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Asia’s consistent economic growth, urban development and educational reform mean growing opportunities for ambitious international students, including international scholarships and other forms of funding.

Below you’ll find a selection of some of the most exciting Asian scholarships and funding opportunities, covering ChinaHong KongJapanSingapore and South Korea, as well as some other prominent funds spanning the region.

For more inspiration, check out the latest QS Asian University Content, and our guides to popular Asian study destinations.

Scholarships to study in China

  •  – PhD fellowships for international students pursuing PhD studies in China.
  •  – Scholarships for international students from developing countries to study in China for one year at any degree level.
  •  – Government scholarships open to EU students looking to gain funding to study in China. Open to students of all levels.
  • – A range of scholarships to study at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
  • - The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) offers scholarships for international degree-seeking or exchange students, which award free tuition, free housing, health insurance and a monthly living allowance.

Scholarships to study in Hong Kong 

  •  – Government scholarships for local and non-local students to gain funding to study in Hong Kong at selected institutions, such as the for outstanding students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam (it will be expanded in phases to students from other ).
  •  – PhD scholarships for international students to study in Hong Kong at a selected university.

Universities in Hong Kong offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Japan Japanese flag

  •  – Graduate scholarships for students from various Asian and Pacific countries to study in Japan in development-related fields including economics, management, science and technology.
  •  – Various study abroad scholarships for Asian students studying at graduate level in Aichi Prefectural government-approved manufacturing programs in Japan.
  •  – Asian scholarships for students currently working in economy and finance within a government agency (e.g. ministry of trade) to study in Japan in a related field. Open only to students from selected Asian countries.
  •  – Government scholarships to study in Japan on a graduate-level research program.
  •  – Study abroad scholarships for doctorate holders wishing to conduct research in Japan at a selected institution.
  •  – Full-tuition international scholarships to study in Japan within any field at Keio University.
  •  – Japanese scholarships for engineering students from selected countries to study in Japan at PhD level at Kochi University of Technology (KUT)
  •  – Scholarship for Africans to study in Japan on a development-related master’s degree program at an accredited university.
  •  – Japanese government scholarships for Canadians wishing to gain funding for study in Japan. Funds also available for those undertaking Japanese studies.
  •  – International scholarships for students of medicine, pharmacology, nutrition, physical education or business administration to study in Japan.
  •  – Over 100 study abroad scholarships for international graduate students to undertake academic research at the University of Tokyo.

Universities in Tokyo offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Singapore

  •  – Asian scholarships for UK students to study in Singapore at PhD level.
  •  – Grants for Indian researchers within the fields of science and technology to study in Singapore. Sponsored by the Indian government and A*Star Singapore.
  •  – Graduate scholarships for research students at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
  •  – Scholarships for undergraduate engineering students to study in Singapore at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
  •  – PhD scholarships to study in Singapore in the fields of science and engineering at selected Singaporean universities.

Scholarships to study in South Korea 

  •  – 50 graduate scholarships for students from Asia to study in South Korea at leading institutions.
  •   – South Korean government scholarships for international students at master’s and PhD level.
  •  – Tuition waivers and dormitory fee reductions on offer to international undergraduate students studying at Chung-Ang University.
  •  – Various scholarships for international exchange students studying at Seoul National University.
  •  – Scholarships for Indian students to study abroad in South Korea at Seoul National University, on graduate-level humanities or social science programs.
  •  – Asian scholarships for international students participating in the Sogang Exchange Program at Sogang University in Seoul.

Universities in Seoul offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study elsewhere in Asia

  • – International scholarships for new students to study at Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • – A range of scholarships to study at graduate level at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
  •  – Government scholarships for students from commonwealth countries to study an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral degree in India (excluding medicine and dentistry). Funded by the .
  •  – Scholarships for students from Africa to study abroad in India.
  • – A variety of undergraduate scholarships for international students to study at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. There are also available.
  •  – International scholarships funded by the Malaysian government and awarded to incoming master’s and PhD students at Malaysian universities. Priority given to science and engineering students.
  •  – Thai government scholarships for Asian nationals to study in Thailand at master’s level within engineering and technology, management or environment and development at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
  •  – Southeast Asian scholarships open to graduate students from SEAMEO member countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia etc.) on research programs in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, rural development or education.
  •  – Study abroad scholarships for students of all levels to study in Taiwan at a university partnered with the . Open to nationals from  only.
  •  – A search tool of international scholarships to study abroad in Taiwan at all study levels. The study in Taiwan website also lists 

This article was originally published in June 2015. It was updated in June 2016 and again in October 2017.

