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If you’re a student from a developing region – including parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East – you could be eligible for a number of international scholarships aimed at bringing a more diverse and inclusive student demographic to universities across the globe.

Many scholarships for students from developing countries will have additional criteria, such as a specific country of origin or destination, a particular subject of study, or ties to a particular university. But, with a bit of savvy scholarship hunting and a tad of flexibility, you could be applying to 10 or more international scholarships in no time.

Below are a few of the most prominent funds and scholarships for developing countries, categorized by country of study. Hope it helps!

Scholarships to study in Europe

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarships – Initiative led by the European Commission to provide funding for students all over the world to study in Europe at selected institutions.

Belgium

France

Germany

  • DAAD scholarships – For master’s students from developing countries in Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands, Central and South America and central and Eastern Europe to study in Germany.

Netherlands

Slovakia

Sweden

UK

UK universities offering international scholarships include:

Scholarships to study in North America

Canada

Canadian scholarships for Asian students:

US

US universities offering international scholarships include:

Scholarships to study in Australia and New Zealand

Australia

Australian universities offering scholarships for students from developing countries include:

New Zealand

Universities in New Zealand offering scholarships for students from developing countries include:

Scholarships to study anywhere in the world

For Latin American students:

For Asian students:

Scholarships to study in a developing region

Scholarships for African students

More scholarships for African students can be found here.

Organizations offering scholarships for students from developing countries

  • IOE – Country-specific scholarships for students all over the world.
  • MasterCard – Emphasis on scholarships for African students to study in the US and Africa.
  • MIT – Zaragoza Scholarship Program – A number of scholarships for students from developing countries.
  • Santander – Scholarships available via partner universities.
  • The World Bank – Offers postgraduate scholarships for disadvantaged students from developing countries.

As always, additional funding opportunities may also be available via individual universities and other external organizations. For more opportunities, search online and visit the websites of universities you are interested in for information about international scholarships and funding.

This article was originally published in July 2014. It was updated in January 2016.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, 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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