There are lots of scholarships for international students out there, virtually not every scholarship is created equal. Most of these scholarships are in form of tuition fee waivers that don’t really cover everything you need for your study abroad; But then some others cover the tuition fee, and living expenses while others offer a partial cash grant in which a part of your expenses is taken care of.
While university fees continue to rise in many parts of the world, some of you might be thinking that getting a recognized degree qualification, either in your home country or abroad, is simply impossible without having a four- or five-figure budget at your disposal.
You’ll be pleased to hear that this isn’t necessarily the case. There are many countries worldwide where students are able to study abroad for free or for a very affordable amount. You just need to know where to look.
This article is about those scholarships that cover everything you need for your study abroad and they are called fully funded scholarships which are offered by some countries and international bodies.
Fully funded scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses, and most times travel costs, book allowances, insurance e.t.c. here are the 10 Most Popular Scholarships for International students.
Below is the list of the scholarships, so hurry and make your choice
- Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships
- Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants
- OFID Scholarship Award
- Adelaide Scholarships International (Australia)
- International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia (Canada)
- Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)
- University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships (UK)
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program (USA)
- British Chevening Scholarships (UK)
- Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)
Top 3 Institutions scholarships that are Fully Sponsored
This scholarship is for 189 World Bank Member countries such as Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Cameroon, the united kingdom(U.K), the united states, Canada, Australia e.t.c. The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate scholarship provides students from member countries the opportunity to pursue development-related studies at selected Universities around the world. The scholarship covers travel costs from your home country to the host/study country, tuition fee for the graduate program, the medical insurance cost, then a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses including books.
Rotary members contribute their skills, expertise, and resources to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems. From providing clean water to promoting peace worldwide, Rotary grants bring service project ideas to life. The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. This helps to fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which thus funds the student’s passport/visa, inoculations, travel expenses, school supplies, tuition, room, and board, etc.
OFID Scholarship Award
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) awards its Fully funded scholarships to qualified applicants in all OFID member countries who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree in an accredited University around the world. Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies. The scholarships are worth up to $50,000 which covers the tuition fees, monthly allowance to cover living expenses, accommodation, insurance, books, relocation grants, and travel costs.
Top 4 Universities with Fully Sponsored Scholarships
Adelaide Scholarships International (Australia)
The ASI is offered by The University Of Adelaide to attract high-quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the University to support its research effort. In order to be eligible applicants are required to have successfully completed at least the equivalent of an Australian First Class Honours degree (this is a four-year degree with a major research project in the final year). All qualifying programs of study must be successfully completed. The scholarships will include course tuition fees, annual living allowance, and health insurance
As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. University of British Columbia (UBC) provides bachelor’s scholarships for talented secondary and post-secondary international students from around the world. International Leader of Tomorrow Award-winners will receive an award-level commensurate with their financial need as determined by the costs of their tuition, fees, and living costs, minus the financial contribution the student and their family can make annually towards these costs.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)
A defining characteristic of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships is the commitment of our Scholars to working for the greater good. Although broadly interpreted, this concept is nonetheless fundamental and sets this program apart from others of its kind. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are open to all international students from all over the world. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge namely: university fees, maintenance allowances, airfare, and some dependent’s allowance.
University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships (UK)
The University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships is intended to aid international students in financial hardship due to the fact that they are domiciled in a country that is in crisis as a result of the political situation, war, natural disaster, etc. The scholarship is available for students enrolled or intending to enroll in a full-time Master’s program (not MBA) based at the University of Bradford. Each scholarship is worth approximately £25,000 which includes full tuition fees, accommodation, and living costs.
Top 3 Governmental Fully Funded Scholarship
Fulbright Foreign Student Program (USA)
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program (formerly Fulbright JSD) is a non-degree program funded by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.
The program is designed primarily to strengthen the capacities of African universities through higher degree training and to develop the potential of their academic staff. It is targeted at young and exceptionally promising faculty members who wish to conduct their doctoral research in the United States. Applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral program in any discipline at a Nigerian university or research institute at the time of application. However, preference will be given to those applicants in the areas of natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities.
British Chevening Scholarships (UK)
Chevening Scholarship is a UK government’s global scholarship program that is being awarded to outstanding students that have leadership qualities to pursue a one-year master’s at any UK university. The scholarship program provides a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. Most Chevening Scholarships cover tuition fees; a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual); an economy class return airfare to the UK; additional grants to cover essential expenditures.
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)
Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).
The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship covers a monthly allowance, tuition fees, health insurance, lodging allowance, etc.