Top 25 International Scholarships for Development-Related Studies



There are a significant number of scholarships offered by Universities, Foreign Governments, and International Organizations that support development-related studies such as agriculture, education, global health, environment, public policy, peace, water and sanitation etc. There are also those scholarships that support general fields of study that help in the development of one’s home country.

International Scholarships for Development-related Studies »


Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship Grants (Any Country)
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus related to development: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic & community development.  The study grants are valued at least $30,000. Generally, the study grants can be carried out in any country where there is a Rotary club or district.

See also Rotary International Peace Fellowships and Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation professionals.

OFID Scholarship Award (Any Country)
OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) offers fully-funded scholarships to successful applicants who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in a development-related discipline from an accredited University around the world (subject to approval).   The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a tuition support of up to US$50,000 plus a monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation.

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship Program (Multiple Countries)
The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students from World Bank member countries to pursue development-related studies at selected Universities around the world.  The scholarships cover the cost of completing a master’s degree or its equivalent including tuition, subsistence allowance, travel costs.

ADB Japan Scholarship Program (Asian countries)
The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. The scholarship provides full tuition fees, a monthly subsistence and housing allowance, an allowance for books and instructional materials, medical insurance, and travel expenses.

DAAD Scholarships for Development Related Postgraduate Courses (Germany)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for international students for a range of postgraduate courses related to development at German Universities. The scholarships aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies.  DAAD scholarships support selected programmes with a variety of full or partial scholarships.

See also DAAD Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance and DAAD Sustainable Water Management Scholarships

KAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries (Germany)
The KAAD scholarships are addressed to post-graduates and to academics who already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany.  The scholarship are targeted to citizens of developing or emerging countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America.  There is no specific subject-preference but there is a certain leaning towards “development oriented” studies or studies that will be of significance for the home country of the applicant.

VLIR-UOS Scholarship Program (Belgium)
Every year, VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries to study one of the 15 International Course Programmes (ICPs) or one of the 6 International Training Programmes (ITPs) in development-related fields. The scholarships cover all related expenses including allowance, accommodation, travel costs, tuition fee, and insurance.

See also CIUF-CUD Scholarships that also provide scholarships in Belgium for development related fields of study.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowships Program (USA)
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world.   The Fellowship provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States.  The eligible fields of study are mostly development related. The Fellowship provides for tuition fees, living allowance, accident and sickness coverage, book allowance, air travel, etc.

Commonwealth Scholarships (UK)
The Commonwealth Scholarships are targeted to students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue Master’s and PhD study in the UK. All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to those applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development.  Each scholarship provides airfare to and from United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), initial arrival allowance, among others

See also Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme and Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships which both support courses that have strong relevance to development.

Edinburgh Global Development Academy Scholarships (UK)
The University of Edinburgh offers Masters Scholarships for international students from least developing countries for eligible Master’s programmes related to International development and Environment offered by the University.  The scholarships cover the overseas rate of tuition fee for students from less developed countries.

University of East Anglia Development Scholarships (UK)
The University of East Anglia is offering partial and full scholarships for students from developing/low-income countries. The scholarships are towards a Masters Degree in international development courses offered by the School of International Development.  A full fee award may be offered to one international taught applicant and partial fee awards may be offered to students from USA (4 scholarship of £3000), Japan (2 scholarships of £3000), Korea (2 scholarships of £2000), Mexico (1 scholarship of £4000), Brazil (1 scholarship of £4000) and Philippines (1 scholarship of £4000).

See also 3ie Scholarships in Impact Evaluation for International Development

International Water Centre Scholarships for International Students (Australia)
The IWC Masters Scholarships are prestigious scholarships awarded annually to high calibre international candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) and who clearly demonstrate potential to become water leaders of the future.  The scholarship targeted to North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia covers full tuition scholarships and overseas health cover while the scholarship targeted to developing countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East cover full tuition fees, living costs, return air travel to Australia, student visa and overseas health cover.

United Nations University Scholarships in MS in Sustainability, Development and Peace (Japan)
The Japan Foundation for United Nations University (JFUNU) Scholarship is available for outstanding applicants from developing countries who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance and who are granted admissions to UNU-ISP under the MS in Sustainability, Development, and Peace program. The JFUNU scholarship covers the full tuition fees, and provides a monthly allowance of 150,000 JPY* for living expenses for a maximum of 24 months.

See also JFUNU Scholarships for PhD in Sustainability Science

SEARCA Graduate Scholarships in Agriculture (Asia)
The SEARCA Graduate Scholarship Programme aims to ensure the relevance and responsiveness of Southeast Asia’s agricultural scientists and professionals to global sustainable development issues. Eligible fields of study include agriculture and related sciences (including biological sciences, fishery, environmental science, statistics, forestry and social sciences). The scholarship covers stipend, tuition, international and domestic travel allowances, thesis/dissertation support, book allowance, and health insurance.

