The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Scholarships for International Applicants at Universities in Germany

Applications are invited for the The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Scholarships for International Applicants at Universities in Germany. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is offering scholarships for master and graduates students to study and research at universities in Germany. International applicants are eligible to apply for these scholarships

Scholarship description

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation, inspired by Christian democratic values, committed to fostering democracy and the rule of law, to implementing social and market-economic structures and to promoting human rights in Europe and worldwide

The sponsorship program for foreign students (Ausländerförderung) is aimed at international students and graduates who have acquired a university degree in their home country and who intend to complete postgraduate or master studies, doctoral studies or a research stay at a university in Germany


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for this scholarship:
Applicants should

  • Be able to provide evidence of above average academic performance
  • Bring broad general education and distinct interest in political issues
  • Have a positive attitude towards democracy and human rights
  • Have been actively engaged in voluntary work for the benefit of the people and the society in their home countries
  • Be open to developing their personal points of view and practice tolerance towards those with different beliefs
  • Be highly motivated and be able to convince us with their own plans and potential


Our scholarships consist not only of financial assistance but also include a program of ideational support. We expect our scholars to participate actively in this program throughout the eligibility period, including

  • The participation in at least four multi-day seminars of our annual agenda
  • Regular attendance and active participation in the meetings of the regional scholar group at their university. The activities of these regional scholar groups offer a unique opportunity to enter into an interdisciplinary, political and personal exchange with other scholars, alumni and representatives of our foundation at the universities, the so-called “Vertrauensdozenten”.

Note: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there


This Scholarship offers the following:

  • Duration and level of funding vary for different types of studies. Graduates (master or postgraduate students) receive a monthly scholarship of € 750. The standard funding period is two years
  • After having obtained unconditional admission to doctoral studies at a German university, PhD-students receive a monthly scholarship of € 920. The standard funding period for Ph.D. scholars is three years
  • We also fund research stays in Germany with duration of at least 6 months by the same amount (€ 920) under the condition that the applicant holds a university degree comparable to the German Master’s degree and provides evidence of at least two years of work experience in the academic field
  • Besides the monthly scholarship payments, they offer multiple subsidies for our scholars. On request, we subsidise health care insurance of up to the amount of € 120 per month
  • Also, we pay a family supplement provided that you and your spouse live together in one place in Germany for at least three months and that his/her income does not exceed the amount of € 450 per month. We grant a supplement of € 184 per month for children living with you in Germany. Prerequisites are the submission of an official German translation of the child’s birth certificate and the official rejection of your demand for public child allowance
  • PhD-scholars can apply for financial assistance for foreign research stays although we do not fund participation in congresses or symposia
  • Fees resulting from courses at the university in Germany that are directly related to your studies can be refunded up to the amount of € 500 per semester. In contrast, we do not refund regular semester fees resulting from matriculation or annual re-registration
  • Note: after finishing their studies in Germany, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung expects its former scholars to contribute actively to the development of their home country’s relations with the Federal Republic of Germany

Important information regarding the formal application requirements:

  • The minimum period in our scholarship program is one year and the remaining length of applicants studies or research in Germany has to be at least two semesters. They do not provide support for bachelor studies. Only students in master, postgraduate or doctoral studies are eligible for our scholarship program
  • Students in Medicine or Pharmacy can only apply after having completed their intermediate exam in Germany or when having achieved a comparable stage of their studies in another country. Human or dental medicine specialist training or postgraduate research stays in Germany cannot be supported
  • Persons having already achieved a doctorate are not eligible for a scholarship
  • There is an age limit of 30 years for all applicants
  • Our program of ideational support and the activities of the regional scholar groups are held in German. For this reason, a sufficient knowledge of the German language (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is obligatory for all scholars even if the courses of their planned studies are taught in English. In general, our scholars take and pass the DSH exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – German Exam for College Admission) or the DaF-test (Deutsch als Fremdsprache – Test of German as a foreign language) with a high rating before the beginning of their university studies in Germany. In exceptional cases and for highly qualified applicants only, we financially support German language courses as preparation for studies in Germany
  • International applicants are eligible to apply for these scholarships

How to apply

Please download and fill out the Application Form and attach the following documents:

