Category Archives: Scholarships

Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme supports outstanding postgraduate students from developing and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America.

The Louis Dreyfus Foundation aims to promote sustainable agriculture, food security and self-sufficiency, particularly through education and direct support to farmers, with a specific focus on developing countries in the above-mentioned regions.

One of the Foundation’s goals is to address the challenge facing humanity to double global food production in a sustainable way in order to feed a rapidly growing population.

This scholarship forms part of the wider Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme, managed by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.  For more information, including details of the leadership programme, please see the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme web page.

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,057). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Follow this link to apply



The University of Twente Scholarship (UTS) is a scholarship for excellent students from both EU/EEA as well as non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a graduate programme (MSc) at the University of Twente.

Please note:

The UTS is not available for Dutch and/or current UT students.



30 December 2015

Application round 1: Now open for application

Application round 2: Opens 1 February 2016

Click here to apply


The University of Sydney takes great pleasure in announcing the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships for new international students commencing at the University in 2015. These prestigious Scholarships will be offered to high achieving, academically meritorious, international students, inviting them to enjoy the Sydney experience at one of the finest institutions of higher education in the world.
Selection is based strictly on academic merit.

For all enquiries regarding Sydney Achievers scholarships please email

Sydney Achievers International Scholarships (Undergraduate)

  • AUD$10,000 each per annum, available for the CRICOS registered duration of a recipient’s program of study, for any Undergraduate program offered at the University of Sydney (subject to the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic progress each year).
  • No living allowance is payable.
Criteria for Eligibility
  • Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification or an international senior secondary qualification accepted by the University with outstanding results, as deemed by the University of Sydney.
  • Students completing Foundation Studies Programs offered by Australian or New Zealand universities are eligible.
  • Students who have already commenced/completed tertiary studies, or students transferring with credit exemptions and/or advanced standing, are not eligible.

For further information on equivalents to Australian Year 12 qualifications and a table showing standard academic requirements for some of these examinations relative to ATAR scores see:
Undergraduate entry requirements

To enquire about this scholarship: email

Sydney Achievers International Scholarships (Postgraduate)

  • AUD$10,000 each per annum (ie, $15,000 in total for a 1.5 year program, $20,000 in total for a 2 year program), available for the CRICOS registered duration of a recipient’s program of study, for any Postgraduate Coursework program offered at the University of Sydney (subject to the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic progress each year).
  • No living allowance is payable.
Criteria for Eligibility
  • Applicants must have completed the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor degree qualification with outstanding results based on the Australian grading system, as deemed by the University of Sydney.
  • Students who have already commenced/completed postgraduate studies are not eligible.

To enquire about this scholarship: email

Application and Selection Procedures

  • No separate application is required for the scholarship. Applications for Admission to Semester Two 2015 are now open. To apply, visit our FIND A COURSE website.
  • To be considered for the Sydney Achievers International Scholarship, a candidate must receive an Unconditional Offer of Admission.
  • All eligible applicants with an unconditional offer by a specified cut-off date will be considered. From that pool, top-ranked eligible applicants will be selected and invited to complete anExpression of Interest form. All those returning a completed EOI form by the due date will be further considered, from which successful candidates will be selected and then offered the scholarship by email.


To be considered, you must have an Unconditional Offer by 08 May 2015.
Invitations to EOI will be sent to selected applicants by 15 May 2015.
Applicants who returned their EOIs by 22 May 2015 will be considered.
Offers for the scholarship will be made by 29 May 2015.

Selection Criteria

  • Selection will be based strictly on academic merit as per the University’s admission requirements.
  • Only applicants with unconditional offers of admission will be considered.
  • Selection will be made by the Student Recruitment & Admissions Group, whose decision will be final. No appeals will be entertained.


