FULLY FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Fully Funded Scholarships: An Epic Global Guide

Have you ever pictured yourself studying abroad, not worrying about money because, hey, one of the many fully funded scholarships got your back? 

Well, that dream might come true, because fully funded scholarships for Undergraduate and Master’s international students (and even for PH.D. students!) are out there. 

WWB writer Saymé Pérez, is going to help you find all the best fully-funded scholarships

You just have to find them and nail them, which you will if you follow our tips! 

Fully-Funded Scholarships for Undergraduate and Master Students 

1. Scholarships for Master’s Students

2. Scholarships for Undergraduate Students 

In this article, you will learn:

  • The best fully-funded scholarships out there.
  • A list of popular countries that offer fully-funded scholarships.
  • Incredible tips when applying to help you stand out from the crowd.

Buckle up and let’s begin!

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1.What Is a Fully-Funded Scholarship ?

Also known as a full-ride scholarship, this type of funding will cover almost everything for you: 

  • tuition fees
  • books and materials
  • accommodation
  • monthly stipend
  • events participation
  • some cover your flight tickets

All you have to do is focus on your degree! Now, that sounds amazing, am I right? 

However, it’s important to do your research and know exactly what they don’t cover, so you are prepared. 

For example, some fully-funded scholarships don’t cover flight tickets, or refund you the money spent on them once you’re in the country, so you’ll have to get yourself there.

2.When to Apply to Fully-Funded Scholarships?

Well, the short answer is: It depends. Sorry, we can’t avoid the cliché here!

You have to check the deadlines of your desired programs, but we would advise you to start your applications around October of the year before you plan to start your degree.

Is common to find fully-funded scholarships having deadlines in the first trimester of the year, especially in Europe. But the Chevening Scholarships for studying in the UK, for example, have deadlines around November 10. 

But how do you find these sought-after scholarships? Let’s have a look.

3.How to Find Fully-Funded Scholarships?

These scholarships are usually offered by governments, universities, and/or their sponsors, alumni or associates, and none governmental entities of the city where the uni is located. 

In the first case, there’s usually a higher number of awards so if you apply to different ones (and you should), definitely apply to government scholarships.

You have two options to find fully-funded scholarships: 

  1. Look for the Funding or Scholarships section on your chosen university website. 
  2. Look up specialized websites such as: 

They keep updated records on scholarships all over the world.

Still, we’ll provide you with an extensive list of them right here on this post!

In some cases, you will need to apply separately to both the university and the scholarship (ex. Chinese Government scholarship, Chevening Scholarships).

In others, all it takes is to click on a checkbox assigned to each scholarship the university offers, while applying to one of their programs.

4.What Do You Need to Apply to a Fully-Funded Scholarship

Well, it’s REALLY important to read carefully the scholarship requirements regarding what documents to present and the formatting, since every country and program is different.

Usually, if you have to apply separately, fully-funded scholarship programs for both undergraduate and postgraduate students will require the following documents:

  • A University Admission Letter
  • Cover Letter or Scholarship Essay
  • Proof of Language
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Proof of Financial Need

4.1. A University Admission Letter 

Although not always. You need to check the deadlines of both universities and scholarships carefully so you can know when to apply if you need this document.

In some cases, when applying to the university program of your choice, you’ll be automatically eligible for certain scholarships if you meet their requirements.

4.2. Cover Letter or Scholarships Essay 

This one of the most important ones! This is where they can assess your personality.

And THIS is where you have to shine. Write a letter that stands out from the rest of the competitors. 

More about this in the Top Tips down below

4.3. Proof of Language

If you’re going to study abroad, you should have a high proficiency in English at the very least, my friend. Many of the programs in foreign countries are offered in English, especially Master’s degrees.

The university will demand you pass an official test (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) if you’re not a native speaker and the scholarship may ask for it too.

But what if English is not your forte? 

Worry not! 

You can take the program in the local language, and spend a year or two learning it before you start your actual program. Many scholarships cover this extra year, others do not.

Research properly and just in case, study  English: this will always be a smart inversion.  

4.4. Curriculum Vitae

This fancy document is also important. Here you will write down your previous studies, skills, extracurricular activities, awards you have won, volunteer experiences, etc.

Keep in mind the formatting of the CV they’ll ask you to provide.