  • A meaningful CV in tabular form including details about your previous voluntary work or social commitment
  • Copies of your examination certificates in German translation if the originals are not in English
  • Copies of your studies performance records if you have been studying at a University in Germany
  • Proof of German language skills
  • An informal academic letter of recommendation: This opinion should provide information about your academic qualifications and potential; it should not be older than two months. The author has to be a university professor or teacher holding a doctoral degree
  • An informal letter of recommendation concerning the applicant’s personality: This opinion should focus on your personality and interests as well as on your understanding of values and your social commitment. The author cannot be the same as that providing the academic letter of recommendation
  • Certificate of admission or matriculation from your university in Germany
  • Two passport photographs: If applying for a doctoral scholarship, please attach additionally
  • A detailed description of your doctoral thesis: This exposé, written in German or English (4-5 pages), should outline the central research question of your proposed project, its scientific relevance, your theoretical approach and the motives behind your choice of the research subject. It should also contain a work and time schedule and a bibliography
  • A second academic letter of recommendation: This second opinion should be written by the supervisor of your doctoral thesis, providing you already have one. It replaces the letter of recommendation concerning the applicant’s personality

Application deadline

The application period for 2016 will be open from June to July 15

For further information and enquiry, click here

2016 International Graduate Scholarships at Thammasat University in Thailand

Applications are invited for the 2016 International Graduate Scholarships at Thammasat University in Thailand. The Faculty of Engineering, Thammasat University is pleased to offer graduate scholarships for the academic year 2016-2017. These scholarships are available to Thai and foreign students for pursuing masters and Ph.D. programme

Scholarship description

Thammasat University is Thailand’s second oldest institute of higher education. The purpose of the University is to contribute towards producing engineers in different fields of expertise for the benefit of society and the nation in line with government policy, which aims to produce knowledgeable engineering personnel


  • To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must meet the minimum requirements. For Ph.D. scholarship, the minimum requirement is GPA 3.25/4.0 or equivalent at a Master Degree level. For Master scholarship, the minimum requirement is GPA 2.50/4.0 or equivalent at a Bachelor Degree level
  • Thai and foreign students can apply for these graduate scholarships
  • The candidate should have a very good command over the English language
  • Scholarships are awarded in the field of Engineering


Scholarships for Master’s students – 300,000 baht for a total of not exceeding 4 semesters
Scholarships for Ph.D. students – 500,000 baht for a total of not exceeding 6 semesters

How to apply

To apply, please send the following documents to All documents should be contained in one folder and applicants should compress the folder and send it as a single compressed file. The documents (translated into English) are:

  • Completed Application Form
  • 2 references
  • A copy of a transcript
  • A copy of degree certificate
  • Passport photo (digital form)
  • A copy of identity (passport or identity card)
  • Copies of supporting documents, e.g. awards

Application deadline

The application deadline is 31st May, 2016

For more information and enquiry, click here

2015/2016 DRD Scholarships in South Africa for Sub-Saharan African Students

Applications are invited for the 2015/2016 Development Research Division (DRD) Scholarships in South Africa for Sub-Saharan African Students. Development Research Division (DRD) of the African Excellence Centre at UWC is offering full scholarships for Sub-Saharan African students. Scholarships are offered to study master’s programme in Development Studies

Scholarship description

Within the framework of cooperating in Masters and PhD programmes, the aim of the African Excellence Centre at UWC in Cape Town is to prepare the next generation of leaders to meet the typical economic, social and political berlin challenges arising from the development process

Scholarships are awarded to study the following courses: MA in Development Studies, Master in Public Administration, MA in Development Management and the different PhD options at the centre (PhD UWC)


In order to apply for scholarship, applicants must follow the given criteria:

  • Scholarship applicants are advised to carefully read about the specific entry requirements and course application procedure of the programme of their choice. The information is available from the respective programme sections. In addition to programme requirements, all applicants have to meet the following requirements:
  • Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% for your last degree
  • Applicants should apply within 6 years of having completed their previous degree
  • The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
  • The previous degree (Baccalaureate or Master) should have been an academic discipline which is related to Development Studies or Public Administration
  • South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a master degree course. Other students need the equivalent of a 4 year undergraduate degree
  • Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English, both written and spoken. This can be TOEFL test or a similar standard test or a letter from an academic institution
  • Work and/or voluntary experience in your field of interest would be a recommendation
  • Women are encouraged to apply
  • South African students are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must be able to study full time at the UWC for the required period.
  • Entrance Requirement: Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% for their last degree.