  • Scholarship recipients will need to maintain satisfactory academic progress, which, for the purposes of retaining the Scholarship, is defined as maintaining a credit average (at least 65%) or more each year. Failure to do so may result in the Scholarship being terminated.
  • Successful candidates:
    – must not be in receipt of any other tuition scholarship or sponsorship;
    – must commence study in Semester Two 2015 – commencement may not be deferred to a later semester;
    – must provide the final results once available if unconditional offer is made based on predicted results, eg IB;
    – will be required to pay for their own airfares to Sydney, living expenses, study materials, text books, any ancillary fees (if applicable) and Overseas Student Health Cover each year;
    – are also responsible for paying the balance of the tuition fees each year;
    – are required to enrol as full-time international students and must maintain their international student status on a full-time basis throughout their enrolment at the University of Sydney; and
    – may not be entitled to a ‘Leave of Absence’ during the duration of the Scholarship, unless it is due to extenuating circumstances.

The University of Sydney reserves the right to make changes to this Scholarships program without notice and at its discretion.

City Graduate School fees-and-funding University-doctoral-studentships

Doctoral Studentships

City University London’s recent REF 2014 results show a marked increase in the quality of our research output, with over 75% of our submissions rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent. Building on the success of our REF2014 submission, the University is pleased to offer over 20 doctoral studentships across the University.

If you wish to be considered for a Studentship you should also discuss your proposal with the relevant School to establish whether you can be supported.

The University provides a broad research and enterprise development programme to support the development of research skills.

Please read the following information carefully. Each School has its own application arrangements and deadlines.

School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering: 6 Doctoral Studentships 

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering is inviting applications for 6 full-time, three-year doctoral studentships for 2015/16 entry. Three of the studentships are funded by The George Daniels’ Educational Trust; the other three are funded by the School.

REF 2014 highlighted the world class quality of research undertaken in the School and recognised the impact it has on all areas of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. These studentships will further enhance our research and applications are welcome from individuals wishing to join our vibrant research community to pursue cutting-edge research in any of the School’s key research areas.

What is offered

A doctoral studentship provides

  • an annual bursary (£16,000 in 2015/16);
  • a full tuition fee waiver. Applications are welcome from overseas applicants but the difference between overseas and UK fee must be covered by the applicant or by the supervisor (with prior agreement).

Successful applicants will be expected to provide 3 hours per week support for teaching in the School. Continuation of the studentship after the first year is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress.

Continuation of the award after the first year is subject to confirmation by the relevant School of satisfactory progress.


Applications are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international graduates and will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting edge-research.

  • Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 honours degree or merit level Masters degree in a relevant subject (or international equivalent)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent
  • Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City University London or any other academic institution

How to apply

You are strongly advised to discuss your application in advance with a potential supervisor in the School in order to deterrmine whether we can offer supervision in your chosen research area. Applications must consist of the following:

  • A completed Research Degree application form
  • A 3 page research proposal. This should include (a) your research question(s), (b) background literature and motivation for the research and (c) methodology/work plan.
  • Proof of academic qualifications, i.e. grade transcripts from your previous degree(s)
  • Proof of English language proficiency if you do not speak English as your first language
    Two confidential references (one of which must be an academic reference)

The above documents should be compiled into a single document and submitted to by the 25th May 2015.

Research areas

  • Pure and applied mathematics
  • Representation theory
  • Mathematical physics
  • Mathematical biology
Computer Science 
  • Adaptive Computing Systems
  • Human‐Computer Interaction Design
  • Software Reliability
  • Library and Information Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Geographic Information Science
Civil Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Structures
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Systems and Control
  • Photonics and Instrumentation
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Turbulence and Flow Control
  • Multi- Scale Flow Technologies
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction

Further Information

Enquiries should be directed to

Cass Business School: 11 Doctoral Studentships

Cass Business School is offering 11 PhD studentships for 2015/16. REF 2014 results places Cass 6th in the UK and highlights the world class quality of Cass research, and recognizes the impact it has on business, the professions and policymakers.

We strongly advise you to discuss your proposal with School colleagues in order to establish whether you can be supported. You can find more details on doctoral study within Cass on the School pages.

To be considered for a studentship you need to complete the online application form and your application needs to be completed in full by 31st March 2015.

Please contact for further information.

School of Arts and Social Sciences: 6 Doctoral Studentships

The School is home to a vibrant research community and provides a research programme to support the development of its students’ future careers

We strongly advise you to discuss your proposal with School colleagues in order to establish whether you can be supported. You can find more details on the School pages.

