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If you’re a student from a developing region of the world – 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, so it can take some savvy scholarship hunting and a tad of flexibility to find one that suits you. However, there’s really no reason why you can’t be applying for 10 or more international scholarships in no time at all.

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

Scholarships to study in Europe

Belgium

Czech Republic

France

Germany

  • DAAD scholarships – 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.

Ireland

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 from all over the world who have an offer to study a full-time master’s degree in London at the UCL Institute of Education.
  • 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 and again in February 2018.

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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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Hi Zineb, we've included scholarships to study in Singapore and South Korea in our list of scholarships to study in Asia

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Hi Kari, I'm not sure about scholarships for courses starting in January, as all scholarships will have different deadlines, but you can browse our list of scholarships to study in Europe here

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Hi Raheema, we've listed a range of medical scholarships around the world here. Fully funded scholarships can be hard to find, so I'd recommend checking other sources like InternationalScholarships.com or FastWeb.com as well as government websites and the official websites of the universities you're interested in. Good luck with your search!

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Hi Kanchana, you can view our list of medical scholarships around the world here. :)

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Hi Mateko, we have the following scholarship listings that you might want to check:

  • Scholarships to study in Canada
  • Scholarships to study in the Nordic countries
  • Scholarships to study in the UK
  • Scholarships to study in Australia
  • Scholarships to study in New Zealand
  • Scholarships for African students.

This are all available to browse from here. You could also read our guide on how to find and fund a PhD

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