Type: Undergraduate

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The Schwarzman Scholars program is a fully-funded scholarship for most promising leaders from all around the world, which allows the world’s best and brightest students to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentor network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.


Schwarzman Scholars Program is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business, or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.
The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative Masters of Global Affairs degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country’s leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional societies to educate students about leadership and China’s expanding role in the world.

Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators, and senior leaders in business, politics, and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development, and cultural exchange, they learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders that will strengthen strong ties between China and the rest of the world.
Every year, up to 200 Schwarzman Scholars will represent the world’s next generation of leaders — high-caliber individuals with open minds and limitless potential — a network of leaders who will serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world.
For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Tsinghua University in Beijing

Schwarzman scholars program




Global Affairs




Applicants selected as Schwarzman scholars are provided

  • Tuition Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel fare to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Health insurance
  • A stipend of $4,000 for personal expenses



  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to complete all degree requirements before August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it is essential for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program. The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher. Acceptable test options are:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT). A minimum score of 600.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). A minimum score of 100.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score 7.
  • Grade point average/class rank/prerequisites. Academic excellence is a requirement for successful applicants, but there is no minimum GPA or class rank required to apply. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates are among the top students in their graduating class. There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program, although some individual courses at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites.


September 22, 2020.


Schwarzman Scholars will be selected based on not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions.
The process includes an online application and evaluation as well as in-person regional interviews.
Selections will be made in November 2020.


Application for the Schwarzman Scholars Program is via an online form.



  • Online application
  • Resume (2-page maximum)
  • Transcripts/Academic Records
  • Essays (2): Each applicant is required to provide two essays and one short answer. These can be completed offline but they must be added in the text field and uploaded to the application. The two required essays are a Leadership Essay (750 words) and a Statement of Purpose (500 words)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3): One letter from a professor who can speak to your intellect and academic abilities. • One letter addressing your leadership abilities with examples (this can be from an employer, supervisor, mentor, faculty member, or other). It is a requirement to have at least one letter which speaks to the applicant’s demonstrated leadership and potential. • For the third letter, identify a recommender who can offer further insight that best reflects your current profile as an applicant: a letter from an employer or mentor commenting on leadership abilities, an additional academic endorsement, or some combination of the above options.
  • Video (optional) : Provide a short video self-introduction of no more than 1 minute. Introduce yourself in any style or setting you think best conveys your interests and personality.

Remember all uploads are required to be in .PDF format





Type: Undergraduate

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The Humphrey Fellowship program is a fully funded fellowship that provides avenue for young professionals from various fields and nationalities to come together in order to broaden their perspectives, enhance their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provide opportunities to establish useful professional contacts.


The Humphrey Fellowship is a program for young and mid-career professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in specialized, 10-month, non-degree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.
Despite being a non-degree program, fellows may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field. Fellows are not permitted to choose which university they would attend. Instead, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate institution based on their area of interest and professional field.
The objective is to provide Humphrey Fellows with an overall experience that broadens their perspectives, enhances their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provides opportunities to establish useful professional contacts.


The United States of America.


  • You are eligible to apply for the Humphrey Fellows program if you;
  • Hold at least a first-level university or Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.S.) to enable them to undertake graduate-level study in the U.S.
  • Are proficient in English as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 525 in the PBT version or 195 in the CBT version of the test.
  • Have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience in any of the fields of interest
  • Have not visited or had limited experience in the United States
  • Show leadership ability and broadly defined commitment to public service
International fellowship for young professionals in the US
Humphrey Fellowship for young professionals

You are ineligible for this Fellowship if you belong to any or all of the categories stated below.

  • Recent university graduates (even if they hold significant positions).
  • University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment.
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years before the date of application.
  • Individuals with recent U.S. educational or work experience (more than six months during the five years before the date of application).


Sustainable Development:

Agricultural and Rural Development
Economic Development
Finance and Banking
Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

Communications and Journalism
Law and Human Rights
Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
Trafficking in Person Policy and Prevention
Technology Policy and Management
Human Resource Management


Educational Administration Planning and Policy
Higher Education Administration
Teaching of English as a foreign language

Public Health

Public Health Policy and Management
HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention


To accomplish the earlier stated objectives, the programs are designed to include various combinations of course work, independent projects, internships, consultations with U.S. faculty experts, field trips, and special seminars. Under the guidance of a designated faculty advisor or “coordinator,” Fellows plan programs that best suit their individual career development needs.
Shortly after arriving in the US, Fellows will prepare individual program plans for their professional development, detailing their goals and objectives for the year, including courses, seminars, special projects, professional and community activities.
The main program components are;
Humphrey Seminars
Academic enrichment
Professional Development
The Washington Global Leadership Forum
English Language Courses


The Fellowship provides for:

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • Accident and sickness coverage;
  • A book allowance;
  • A one-time computer subsidy;
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits, and conferences.


Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector in the Humphrey Fellowship Program Fields listed above. The selection passes through the following processes.

Stage 1: National Screening
The Humphrey Program is facilitated overseas by Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies. Commissions and Embassies review applications submitted for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, invite selected applicants for interviews, and determine which applications are to proceed for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Please contact the Embassy or Commission in your country to learn of its selection criteria.

Stage 2: Screening by the Institute of International Education
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education (IIE) office in Washington, DC, by October 1. The deadline for applicants to submit their applications to the Embassy or Commission varies by country. Please check with the Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country to learn of its application deadline.

IIE reviews all submitted applications for basic eligibility and then convenes regional Candidate Review Committees (CRC) to evaluate the applications.

Stage 3: Candidate Review Committees
Candidate Review Committees convene in Washington, DC, in December. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in academia, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications from a particular region of the world.

Stage 4: Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) was created by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program and other Fulbright exchange activities, including the Humphrey Fellowship Program. The FSB sets policies and procedures for the administration of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, has final authority for selection of all Fellows, and supervises the conduct of the Program both in the United States and abroad.

Stage 5: Placement of Selected Humphrey Fellows
After receiving approval from the FSB, the Department of State will announce the final selection results to participating U.S. Embassies and Binational Fulbright Commissions, who will inform candidates of their status. The Institute of International Education places the approved candidates at U.S. universities that have been selected to host Humphrey Fellows. Placements are determined by candidates’ fields of study and the program plan statements expressed in their applications.


June 15, 2020 ( Varies per country)


  • Copy of degree
  • Copies of transcripts for four undergraduates study years
  • Two letters of recommendation (1 from university teacher & 1 from the professional field).
  • Professional CV
  • An essay on how applicants and their home institutions and countries could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the Program.


To access the Humphrey Fellowship application and learn more about applying, please contact the U.S. Embassy (Public Affairs Section) or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country.

List of Participating Countries

Visit the Humphrey Fellow Program official website for more information


SHELL Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship 2020/2021

Application deadline: April 15, 2020

Value: $15

Type: Post Graduate

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The Shell Nigeria Delta Post graduate scholarship is an annual fully-funded scholarship that provides opportunity indigenes of selected Niger Delta states to study in the United Kingdom. The objective of this scholarship program is to provide postgraduate study opportunities in courses relevant to the oil and gas industry for qualified students from the Niger Delta States listed above. The Shell Nigeria Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme sponsors about 15 applicants yearly.


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) is delighted to announce the Tenth annual NNPC/SPDC_JV Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship for qualified applicants in selected Niger Delta States; Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers state. This scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship that provides the opportunity for these Nigerians to study in the United Kingdom.
The objective of this scholarship program is to provide postgraduate study opportunities in courses relevant to the oil and gas industry for qualified students from the Niger Delta States listed above.
In the nine years of running postgraduate scholarship for Niger Delta, 92 students have won the opportunity to study in a high-ranked university in the United Kingdom (UK) on a fully-funded scholarship.


Postgraduate Taught (One year)


You are eligible if you

  • Are an indigene of one of the selected states in Nigeria; Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, and Rivers.
  • Hold a degree of an equivalent standard to a UK Upper Second Class Honours Degree (2.1)
  • Have completed NYSC by September 2020
  • Have an adequate standard of English ( at least 6.5 in IELTS) and meet the colleges’ language requirements
  • Never been offered admission to study on one of the Eligible Courses at the selected colleges
  • Plan to return to Nigeria at the end of the program
  • Have not already studied or currently studying in the UK or other developed country.
  • Be aged between 21-28 years by 30/09/2020.
  • Currently resides in Nigeria
  • Have a Nigerian international passport valid till December 2020
  • Display intellectual ability and leadership potential

You are not eligible if you,

  • Are an employee, employees’ relative (or former employee who have left employment less than five years before) of SPDC, Royal Dutch SHELL Group of Companies, or the College.
  • Below the ages of 21 and above 28
  • Have studied in a developed country
  • Are not an indigene of the states listed above
  • Will not conclude NYSC before or by September 2020
  • Currently reside outside Nigeria


The Shell Postgraduate Scholarship covers:

  • The full cost of tuition fees
  • One economy return-flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK
  • Contribution towards living expenses
  • Medical insurance in line with UK student visa requirements


