Graduate funding around the world

Having explored the different avenues available to international graduate students, here are some specific graduate funding resources for six of the most popular destinations:

Funding for graduate study in Australia

  • Australian government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Australia Awards, via the AusAID program for students from developing countries
  • Merit-based international scholarships from individual universities, such as the Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships (University of Adelaide) and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (University of Western Australia)
  • More scholarships to study in Australia…

Funding for graduate study in Canada

  • Government website provides a listing of international scholarships, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) offers scholarships for international students, while the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) offers scholarships for Canadian citizens
  • Competitive graduate scholarships from Canada’s Research Councils (such as NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, CIFAR)
  • More scholarships to study in Canada…

Funding for graduate study in France

  • Bursaries via the Centre National des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (CNOUS) and the Centres Régionaux des Œuvres Universitaires (CROUS)
  • Regional scholarships from the website of the Conseil Régional in which your university is based
  • Eiffel Scholarships for international master’s and PhD students from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MESR)
  • Graduate scholarships from the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
  • PhD students can apply for Industrial Conventions Research Training (CIFRE) funding
  • The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research provides ‘doctoral contracts’ for research students
  • French government bursaries via French embassies in some countries.
  • More scholarships to study in Europe…

Funding for graduate study in Germany

  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organization for international students and offers an online scholarships database
  • Funding organizations such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for PhD students and the Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD) scholarships offered for students from developing countries
  • Some federal grants and loans are available (some only in cases of hardship)
  • More scholarships to study in Germany…

Funding for graduate study in the UK

  • UK government offers tuition fee loans for graduate-level students on accelerated medical/dental programs and special funding for trainee teachers (PCGE or ITT)
  • Opportunities for funding from the seven government-funded Research Councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC
  • Scientific studentships from organizations and charities such as Cancer Research UK, Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and the Wellcome Trust
  • Funding via the British Council, including Erasmus grants and the UK 9/11 Scholarship Fund for surviving victims of the 9/11 attacks
  • The Fulbright Commission offers Postgraduate Student Awards for postgraduate studies at any accredited UK university (for US students only)
  • The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps provide funding for professional qualifications
  • Other international schemes include the Chevening Scholarships, the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme and Marshall Scholarship (for US students only)]
  • More scholarships to study in the UK…

Funding for graduate study in the US

  • The Institute of International Education (IIE) provides a database of scholarships
  • The Fulbright Commission offers Postgraduate Student Awards for postgraduate studies at any accredited US university (for UK students only) and Scholar Awardsfor UK professionals doing academic work in the US
  • Research grants from government agencies such as the National Science Foundation
  • Annual funding directory published by Palgrave Macmillan, called The Grants Register
  • Individual scholarships offered by universities or states, such as the Kennedy Scholarships for Harvard and MIT and the Frank Knox Fellowships for students from the UK, Australia, Canada or New Zealand to study at Harvard
  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides international fellowships for women to study in the US
  • PEO International offers scholarships for women to study in the US or Canada
  • The Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund for Greek students to study in the US
  • More scholarships to study in the US…

International graduate funding

  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) funding includes the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) and PING Scholarships
  • The Leverhulme Trust offers international postgraduate studentships
  • Scholarships from the Organization of American States (OAS), including the OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF)
  • The EU’s Erasmus+ program includes a range of international funding opportunities
  • Online database of EU scholarships via the PLOTEUS project
  • The European Commission (EC) offers Intra-European Fellowships, International Incoming Fellowships and Initial Training Networks (ITN) for researchers in Europe
  • Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) for Commonwealth countries
  • More scholarships for international study…

Get personal grad school advice

The QS World Grad School Tour – coming soon to a city near you – is your chance to meet admissions directors of grad schools around the world. You’ll also be able to attend free seminars, pick up a copy of the QS Top Grad School Guide, and be eligible to apply for funding through the QS Scholarshipsscheme.

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