To be considered for one of the scholarships you must submit a full online application to the relevant PhD Programme by 31st March 2015, stating on the form that you wish to be considered for a funded doctoral studentship.

Please contact for further information.

Loughborough University seeks students for 5 PhDs to create more sustainable and resilient buildings

The School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University is seeking five students to undertake PhD projects in collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).  This is the first stage in a programme of collaborative research between BRE and the University.

The research covers three core strands that align with BRE’s priorities and build on existing areas of strength in the University:

High performing buildings: including building information modelling and design, energy demand reduction, ventilation, thermal and daylight simulation, monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation.

Sustainable construction: including sustainability management, assessment and informatics, responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, sustainable procurement and supply chains, waste minimisation and resource efficiency.

Resilient buildings and communities: including disaster risk reduction, community resilience, flooding research, condition monitoring and assessment of buildings and civil infrastructure.

Professor Jacqui Glass, Professor of Architecture and Construction and Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, stated:

“We are delighted to be collaborating with BRE in these important areas.  Support from the BRE Trust in particular enables the researchers to leverage BRE’s wealth of experience and achieve wide reaching impact via BRE’s standards such as BREEAM. This significant support builds upon our status as a Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Building Design, and will extend the internationally leading research undertaken in our School in this area. ”

Dr Deborah Pullen, BRE Group Research Director, reiterated BRE’s support for the initiative:

“Working with the Centre at Loughborough allows us to build on our own research capabilities through alignment with the extensive work being carried out at the University.  Loughborough is one of the foremost universities with regards to built environment research, and working together enables us to significantly advance knowledge and innovation in these core areas..”

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Loughborough consolidated its position in the premier league of research universities. It was ranked 14th in the UK and 9th among universities in England for research intensity. At subject level, seven of Loughborough’s subject areas feature in their national subject top ten.

In the subject assessment for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, Loughborough was ranked fifth overall in the UK. 100% of its research impact and of its research environment was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Applications for the five studentships are open until 22nd May. 

Traceability in the construction supply chain

Repeatability in building modelling and design

Bringing big data into building energy modelling–bringing-big-data-into-building-energy-modelling-ref-gs15cbe.html

Embedding the idea of the circular economy into buildings–embedding-the-idea-of-the-circular-economy-into-buildings-ref.html

Measuring the resilience of communities–measuring-the-resilience-of-communities-ref-gs15cbe1m5.html

2015 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the CSC in partnership with UK universities. These scholarships are intended for students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake Master’s level study in the UK, to gain skills and knowledge which will allow them to contribute to the development of their home countries.

Levels and subjects of study

Shared Scholarships are for taught Masters’ courses only; awards will not be made for undergraduate or PhD study, and will not cover any pre-sessional English language teaching.

Candidates can apply to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only.

Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only.

Terms and conditions and eligibility

To apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (a full list is available in theCommonwealth Shared Scholarships 2015 prospectus)
  • Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2015
  • Hold, by October 2015, a first degree of at least upper second class Honours standard
  • Not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable themselves, or through their families, to pay to study in the UK

How to apply

All applications must be made through your host UK university. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date.

All Commonwealth Shared Scholarship candidates must be selected and put forward to the CSC by their host UK university, and must submit their application to the CSC using our Electronic Application System (EAS).

Candidates must apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship using one of two methods, as instructed by the university:

  1. Via university: Applying to the university in the first instance using the university’s own application form. If selected, candidates will then be asked to submit an application to the CSC using the EAS. Any applications made via the EAS only and not directly to the university first will not be considered.
  2. EAS only: Applying to both the university and the CSC at the same time using the EAS.

Each university has its own closing date for applications. Any applications received after this date will be deemed ineligible.

The table on pages 5-6 of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2015 prospectus indicates the method of application and closing date for each university.

Candidates may apply to more than one university, but only one offer of a Shared Scholarship may be accepted.

Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.

