List of Universities that Offer Scholarships for Developing Country Students(over 10000 available scholarships)



List of Universities that Offer Scholarships for Developing Country Students

In line with their commitment to development cooperation, a number of Universities  offer scholarships specifically for developing countries. The WSF team helps you find University Scholarships programs for developing country students.

This article specifically listed these scholarship together with countries that is eligible to aply for each of the scholarships.

The list features Universities which offer and/or administer scholarships specific for developing regions and countries.

The list is divided into two parts:

  •  Universities implementing scholarship programs of Government and Donor Agencies
  • Universities implementing their own scholarship programs

Universities implementing scholarship programs of Government and Donor Agencies 

Government and donor agencies often implement their scholarship programs through Universities and academic institutions.  By reading the scholarship profiles below,  you will find a list of host universities administering or  co-sponsoring major scholarship programs intended for developing countries.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships

Intended for nationals of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow for study in selected countries.

Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarships

Intended for nationals of ADB member countries in Asia and Pacific.

New Zealand Development Scholarships 

Intended for citizens of NZDS participating countries for study in selected education institutions in New Zealand.

Australian Development Scholarships 

Intended for citizens of ADS participating countries for study in selected Universities in Australia.

DAAD Scholarships 

Intended for citizens of developing countries for study in State (public) or state-recognized German higher education institution

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Intended for nationals of Commonwealth developing countries at selected partner Universities (changes annually).

Norwegian Quota Scholarships

Intended for students from selected developing countries in the South and countries of Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia for study in selected Universities in Norway.

Universities implementing their own scholarship programs for developing countries 

A notable number of Universities have their own scholarship schemes intended for developing regions/countries aside from the ones they administer in behalf of donor institutions.   You can find a handful of these Universities in this list.

Universities in Europe

Belgium: Ghent University Scholarships

Ghent University offers a wide array of scholarships specifically for developing countries. It offers scholarships for TrainingMastersPhD, and Post Doctoral programmes for developing country students.

Ireland: Dublin Institute of Technology Scholarships

The Dublin Institute of Technology currently provides  international scholarships for international students from selected agencies in Mexico, Oman, UAE, Tanzania, Kazakhstan, and Kuwait.

Netherlands: Maastricht University Scholarships

Maastricht University sponsors a number of international scholarships for student from the following regions: AfricaAsiaEastern Europe, and South America.

Netherlands: University of Groningen Scholarships

Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses at the university. Besides scholarships awarded by the University of Groningen, a number of grants awarded by the Dutch government, the EU and (inter)national organizations, such as World Bank or the Ford Foundation, can be used for study or research at the University of Groningen as well.

Netherlands: University of Twente Scholarships

University of Twente administers a number of international scholarships for students from Asia, South America, and Central America.

Italy: University of Pavia Scholarships

The University of Pavia (UNIPV), in order to promote international cooperation with the Developing Countries, offers scholarships for selected Masters Studies at the University of Pavia or at the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS).

UK: Cardiff University Scholarships

Cardiff University offers scholarships for international students from  Africa, Arabic Countries, Australia, Bermuda/Cayman Islands, Canada, China (P.R.), Colombia, India/Indian Subcontinent, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.

UK: London South Bank University Scholarships

London South Bank University offers full scholarships for students from commonwealth countries including African commonwealth countries. It also offers partial scholarships for students from priority countries (Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, and Vietnam).

UK: London Met Scholarships

The ISH/London Met Scholarships is jointly run by International Students House (ISH) and London Metropolitan University. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from selected developing countries who wish to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University.

UK: Roehampton University Scholarships

The University has a number of scholarships available for international students on full-time, taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  Scholarships are specifically available for students from China, South Korea, India, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, Malaysia, USA, Norway, Singapore, US, and UK-based international students  in their first year of study.

UK: Sheffield Hallam University Scholarships

Sheffield Hallam University offers international scholarships for Non-EU students and specific scholarships for ASEAN member countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam).