4.5. Recommendation Letters 

These are a great reminder of why you need to be a good student enough for your teachers to notice you.

Recommendation letters state a more personal perspective of you. The professor you ask to write them should be someone that has witnessed your hard work, talents, and skills firsthand.

That’s why your thesis (or other important projects) supervisor is the ideal person for this.

Make sure to ask for it in advance so they don’t feel rushed and you have time enough to submit it.

4.6. Transcripts

Many scholarship programs will ask you for your transcripts, especially if you need to apply separately from the University. 

Be certain to have them on time, we don’t want a lack of time to stand between you and that scholarship you so badly want, right? 

4.7. Proof of Financial Need

Although not all the programs will ask for this, it would be good to be prepared in advance.

5. Fully-Funded Scholarships for Master Students

Now, the juicier part of the post! Here are some of the programs you’ll be able to apply to as a master’s student.

For Master’s students, the options are quite broad when it comes to fully-funded scholarships, as you will see in the list below.

Is amazing how many programs are and how specific they can be, which is a plus to increase your chances of getting the scholarship of your dreams, if you know how to play your cards. 

Here we bring you a selection of the best fully-funded scholarships for masters out there. To make it easier for you, we split this information by world areas and countries.

 Let’s dive in!

Fully funded scholarships in Africa?

5.1 Africa

There are not as many programs in Africa as we wish, but certain students will still have the chance of studying in this beautiful and vibrant continent.

1. Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Place of Study: South Africa or any other Commonwealth country except your own.

Who can Apply: Students from Namibia, Sri Lanka, South Pacific, and Papua New Guinea.

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • stipend for living expenses
  • one return economy flight to and from the host country
  • arrival allowance
  • research support grant

Mauritius

1. Mauritius Africa Scholarship Scheme

Place of study: Public Higher Education Institutions 

Who can apply: Students from the African Union  member countries under the age of 35

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees 
  • living expenses
  • one return airfare from and to the home country by the most economical route
  • Covid-19 14 days quarantine
  • PCR costs
  • medical expenses.

Fully funded scholarships in the US & Latin America?

5.2 America

Ah, the exciting American continent. 

Whether you picture yourself eating tons of tacos in Mexico or meeting worldwide students in the USA, all while studying in extremely prestigious institutions, you have to know there’s a perfect place for you here. 

Although there are not many fully-funded scholarships, there are small (and not so small) grants that you can apply to as well. Don’t say we didn’t tell you! 

  • Latin America

Mexico

1. Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

Place of Study: Institutions registered with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT)

Who can apply: Candidates not living in Mexico at application time?

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees
  • medical insurance
  • monthly stipend
  • visa expenses
  • travel expenses from Mexico City to a place of study (if different)
  • in some cases, one return airfare from and to the home country by the most economical route.

USA

1. Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Place of Study: USA Universities and Academic Institutions

Who can apply: International students from 155 countries 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • airfare
  • living stipend
  • health insurance

2. Yale University Scholarship 

Place of Study: Yale University 

Who can apply: students from all countries 

What does it Cover: 

  • an average of $50 000 funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses.

3. Dalhousie University Scholarships 

Place of Study: Dalhousie University

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • $20 000 funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses.

Fully funded scholarships in Asia?

5.3 Asia

This continent is pure magic. So many different cultures, food, and customs to explore 

Plus, there are many underestimated programs in the list that cover studies in institutions that are earning their places in the prestigious QS World University Rankings.

Some programs will require that you take and successfully pass different tests, which is the case if you apply to a fully-funded scholarship in Japan, for example.

Some, like the fully-funded scholarship in Turkey, will also provide social and cultural facilities to its awardees. Talk about support!

Others will automatically provide a fully-funded scholarship to EVERY student accepted in a master’s degree. I’m looking at you, KAUST scholarships.

The point is, there are several incredible choices in Asia for funding your postgraduate studies. Here, we bring you every fully-funded program we could find for a broader range of students.

Azerbaijan 

1. Azerbaijan Scholarship Program 

Place of Study: Universities and Academic Institutions in Azerbaijan 

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees
  • international flight
  • monthly stipend for meals, accommodation, and utility costs
  • medical insurance
  • visa costs
  • registration costs.

Fully funded scholarships in South-East Asia?

Brunei

1. Brunei Darussalam Scholarships

Place of Study: Four eligible Universities.

