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International Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries

By Laura Tucker

Updated February 23, 2021 Updated February 23, 2021

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


Czech Republic



  • 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.






  • IMD MBA Scholarships – For students from developing countries to study an MBA at IMD Business School in Lausanne.



UK universities offering international scholarships include:

Scholarships to study in North America


Canadian scholarships for Asian students:


US universities offering international scholarships include:

Scholarships to study in Australia and New Zealand


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

  • 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 last updated in June 2019.

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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. Also, get access to QS Scholarships worth £7Million by simply attending any QS event. Our next set of virtual events will be in India from May 27 to June 4.

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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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In reply to by [email protected]

Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:23


Hi Moussa? Where would you like to apply to study? We have guides to help you apply to universities in different countries here:


Posted By Peter mayar mareng
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:50


I have great desire to study in abroad since my country (South Sudan) has been at war for more than 22 years and now is a war zone again we are really suffering. i wish you to help me to realize my dreams.

Posted By Ezra Mapamba
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:27



Posted By hussien shanko
Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:56


i have the vision to hold mba in business administration or financial managment . for the time being i have ba degree in accounting .so would u help me please in confirming my vision ?

In reply to by hussien722

Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:33


Hi Hussein. Usually, to enroll in an MBA program you'll first need to gain at least several years' professional experience in addition to your bachelor's degree. For more information about MBAs, you may want to visit our sister site,

Posted By george ampadu
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:31


my only dream is to be astronaut but my current country does not do that here.the only way my dream can come true is for me to get scholarship and study in a country that support astronomy.please help me enable my dream to come true

Posted By Robam Kapotwe Musaka
Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:09


i'm looking for scholarship to study BSc (Hons) in Occupational health, safety and environment next year, on distance learning at University of Greenwich-London, Uk. please help me. Regards Robam

Posted By Robam Kapotwe Musaka
Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:48


I'm planning to study BSc(Hons) in Occupational health, safety and environment next year on distance learning at University of Greenwich. please help me obatin the funding. Regards Robam

Posted By Khalid Malik
Sun, 11/30/2014 - 07:08


i want tto apply for any scholarship program to peruse my masters in electrical or computer engineering but my undergrad GPA is 2.8. please guide me which program will accept this GPA.

Posted By Sulochana Nambiar
Thu, 12/04/2014 - 01:41


Hi is it possible to apply for any scholarships once you've commenced your post grad course already ? I'm an Indian student currently studying in the UK and am two months into my course

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Posted By Sharif Hossain
Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:25


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Undergraduate Scholarship Applicant.
I am very happy to know about your Scholarships activities. I am a student of third world countries namely known as BANGLADESH, in Asia.
Sir, This World Compared with Global village .But third World Countries Student always discriminates by developed Countries. But as a Civilize Countries it is their duties to give and share their opportunities and facilities with third world or, poor countries. I think Student should give same opportunities and facilities through the all over the world.
I have successful taken my certificate “Higher school certificate” examination in 2008, but not yet attend university because of finical problems.
I want to get scholarship as free education in university specially B.B.A. in MANAGEMENT, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS, IT or EEE STUDIES as like a international student.
I hope you will consider my application as third World countries Student and I will look forward to hearing from you.
So I, would, pray and hope that you will give me a full-free student scholarship and ensure my future as early as possible.
Sincerely Yours,
Sharif Hossain

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Posted By Malinda Wijerathne
Sat, 06/20/2015 - 17:20


I’m a fourth year medical student from Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
I’m supposed to do a one month elective course. I would be grateful if you could guide me about resources/ scholarships which may be applicable for me.

Posted By maria medrano
Fri, 07/10/2015 - 22:15


Thank you so much for the information. I am a future electrical engineering student who had a chance of studying my undergrad in the U.S.; however, I would like to do it in renewable energy techonologies and energy efficiency. I am aware Europe have some of the best programs in this topic, but I am still not sure how the Erasmus Mundus scholarship works. If there is any assistance that could be provided it would be very appreciated. Also, you could add to your list the GKS (global korean studies) scholarship provided by the government of South Korea.

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Posted By Mariana Fernandez
Sat, 09/26/2015 - 05:15


Dear Laura,
I am looking for a scholarship to continue with my studies (PhD) in my home country Argentina. As I live in a Third World country there are scarcely funds available. All the scholarships I found on the internet are addressed to students who want to study abroad, which is not my case. Can you suggest where to look for funding?
Thank you in advance!

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Posted By Sabrina Collier
Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:20


Hi Mariana, I would suggest checking the official websites of the Argentinian universities to which you're applying to see if they offer scholarships for your PhD course. Hope this is helpful :)

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Posted By Chanleakena Ping
Mon, 01/11/2016 - 15:22


I would to know how the sponsorship is worked. Will they give full sponsor? I am a graduated student. I want to do my master in Education. Will i be able to get full sponsorship to study abroad?

