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Want to study abroad in BrazilRussiaIndiaChina or South Africa? To mark the launch of the 2018 edition of the QS BRICS University Content, here’s a selection of scholarships to study abroad in these five emerging economies.

Scholarships to study in Brazil Brazil

  •  – The Organization of American States and Brazil’s Coimbra Group of universities have partnered to offer 670 Brazilian scholarship opportunities to outstanding citizens of  to complete masters or PhD programs at Brazilian universities.
  •  – These awards aim to promote cross-cultural research ventures between Canadian schools and Brazilian partners.
  •  – International scholarships for EU students to study in Brazil.
  •  – Fellowships for PhD and postdoctoral scientists from developing countries to work abroad in Brazil, Mexico or other countries.

Russian scholarships Russia

  • – A set number of government scholarships to study in Russia are available each year, which offer free tuition, accommodation and a monthly maintenance allowance.
  •  – A selection of international scholarships to study abroad in Russia and other former Soviet states, most of which are explicitly for US students.
  •  – Russia's first international competition for prospective Master's students to study for free at one of the top universities in Russia.
  •  – A range of scholarships are on offer to conduct research or undergo Russian language training in Russia, covering travel costs, a monthly allowance, health insurance and more.
  •  – Russian scholarships ranging from RUB 15,000-35,000 (~US$255-600) a month, aimed at students studying degrees related to energy and economics at a partner Russian institution. Candidates must be studying on state grants, have exceptional grades and aim to progress in their chosen subject in the future.

View more Russian scholarships here.

Scholarships to study in India India

  •  – Government scholarships funded by the  are available for students from commonwealth countries to study a degree at any study level (excluding medicine and dentistry).
  •  – Government scholarships aiming to help commendable students from poor backgrounds and minority groups (Muslim/Christian/Sikh/Buddhist/Jain/Parsi) to study professional or technical courses. These scholarships take your parents’ income into account and cover tuition fees and a pocket allowance.
  •  – Scholarships for African students to study abroad in India.

Scholarships to study in China China

  •  – International scholarships to complete a PhD in China.
  •  – Scholarships for overseas students to study in China for a year at any level of study.
  •  – Available for EU students at all degree levels to study in China.
  •  – Scholarships for Asian students to complete a two-year English-taught master’s degree in public administration at Zhejiang University.
  •  – Full or partial tuition scholarships are available for foreign students to study a doctorate degree at Tsinghua University.
  •  – Scholarships for outstanding international students who have already been admitted to Peking University.

Scholarships to study in South Africa South Africa

  •  – Scholarships are available for outstanding Sub-Saharan Africans and South African students to study masters and PhD degrees in development studies (or a related subject) at the University of the Western Cape.
  •  – Scholarships for students from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study a postgraduate degree relating to the areas of justice, education or humanities.
  •  – Renewable scholarships for non-South African students to study a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cape Town. These scholarships are supplementary, meaning you must already have the required funds for your studies.
  •  – Scholarships to study a PhD at the School of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University.
  •  – Various scholarships for both South African and international students to study a postgraduate degree at Rhodes University. Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements regarding the applicable subject/s and whether you need to demonstrate financial need or academic excellence.

This article was originally published in July 2016. It was updated in October 2018.

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