Marshal Papworth Scholarships for Development-Related Courses
Marshal Papworth scholarship fund one-year postgraduate courses such as MSc or MA at participating Universities in UK for students from developing countries. Examples of postgraduate courses being funded include Sustainable Development, Waste Management, International Horticulture, Project Management, and Economic Development. The scholarships vary in value from £14,500 to £21,500 depending on location and chosen university/College. The scholarships are designed to fund the majority of tuition fees, living expenses and travel costs.


International Scholarships for General Fields of Study that help in the Development of one’s Home Country  »


Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program (Any country)
The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from selected countires (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, and Madagascar) who have no other means of financing their studies.  In France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, applications are accepted from those who are originally from one of the above developing countries, are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year.  The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only.  Generally, the scholar is allowed to choose a reputable University of his/her choice subject to approval.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (European Union)
The European Union (EU) offers full-time scholarships for a wide range of Masters and Doctorate programmes to students coming from developing/emerging countries outside the EU.  The programme offers full scholarships and/or fellowships that cover the living costs, tuition fees, travelling and insurance costs of the students.

Australia Awards Scholarships (Australia)
Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), are scholarships for international students who wants to take up vocational education and training courses, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and PhD degrees  in Australian Universities. Scholarship holders are required to return to their country of citizenship for two years after they have completed their studies to contribute to the development of their home country. The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC),  etc.

Netherlands Fellowship Program (Netherlands)
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are scholarships that allow candidates from developing countries to receive a postgraduate education and to earn Dutch Master or PhD degree in a wide range of studies at Dutch Universities.  The fellowship can cover the costs of tuition fees, allowance, visas, travel costs, insurance and thesis research.  Fellowship holders are to return to their home country upon finishing the course or programme to help in the development of their home country.

American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship (USA)
The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship is targeted to high-achieving international students who are dedicated to positive civic and social change and who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree offered at the American University. It is intended for students who will be to returning home to improve under-resourced, under-served communities in his/her home country.  The AU EGL scholarship covers full tuition and room & board.

Developing Solutions Scholarships at University of Nottingham (UK)
The Developing Solutions Scholarships are designed for international students from Africa, India or one of the developing countries of the Commonwealth who want to study a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham and make a difference to the development of their home country. Each year,  105 scholarships  are awarded– 30 scholarships will cover the full tuition fee while 75 will cover 50% of the tuition fee.

University of West England Millennium Development Scholarships (UK)
The University of the West of England, Bristol offers the Millennium Development Scholarship which is targeted to international students who wish to attain Millennium Development goals within their country.  The recipient of this scholarship will be required to undertake an internship working within the International Development Office. The scholarship includes full tuition fees.

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships (UK)
IOE is offering the International Students House Centenary Masters Scholarships for students who plan to work either in their home country, or another, to improve the circumstances of disadvantaged, excluded or underachieving citizens.  Scholarships will cover full tuition fees and accommodation at International Students House.

Cultures of Resistance Scholarships at SOAS University London (UK)
The Cultures of Resistance Scholarships will benefit people from countries that have been affected by wars and extreme poverty.   Scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply their knowledge and skills for the betterment of their societies.  The scholarship are towards programmes related to development, human rights, and law.  Each scholarship is valued at £15,000 in total.  In addition, each scholar will benefit from a 20% reduction in their tuition fees, from free accommodation at International Student House (ISH) and food vouchers to be spent in the ISH restaurant.

University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships (UK)
The University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships are intended to aid international students in financial hardship due to the fact that they are domiciled in a country that is in crisis as a result of the political situation, war, natural disaster etc. The scholarship is available for students enrolled or intending to enroll in a full time Master’s programmes (not MBA) based at the University of Bradford. Each scholarship is worth approximately £20,000 which includes full tuition fees, accommodation, and living costs.

Roehampton University Sacred Heart Scholarships for International Students (UK)
The University of Roehampton and the Society of the Sacred Heart have established a scholarship fund to encourage postgraduate studies and research in areas which promote international understanding and which enable candidates to work more effectively in their communities upon completion of their studies.  The Scholarship will usually consist of the tuition fee and free or subsidised accommodation on the University of Roehampton campus.

Westminster Disaster Regeneration Scholarships (UK)
The Westminster Disaster Regeneration Scholarship is open to an international student from a developing country/region affected by a recent natural or man-made disaster. The intention of this scholarship is to aid in the regeneration of the affected country/region and you must make the case for how your chosen course will facilitate in this regeneration.  The scholarship covers full tuition fee waivers, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.


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