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Scholarships to Study in the BRICS Countries

By Sabrina Collier

Updated August 21, 2019 Updated August 21, 2019

Want to study abroad in BrazilRussiaIndiaChina or South Africa? To mark the launch of the 2018 edition of the QS BRICS University Rankings, here’s a selection of scholarships to study abroad in these five emerging economies.

Scholarships to study in Brazil 
Brazil

Russian scholarships 
Russia

  • Government of Russian Federation Scholarships – A set number of government scholarships to study in Russia are available each year, which offer free tuition, accommodation and a monthly maintenance allowance.
  • The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) – A selection of international scholarships to study abroad in Russia and other former Soviet states, most of which are explicitly for US students.
  • Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project – Russia's first international competition for prospective Master's students to study for free at one of the top universities in Russia.
  • American Councils Scholarships – A range of scholarships are on offer to conduct research or undergo Russian language training in Russia, covering travel costs, a monthly allowance, health insurance and more.
  • BP in Russia Research Scholarships – Russian scholarships ranging from RUB 15,000-35,000 (~US$255-600) a month, aimed at students studying degrees related to energy and economics at a partner Russian institution. Candidates must be studying on state grants, have exceptional grades and aim to progress in their chosen subject in the future.

View more Russian scholarships here.

Scholarships to study in India 
India

  • Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme – Government scholarships funded by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) are available for students from commonwealth countries to study a degree at any study level (excluding medicine and dentistry).
  • Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme – Government scholarships aiming to help commendable students from poor backgrounds and minority groups (Muslim/Christian/Sikh/Buddhist/Jain/Parsi) to study professional or technical courses. These scholarships take your parents’ income into account and cover tuition fees and a pocket allowance.
  • ICCR Africa Scholarships – Scholarships for African students to study abroad in India.

Scholarships to study in China 
China

Scholarships to study in South Africa 
South Africa

This article was originally published in July 2016. It was updated in October 2018.

This article was originally published in November 2017 . It was last updated in August 2019

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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