Scholarships Developing Countries Master /PhD

Master’s/PhD Degree

Deadline: 3 Dec 2013 (annual)
Study in: UK
Course starts AY 2014-2015



Brief description:

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The Commonwealth Scholarships are for students from developing Commonwealth countries for Master’s (one-year), PhD, and split-site PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).


 Host Institution(s):

There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country. In addition, universities and university bodies in a number of developing Commonwealth countries are invited to nominate candidates to the CSC.

 Field(s) of study:

 All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to those applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development. You are requested to apply for a course of study at a UK universities which has agreed to offer a tuition fee contribution for 2014-2015.


Number of Scholarships:

Approximately 200-230 scholarships are awarded each year.


Target group:

The scholarships are targeted to Developing Commonwealth Countries (Anguilla,  Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands,  Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Seychelles *,  Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos,  Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Zambia).

The Commission wishes to promote equal opportunity, gender equity and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.

Scholarship value/inclusions:


Each Scholarship provides:

• Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (the cost of journeys made before final award confirmation will not normally be reimbursed, nor can fares be paid for a Scholar’s dependants)
• Approved tuition and examination fees
• A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £917 per month (£1134 per month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area)
• A grant towards the expenses of preparing a thesis or dissertation, where applicable
• An initial arrival allowance, incorporating an initial clothing grant for Scholars from tropical countries
• A grant for expenses for approved travel within the United Kingdom or overseas
• A grant towards fieldwork costs for those Scholars undertaking doctoral studies for whom a case has been made for fieldwork outside the United Kingdom. This shall not normally exceed one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork location
• A paid mid-term fare to their home country for Scholars on three year doctoral awards. Scholars for whom fieldwork fares are provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid-term fare home, nor Scholars who have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse or child allowances for more than 12 months during their award.
• For married scholars and/or scholars with children, allowance(s) are provided.



To apply for the awards covered in this prospectus, candidates should:

• Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
• Be permanently resident in a Commonwealth country other than the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
• Be available to commence their academic studies in the United Kingdom by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2014
• Hold, by October 2014, a first degree of upper second class Honours standard (or above); or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a Master’s degree.

Application instructions:

All inquiries and applications must be made through nominating agency/university/university body in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing dates. The CSC cannot accept any applications direct from candidates.

Deadline for applications is around 3 December 2013. The CSC will not accept any applications which are not submitted via the Electronic Application System (EAS) to the nominating agency/university/university body in the candidate’s home country.

It is important to read the 2014 Commonwealth Scholarship Prospectus and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


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Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) bachelor Master Phd Short courses

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

For mid-career professionals from one of the 60 selected countries, following NFP approved short courses or master’s programmes, or a PhD programme.

For whom?

  • Applicants are mid-career professionals with at least three years work experience.
  • Applicants are nationals of one of the following countries.
  • Applicants have been unconditionally admitted to courses and programmes recognised by the NFP (short course or master’s programme) or to a PhD programme.
  • Applicants are nominated by their employers. Applications without a support letter from an employer will not be considered.


Scholarship period

Minimum 2 weeks for a short course, maximum 4 years for a PhD programme.

General requirements and application date

Deadlines may vary, therefore please consult the Netherlands Embassy, Consulate or local Nuffic Neso office in your country well in advance for specific instructions. Enquiries and information about local procedures, deadlines, requirements and selection criteria should also be directed to the embassy, consulate or Neso office. Local procedures may differ from the general information provided on Nuffic’s website or in brochures.

Application fee

If you are applying for an NFP scholarship for a short course or a master’s programme you are not required to pay the €100 application fee. However, we must receive evidence that you are intending to apply for the NFP scholarship, in the form of a letter from your employer, endorsing your study plans and guaranteeing that while you are absent your salary will continue to be paid and your job will be held. This is the same letter that you will require for your actual NFP application

Application procedure and deadlines

Short course
Please check the Study Abroad website for more information on the admission process and deadlines for short courses, study abroad programmes and summer schools

Master’s programme
Please first check our master’s programmes for more information on application procedures and studying in Leiden.

Step  Procedure
1 Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University
2 Upload all necessary documents
3 Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the NFP scholarship on the scholarship page
Please make sure that you select NFP Master from the drop down menu in the category “Name”.
4 Upload the support letter from your employer
5 Submit your online application

PhD programms

Earning a PhD at Leiden takes about four years of study and consists of independent and original research under the supervision of a professor. For information about admission procedures, deadlines and finding a supervisor, please contact the relevant Graduate School directly.