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover:

  •  tuition fees (including acceptance, examination, orientation, and registration fees)
  • monthly personal allowance
  • monthly meals allowance
  • manual book allowance
  • one return airfare from and to the home country in economic class
  • accommodation
  • baggage allowance
  • comprehensive insurance

China

1. Chinese Scholarship Council 

Place of Study: Chinese universities 

Who can Apply: Non-Chinese citizens

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • medical insurance
  • monthly living stipend
  • free accommodation

Indonesia

1. Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB) Scholarship

Place of Study: Indonesian universities 

Who can apply: students from developing countries around the world.

What does it Cover: 

  • settlement allowance (given to new students upon arrival)
  • monthly allowance
  • book allowance
  • research allowance
  • medical insurance
  • round-trip international airfare (economy class) from the international airport of the student’s home countries to Indonesia, including local transport to the host university.

Japan

1. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships

Place of Study: Japan

Who can Apply: research students, teacher training students, undergraduate students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, specialized training college students.

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • monthly living stipend
  • roundtrip fare (air ticket)

2. Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

Place of Study: eligible programs at universities in Japan, the USA, Europe, Africa, and Oceania.

Who can apply: Students from these countries 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • roundtrip fare from and to home country plus a $500 travel allowance per trip
  • basic medical insurance
  • monthly allowance to cover expenses (accommodation, food, books, etc.) 

3. Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)

Place of Study: Eligible institutions 

Who can apply: Nationals of an ADB borrowing member countries

What does it Cover: 

  • full tuition fees
  • monthly subsistence allowance (including housing)
  • books and instructional materials
  • medical insurance
  • travel expenses

Malaysia

1. Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS)

Place of Study: Malaysia’s public and private universities.

Who can apply: Students from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Kingdom of Morocco, Palestine.

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • monthly living allowance

Philippines

1. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Full Scholarships 

Place of Study: SEARCA Center 

Who can apply: Students from SEAMEO member countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition and other school fees
  • travel allowance
  • thesis/dissertation support
  • books and supplies allowance
  • health insurance
  • stipend for food, lodging, and incidental expenses

Saudi Arabia

1. KAUST Scholarships 

Place of Study: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Who can apply: Domestic and International students

What does it Cover:

  • full tuition support
  • monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annual)
  • housing, medical, and dental coverage
  • relocation support

2. King Fahd University Scholarship

Place of Study: King Fahd University

Who can apply: National and International students

What does it Cover: 

  • free tuition
  • monthly stipend to cover living expenses
  • free furnished air-conditioned bachelor housing
  • essential medical care
  • free textbooks
  • subsidized meals in the University cafeteria
  • a chance to participate along with the University faculty in the Research and Book writing projects funded by the University
  • a prepaid air passage for initial travel to Dammam at the start of the contract, and a return ticket after completion of the Degree
  • additional benefits are available by University policy

South Korea

1. Korean Government Scholarship

Place of Study: Korean Universities and Academic Institutions.

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • resettlement allowance
  • living allowance
  • medical insurance
  • language courses
  • an award for excellent Korean language proficiency
  • research support
  • dissertation printing costs 
  • completion grant

2. KAIST Scholarships

Place of Study: Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • full tuition fee
  • monthly living expenses
  • medical health insurance

Taiwan

1. TaiwanICDF’s International Higher Education Scholarship Program

Place of Study: Eligible Institutions 

Who can apply: Nationals from these countries 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition and credit fees
  • return airfare
  • housing
  • insurance
  • textbook costs
  • monthly allowance

2. National Taiwan University Scholarships

Place of Study: National Taiwan University

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition waiver
  • monthly stipend

3. Government of Taiwan Scholarship 

Place of Study: National Taiwan University 

Who can apply: International Students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition waiver
  • monthly stipend

Thailand

1. Bangkok Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Chulalongkorn University

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • round-trip flight ticket
  • monthly stipend
  • accommodation

2. Royal Thai Government  Scholarships

Place of Study: AIT

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • accommodation
  • bursary for living expenses in AIT’s residential campus

Turkey

1. Türkiye Scholarships 

Place of Study: Participating Universities in Turkey. 

