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Strong leaders are highly sought-after worldwide, and many universities pride themselves on nurturing the next generation of leaders, innovators and decision-makers. For this reason, leadership scholarships commonly offered; universities are keen to attract and support students who show leadership potential – as a way to nurture an innovative spirit on campus, as well as ensuring an alumni community full of impressive achievements.

See below for a selection of scholarships to support future leaders, for studies around the world.

To study anywhere

  • – Opportunities for Syrian students to gain leadership and academic scholarships to study in the USEurope and the Middle East.
  • QS Leadership Scholarship – Exclusive international postgraduate scholarship open to attendees of the QS World Grad School Tour who demonstrate leadership, to support the costs of a graduate program (excluding MBAs) anywhere in the world.

To study in Australia & New Zealand

  • – Various international scholarships for aspiring leaders from within the Asia-Pacific region to study at selected institutions throughout the region.

To study in New Zealand:

  • – Merit-based scholarshipsfor students from New Zealand or Australia with leadership potential to gain funding for study at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

To study in Australia:

  • – Scholarship program for McDonalds employees in Australia to further their studies in leadership and/or business at an accredited Australian university.
  • – Merit-based scholarships for European students to study at the University of Queensland in the faculty of business, economics and law on a master’s degree program (excluding the MBA). The university also offers a to students from Indonesia.
  • – Undergraduate scholarships for engineering students with leadership potential at the University of Sydney in Australia. Only open to Australian citizens/permanent residents.
  • – Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students showing leadership potential at Monash University in Australia.
  • – More merit-based scholarships from Monash University, open to all LGBTQ students active in promoting inclusivity and awareness of gender and sexuality. More scholarships for LGBTQ students are listed here.
  •  – Undergraduate scholarships for new students at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, to gain funding for studies and access to ‘The Academy’ – UWS’s leadership center. Only open to Australian citizens/permanent residents.  

To study in Europe

  • – Scholarships open to students from Brazil, China, India, Russiaand the US to study in Germany at an accredited university. Leadership experience is a must.

To study in the UK:

  • – Scholarships for EU and home students with leadership potential to study at Royal Holloway University of London in the UK at undergraduate level.
  •  – Undergraduate scholarships for international students wishing to study an undergraduate degree at the City, University of London.
  • – UK scholarships for nurses, midwives and health professionals to gain funding for leadership development in the UK. Funded by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
  • – International development, conservation and environmental management graduate scholarships for students from certain developing countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East to study at the University of Oxford on a related graduate program.

To study in North America

To study in Canada:

  • – Undergraduate scholarships for the University of Alberta in Canada, open to Canadian students who show academic ability and leadership potential.
  • – Scholarships for Canadian students outside Quebec who have an interest in community development and leadership wishing to gain funding to study at undergraduate level at a Canadian university.
  • – Undergraduate scholarships for leading students in STEM fields at accredited Canadian universities. Excludes medicine and medical research.
  • – Scholarships for Canadian students involved in community development, human rights, politics, youth engagement or social work to gain funding to study at universities across Canada.

To study in the US:

  • – Merit-based scholarships for US students to gain funding for undergraduate study in the US.
  • – Undergraduate scholarships for US students to gain funding for university and to get involved in community development and leadership.
  • – Scholarships for international students with an interest in leadership and development to study at American University in Washington DC.
  • – US scholarships for outstanding students from the UAEand Arab countries to study at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (Center for Public Leadership).
  • – Need-based scholarships for international students with an interest in leadership, to study in the US.
  • – Leadership scholarships open to US and Canadian citizens who show potential for making a positive difference in their community and/or environment.
  • – Need-based scholarships for students displaying leadership potential at Southern Methodist University.
  • – For US students studying in Washington State.
  • – Offered by North Carolina State University in the US, open to students involved in ongoing leadership activities.
  • – Academic scholarships for students from underrepresented backgrounds in the US to gain funding for university and to develop their leadership potential.
  • – Non-degree scholarship to hone leadership skills on a six-month program in Washington DC.
  • – Various opportunities to gain funding to study at select universities in the US and outside.
  • – One scholarship offered yearly to high-achieving undergraduate students with leadership potential at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • – undergraduate scholarships for young Texans with leadership ability wishing to study in Texas.

To study elsewhere in the world

  • – Open to motivated students from underrepresented communities in the Middle East and North Africa to gain funding to attend a reputed university in the Middle East.
  • – International scholarships for graduate Chinese students interested in studying business and leadership at master’s level at Hong Kong Baptist University.


If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, you should make sure to search the website of the university or business school you want to study at, to find out what funding opportunities are available. For more advice on how to find scholarships and how to apply, please see our complete guide on How to Find Scholarships to Study Abroad.

This article was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in July 2018.

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Laura is a former staff writer for, 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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