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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


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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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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