Who can apply: All nationalities 

What does it Cover: 

  • financial support
  • tuition fees
  • accommodation
  • health insurance

United Arabs Emirates

1. UAE University Scholarships

Place of Study: UAE University

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • full tuition waiver
  • health insurance
  • monthly stipend
  • research allowance

2. Khalifa University Scholarships

Place of Study: Khalifa University

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • medical insurance
  • support to attend international research conferences, mobilization/ demobilization 
  • flight assistance for overseas international students
  • monthly stipend 

Vietnam

1. Ton Duc Thang University Graduate Scholarships

Place of Study: Ton Duc Thang University

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • Vietnamese language course
  • dormitory allowance

Fully funded scholarships in Oceania?

5.4 Australia and New Zealand 

5.4.1 How can I get a Full Scholarship in Australia

Beautiful Australia is widely known as a popular destination for international students.

The prestigious universities, multicultural cities, and job opportunities are some of the reasons this country is often selected for studying, by many students around the world. 

English as the official language and kangaroos are reason enough to pack your bags and head over there!

But, it is kind of expensive in terms of the cost of living, not to mention education. As is New Zealand. So, a scholarship would help you make it possible to go there for your studies.

Getting a fully-funded scholarship in Australia can be a bit challenging because there aren’t many and they are highly competitive. 

However, you can always boost your chances of getting one by applying to as many as possible; polishing your leadership skills (which is something many institutions in Australia want to see in their awardees), and applying with time and care.

1. Australia Awards Scholarships

Place of Study: Australia 

Who can apply: students from specific countries from Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Pacific Countries. See the full list here.

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees
  • return air travel–payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
  • establishment allowance
  • contribution to living expenses
  • Introductory Academic Program expenses
  • health insurance
  • pre-course English fees
  • supplementary academic support
  • fieldwork stipend

2. University of Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships

Place of Study: University of Melbourne 

Who can apply: International and domestic students undertaking a Master by Research in any eligible subject.

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • living allowance
  • relocation grant
  • health insurance

3. Australian Government Research  Training Program Scholarships

Place of Study: Flinders University 

Who can apply: students of any country except Australia and New Zealand

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • living allowance
  • relocation grant
  • airfare tickets

4. University of Sydney International Scholarship

Place of Study: University of Sydney 

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover:  

  • tuition fees
  • living costs stipend
  • medical insurance

5. New Zealand International Scholarships

Place of Study: Eligible New Zealand’s universities and institutions.

Who can apply: International students from these countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • weekly living allowance
  • establishment allowance
  • medical insurance
  • travel between the home country and New Zealand at the start and end of the scholarship
  • travel insurance
  • travel home during your scholarship (one or two trips home are allowed, depending on the length of your scholarship)
  • help with research and thesis costs

Fully funded scholarships in Europe?

5.5 Europe 

1. Erasmus + or Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree 

This Scholarship Program deserves its own space. The European Commission provides this fund for students wanting to pursue a Master’s degree in Europe.

This distinguished award is available for international students and must be taken in at least two of the Program countries from the international consortium of higher education institutions involved.

Meaning, you’ll be able to know at least two countries, cultures, and study in two reputable institutions.

This is hands down a mind-blowing opportunity!

Austria

1. Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria

Place of Study: Universities of Austria 

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • monthly installment
  • health insurance
  • accommodation
  • travel costs for Non-EU students

Belgium

1. VLIR-UOS Scholarship Program

Place of Study: Flemish universities and colleges.

Who can apply: International students from these 31 countries

What does it Cover: 

  • accommodation
  • health insurance
  • International travel
  • tuition fees

2. Science@Leuven Scholarships

Place of Study: Faculty of Science at K.U. Leuven 

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fee for 1 year
  • insurance and basic health insurance coverage. 
  • living expenses

3. ARES Scholarships for Developing Countries

Place of Study: Participating universities and academic institutions in Belgium.

Who can apply: Students from these countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • international travel costs
  • living allowance
  • arrival allowance, and return fees
  • registration fees
  • insurance fees
  • travel costs that are part of university training
  • indirect mission fees 

Denmark

1. Denmark Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Participating Higher Education Institutions in Denmark.

Who can apply: Non-EU students

What does it Cover: 

  • full or partial tuition fee waivers 
  • and/or grants towards covering your living costs, depending on the higher institution of your choice.

Finland

1. University of Helsinki Master Degree Program

Place of Study: University of Helsinki 

Who can apply: Non-EU students

What does it Cover: 

France

1. Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

Place of Study: Universities and Academic Institutions in France.