Application for the Shell Niger Delta Postgraduate scholarship must be submitted on or before 15th April 2020



Imperial College London
University of Leeds
University of Aberdeen


Petroleum Engineering MSc
Petroleum Geoscience MSc
Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc
Geophysics MSc
Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc
Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc
Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas MSc
Exploration Geophysics MSc
Electronic/Electrical Engineering MSc


  • First, submit an application for admission to any of the participating universities for any of the qualifying courses and apply only after receiving an unconditional offer for study.
  • Application forms for the scholarship will ONLY be made available through the websites of the Imperial College London, the University of Leeds and the University of Aberdeen, following a formal offer of admission by the University.


The universities will process applications and select candidates who will attend interviews with SPDC before being considered for final selection.


  • Scholarship applications will not be considered until the applicant has been accepted by the University to undertake an eligible program of postgraduate study
  • Please note that the stipends (living expenses) are based on the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) published living rates and are limited to this only.
  • This scholarship is a non-committal scholarship. Note that NEITHER SPDC NOR any Shell company is obligated to offer employment of any sort to any candidate upon graduation, neither are successful candidates bonded to SPDC for any period on account of the scholarship award.

More information on specific course admission requirements and scholarship can be obtained from the websites of the three individual universities.
NNPC/SPDC_JV University of Aberdeen
NNPC/SPDC_JV University of Leeds
NNPC/SPDC_JV Imperial College London



Application deadline: June 1, 2020

Type: Post Graduate

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The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a fully-funded program that provide opportunities for researchers in African Universities to conduct their doctoral research in the US while developing their potentials. The US Department of State funds this program.


The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is designed primarily to strengthen the capacities of African universities through higher degree training and to develop the potential of their academic staff. It is open to young and up-and-coming faculty members who wish to conduct their doctoral research in the United States.
From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the US to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a research program funded by the US Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.


The countries eligible for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program are listed here


The Fulbright Foreign Students Program provides;

  • Round-trip airfare to the US
  • A settling-in allowance
  • Monthly stipends
  • Housing allowance
  • Books and supplies allowance
  • Computer allowance
  • Health insurance
Opportunities for Africans in USA

What The Fulbright Foreign Student Program does not provide

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program does not cover the travel of dependents. Hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouses and children to the United States.

Fulbright Fully funded foreign student program
Fulbright Foreign Student Program


  • Applicants must be citizens or nationals of participating countries, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of the participating countries.
  • Applicants must be DOCTORAL OR Ph.D. students who have completed a significant amount of their doctoral program in universities in their home country and have the endorsement of their home institution.
  • Note: MASTERS and First-Degree applicants are NOT qualified to apply for this program.
  • Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and a high level of English proficiency.
  • Applicants must take their first TOEFL exam by May 2020.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum score on required standardized tests (TOEFL: a score of 90)
  • Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home.
  • Only applicants with persuasive proposals, outlining their research objectives, methodology, time-frame, and justification for researching in the US will be short-listed for interviews.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not studied in the US.
  • Those in business, law, and accounting should understand that most US institutions rarely accept research students in these fields due to the high demand for full-time programs and tuition concerns. Therefore, we face enormous challenges in finding placements for such grantees unless their proposals are tilted toward economics, development-related areas, democracy, human rights, and conflict resolution.


The areas eligible for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program are Science, Engineering, Technology, Arts, Journalism/public relations/media studies, Agriculture/food science, Economics, Environmental science, International relations, Political science, public administration/policy, Public health, and Tourism.


The deadline for submitting online applications and all supplementary documents varies by country Check your country application deadline here


Applicants are expected to fill an online application form and attach documents required as stated by the Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Click here to apply

Hard copies of official academic transcripts from higher institutions should be forwarded to the office by regular mail. Kindly check your country requirements for details.


  • An online application
  • A written research objective.
  • Professional resume.
  • Three letters of reference specifying the personal, academic, and professional competence of the candidate (submitted electronically and attached to the online application).
  • Student copies of academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended should be scanned and attached to the online application if available.
  • TOEFL score report.

Official Program Website


Reach Oxford University Scholarship 2020

Application deadline: February 12, 2020

Type: Undergraduate

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The Reach Oxford University Scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship for international undergraduate students. It provides a rare opportunity for awardees to study in the prestigious Oxford University.


