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If you’re a student from a developing region of the world – including parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East – you could be eligible for a number of international scholarships aimed at bringing a more diverse and inclusive student demographic to universities across the globe.

Many scholarships for students from developing countries will have additional criteria, such as a specific country of origin or destination, a particular subject of study, or ties to a particular university, so it can take some savvy scholarship hunting and a tad of flexibility to find one that suits you. However, there’s really no reason why you can’t be applying for 10 or more international scholarships in no time at all.

Below are a few of the most prominent funds and scholarships for developing countries, categorized by country of study.

Scholarships to study in Europe

  •  – Initiative led by the European Commission to provide funding for students all over the world to study in Europe at selected institutions.


  •  – Scholarships for students from developing countries within Africa, Asia or Latin America.

Czech Republic

  • – Six scholarships for students from developing countries to study a program in the faculty.


  •  – Funding for master’s and PhD students from outside of France.
  •  – Over 90 different business school scholarships, many aimed at students from developing regions.


  •  – Scholarships for master’s students from developing countries in Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands, Central and South America and central and Eastern Europe to study in Germany.


  • – Scholarships for Tanzanian students to study one of the listed eligible master’s degrees in Ireland. (The 2018 deadline has passed, check back later for the 2019 round).


  •  – Funding for specific master’s programs at the University of Groningen, for students from Brazil, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico or Russia.
  • – A scholarship for a student from a developing country to study a master’s in spatial, transport and environmental economics. Covers the yearly tuition fee and provides an allowance for living costs.


  •  – Funding provided by the Slovakian government, for students from developing countries.


  •  – Scholarships for full-time master’s students from developing countries, covering tuition fees and living costs.


  •  – For students from  to study in the UK at master’s level.
  •  – For Indian students to study in the UK.
  •  – For Iraqi, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian postgraduate students to study in the UK.

UK universities offering international scholarships include:

Scholarships to study in North America


  •  – 650 short-term exchange scholarships are available for Latin American and Caribbean citizens wishing to study in Canada.

Canadian scholarships for Asian students:

  • – Scholarships for students from ASEAN member states (Southeast Asia) to take part in a short-term exchange program for study and research.
  •  – For Chinese and Indian students.
  •  – For students from Hong Kong.


  •  – Journalism fellowships for African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean nationals.
  •  – Funding aimed at nationals from the Asia-Pacific region to study in the US at specific institutions.

US universities offering international scholarships include:

Scholarships to study in Australia and New Zealand


  •  – Scholarships for students from developing countries, particularly the Indo-Pacific region. Unrestricted choice of programs.
  •  – Government scholarships and fellowships.

Australian universities offering scholarships for students from developing countries include:

New Zealand

Universities in New Zealand offering scholarships for students from developing countries include:


Scholarships to study anywhere in the world

For Latin American students:

  •  – For postgraduate Colombian students to study abroad.

For Asian students:

  •  – Merit-based scholarships for students from developing countries in Asia.
  •  – For Indian nationals to study in Europe. For more international scholarships for Indian students, see our separate list here.
  •  – A number of fellowship programs are offered to Japanese, Chinese or Korean students.

Scholarships to study in a developing region

  •  – For African, Latin American and Caribbean students to study in Costa Rica.
  •  ­­­– For students from developing countries to study at home or in another developing country.

Scholarships for African students

  •  – Need-based scholarships for African students.
  •  – Commonwealth scholarships for African students from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. Distance learning with a restricted choice of programs.
  •  – For aspiring African leaders to study in the UK or Africa at a partnered university.
  •  – Scholarships for African students from sub-Saharan African countries to study in the US and gain leadership and business skills.
  •  – For female students from Uganda, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya to study in the US.

More scholarships for African students can be found here.

Organizations offering scholarships for students from developing countries

  •  – Country-specific scholarships for students from all over the world who have an offer to study a full-time master’s degree in London at the UCL Institute of Education.
  •  – Emphasis on scholarships for African students to study in the US and Africa.
  •  – A number of scholarships for students from developing countries.
  •  – Scholarships available via partner universities.
  •  – Offers postgraduate scholarships for disadvantaged students from developing countries.

As always, additional funding opportunities may also be available via individual universities and other external organizations. For more opportunities, search online and visit the websites of universities you are interested in for information about international scholarships and funding.

This article was originally published in July 2014. It was updated in January 2016 and again in February 2018.

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