UK: University of Bedforshire Scholarships

University of Bedforshire offers scholarships to international Non-EU students from different countries.

UK: University of Birmingham Scholarships

University of Birmingham has scholarships available for students from the following regions: AfricaAsia PacificIndian SubcontinentMiddle EastRussiaSouth America.

UK: University of Cambridge Scholarships

The University of Cambridge has special scholarships schemes for students from developing countries.  The schemes include Cambridge Shared ScholarshipsShell Centenary Chevening Cambridge ScholarshipsShell Centenary Cambridge Scholarships, and Developing World Education Fund Scholarships.

UK: University of East Anglia Scholarships

The University of East Anglia offers a number of full and partial scholarships in international development courses for students from low-income countries.

UK: University of Edinburgh Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh offers a number of international scholarships for students from AfricaCambodiaChinaIndiaLaosMalaysiaMexicoMiddle EastMyanmarRussiaSouthern AfricaTanzaniaThailand, and Vietnam.

UK: University of Nottingham Scholarships

Through the Developing Solutions Scholarship Fund, The University of Nottingham is offering one of the largest international scholarship programmes in the world for developing countries of the Commonwealth and to non-Commonwealth Africa.  The Countries outside Africa and India also covered by the Developing Solutions international scholarship scheme are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives,Montserrat, Nauru, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa

UK: University of Salford Scholarships

University of Salford offers various scholarship programs for  students from Sub-saharan AfricaSoutheast AsiaSouth AsiaMiddle East & North AfricaLatin America, and East Asia.

UK: University of Oxford Scholarships

University of Westminster offers a variety of scholarships for students from Africa and Asia.

UK: University of Westminster Scholarships

The University of Westminster offers full international scholarships and full tuition wavers for students from developing countries  in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Aside from this, they administer various scholarships for students from selected regions (Eastern Europe, South Asia, Central America, Latin America, Carribean Region, Middle East, North Africa) and/or countries  (Gambia, Suriname, Guyana, Tanzania, China, India, East Timor, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Panama, Bulgaria, Croatia, Russia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania or Turkey, Former Soviet Union States) .

UK: University of West England Scholarships

The University of the West of England, Bristol offers more than $132,066.19 worth of scholarships for international students  each year.  For developing country students, they have 3 scholarship programs: Global Student Scholarship, Millennium Development Scholarship and Professor Arthur Li Development Scholarships.

Universities in United States & Canada

USA: East-West Center Scholarships

East-west Center offers international graduate degree scholarships for students from Asia, Pacific Islands,  and Russia.

USA: Harvard University Scholarships

Harvard University offers specific scholarships for international students from Argentina, Brazil, China, Columbia, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Pacific Islands.

USA: NYU Wagner Scholarships

NYU Wagner has special scholarship programs for Africa, Kazakhstan and Soviet Union’s 15 Newly Independent State (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan)

Canada: University of Alberta Scholarships

The University of Alberta International administers specific scholarship programs for students from  Chile,  China,  IndiaMexico, and Vietnam.

Universities in Australia & New Zealand

Australia: Griffith University Scholarships

Griffith University offers international scholarships for students from China, India, Indonesia, Iran, and Malaysia.

Australia: Macquarie University Scholarships

Macquarie University implements scholarships for postgraduate coursework for students from Columbia and Mexico.

Australia: Swinburne University of Technology Scholarships

Swinburne University of Technology has a number of scholarship schemes for selected developing countries: Bicentennial Scholarships (Chile)MACC Scholarships 2009 (Malaysia)FUNED Postgraduate Scholarships (Mexico), and Australian University Scholarships (Thailand).

Australia: University of Western Australia Scholarships

University of Western Australia has special scholarship schemes for China and India for postgraduate research studies.

New Zealand: University of Auckland Scholarships

The University of Auckland administer country-specific scholarships for students from Tonga, Chile, and Pakistan.

New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships

Victoria University of Wellington offers International Undergraduate Fees Scholarships to students from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.



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