An international scholarship can be an incredible resource for international students studying abroad. Not only can it cover tuition fees and living costs, but many scholarships also include monthly stipends to aid with living expenses.
This article details several fully funded scholarships for international students for 2024 admissions at top universities worldwide. Additionally, it discusses their advantages and how to apply them.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme offers fully funded postgraduate scholarships to exceptional international applicants seeking to complete their master’s or doctoral degrees at Cambridge. Its selection process is highly competitive, and candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and a dedication to improving people’s lives through research. In 2024 alone, will be 60 scholars elected from institutions in both America (CUNY Hunter College Towson University St Olaf College) and Germany (Hochschule Rhein-Main) joining together as future leaders through this network of future leaders!
Individuals seeking Gates Cambridge scholarships should be aware that their application requires rigorous consideration, consisting of various components, including personal statements, research proposals, academic references and transcripts from previous studies. Gates Cambridge also considers extracurricular activities, community service work, or any other achievements that might strengthen an applicant’s case for consideration.
Candidates for Cambridge Scholarships should demonstrate both exceptional intellectual ability and be able to explain why they chose their particular program of study at Cambridge. A Cambridge scholarship covers all costs related to studying at the university, including tuition fees, maintenance allowance (PS18,744 for 12 months at current rates; prorated for courses shorter than one year), contribution towards University Composition Fee and one economy single airfare at both ends, of course duration; inbound visa costs, as well as the Immigration Health Surcharge, will also be covered but unfortunately does not fund fieldwork expenses or purchasing scientific equipment from third party vendors.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship will become part of an active, supportive, and innovative community of scholars who share ideas through informal meetings, events and social media. Many relationships among Gates Cambridge scholars will extend well past their time at Cambridge; this is a key feature of the Gates Cambridge experience, and alumni services are offered worldwide through alumni associations and Trust services – as well as new ways for scholars to stay in contact.
ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarship
The ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarship allows outstanding international students to study at one of Switzerland’s renowned universities, funding the entire Master’s program, including tuition fees. Furthermore, living expenses may also be covered.
ETH Zurich is an internationally acclaimed research university known for its scientific and technological innovation history. Recognized worldwide as a premier science and engineering school, ETH Zurich has produced 22 Nobel laureates, two Fields Medalists and three Pritzker Prize winners. Furthermore, the institution is recognized as one of the top European universities for science and engineering studies. It boasts one of the highest graduation rates of any European university for such subjects. It provides its students with freedom and individual responsibility within an environment of entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness – which makes for an unrivalled learning experience!
The Scholarship Programme offers exceptional students a complete support package, from scholarship, mentorship, networking opportunities, and tuition waivers. This scholarship covers three or four semesters of their Master’s degree course (three to four semesters).
Candidates applying to ETH Zurich Online Admission Portal should create their initial account, log in, fill out and upload the application form and any required documents. They also must upload their Master’s thesis pre-proposal written by themselves, which adheres to scientific citation practices; plagiarized or negligent misinformation will lead to exclusion from the admission process or, if discovered later, cancel any scholarship awarded.
Applications are reviewed by Admissions Committees of individual Master’s programs; the final decision on awarding scholarships rests with the Rector of ETH Zurich; the number of awards may change each year depending on available funds, with decisions typically announced by the end of March.
The ETH Zurich Excellence Scholarships provide fully funded scholarships to international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievements and strong leadership qualities to enable them to complete their studies at ETH Zurich and develop into future leaders within their field of expertise. Each scholarship covers both tuition fees for the Master’s program as well as living costs in Zurich.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a United States cultural exchange program that grants international students, scholars, teachers, professionals, artists and scientists from other nations to study, conduct research or teach in the US. Established by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 to foster international understanding through the exchange of people and ideas, applicants must first be nominated by their home country before beginning an application cycle that opens approximately 15 months before the anticipated start date and closes about 11-12 months before the start date of grant.
All applications are submitted to IIE for consideration by its staff for technical review, eligibility, and completeness before being sent forward for review by the national screening committee. Selection decisions are based on the quality and feasibility of the proposed project as detailed in the Statement of Grant Purpose, whether the applicant will advance Fulbright Program objectives, as well as the applicant’s capacity for carrying out the project successfully while meeting desired learning outcomes/standards set for the field of study – among many other considerations.
Fulbright scholars receive a living stipend, return airfare from their home country and book allowance throughout their grant. Before beginning their grant, they must attend orientation programs in their host country and submit a Statement of Grant Purpose with a timeline for their research or project. In addition, all Fulbright scholars should attend courses related to their field of study and participate in academic activities related to this grant.
Most Fulbright grant periods mirror the academic calendar in their host country; however, scholars participating in full-time research projects should adhere to a more stringent timeline that will be detailed in their Statement of Grant Purpose. Most stipend payments are directly deposited into students’ bank accounts; some may be paid upfront, and taxation may apply. Fulbright students should review their sponsor bill document with each dossier before contacting the placement officer with any inquiries.
University of Miami Stamps Scholarship
The University of Miami Stamps Scholarship provides academically exceptional undergraduate students with an all-inclusive college scholarship that covers every expense related to attending university in the US, including tuition and fees, on-campus housing with meal plan and books provided, college health insurance premiums paid directly by UofM, laptop grants as well as an enrichment fund of $12,000 that may be used toward study abroad, unpaid internships, undergraduate research projects or conferences and leadership development activities.
This scholarship is highly competitive, and only a few candidates are chosen yearly. The application process entails reviewing an applicant’s high school curriculum and grades earned, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities participation and awards received, and personal essays written by each applicant and interviews conducted with scholarship selection committee members. It is possible thanks to South Florida philanthropists E. Roe and Penny Stamps.
Stamp Scholars become part of the University of Miami community and gain access to various educational, cultural, and leadership opportunities. They receive a dedicated faculty mentor, research funding support, travel grants, student organizations’ participation opportunities, and participation at regional or national conferences and conventions.
Scholarships provide international students an excellent way to access top-tier education at universities like the University of Miami. However, scholarships at such an establishment can often be hard to come by, and you’ll need an outstanding academic record and commitment to studying abroad and an outline for your future career plans toto secure one of these.
To secure a University of Miami Stamps Scholarship, students should apply early and meet all first-year requirements by November 1. This scholarship honours academically outstanding individuals who aspire to make an impactful difference in the world; competition for such an accolade can be fierce – however, applicants must stand out by emphasizing their strengths and achievements and meeting all deadlines as required documentation will allow the University of Miami to notify you if selected as a Stamps Scholar.