Who can apply: Non-French students under the age of 25.

What does it Cover: 

  • monthly allowance of € 1181
  • round trip International air travel
  • train travel within France
  • local transportation
  • health insurance
  • supplemental health insurance
  • sometimes, cultural activities

Note: Although there are fewer fully-funded scholarships in France, many of the existing non-fully-funded grants can even cover visa expenses or provide a substantial monthly stipend. 

Germany

1. DAAD

Place of Study: German Universities offering development-related postgraduate courses.

Who can Apply: Professionals from developing countries with at least 2 years of work experience

What does it Cover: 

  • monthly payments of € 861
  • payments towards health, accident, and personal liability insurance cover
  • travel allowance
  • under certain circumstances, monthly rent subsidy and a monthly allowance for accompanying members of the family.

Note: Keep in mind that studying in Germany is free even for international students, you’d only need to pay an administrative fee of 100 something euros. 

Hungary

1. Government of Hungary Scholarships (Stipendium Hungaricum) 

Place of Study: Higher Education Institutions 

Who can apply: Nationals of these eligible countries 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • monthly stipend as a contribution to the living expenses
  • free dormitory place or an accommodation contribution
  • medical insurance

Ireland

1. Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships

Place of Study: Higher Education Institutions

Who can apply: non-EU/EEA students

What does it Cover: 

  • €10,000 stipend for one year’s study
  • full fee waiver of all tuition and other registration costs at the higher education institution

Italy

1. Italian Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Italian Higher Education institutions.

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition and enrollment (depending on each University’s policy)
  • health and medical/accident insurance
  • € 900 monthly allowance

2. Padua International Excellence Scholarship Program

Place of Study: University of Padua

Who can apply: Non-Italian students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fee-waiver
  • €8,000 grant

Romania

1. Romanian Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Universities in Romania 

Who can apply: Non-EU students 

What does it Cover: 

  • registration fees or any other fees required by the application processing.
  • testing for the Romanian language skills
  • tuition fees for both language and master program
  • monthly allowance
  • accommodation
  • local public, ground, naval and underground transport, as well as domestic car, railway, and naval transport.

Note: to be awarded a fully-funded scholarship in Romania, you’ll need to study in Romanian since the government is making an effort to promote the language and culture. But if you don’t know the language, you’ll be provided with one year of training by the government!

Slovakia

1. Slovak Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Universities and Academic Institutions in Slovakia.

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • monthly allowance
  • living costs
  • travel allowance
  • reimbursement of medical examination costs.

Sweden

1. Sweden Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals

Place of Study:  Swedish universities and Higher Education Institutions.

Who can apply: Students from these 42 countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • monthly allowance
  • health and accident insurance
  • travel grant
  • membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders and the SI Alumni Network

2. The Visby Program Scholarships

Place of Study: Sweden Universities.

Who can apply: Students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, or Ukraine.

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • monthly stipend
  • travel grant

Switzerland

1. ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarships

Place of Study:  ETH Zurich

Who can apply: Domestic and International Students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees waiver
  • grant covering living and study expenses

The Netherlands 

1. Orange Knowledge Programme

Place of Study: Dutch Universities offering OKP qualified programs/courses

Who can apply: Students from these countries

What does it Cover: contribution towards:

  • costs of living
  • costs of tuition fees
  • visas
  • travel, insurance
  • thesis research

2. Maastricht University Holland High Potential Scholarships for International Students

Place of Study: Maastricht University.

Who can apply: Non-EU/EEA international students

What does it Cover: 

  • €29.000 (including tuition fees and a monthly stipend)
  • medical insurance
  • visa application costs
  • pre-academic training costs

3. Radboud Scholarship Programme

Place of Study:  Radboud University.

Who can apply: Non-EU/EEA international students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fee of €16.000
  • living costs of €10.800
  • costs for a visa and residence permit
  • health insurance
  • liability insurance for your stay in the Netherlands

4. Utrecht Excellence Scholarship

Place of Study:  Utrecht University.

Who can apply:  Non-EU/EEA international students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees OR 
  • tuition fees plus € 11.000  living expenses

5. Erik Bleumink Fund Scholarships

Place of Study: University of Groningen. 