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Posted By Sabrina Collier
Mon, 01/11/2016 - 15:30


Hi Chanleakena, this will depend entirely on the scholarship, as the amounts on offer vary. To find out how much your tuition fees/other expenses would be covered, please see the external links from each listing. For more information on how scholarships work, please take a look at our FAQ.  Hope this helps!

Posted By yauheniya Hancharonak
Wed, 01/13/2016 - 18:13


Dear Laura,
I am a student from BELARUS. Currently, I'm doing my Master degree in Poland(program : International Business( in English)). I found out during my study that i much more interested in Finance and want to continue my study applying to Finance track in USA . My GPA 4.35.I found Harvard Msc in Finance very interesting for me.Could you help me with information about scholarship , could i apply for it or not?and if i have Master in International Business should it be anough for admission not to provide Gmat? i have covered a lot mathematical subjects during my master study and can provide transcripts.
thank you in advance

In reply to by yauheniya955

Posted By Sabrina Collier
Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:00


Hi Yauheniya, I'm sure you could apply for a scholarship to Harvard - in fact, it is one of the five US universities which are need-blind to international students (you can find out more in this article). Our article listing scholarships to study in the US includes scholarships to study at Harvard. For information on admission requirements, please see Harvard's official website, or contact their admissions office if you're unsure. Hope this helps!

Posted By Manju De Silva
Tue, 01/19/2016 - 06:31


I am a female student from Sri Lanka interested in following a bachelors degree in Physiotherapy. I have represented the national team in sports to. Can you please advise availability of scholarships. Thanks

Posted By Aizhan Kurmanova
Tue, 01/26/2016 - 17:55


Hi, my name is Aizhan. I'm from Kazakhstan. Ielts 6.5, GPA 2.914, work experience 5 years, also GMAT is scheduled on Feb 03,2016. Want to study in USA or UK. My first degree is BSc Finance. Interested in MBA, Masters related to finance, energy saving, environment protection etc. Need scholarship fully covering tuition fee. Which programmes am i eligible for?

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Posted By Sabrina Collier
Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:36


Hi Aizhan, it sounds like you're eligible for many masters programs. Our course finder is useful for searching for the right masters in finance for you in the UK. To find out more about studying an MBA in either the UK or US, please take a look at our sister site, We also have more scholarship listings that may be of interest - scholarships for the UK, US and Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarships. Hope this helps!

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Posted By Taysiir Dhombe
Tue, 02/02/2016 - 01:20


Tysiir, from somalia.i studied Bsc,chemistry in Sudan(Gov.scholarship), passed with v.good degree. I want to continuou and develop my skills in chemistry especially MSc in Analytical chemistry and Envronmal science,Forensic science, Drug discovery and pharmacytical science or other discipligns related to chemistry for free. so, really i will apreciate if any one leads me and help me to discover and test any available scholarship fit to me,. Any advice in a diffrent areas of chemistry also matters me.

Posted By Fraol Ahmed
Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:53


Hi, my name is fraol ahmed and i am from Ethiopia, currently studying software engineering second year and i have 3.85 GPA in my first year. I want to apply for bachelor of computer science in u.s.a.

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Posted By Sabrina Collier
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:47


Hi Fraol, if you're looking for a scholarship, we also have lists of scholarships to study in the US and to study computer science. Our complete guide on how to study abroad in the US should help get you started, and you might also like to have a look at the rankings by subject for computer science (with the results narrowed down to see only US universities). Hope this helps!

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Posted By Raphael Canillas
Wed, 02/17/2016 - 17:41


Hello! My name is Raph and I am from the Philippines. I am looking to obtain an undergraduate degree in Australia and I really need a scholarship. I am currently taking up Applied Economics and Marketing in my home country. My target year of study is 2017. Thank you!

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Posted By clifford zulu
Wed, 03/02/2016 - 07:58


Hello, my name is Clifford Zulu and l am from Malawi. l would like to study medicine in the USA and l am currently doing my premedical foundation class in my home country. l am in great need of the scholarship and my target year is 2017. thank you!

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Posted By Olakunle Gbolahan
Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:18


Hi there :),
My names are Olakunle Gbolahan. I am Nigerian, currently residing in Portugal and working on my PhD in Marketing and Strategic Management. I am in urgent need of scholarship to complete my ongoing program. Thank you. :)

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Posted By Emil Veliev
Sun, 04/10/2016 - 23:16


Hello Miss Sabrina, i am from Azerbaijan. i would like to see my country in this list too for the schoolarship. I have one question. Can i study in USA with the full scholarship ? I don't have enough money for the USA actually. I have awarded two times as a best student of a year. i may work there too. if you help me i would be happy.
Thanks a lot !

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