The EAS will close to applicants on 16 April 2015 and no further applications can be submitted after that date. Candidates should note that most university closing dates fall before 16 April and you must submit your application by the date advised by the university to which you are applying.

How to access the EAS

All enquiries about Commonwealth Shared Scholarships should be directed to the university to which you wish to apply.

DAAD Scholarship for Students from Developing Countries

The MIPLC is a part of the DAAD’s program of “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses.” If you would like to apply for the scholarship offered in this context, please note that several special conditions apply. Please read the information provided here very carefully.

Applications for 2016/17 will be accepted from June 1 through October 15, 2015.

Click here to learn more

On reading and books

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read – Mark Twain.

I admit I have not always read this much non-fiction as I have always liked to read fiction, there was always something I looked forward to doing – reading novels – with the odd non-fiction book begging to be read. Not to say I didn’t enjoy reading the odd non-fiction like Ben Carson’s gifted hands but it wasn’t my ‘thing’. I also vaguely remember a few people urging me to read more non-fiction (maybe while trying to ‘sell’ me a book) but I easily told them – it wasn’t my ‘thing’.

The reason is not far-fetched: Fiction fed my imagination and had the ability to ‘take me places’. A quick disclaimer though, I stopped reading M & B after a couple of years of starting – I found them repetitive even though they were ‘easy’ reads and had their peculiar allure. Having said that, my particularly favorite story I like to share is that of me shedding tears profusely while reading (Danielle Steel and more recently Half of a yellow sun) – it was almost as if I was personally affected in the present by their stories.

Non-fiction on the other hand is arguably boring and more difficult to read BUT the benefits can be said to outweigh that of reading fiction – especially depending on what you start out to achieve. I personally disliked ‘self-help’ books: my argument being that there was no one way to achieving or being something and anyone trying to shove their ‘success’ story down my throat will have to do more than sell me a book… My perspective has changed ever so slightly and I think even ‘self help’ books have their benefits. My aim in the last couple of years is to have at least one fiction and one non-fiction book at any given time – it would seem that I’ve had more of the latter in that time – wonders shall never end!

Talking about wonders, in this day and age where there are audio books, even people that don’t like to read or are unable to read, can benefit from ‘reading’. I am hoping, we all agree that there are benefits to reading (reading in this context relates to ‘leisure’ reading and not in the academic sense). So when I decided to post about reading, I had in mind sharing some gist on reading and also other self-development options that should come in handy. The best part is that they are free useful and online.

My all time favorite is Coursera and I just finished a short course on learning how to learn which I found instructive! There is also code academy where you can learn various computer programming languages. There is mindtools app and of course TedEx, subscribing to free podcasts and a host of other free resources. A comprehensive list can be found on I used Audibles to buy a few audio books and I enjoyed being able to multitask, I also got a few free online downloads though they were mostly not the full books. I am sure many of the mentors can add to the list – please feel free to do just that!

To round this up nicely, it is important to read – more in the unacademic sense than in the academic sense. Investing (time AND money) in this practice (it’s a hobby for some people) is invaluable: more valuable than spending time in front of the TV or aimlessly on social media. I don’t intend to suggest that anyone reading this should jump from reading one book (GEG) to another (fiction/non-fiction), or that reading fiction is a pure waste of your time, I am only suggesting what I know to be true – what you will realize to be true in the near future. It is my intention to stress the importance of balance – among the things we spend our leisure doing of which reading for leisure and reading instructive material for leisure should be one.

Scholarship programs for Developing Countries

The following are scholarship programs currently open for African students with closing dates by December 2014

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries – Masters and PhD

Applications are now open for the CSC Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD students from developing Commonwealth countries to study in UK, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Australian Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students

Applications is open from 1st September for Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships. There are two categories of Award: The Master Awards and the Africa Fellowships

Chevening Scholarships for Commonwealth Countries

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is offering the Chevening Scholarships for one year postgraduate Masters course to study any discipline at UK Universities. Deadline is now November.

Next Gen Fellowship Program for Sub-Saharan African Countries

Carnegie Corporation of New York is funding three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career social science faculty of African academics working on peace, security and development issues.