Who can apply: Students from these countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fee
  • costs of international travel
  • subsistence
  • books
  • health insurance

6. Justus & Louise van Effen Scholarship

Place of Study: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • €30.000 per year for Non-EU/EFTA students and €11.500 per year for EU/EFTA students. This includes full tuition fees per year and contribution for the living expenses.

7. The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships

Place of Study: University of Amsterdam 

Who can apply: Non-EU/EEA international students

What does it Cover: 

  • depending on the faculty, the scholarship can vary between €2,000 – €25,000.

8. Leiden University Fund – Lutfya Rabbani

Place of Study: Leiden University 

Who can apply: Students from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen, and Sudan.

What does it Cover: 

  • €30 000 destinated to tuition fees and living expenses.

United Arabs Emirates

1. UAE University Scholarships

Place of Study: UAE University

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • full tuition waiver
  • monthly stipend
  • health insurance (if needed)
  • stipend for the supervisor’s external and internal research project

2. Khalifa University Scholarships

Place of Study: Khalifa University

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover:  

  • full tuition fees cover
  • medical insurance cover
  • support to attend International Research Conferences
  • monthly stipend

3. Muhammad Bin Zaid University Scholarship

Place of Study: Muhammad Bin Zaid University

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: All admitted students on a full-time basis are granted a full scholarship, including: 

  • 100% tuition
  • monthly allowance, and many more benefits.

United Kingdom 

1. British Chevening Scholarships

Place of Study: Any university in the United Kingdom

Who can apply: Chevening-eligible countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • economy travel to and from your country of residence
  • an arrival allowance
  • cost of an entry clearance (visa) application
  • departure allowance
  • contribution of up to £75 for TB testing
  • travel top-up allowance
  • monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses

2. Commonwealth Masters Scholarships

Place of Study: United Kingdom universities in agreement with CSC

Who can apply: Citizen of a Commonwealth country, or refugees in any of them.

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • round trip airfare
  • living allowance
  • warm clothes allowance
  • thesis grant
  • study travel grant
  • child allowance if they’re accompanying you

3. Clarendon Fund Scholarships

Place of Study: University of Oxford

Who can apply: Applicants from every country

What does it Cover: 

  • full tuition and college fees
  • annual grant for living costs

4. Rhodes Scholarship

Place of Study: University of Oxford

Who can apply: International students from these countries 

What does it Cover:

  •  tuition and college fees, including the University application fee
  • living stipend
  • roundtrip economy airfare to and from the United Kingdom
  • visa fees
  • healthcare fees

5. Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Place of Study: University of Cambridge

Who can apply: non-UK citizens 

What does it Cover:

  •  £17,500 stipend per annum
  • health insurance, academic development funding up to £2,000
  • one single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • Inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge
  • fieldwork
  • maternity/Paternity funding
  • hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties
  • family allowance up to £10,120

6. Full Fee Scholarship for International Students

Place of Study: University of East Anglia

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • Full Tuition fee and other related fees
  • Maintenance

Fully-Funded Scholarships Undergraduate Students

As you have seen, finding fully-funded scholarships for international students is entirely possible if what you want is to explore another culture while studying.

The in-depth knowledge of the country you’ll be studying at, potential job opportunities and proficiency in the local language, and the friends you’ll make during your years of study will be extremely valuable.

That’s why we want to help you with your search and bring you a list of fully-funded scholarships for undergraduate students that hopefully will help you.

Keep in mind, we only provide a selection of the scholarships out there, mostly based on the number of awards they deliver, which is quite high.

Is important to research on your own if you want to study at a specific university, program or you are part of a cohort of students which this kind of scholarship specifically targets!

Fully funded scholarships in Africa?

6.1 Africa

Mauritius

1. Mauritius Africa Scholarship Scheme

Place of study: Public Higher Education Institutions 

Who can apply: Students from the African Union  member countries

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees 
  • living expenses
  • one return airfare from and to the home country by the most economical route
  • Covid-19 14 days quarantine
  • PCR costs
  • medical expenses.