Deadline: application to Leiden University SOL*
open for application
Deadline: application to Nuffic (via SOL*) Outcome SOL*
Academic year 2012-2013
Start programme: 

January 2013

Master & Study Abroad Programme 1 February 2012 8 February 2012 1 May 2012 September 2012
Short Course 17 April 2012 8 February 2012 1 May 2012 September 2012
Start programme:

Mid May 2013

PhD 1 July 2012 17 July 2012 2 October 2012 January 2013
Short Course 17 September 2012 17 July 2012 2 October 2012 January 2013
Academic year 2013-2014
Start programme:

Mid August 2013

Master, Study Abroad Programme & PhD 5 November 2012


1 December 2012 5 February 2013 June 2013
Short Course 5 January 2013


1 December 2012 5 February 2013 June 2013

Start programme: 

January 2014

 Master & Study Abroad Programme  7 February 2013 March 2013  7 May 2013  September 2013
 Short Course  7 April 2013 March 2013  7 May 2013  September 2013

Start programme:

Mid May 2014

PhD  1 July 2013 August 2013  2 October 2013  January 2014
Short Course  1 September 2013 August 2013  2 October 2013  January 2014

* SOL= Scholarship Online, the Nuffic’s online application tool


Important notes

  • Please ensure that you have submitted a complete application by the relevant deadline mentioned in the table above.
  • If you apply to Leiden University after our application deadline you may still indicate that you are applying for an NFP scholarship. However Leiden University cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed in time to meet the deadline for application via SOL (the Nuffic’s online scholarship application tool).
  • Admission to a course or programme must be unconditional. You are not eligible for the scholarship if you are admitted on condition of (re)taking an exam, undertaking a pre-sessional English courses or submitting an English test or other diplomas or certificates.

VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Developing Countries,180 scholarships Master

Master’s Degree

Deadline: 1 February (annual)
Study in:  Belgium
Course starts September 2013

 Brief description:

VLIR-UOS awards masters scholarships to students from developing countries so that they can study a Master’s Programme in Belgium. The master’s programmes, lasting one or two academic years, focus on specific problems of developing countries. These are designed to enable graduates to share and apply acquired knowledge in the home institution and country.

 Host Institution(s):

Academic Institutions and Universities in Belgium:

• Universiteit Antwerpen
• Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
• Universiteit Gent
• Universiteit Hasselt (tUL inclusief)
• Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Fields of study/Programmes:

 The scholarships support development-related fields of study. The list of supported Master’s Programme for 2012/2013 and its description is found at this page. The list of supported Master’s Programmes for 2013/2014 will be updated on the official website on 1 October 2012.

Number of Awards:

Every year, VLIR-UOS awards up to 180 scholarships to first-year master’s students.

 Target group:

Residents and nationals of the following countries are eligible for a VLIR-UOS scholarship:

Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Palestinian Administered Areas, Philippines, Vietnam

Latin America
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, Suriname

 Scholarship value/inclusions:

 The scholarships cover all related expenses including allowance, accommodation, travel costs, tuition fee and insurance among others.

 Eligibility Requirements:

You are a resident AND national of one of the countries on the country list (not necessarily the same country for residence and nationality). Please note that candidates must reside in one of these countries at the moment of application.

You are not older than 40 years* if you apply for a scholarship to follow a master programme. Or you are not older than 45 years* if you apply for a scholarship to follow a training programme. (* on 1 January 2013)

You have the required English proficiency. You need a proof of at least 1 year of comprehensive English-based instruction at a university or recognized equivalent. If not, a TOEFL test is required with a minimum total score of 550 on the paper based test (PBT), or 79 on an internet based test (IBT); or an IELTS test with a minimum overall band score of 6,5; or a proof of another test of similar level as TOEFLE or IELTS.

Professional experience and employment perspectives are not required for a master programme, but they can be a competitive advantage for selection, depending on the programme. Present employment or reintegration perspectives are required for a training programme. The candidate must be currently employed or have a written (future) employer’s guarantee of (re)integration in an employment where the acquired knowledge and skills will be immediately applicable.

 Application instructions:

 The host university is in charge of the academic admission of applications.  The host university – not the applicant – forwards the applications for a scholarship to the VLIR-UOS secretariat after the academic admission.