Students from the following countries can apply for these DRD scholarships:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo DRC (Zaire), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissaau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro plus travel allowances for Master candidates and 900 Euro plus travel allowances for PhD candidates

How to apply

Candidates will have to fill in an Application Form (Only available from mid-April to 15th July)! Applications not using this e-form can´t be considered! As the e-form can only be submitted once, please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it

Documents that have to be uploaded when using the e-form are:

  • A letter of application
  • ACV: Please use the Europass CV form
  • An academic transcript from your last university
  • Certified copies of all academic certificates
  • MA applicants will have to write a one-page paper about 1 of the following 4 topics:
  • 1 François Bourguignon, a former Chief Economist of the World Bank referred to the “poverty growth inequality triangle”: Discuss this comment, critically evaluating the role of inequality in the current study of development in Africa
  • 2 Write critically on perceptions about governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 3 It has been claimed that climate change could potentially interrupt progress toward the world without hunger. Consider the evidence for this claim and discuss how climate change might impact on food security
  • 4 Discuss the relationship between social movements and civil society in a specific SSA country of your choice

Application deadline

The application deadline is 15th July, 2016

For more information and enquiry, click here

2015 GE Operations Management Leadership Programme (OMLP) in Nigeria

Applications are invited for the 2015 GE Operations Management Leadership Programme (OMLP) in Nigeria. GE Oil & Gas is offering internship in Operations Management Leadership Programme (OMLP) in Nigeria

Internship description

GE Oil & Gas is a world leader in advanced technologies and services with 43,000 employees in more than 100 countries supporting customers across the industry—from extraction to transportation to end use. Our unrelenting commitment to the environment, health and safety, quality and integrity defines us: it’s The Way We Work. We develop smart solutions for our customers across the oil and gas value chain delivering the innovation, customized service solutions, training programmes and technology that helps them to maximize their efficiency, productivity and equipment reliability

We partner with our customers to develop their next generation workforce; help them to fully benefit from the megatrends of natural gas, the growth of subsea and hard-to-reach reserves and the revolution in asset health management. The Programme is approximately six to eight months in length

Internship will be awarded for Operations Manager, Manager, Operations, Engineer, Social Media, Management, Engineering, and Marketing. Interns will use their experience or expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and others, and have the ability to effect short-term and some long-term business goals



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • At most 1 – 3 additional years of manufacturing experience
  • A valid NYSC discharge or exemption certificate will be required (please indicate clearly on your resume)
  • Must have valid authorization to work full-time without any restriction in Nigeria

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:
Desired Characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • Outstanding academic achievements (Top 25% of class) or a minimum of a 3 GPA on a 4 scale is preferred
  • Geographic flexibility and global mindset
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Able to coordinate many tasks concurrently
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to motivate others

Note: only Nigerian applicants are eligible to apply for this internship programme


This is an unpaid internship programme

How to apply

All applications for this internship programme are done online

Application deadline

Contact Employer

For more information and enquiry, click here

Best Free Online Courses Starting in September 2015

What do application development, robotics, learning Spanish, international law and environmental science have in common? They’re just a few of the new online course starting soon for worldwide students. Whether this is your first course or you’re a seasoned online learner, check out this spotlight of ten new courses and enroll in one today!

Understanding IELTS: Techniques For English Language Tests

British Council, 21 September 2015, 6 weeks
Improve your English and prepare for tests, such as IELTS reading, writing, speaking and listening, with this free online course. IELTS is accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Over 2.2 million IELTS tests were taken globally last year.

Decision Making In A Complex And Uncertain World

University Of Groningen – 21 September, 2015, 6 weeks
This course will teach you the first principles of complexity, uncertainty and how to make decisions in a complex world. Leaders must be able to act in a complex world and under uncertainty. This course is a first step to develop yourself into one of the future’s key decision makers or to enhance your decision-making skills.