6.2 America

  • Latin America

Mexico

1. Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

Place of Study: Institutions registered with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT)

Who can apply: Candidates not living in Mexico at application time

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees
  • medical insurance
  • monthly stipend
  • visa expenses
  • travel expenses from Mexico City to a place of study (if different)
  • in some cases, one return airfare from and to the home country by the most economical route
  • North America

Canada 

1. Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award

Place of Study: University of British Columbia 

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • living costs

2. Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program

Place of Study: University of Toronto

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  •  books
  • incidental fees
  • full residence support

USA

1. Seattle University Scholarships

Place of Study: Seattle University

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • Up to $48 000 over 4 academic years

2. Simmons University Kotzen Scholarships

Place of Study: Simmons University 

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover:

  • full tuition, room, and board
  • an additional $3,000 for academic pursuits such as study abroad, research support, and more.

Fully funded scholarships in Asia?

6.3 Asia

Azerbaijan 

1. Azerbaijan Scholarship Program 

Place of Study: Universities and Academic Institutions in Azerbaijan 

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees
  • international flight
  • monthly stipend for meals, accommodation, and utility costs
  • medical insurance
  • visa costs
  • registration costs.

Brunei

1. Brunei Darussalam Scholarships

Place of Study: Four eligible Universities.

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover:

  •  tuition fees (including acceptance, examination, orientation, and registration fees)
  • monthly personal allowance
  • monthly meals allowance
  • manual book allowance
  • one return airfare from and to the home country in economic class
  • accommodation
  • baggage allowance
  • comprehensive insurance

Indonesia

1. Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB) Scholarship

Place of Study: Indonesian universities 

Who can apply: students from developing countries around the world

What does it Cover: 

  • settlement allowance (given to new students upon arrival)
  • monthly allowance
  • book allowance
  • research allowance
  • medical insurance
  • round-trip international airfare (economy class) from the international airport of the student’s home countries to Indonesia, including local transport to the host university

Japan

1. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships

Place of Study: Japan

Who can Apply: research students, teacher training students, undergraduate students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, specialized training college students.

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • Japanese language training course
  • monthly stipend
  • roundtrip fare (air ticket)

Singapore

1. National Science  Scholarship

Place of Study: Overseas University 

Who can apply: Domestic students 

What does it Cover: full tuition fees, monthly overseas living allowance, annual return airfare, other allowances including:

  • conference allowance
  • thesis allowance
  • computer allowance
  • settling-In allowance

South Korea

1. Korean Government Scholarship

Place of Study: Korean Universities and Academic Institutions.

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • resettlement allowance
  • living allowance
  • medical insurance
  • language courses
  • an award for excellent Korean language proficiency
  • research support
  • dissertation printing costs 
  • completion grant

2. KAIST Scholarships

Place of Study: Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees for 8 semesters
  • monthly living allowance
  • medical health insurance

3. Seoul National University Scholarships

Place of Study: Seoul National University

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees 
  • round trip airfare
  • monthly allowance
  • research allowance
  • settlement allowance
  • language training fee
  • dissertation printing costs
  • medical insurance

4. Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech) Scholarships.

Place of Study: SeoulTech

Who can apply: International students with TOPIK level 4 or TOEFL iBT 100.

What does it Cover:

  • full tuition fees
  • boarding
  • free meals 

Taiwan

1. TaiwanICDF’s International Higher Education Scholarship Program

Place of Study: Eligible Institutions 

Who can apply: Nationals from these countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition and credit fees
  • return airfare
  • housing
  • insurance
  • textbook costs
  • monthly allowance

2. National Taiwan University Scholarships

Place of Study: National Taiwan University

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees waiver
  • monthly stipend

3. Government of Taiwan Scholarship 

Place of Study: National Taiwan University 

Who can apply: International Students

What does it Cover:

  • tuition waiver 
  • monthly stipend

Turkey

1. Türkiye Scholarships 

Place of Study: Participating Universities in Turkey. 

Who can apply: All nationalities

What does it Cover: 

  • financial support
  • tuition fees
  • accommodation
  • health insurance

2. Khalifa University Scholarships

Place of Study: Khalifa University

Who can apply: International students

What does it Cover: 

  • full tuition fees
  • Medical insurance
  • support to attend International Research Conferences.
  • monthly Stipend

6.4 Australia and New Zealand 

1. Australia Awards Scholarships

Place of Study: Australia 

Who can apply: students from specific countries from Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Pacific Countries. See the full list here.

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees
  • return air travel–payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
  • establishment allowance
  • contribution to living expenses
  • Introductory Academic Program expenses
  • health insurance
  • pre-course English fees
  • supplementary academic support
  • fieldwork stipend

2. New Zealand International Scholarships

Place of Study: Eligible New Zealand’s universities and institutions.