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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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Hii ,i have completed my Bsc degree this year and i want to study in Australia ,kindly help me to look for fully funded scholarship to study in Australia

Hi Priyanka, as well as checking our list of scholarships to study in Australia, I'd recommend searching the official websites of the Australian universities you're interested in. You could also download our free guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad, which includes advice on where to find scholarship opportunities and how to submit strong applications. Good luck!

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Hi Adnan, our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad includes advice on where to find scholarship opportunities, how and when to apply for them, and how to submit strong scholarship applications. Hope it's useful!

hello sir i am ved iam compleate my graduation bsc math i want to study abrod in india any schollarship programme

Dear Sir / Madam
I have done Master degree in Social Work. I want to study further in M.Phil leading to PhD to abroad. My financial condition is average so far therefore i want to go to study in Italy as well as want to work there in part time for my expense. Please give me Scholarship i will be very thankful to you for your response.

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Hello I am Dhoni Ram Narzary from India. Presently I am pursuing MA last year. Hereafter I will be studying LLB in native country's school. I would like to study LLM in South Korea. I have a doubt that should I get LLM admission without taking honours in LLB? Would I get information quality please.

I am looking for scholarships for masters in any mathematics field apart from statistics specifically in in Asia apart from china and Japan

hi my name is Cecilia from Namibia, i would like to study Korean in South Korea is there any possible scholarships for that please help

Hello there fellow life form!
So I was wondering is this for all collages over seas for astronomers and they have to do the same steps to get in over seas? In general, are these for every one who wanna go to a collage over seas for what ever reason? Like for example: if I want to go to collage in Japan I know I need a student visa, but are these steps necessary for astronomers?

Hope you reply,
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Hello, my name is Marco, and I am an international student. I really would like to apply for a scholarship in Asia in the area of medicine. My grades are near perfect, I am in many extracurricular clubs, I am in many sport clubs, etc. I would be really thankful if someone gives me a hand or guides me through the process. Thank you very much for reading this message.

Hi Marco, I've replied to your comment here. :)

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i am new international student who is looking for a scholarship to complete my higher study in English language (TESOL ) in East or west of Asia. and i will be thankful of you if you give me a hand in this portion..... My best regards to you ... Abdularheem Baharetha

hello i'm victor from indonesia, have you ever heard about asean graduate scholarship, i'm seeking information about that, did we had to write essays to apply to this scholarship? if yes, then the topic is about what? and did you know who had been achieved the scholarship? so then i could ask for their advices. Thank you.

Hi ma'am! I'm Zyra Ellena a 2nd Year college student taking up BS in Geodetic Engineering but I wanted to take up other course because I;m nor really into Engineering though my grades we're fine. Hmm Ma'am can we apply for more than one scholarship? and is there a big guarantee that we can get an International scholarship here in Asia? Thanks.

Hi Zyra, you can apply for more than one scholarship, and might like to apply for several to increase your chances of finding funding. Scholarships are highly competitive but you can increase your chances by working hard on producing a great scholarship essay (as well as providing all the right documents and applying well within the deadline). Hope this helps, and good luck! :)

Hello i'm Hubert i'm in africa i completed secondary school in computer science i want to continue in university by IT or software engeneering or other computer programing related programs. any one to help me ? thanks

Hi Hubert, please take a look at our list of computer science scholarships. 

Helow, im christine, I just recently finished my degree in civil engineering, I was hoping to acquire a scholarship for my masters degree, just here in asia, unfortunately, our educational system is different from others, the k+12 program have been recently implemented here, I was wondering if I should take another bachelors degree or if its ok to get a masters, thanks.

Hi Christine, I'm not sure whether you'd need to complete another bachelors degree - it may be best to contact the institution/s you're interested in to check if your current degree is sufficient for entry onto a masters degree. We have a list of scholarships for engineering students here. Hope this helps. 

Hello, this is Mahdis Yaghobi. I am studying medical at medical university of Mazandaran Iran , im in fifth year of study. I am really interested in taking scholorship at a valid University. Because of the low economical situation, low cost of expenses in target country is so important for me. Could you please help me how can I take a possition in a university.I am very much looking forward to receiving your positive response

Hi Mahdis, I've replied to your query here. :)