scholarships and funding opportunities on offer to those hoping to study in MexicoBrazilChileArgentina or elsewhere in the Latin American region. While some are government scholarships, others are offered by individual universities or external organizations, for students at all levels of study.

To study anywhere in Latin America

  • CIEE Bowman Travel Grants  – Study abroad scholarships for students pursuing study in Latin America, Africa, the Asia-Pacific or the Caribbean. Awards based on financial need.
  • EUREKA SD Partnership – Bilateral short-term scholarships to study in Latin America for European students. Part of the EU’s student mobility initiative, Erasmus Mundus (now Erasmus+).
  • OAS Scholarships Program – Master’s and PhD scholarships open to Canadian residents to study in any OAS Member State, such as Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Argentina and other partner countries around the world.
  • Roberto Rocca Education Program – International scholarships to study in Latin America on undergraduate engineering and science programs. Open to residents of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Romania, UK, US, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Scholarships to study in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Scholarships to study in Brazil

Rio, Brazil

Scholarships to study in Chile

Santiago, Chile

  • Chilean Nelson Mandela Scholarship – Study abroad scholarships for South African students (including Angola and Mozambique) to study in Chile for a master’s degree at selected institutions. Preferred subjects include astronomy, agriculture, energy, public policy, management, health, environment and mining.
  • CONICYT National Doctoral Scholarship – PhD scholarships for international students looking to study in Chile at doctoral level.
  • CONICYT National Master Scholarship – Graduate scholarships to study in Chile on a master’s degree.

Scholarships to study in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

  • Boren Scholarships – Study abroad scholarships for US students interested in working for the US federal government after graduation, to study in Latin America, Africa, Asia and other countries critical to US interests.
  • British Academy Newton Mobility Grants – Exchange programs for postdoctoral UK students and students from partner countries to conduct research in partner nations, including Brazil and Mexico.
  • Mexican Government Scholarships – Government scholarships to study in Mexico, open to all foreign students enrolling on master’s, doctoral or postgraduate research programs at selected institutions.
  • Mexico Multicultural Nation University Programme – Scholarships for indigenous students worldwide to gain funding to study in Mexico at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
  • Rainforest Alliance Kleinhans Fellowships – PhD scholarships for master’s degree holders in the fields of forestry, ecology, botany, environmental science or a related field, to conduct doctoral/postdoctoral research in Mexico and Central America’s Rainforest Alliance forestry projects.

Scholarships to study elsewhere in Latin America

Havana, Cuba

This article was originally published in June 2015. It was updated in June 2016. 

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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