Who can apply: International students from these countries? 

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • weekly living allowance
  • establishment allowance
  • medical insurance
  • travel between the home country and New Zealand at the start and end of the scholarship
  • travel insurance
  • travel home during your scholarship (one or two trips home are allowed, depending on the length of your scholarship)
  • help with research and thesis costs

6.5 Europe 

Austria

1. Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria

Place of Study: Universities of Austria 

Who can apply: International students 

What does it Cover: 

  • monthly installment
  • health insurance
  • accommodation
  • travel costs for Non-EU students

Hungary

1. Government of Hungary Scholarships (Stipendium Hungaricum) 

Place of Study: Higher Education Institutions 

Who can apply: Nationals of these eligible countries

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fees
  • monthly stipend as a contribution to the living expenses
  • free dormitory place or an accommodation contribution
  • medical insurance

Italy

1. Padua International Excellence Scholarship Program

Place of Study: University of Padua

Who can apply: Non-Italian students

What does it Cover: 

  • tuition fee-waiver
  • €8,000 grant

Macedonia

1. Macedonian Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Public universities 

Who can apply: Students under the age of 28.

What does it Cover:

  • tuition fees
  • visa and residence permit fees
  • accommodation and food
  • monthly allowance
  • primary health insurance 

Romania

1. Romanian Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Universities in Romania 

Who can apply: Non-EU students 

What does it Cover

  • registration fees or any other fees required by the application processing.
  • testing for the Romanian language skills
  • tuition fees for both language and master program
  • monthly allowance
  • accommodation
  • local public, ground, naval and underground transport, as well as domestic car, railway, and naval transport.

Note: to be awarded a fully-funded scholarship in Romania, you’ll need to study in Romanian since the government is making an effort to promote the language and culture. But if you don’t know the language, you’ll be provided with one year of training by the government!

Slovakia

1. Slovak Government Scholarships

Place of Study: Universities and Academic Institutions in Slovakia.

Who can apply: International students

  • monthly allowance
  • living costs
  • travel allowance
  • reimbursement of medical examination costs.

7.Top Tips to Know to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Fully-Funded Scholarship

As we mentioned, every year thousands of students are applying for scholarships around the world. 

However, there’s a huge number of students that either don’t research enough or don’t read the application guidelines properly and make mistakes when applying.

This is why our first tip is:

7.1 Read Those Guidelines 

And read them well! Knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, will make the difference between the scholarship selection committee discarding your application and stepping into the next round of evaluation.

7.2 Apply to Several Programs 

We also suggest that you apply to every single fully-funded scholarship you are eligible for, to increase your chances of being selected.

Is important to note that although you can compete with students from all over the world for an award, you should also look for where you may have greater chances to be awarded. 

There are Region-specific scholarships, country-specific scholarships, subject-specific scholarships, student-specific scholarships, etc., and applying to them can improve your chances of winning because you’ll be competing with a lesser number of students.

7.3 Write a Great Cover Letter  

If you and another student have similar GPAs, Curriculum Vitae, and extracurricular activities, they will use the Cover Letter to tie-break both applications.

Tailor-make it. Each Scholarship is different and might be looking for a specific kind of student.

For example, the Chevening Scholarship is particularly interested in leadership

They have awarded students that ended up being President of their countries! So, in your cover letter to them, give them proof of your leadership skills (this is an important set of skills to have by the way, and very sought after by employers too).

Write your Cover letter in such a way that will match the Scholarship Program objectives.

7.4 Watch Out for Scams

Yes, there are scammers in the scholarship world as well, and that makes me want to smack them because you don’t play with people’s future, darn it! 

So always look in the Official Websites of the programs you apply to. 

You can check a website that provides scholarship lists and that’s great because there are many legit out there. 

But as soon as some site asks you for any sort of payment, susceptible information of yours (like bank accounts information), or they say that your scholarship is guaranteed, you better close that tab.

The site links we provided here are vetted and all official, so you’re safe with us.

8. Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of fully-funded scholarships out there. 

It is important to do your research and do everything in your power to enhance your odds of being awarded one.

If you found this post helpful, share it with your friends or leave a comment below.

Remember, you have everything you need to change your future without having to worry about your bank account. 

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