The WASCAL Graduate Research Program on Climate Change and Agriculture
Deadline: March 31st, 2014
A number of scholarships are available to African students through the long-term research initiative established by the German Ministry of Education and Research, referred to as WASCAL (the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use). WASCAL consists of an educational network and infrastructure designed to help West African countries take on the various challenges and adaptations required by climate change. Through combining their experience and knowledge with that of several German universities, the ten African WASCAL countries will be able to strengthen their area’s infrastructures and capacities to adapt to the challenges associated with climate change.
Candidates must be from one of the ten WASCAL countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo)
Candidates must possess a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agroforestry, Forestry, Animal Science, Integrated Pest Management, or other revelant disciplines, with at least an average of 60% (Second Upper Class, Assez Bien)
While not a requirement, familiarity with modeling or geographic information systems is a benefit.
The student will be allowed to travel to Germany during the course of the PhD fellowship period in order to work with scientists at German universities or research centers
All airfare will be paid for by the project, as well as a monthly stipend of around 1000.00 euro per month will be provided for each month spent in Germany
How to Apply:
Students must apply directly to the 3 ½ year doctoral training program at the Graduate Research Program on Climate Change and Agriculture (GRP CC&Agric) offered through the University of Bamako, Mali in conjunction with the IPR/IFRA of Katibougou by March 31st 2014.
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The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS)
Deadline: March 31st
The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is a postgraduate and postdoctoral scholarship intended to draw talented international students to Malaysia in order to study a number of prioritized disciplines at one of the well-established public or private universities in the country.
Each Malaysia International Scholarship consists of:
•Airfare to Malaysia
•A tuition waiver
•A monthly spending allowance
•An annual grant for books/domestic travel
•An installation and termination grant
•A thesis allowance
•A visa (assuming all other student visa requirements are adequately met—the offer of the MIS does not in itself guarantee a visa)
There are a number of criteria an international student must meet in order to be eligible for the MIS. Applicants for the MIS must:
• Be no more than 40 years of age for postgraduate applicants, or 45 years of age for postdoctoral applicants
•(Postgraduate) have obtained either a minimum of Second Class Upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at the Bachelor’s Degree level (for Master’s Degree applicants), and a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at the Master’s Degree level for Phd applicants
•(Postdoctoral) be prepared to be assessed based on the number of books produced, submissions to refereed/non refereed journals, overall portfolio, patent copyrights, reputation as a researcher, and possession of knowledge related to the research that is to be carried out
•Have taken an English Language Proficiency Test not more than two years before the date of application, scoring at least:
◦IELTS Academic Test/6.5
•Be certified to be in excellent health/condition by a certified medical professional
•Have written a proposal in one of the prioritized fields of study (to be listed, below) that shows a potential contribution to advancing technology and human well-being
•Have applied for and gained admission to postgraduate or postdoctoral studies in Malaysia (conditional letters of offer are accepted at time of application)
Prioritized Fields of Study:
1. Science and Engineering
2.Agriculture and Fisheries
3.Economics and Islamic Finance
4.Information and Communications Technology
6.Biosecurity and Food Safety
7.Infrastructure and Utility
9.Health (not including nursing, medicine, or clinical pharmacy)
How To Apply:
All applications are accepted from January 1st through March 31st online through the Malaysian Ministry of Education’s website. To find more on this scholarship visit here.
IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship
International students from around the world who plan on studying at the IGlobal University are able to apply for the IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship on a rolling basis. To apply, students must submit a 500 word essay that describes their past, present and future goals. Along with listing these goals, international students must also explain how these goals have and will aid others in life-long learning.
Only students who plan on studying at IGlobal University are eligible to apply for this scholarship. One hundred students will receive this scholarship and award amounts will be contingent on the applicant’s undergraduate or high school GPA.
The award amounts are as follow:
If you would like to learn more about the IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship, if you’re eligible and how to apply, please visit here for more information.
As many countries actively pursue an increase in international student enrollment, often facilitating such an endeavor with financial incentives and assistance, Singapore appears to be bucking the trend. Instead, Singapore has been reducing the number of international students receiving tuition grants and restricting the number of international students allowed to study at universities in the country.
Moreover, this is in a country already famous for capping the number of international students enrolled in its country’s higher education system.
So, if you happen to be an international student interested in studying abroad in Singapore (home to a university that has consistently been ranked around the 24th best in the world, and a highly developed economy) it would be in your best interest to act quick! Moreover, given the cut in tuition grants and funding available to international students in Singapore, searching through scholarship databases and finding alternate sources of funding would be your absolute best move (in the event you don’t happen to be one of the lucky 13%).