This is a fully-funded international scholarship. The Scholarship program is an initiative driven with the purpose of helping students in developing countries around the world. Oxford University based in the United Kingdom holds a sheer core of value that attracts student all over the world and Reach Oxford University Scholarship (formerly Oxford Student Scholarships) offers students from low-income countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because suitable educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own countries opportunity to continue their study. Just so you know, Oxford University believes in an exceptional principle which is to carry out world-leading research as well as make significant contributions to the world

A number of Reach Oxford scholarships (formerly Oxford Student Scholarships) are offered to students from low-income countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because suitable educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own countries.

See Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship 2020







All courses in the course listing, except medicine


The Scholarship provides the following

  • Course fees
  • A grant for living costs
  • One return air fare per year


The Reach Oxford Scholarship sponsors the awardees for 3 or 4 years depending on course length


Only candidates who have the following qualities are suitable for the Reach Oxford Scholarship

  • This scheme is only suitable for candidates who have received an offer and who are of the highest academic ability. Financial need and social commitment are also major criteria for selection. Applicants should be intending to return to their country of ordinary residence following their studies. Priority will be given to students who have not studied at undergraduate level before
  • Applicants must be nationals of countries who receive official development assistance from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


12 February 2020


  • You must have made an application to the University through UCAS by 15th October 2019 and been successful in gaining a place.
  • You need to complete a separate scholarship application form and arrange for a reference to be submitted on your behalf (these documents will be available from this page from January 2020). Please note that we cannot consider applications from candidates who have not been offered a place at Oxford.


For 2020 entry applicants who applied by the 12 February 2020 scholarship deadline, the selection process will be undertaken in March 2020. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in mid-May 2020


  • Scholars will be expected to write an annual report about their academic and social activities, and achievements at the University.
  • Receipt of the award in subsequent years is subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • Applicants should be aware that competition for the scheme is very high and the University does not have additional funding for those candidates who are not offered a scholarship.

Visit the official website for more information


Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship 2020

Type: Undergraduate

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The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship is a fully-funded scholarships for citizens of the commonwealth countries to study in a low/medium income country.


A Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship is a unique opportunity to study for a two-years Master’s degree in low or middle-income country of the Commonwealth. This scholarship is aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship was founded on the idea that students should receive the chance to get a Master’s degree that will enable effect change in the world and more importantly, their communities. The Scholarship carves its uniqueness from the luxury of care given to students in terms of allowance and taking over the finance. You must have been wondering about the Host universities.  See Norway’s top 14 universities…




Masters Degree only


Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships sponsor Master’s Degrees in a broad range of subject areas.

The subject areas available differ according to the Host University and/or Country.


To be qualified for the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship, Applicants must

  • Citizens (or those who hold refugee status) in a Commonwealth country are welcome to apply.
  • Apply for a QECS award in a country other than their home country/country of citizenship.
  •  Have already completed your degree and have graduated with an equivalent of a 2:1 at the time of application


The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth scholarship covers

  • Fully-funded tuition fees
  • Living expenses allowance (stipend) for duration of award
  • Return economy flights to their host country
  • An arrival allowance
  • Research support grant – on request only; subject to approval


9 July 2020 4:00 (UTC +1) .


  • Sri Lanka
  • South Pacific
  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Papau New Guinea


The selection committee assesses applications using four key criteria:

  • Academic history/references
  • Plan of Study
  • Development Impact and Post Study Outreach
  • Creating Networks

For an application to be considered for selection, applicants must ensure that:

  • Their personal statement is written clearly so that a non-specialist can understand what the aims of the research are and how they will be implemented
  • They clearly outline why they are applying to the courses and institutions listed on their application form. You must tailor these answers to each institution – if you write the same answer for each course/institution or copy and paste text from university websites, then your application will not be considered.
  • They meet all the eligibility requirements for their chosen university course, including having the necessary work experience
  • Two referees are identified and references are provided– references should be detailed and include the content outlined on the application form
  • Include full details about marks/grades gained for particular degrees. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that full supporting documentation is provided at the time of application, in the form of an official transcript.

We strongly advise all applicants to read all of the instructions and FAQs carefully before starting their application, and then complete all of the questions fully.


Visit the official website to access the application form. The application form consists of the following sections

  • Eligibility
  • Personal Details
  • Academic & Employment Record
  • Course at host university details
  • Statements
  • Upload supporting documents

See how to write a killer personal Statement.

Visit the official website for more information


Leiden University Excellence Scholarship

Application deadline: February 1, 2020

Value: $25000

Type: Post Graduate

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The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship is open to international students who wish to enroll in full-time Masters studies in the Leiden University, Netherlands.


Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, humanities and sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. The motto of the University is ‘Praesidium Libertatis’ – Bastion of Freedom.

