I sometimes think that if a decade ago, what I know know, about scholarships and studying abroad, I would have made different academic choices with regards to my undergraduate. But what’s past is past, and there’s no need to dwell. What I know now is this – there are various (read lots) scholarship opportunities for those who
- have finished high school, with considerably good grades, and who wish to further their studies in university.
- are graduate and who wish to further their studies by doing a Masters abroad. Despite what you may have been told, and let to believe, there are scholarship opportunities even for those with a 2:2 in their undergraduate.
- scholars who wish to pursue their doctorates (PHDs).
Scholarships are a great intersection between career growth, and sound financial aid. You grow career wise, and save on money while at it. You should definitely consider checking out some common annual scholarships which I will share below:
Commonwealth Scholarships (UK) – SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) provides the main UK government scholarship scheme led by international development objectives. The CSC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID). It offers:
- PhD Scholarships (for least developed countries and fragile states)
- Split-site Scholarships (for low and middle income countries)
- Master’s Scholarships
- Shared Scholarships
- Distance Learning Scholarships
- PhD Scholarships (for high income countries)
- Rutherford Fellowships
- Medical Fellowships
- Professional Fellowships
It is important to be aware that each country has a nominating body to which you have to submit further documents for nomination/consideration to the scholarship.
Chevening Scholarships (UK) – AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER
Chevening is the UK government’s international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.
Usually open between 5th August and 5th November every year, the all inclusive Chevening Scholarships are for UK based universities for graduates who want to undertake a one year of Master’s study. The condition is that the scholar has to return to country of origin for a least two years after the Masters in order to positively impact their country as a leader.
Since 1983, over 50,000 professionals have studied in the UK through Chevening. You can join the extensive alumni network if you win the award. To apply to Chevening in the period it is open, click this link, which will lead you to prompts that are self-explanatory and country specific.
Australia Africa Awards (AUSTRALIA) – OCTOBER, NOVEMBER
The Australia Awards is the cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa. It provides access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards alumni are expected to contribute to the development of their home countries. This scholarship offers two types of awards – Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Short Course. Follow this link to check if you are eligible.
I will keep updating this list gradually, so stay posted.