The Gaeilge Scholarship for Irish Students
If you’re an Irish citizen and want to study at the Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) as an international student, you have a chance to win a scholarship up to $7,000. Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology is located in Australia and has three programs available to their students: management, business and marketing. Each of these courses also include free classes in other subjects to assist students who want to continue their education.
The Gaeilge Scholarship for international students from Ireland will cover 50% of the total student fees at AIBT. Applicants must be eligible for a student visa through the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and meet the AIBT entry requirements. To remain eligible for this scholarship students must meet academic and attendance performance targets.
If you are an Irish citizen and would like to study at AIBT, get more information on this scholarship here.
International students looking for a particularly promising and exciting location in which to study abroad ought to seriously consider studying in the state of Taiwan.
Why Study in Taiwan?
Aside from Taiwan’s cultural features, proximity to China, and reputation as a stable and powerful economic world player, the nation has a highly praised education system— in fact, Taiwanese students boast some of the highest test scores in the entire world (particularly in the fields of mathematics and science). What’s more is, for international students, a new national directive has made studying in Taiwan more accessible than ever before.
International Student Enrollment Increases in Taiwan
Taiwan has recently issued a national directive and strategy to increase their international student enrollment to over 150,000 students by 2020. Over the next six years, Taiwanese universities will offer increased aid to international students seeking to study there, as well as permitting Chinese students who decide to study in Taiwan the ability to access healthcare and hold jobs (something Chinese students were previously unable to do in the state).
Taiwan aims to double international student enrollment, making the number of international students over 10% of the total student population within six years. To do this, they plan on using a number of financial aid mechanisms to attract students from around the world. However, international students considering this opportunity should act quick—Taiwan’s international student population has more than doubled since 2008, and the current enrollment incentives won’t last forever!
—Study Abroad in Taiwan Recap—
KIC InnoEnergy Challenge
Deadline: April 30
If you want a two year scholarship for your graduate studies, make sure you check out the KIC InnoEnergy Challenge. This scholarship is open to individuals from around the world with a bachelor’s degree from a European university who are pursuing an electrical, chemical, mechanical or energy engineering degree. These students must also be accepted and enroll in one of the KIC InnoEnergy Master School programmes to be eligible for this scholarship.
The winner of this challenge will receive a scholarship for €750 per month for two years along with a trip to Barcelona in July to attend the KIC InnoEnergy Master School info session and prize ceremony. Eligible individuals can enter this challenge through the following steps:
1. Register – start at the link below
2. Take the sustainable energy quiz
3. Solve the sustainable energy case based upon an upcoming energy problem
4. Apply to a KIC InnoEnergy Master School Programme
You can find more on the KIC InnoEnergy Challenge and how to apply here.
When it comes to finding an international scholarship, you’ll notice that there are a lot of options out there. You can find scholarships on merit or need. You can find scholarships based on where you are from or where you are going. You can find scholarships based on hobbies, the arts, sports, academics – the list goes on and on.
International scholarships are competitive, because many students are looking for ways to get funding that they don’t have to pay back. To stand out from the pool of applicants, we recommend focusing your efforts on applying to scholarships that are looking for someone just like you.
So how do we do that? The first step is to take an introspective look at yourself and find out what you like, what your good at, and what makes you – well – you!
Here are 8 questions to ask yourself to find an international scholarship:
Once you find out what makes you a unique candidate, then it is time to begin the hunt for scholarships. Use our scholarship search tool to find awards that matches your unique talents, skills, and interests. This also makes it much easier to apply for these awards because you’ve already demonstrated your passion whether it’s through previous awards or experiences.
Want to know about other tip and tricks for submitting a scholarship application? Check out our other relevant blogs to help you on your way!
Season 3 Lights, Camera, Action Video Scholarship Contest
Deadline: April 21
It’s time to let your creativity help fund your education! The Season 3 Lights, Camera, action Video Scholarship Contest is open to international students around the world. GotChosen will award three individuals the following:
• Grand Prize: $2500
• 2 Runner-ups: $250
To apply for this award you must create your own video, upload it to YouTube, then have your friends and family vote for you. Participants can choose to enter their video into one of the following five categories:
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and submit an original video.
If you think you have a great video idea, you can visit here and find out further details on how to enter the Season 3 Lights, Camera, Action Video Scholarship Contest.