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding  Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a full-time master’s degree programme at Leiden University

Leiden University has been an international university from its founding in 1575. In the first decades of its existence, the university was host to many international students, from Europe and beyond. Since those early days,  it has developed into a truly international university, annually hosting more than 3000 international and exchange students each year in its Bachelor and Master programmes, almost 1000 international PhD students and more than 800 international academic staff.

The scholarship is open to excellent non-EEA/non-EFTA students joining a full-time Leiden University Master’s degree programme; and for excellent students of all nationalities joining an LLM Advanced Studies programme or the Master’s in International Relations & Diplomacy.






Only courses in the following faculties are eligible for this scholarship;
Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies


The LExS is awarded for the duration of the study programme. There are three available levels of awards:

  • € 10,000 of the tuition fee
  • € 15,000 of the tuition fee
  • Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee

The LExS is not a full scholarship. Non-EEA LExS recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student visa/residence permit application.


February 1/ October 1 2020



1. Study programme requirements

Applicants for all Master’s programme at Leiden University – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) programmes.

2. Nationality requirements

  • For non-EEA/non-EFTA* nationals who are applying for a Master’s programme at Leiden University. See additional note for UK students below.
  • For students of all nationalities applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme, or the MSC in International Relations and Diplomacy.

3. Academic requirements

  • Students must have achieved excellent academic results in their previous study programme(s), which must be relevant to the Master’s programme for which they are applying. As an indication, the student is amongst the top 10% of graduates in his/her previous study programme. Note that proof of ranking is not required – this information is purely to indicate the level of competitiveness


  • Apply online for admission to a Master’s programme at Leiden University and pay the application fee if applicable.
  • In the scholarship section of your online application, indicate that you wish to apply for a LExS.
  • Upload your LExS motivation letter as instructed in your online application. This is a PDF file of max. 500 words, in which you explain why you would like to be considered for the award.
  • Submit your online application, containing your LExS application, before the LExS application deadline.
  • If you apply for more than one study programme and wish to apply for a LExS for each, indicate this clearly in each application and upload a LExS motivation letter for each


  • The faculty selection committees will nominate LExS recipients and inform the Scholarships Team, up to 6 weeks after the LExS deadline.
  • The Scholarships Team will notify all LExS applicants of the decisions:
     – At the end of November – for the February intake.  
     – At the end of April – for the September intake

Visit the official website for more information


Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2020/2021

Application deadline: January 1, 2020

Type: Undergraduate

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The Obama foundation scholars program is an opportunity for young individuals around the world to explore the city of Chicago while engaging in a non-degree granting program in the University of Columbia. It is a fully funded scholarship opportunity.


The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a full-time program, running for the duration of the academic year from August through May. Scholars participate in an immersive program that brings together academic, skills-based, and experiential learning, designed by Columbia University in consultation with the Obama Foundation. A cornerstone of the program includes a required course, which will run for the length of the academic year. Scholars will also have an opportunity to select and enroll in additional courses offered by Columbia University that are relevant to their specific field or values-based leadership, or that fill in gaps in their previous studies. Scholars will also participate in workshops to develop practical skills to enhance the impact of their work. Previous workshop topics include conflict management and resolution, public speaking, data analysis and interpretation, and resilience. The program also takes advantage of the unique opportunities that come with being at one of the world’s most important centers of research and with being in the City of New York. Throughout the year, Scholars will have opportunities to engage with thought leaders and practitioners from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to participating in the Columbia University-led elements of the program, Scholars are expected to engage in a unique set of activities led by the Obama Foundation in New York City, Chicago, and possibly other U.S. locations. Scholars will also have the opportunity to lend their experience and expertise to Obama Foundation programs focused on training the next generation of leaders. Scholars will work with the Obama Foundation to tailor an action plan to remain engaged with the Foundation upon their return to their home countries or regions.

This is not a degree-granting program. Obama Foundation Scholars who complete the Columbia University program will receive a certificate of completion from the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University.

Obama Foundation Scholars Program
Obama Foundation Scholars




The program is appropriate for individuals from a variety of educational backgrounds


Scholar Benefits Covered by the Program

  • Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City
  • furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities



The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from around the world who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities
  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “tipping point” in their careers
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken)
  • Have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination and teamwork


December 13, 2019


Interested applicants must complete and submit an application through the Obama Foundation Scholars Program online application system. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee.


The application process is entirely online. the documents to be submitted along with the application form includes:

  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal video statement
  • Responses to short essay questions
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Complete online application form
  • Three recommendation letters

Visit the official scholarship website for more on the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2020/2021

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