Top 25 Foreign Government Scholarships for International Students 2023

Governments of developed countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and many European countries award government-funded scholarships to outstanding international students from around the world as part of their commitment to international development cooperation and to promote the internationalization of their education systems.


United States Government Scholarships »


Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Program provides full scholarships to international students from 155 countries who wish to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in the United States. Scholarships are also available for non-degree postgraduate courses. Tuition, textbooks, travel, a living allowance, and health insurance are all covered by the grant. Each year, over 1,800 scholarships are offered.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program offers experienced professionals from specified nations around the world a year of professional enrichment in the United States. The fellowship covers tuition, a stipend, accident and health insurance, travel expenses, and other expenditures. Each year, around 200 Fellowships are conferred.


UK & British Commonwealth Government Scholarships »


British Chevening Scholarships
Chevening Scholarships are offered to outstanding scholars from Chevening-eligible nations around the world through the UK government’s worldwide scholarship program. Typically, awards are for a one-year Master’s degree. Most Chevening Scholarships cover education, a defined living stipend (for one person), economy class return flights to the UK, and supplementary funds to meet necessary expenses. Around 1500 scholarships are available worldwide.

UK Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries
The Commonwealth Scholarships are designed for students from developing Commonwealth countries who desire to study for a Master’s or PhD in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship includes, among other things, airfare to and from the United Kingdom, tuition and examination costs, a personal maintenance allowance, a thesis award (if available), and an initial arrival allowance. Each year, approximately 300 of these scholarships are offered.

See also the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme


European Government Scholarships »


The Netherlands

Orange Knowledge Programme
The Orange Knowledge Programme strives to increase the ability, knowledge, and quality of both individuals and organizations in higher and vocational education, as well as other disciplines connected to the priority themes in the program nations. Scholarships are offered for a variety of short courses (length ranging from two weeks to twelve months) and master’s programs (duration 12 – 24 months). A OKP scholarship is designed to supplement the pay you will continue to receive while studying in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution to your living expenses, such as tuition, visa, travel, and insurance. The scholarship bearer is expected to cover the difference between the actual expenditures and the OKP scholarship amount, if applicable.

Holland Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students
The Holland Scholarship, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, is intended for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who desire to study at one of Holland’s research universities or university of applied sciences. The scholarship is worth €5,000 in total.


Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships for International Students
Master Mind Scholarships is a new scholarship program launched by the Government of Flanders to encourage the globalization of Flemish higher education. It provides up to 45 scholarships to outstanding Master’s students from all over the world. The new student will get a scholarship of up to €8,000 per school year. The Flemish Host Institution can ask the applicant for a tuition cost of maximum €109 per year.

VLIR-UOS Scholarship Program
VLIR-UOS provides scholarships to students from 31 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to undertake English Taught Training or Master’s Programmes in development at Belgian universities. The scholarships cover tuition, room & board, allowances, travel expenses, and other program-related expenses.


DAAD Scholarships for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for a variety of postgraduate courses at German universities that are particularly relevant to developing nations. International students and young professionals from developing nations in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Central and South America, and Central and Eastern Europe are eligible for the scholarships. The DAAD scholarship program provides full or partial grants to specified programs.


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships enable graduates from over 180 countries to pursue doctorate or postdoctoral research in any academic discipline at a publicly financed university or recognized institution in Switzerland. The scholarship pays for a monthly stipend, tuition, health insurance, and accommodation.


Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to highly qualified overseas students from poor countries who wish to study full-time Master’s degrees at Swedish universities. The scholarship covers tuition, living expenses, a portion of travel expenses, and insurance. There are approximately 335 scholarships available.


Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students
The Danish Ministry of Education awards a number of scholarships each year to highly qualified and motivated international students from outside the EU/EEA who aspire to attend full-time higher education programs at participating Danish universities. The scholarship can be in the form of full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants to help with living expenses.


Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students
The Italian government provides scholarships to both foreign residents and Italian citizens living abroad to study in Italy. Scholarships are available for university degree programs, advanced vocational training, art and music courses, master’s degree programs, and doctoral programs, among other things. Scholarships for three, six, or nine months are available.


Eiffel Excellence Scholarships
The Ministry of Overseas Affairs created the Eiffel scholarship program to help French higher education institutions attract the brightest foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs. Eiffel scholarship recipients receive a monthly stipend as well as other benefits such as a return journey, health insurance, and cultural activities. It does not include tuition.


Australia and New Zealand Government Scholarships »


Australian Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS), formerly known as Australia Development Scholarships (ADS), are scholarships for overseas students from certain Asian, Pacific, African, and Middle Eastern nations who wish to study at Australian universities. Scholarships are available at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions for vocational education and training programs, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and Ph.D. degrees. Scholarship advantages typically include complete tuition, round-trip air travel, an establishment allowance, a contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC), and other benefits.

Australia International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
The IPRS program allows international students to pursue a postgraduate research qualification in Australia while working alongside top Australian researchers. The scholarships are offered for two years for a master’s degree by research and three years for a doctorate degree by research. The award pays for tuition and health insurance. Each year, approximately 330 scholarships are offered.

New Zealand International Tertiary Scholarships
The New Zealand International Scholarships provide international students from selected developing countries in the Pacific, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, as well as the Commonwealth, with the opportunity to study in New Zealand and gain knowledge and skills in specific subject areas that will aid in the development of their home country. Tuition, travel expenses, a living allowance, and insurance are all covered by the scholarships.


Asia Government Scholarships »



Japanese Government Scholarships
Under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program, the Japanese Government provides scholarships to international students who intend to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate or research students. The scholarships cover living expenses, travel expenses, and academic fees.


Taiwan Higher Education Scholarship Program
The International Higher Education Scholarship Program of TaiwanICDF strives to help partner developing countries achieve sustainable development via education. The TaiwanICDF offers higher education scholarships and has built undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs in collaboration with famous Taiwanese partner universities. Each scholarship recipient receives a full scholarship from the TaiwanICDF, which includes return flights, lodging, tuition and credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly stipend.


Turkey Graduate Scholarships for International Students
The Türkiye Graduate Scholarship Programme is designed for accomplished international students from around the world who aspire to continue postgraduate studies in Turkey. The scholarship comprises a monthly stipend, complete tuition, a free one-year Turkish language course, free state-run dormitory housing, a round-trip plane ticket, and health insurance.


Singapore International Graduate Award
Singapore International Graduate Awards are granted to international students with outstanding academic undergraduate and/or master’s degree results, as well as a significant interest in conducting research leading to a doctorate (PhD) in Science and Engineering at a Singapore University. The scholarship covers full tuition expenses, a monthly stipend, a settling allowance, and an airfare grant for up to four years of PhD studies.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), intends to attract outstanding students from around the world to study their PhD degree programs in Hong Kong’s institutions. For a maximum of three years, the Fellowship includes a monthly salary as well as a conference and research-related travel allowance.



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