The academic admission procedure are specific for every programme.  It is important to visit the main website (links found above) of  the specific Master’s Programme you have chosen for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Deadline for application to Master’s Programme is 1 February 2013You can apply for a VLIR-UOS scholarship by October or November 2012. Detailed steps on how to apply for the scholarship is found at this page.
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CUD Scholarships in Belgium for Developing Countries

MS Degree/Training

Deadline: 13 Feb 2013* (annual)
Study in:  Belgium
Course starts September 2013

 Brief description:

The University Commission for Development (CUD) provides scholarships to international students for study in Belgium  It is responsible for the implementation of the policy of university cooperation for development.  CUD provides cutting-edge international trainings and courses for development.

 Host Institution(s):

Participating universities and academic institutions in Belgium

 Fields of study:

 Master’s Programs

•  Master in Aquaculture
•  Master in Transport Management
• Master in Public Health – Guidance Health and Development
• Master in Science and Environmental Management in Developing Countries
• Master in Management of Animal and Plant Resources in Tropical Environments
•  Master in Management of Natural Risks
•  Master in Science and Technology of Foods
•  Master in Transfusion Medicine
• European Master in Microfinance
•  Master in Protecting Tropical and Subtropical Crops
•  Master in International Economics and Development
•  Master in Development, Environment and Societies
•  Master in Public Health Methodology

Training Courses

• Internship in the Use of Information Technologies and Communication in the University Libraries
•  Internship in Geographic Information System
•  Internship in Management Systems Health Services – economics and resource management / planning (network A) – Management Science and Research in Health Systems (chain B)
•  Methodological Stage in Supporting Innovation in Family Agriculture
•  Internship in Environment and Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources

 Number of Awards:

Within the programme for international courses and training programmes 2013-2014, CIUF grants 150 scholarships for participation into the Master’s courses and and 70 for participation into the training programmes.

 Target group:

The scholarships are for nationals of South Africa, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haïti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Uganda, Peru, Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, El Salvador, Senegal, Suriname, Tanzania, Palestinian territories, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 Scholarship value/inclusions:

 Details not provided by scholarship provider. Please inquire with the scholarship provider for more information on the coverage of the scholarship.


The following criteria will apply for the selection of holders of scholarships:

1. Only applicants originating in developing countries, qualify for selection. To be eligible, candidates must reside and work in their country at the time of the introduction of the file.

2. ONLY the nationals of the selected countries (see above) are authorized to postulate with the CUD Scholarships.

3. At the beginning of the programme, candidates must be less than 40 years old for courses, and less than 45 years old for training programmes.

4. Candidates must be holders of a degree that is comparable to a Belgian University graduate degree (“licence”). However, for certain programmes different rules of admissibility may be defined, and these are specified hereafter, where appropriate.

5. Candidates must show professional experience of at least two years upon termination of their studies. Where candidates are holders of a postgraduate degree delivered by an university of an industrial country, they must show professional experience of at least three years upon termination of their studies.

6. Candidates must have a good knowledge of written and spoken French; for programmes organised in another language, good knowledge, in writing and speaking, of this language, is required. Moreover, the candidate will be asked to commit himself to study French in order to be able to participate in daily life in Belgium.

7. Candidates are not allowed to apply for more than one programme.

NOTE: Each Master’s and Training Program has its own eligibility requirements. Please see the complete description of each program.

 Application instructions:

 Applications must be sent to CUD before 13 February 2013 and before 18 January 2013 for the following trainings:

• Internship at the Use of Information Technologies and Communication in University Library
•  Internship methodological innovation support in family farming.

Applying for a grant from the CUD is absolutely FREE. Any application containing an envelope with money will be automatically rejected.

It is important to read the how-to-apply page and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
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Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme Pakistan

ga Khan Foundation
Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 31 March (annual)
Study in:  any Country
Course starts 2013

Brief description:

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.  Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year.

The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student. Requests will also be considered for travel and study awards for PhD students doing their research in Third World countries on topics judged to be of interest to the Aga Khan Development Network. Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.


Field of study:

Any; not specified.

Target group:

The Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies which can help with processing applications and interviewing applicants. At present, these are Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well, so that the amount requested from the Foundation can be reduced to a minimum. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.


Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.  See selection Criteria below.

Scholarship Criteria:

The main criteria for selecting award winners are: l) excellent academic records, 2) genuine financial need, 3) admission to a reputable institution of higher learning and 4) thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans. Candidates are also evaluated on their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment. Applicants are expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest.

Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement. The payback period is five years, starting six months after the study period funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.

Application instructions:

The application procedures of AKF’s International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Students may obtain application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained, or to the address indicated on the front of the form. They should not be sent to Geneva. The deadline for submission of applications is 31 March, although in certain countries internal deadlines may be earlier.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.