Quota Scholarship Scheme in Norway for 800 Bachelors, Masters and PhD Students from Developing Countries

The Norwegian Government offer scholarship funds for the Quota Scholarship scheme for Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD Students from Developing Countries at universities and university colleges in Norway

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (Masters & PhD) in UK for International Students

Gates Cambridge Trust offers full fee postgraduate (Masters and PhD) Scholarships for outstanding International students to study any course at the University of Cambridge, UK

IDB Scholarships for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC)

Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC) Scholarship Programme funds and implements its scholarship programmes as part of its overall effort in the development of human resources of its member countries and those of the Muslim communities in non-member countries. There are three scholarship programmes offered by IDB:

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships in Netherlands for Undergraduate & Masters Students

Each year Utrecht University Netherlands offers the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for international students to study for Bachelors and Masters degree.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships in Canada for Developing Countries

Trudeau Foundation offers Doctoral Scholarships for Canadian Citizens and Foreign Nationals (with preference to developing countries) to study Social Sciences and Humanities at Canadian Universities.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 200 PhD Fellowships will be awarded. For awardees who need more than three years to complete their PhD studies, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions. For details, please contact the institutions concerned directly.

Application for Chevening Scholarships for Developing Countries is Now Open – 2015/2016

Brief description The Association of Commonwealth Universities is offering the Chevening Scholarships for one year postgraduate Masters course to study any discipline at UK Universities 2015/2016
Eligible Fields of Study Chevening Scholarships are awarded across a wide range of fields; including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia in any UK University
About Scholarship The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship programme was established in 1983 and is now an internationally prestigious scheme with over 41,000 alumni. In 2011-12 there were over 700 Chevening Scholars studying at universities across the UK. Chevening Scholarships are currently offered in approximately 110 countries. Chevening awards enable Scholars to study a one-year postgraduate Master’s course in any discipline at any UK university. The Chevening programme makes awards to talented individuals who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers.
Scholarship Offered Since: 1983
Selection Criteria Chevening Scholarships are for high-calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. You will need to demonstrate that you:
  • have the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership in your home country
  • are motivated to develop your career in order to establish a position of leadership in your own country within ten years of your Scholarship
  • have a clear post-Scholarship plan, outlining your career objectives and how you plan to achieve them
  • are committed to networking to find global solutions
  • are committed to networking within the Chevening community, via online engagement and attending Chevening events in the UK and engaging with the alumni network in your home country
  • are able to use your studies and experience in the UK to benefit yourself, your country and the UK
  • are capable of successfully undertaking and completing your proposed course of study in the UK
Eligibility There are no age restrictions for Chevening Scholarships. To qualify for a Scholarship, you must:
  • demonstrate that you have achieved a minimum English language requirement (see link below) at the time that you submit your application
  • be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of applying for the award, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study
  • hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a good UK second-class honours degree.
  • have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience
If you do not meet the above criteria please do not apply. Your application will not be considered.Number of Scholarship: Several Value of Scholarship A full Chevening Scholarship award normally comprises:
  • payment of tuition fees;
  • travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only;
  • an arrival allowance;
  • a grant for the cost of preparation of a thesis or dissertation (if required);
  • an excess baggage allowance;
  • the cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only;
  • a monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on whether you are studying inside or outside London. It is currently £917 per month outside London and £1134 per month inside London (subject to annual review).

Duration of Scholarship: One year

Eligible African Countries See list of eligible African countries: See list of other countries:

To be taken at (country): UK Universities

Application Deadline Applications for 2015/2016 Scholarships will open on 1 August 2014. Deadlines vary by country. If you want to be notified once the application is open, visit the country list from the link above and register your details. Applications will close on 15 November 2014, 23:59 G

Offered annually? yes

How can I Apply? To apply for a Chevening Scholarship, you must complete and submit an online eChevening application form Be sure to visit this page for Guidelines for Applicants before applying S

ponsors Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), with further contributions from universities and other partners in the UK and overseas, including governmental and private sector bodies.

Important Notes: You must set out clearly in your Personal Statement on the application form how you believe you meet the Chevening selection criteria.