Social Learning for Social Impact

McGillX – September 16, 2015
Have you ever asked yourself what you can do to impact our society? Maybe you have an idea for a social initiative but don’t know where to start, or maybe you’re interested in changing this out of balance world. There are so many ways to get involved and in this global GROOC, the first MOOC for groups, we’ll engage in social learning with others who want to make a social impact. Enroll today to create a better world tomorrow.

Medicine And The Arts: Humanising Healthcare

University Of Cape Town, 21 September, 2015, 6 weeks
Explore the field of medical humanities – the intersection of the arts, humanities and healthcare – with this free online course. Minimum 3 hours per week time spend required. This free online course will explore the intersection of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts. Through each of its six weeks, we’ll visit a new aspect of human life and consider it from the perspectives of people working in health sciences, social sciences and the arts.

Africa: Sustainable Development For All?

University Of Aberdeen, 21 September. 6 weeks
Learn what progress Africa has made towards inclusive development and consider challenges post-2015 in this free online course. The course will explore why there continues to be many sub-Saharan African countries which perform poorly on development indicators for reducing poverty, hunger and unemployment and improving maternal health and access to quality reproductive health services.

Begin Robotics

University Of Reading, 21 September 2015, 4 weeks  3 hours pw Certificates
Explore the history, anatomy and intelligence of robots with this free online course. Test drive robots using exciting simulations. Robots today are roving Mars, collecting data in dangerous environments, hoovering our floors, lifting patients in hospital, building cars and entertaining us in films. And, if you share Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking’s world view, the super intelligent ones may one day bring about the end of the human race.

Career Success Specialization

UCI Extension
This series of courses will help you build, develop and hone the essential skills needed to improve your employability and advancement in today’s dynamic workforce. The courses in this Specialization may be taken in any order.

Basic Steps in Magnetic Resonance

EPFLx – September 14, 2015
In this science course you’ll learn the basic concepts and applications of magnetic resonance as it relates to biology, chemistry and physics, which will help you get a better understanding of the world around us. Enroll here to study concepts such as how an MRI works and how to figure out the structure of a newly discovered natural product extracted from plants or algae.

Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science

Part 1 – UBCx – September 14, 2015
This upcoming Chinese Thought course is designed to give students an introduction to early Chinese thought and its modern day implications. We’ll explore concepts including philosophy, religion and science. Specific topics such as Shang and Zhou religious thoughts, the Analects of Confucius, the Daodejing, Mozi, Guodian and the mid Warring States period will be covered in part one. Enroll now

2016/2017 Human Rights Watch Fellowship in USA for Graduate Students

logoApplications are invited for the 2016/2017 Human Rights Watch Fellowship in USA for Graduate Students. Beneficiaries of this fellowship will begin study in September 2016. There are two types of fellowships available i.e. unrestricted fellowship (Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship) open to any candidate, from any institution, domestic or foreign and restricted fellowship (NYU Fellowship for 2016 J.D. graduates of New York University School of Law and Sandler Fellowship for recent J.D. graduates of Columbia Law School only)

Fellowship description

Fellows will typically works full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location. The NYU, Sandler, and Finberg Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch. Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) awards following types of fellowships:

  • Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship (Unrestricted Fellowships):

Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered

  • NYU School of Law Fellowship at HRW (Restricted Fellowships):

This fellowship is open to 2016 J.D. graduates of New York University School of Law and recent J.D. graduates who would begin the fellowship immediately upon completion of a judicial clerkship

  • Leonard H. Sandler Fellowship (Restricted Fellowships):

 Established in memory of Judge Leonard H. Sandler, a 1950 Columbia Law graduate with a lifelong commitment to civil rights and liberties, this fellowship is open to recent J.D. graduates of Columbia Law School only

The fellowships are awarded for a period of one year


  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights. Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required. Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable. Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills and excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur
  • Applicants should be highly motivated and well-organized; able to work quickly and well under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team; able to juColombiaggle multiple tasks; and able to meet tight deadlines. The fellowship year will require creativity, initiative, perseverance, and flexibility while maintaining HRW’s high methodological standards
  • For the Sandler Fellowship, prospective fellows must be recent law graduates. (LL.M.s are not eligible.)
  • For the NYU Fellowship, prospective fellows must be 2016 law graduates (LL.M.s are not eligible) or recent J.D. graduates who would begin the fellowship immediately upon completion of a judicial clerkship
  • For the Finberg Fellowship, applicants must be graduates of law, journalism, international relations or other relevant studies at the Master’s level. LL.M.s are also eligible. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered

Citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply provided they meets the other criteria like NYU Fellowship is for 2016 J.D. graduates of New York University School of Law and Sandler Fellowship is available for recent J.D. graduates of Columbia Law School only


The salary for 2016/2017 fellows is US$55,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits

How to apply

Applications should be sent by e-mail, under single cover (in one email) and preferably as one PDF file (or, at a minimum, as separate PDF files), to with the name of the fellowship in the subject line. Applicants are responsible for compiling complete application packets which must include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An unedited, unpublished writing sample (no legal briefs, please)
  • An official law or graduate school transcript (applicants in one-year graduate programs should supply an undergraduate transcript with a list of their graduate school courses)

The strongest applicants for the Human Rights Watch fellowships have direct experience interviewing victims of human rights abuses. All applicants must be able to demonstrate some kind of interviewing experience. Interviewing experience may take different forms, including:

  • Interviewing victims of human rights abuses for human rights reporting
  • Interviewing for news articles
  • Interviewing clients through legal aid clinics or similar settings
  • Conducting interviews as part of refugee status determination
  • Conducting interview-based academic research or other research, etc

Interviews will be held in late November to mid-December for the Finberg, Sandler, and NYU Fellowships, and final decisions will be announced in early 2016

Application deadline

The application deadline is October 8, 2015

For more information, enquiries and application, click here

2016 Excellence Scholarships for Master’s Degree Programme at Leiden University, Netherlands

Applications are invited for the 2016 Excellence Scholarships for Master’s Degree Programme at Leiden University, Netherlands. Leiden University offers excellence scholarships for excellent students from all nationalities. Scholarships are awarded for all MA, MSc. and LL.M programmes for Non-EU/EEA students and for master’s of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy for students of all nationalities

Scholarship description

This scholarship is for excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme and for excellent students of all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy. 3 awards are available

Scholarships are awarded for all MA, MSc and LL.M programmes as mentioned on the website Master’s programmes in Leiden (for Non-EU/EEA students)


The following categories of students are eligible for this scholarship:

  • Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme starting February 2016 or September 2016
  • All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master’s programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only
  • Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2016 or September 2016. Note that the programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law: Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law
    Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights
    MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy


The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 3 awards:

  • € 10.000 of the tuition fee
  • € 15.000 of the tuition fee
  • Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee (also referred to ashome fee)
    The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students’ academic level of excellence. Please be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship

How to apply

Applicants are to fill the Online Application Form. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.

All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs in Mid November 2015 for the February 2016 intake and End of April 2016 for the September 2016 intake

Application deadline

The application deadline is 1 October 2015 for all programmes starting in February 2016 and 1 February 2016 for all programmes starting in September 2016

Note: Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree

For more information, enquiries and application, click here

2015 Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Applications are invited for the 2015 Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Microsoft Research is offering up to 20 PhD Scholarship in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The proposed research must be carried out at Microsoft Research in Cambridge

Scholarship description

The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Program in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) was launched in 2004 and has so far supported more than 200 PhD students from more than 18 countries and 51 institutions. Each year, PhD supervisors from academic institutions in EMEA are invited to submit their proposals for collaborative research projects with Microsoft Research Cambridge. Applications are then peer reviewed and approximately 20 projects are selected for funding. PhD students are appointed to the selected projects and begin their research in the following academic year under the supervision of their academic supervisor, with co-supervision from a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge

The proposed research must be closely related to the following research topics: Computational Science; Computer-Mediated Living Constraint Reasoning; Machine Learning and Perception; Online Services and Advertising; Programming Principles and Tools, Cambridge Systems and Networking. There are total 20 scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded for the maximum of three years


Only PhD supervisors should apply. If their project is selected, the supervisor has until 31 March 2017 to find the best possible student for the project; otherwise, the PhD Agreement will be terminated automatically. Only applications from institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be considered. For an application to be considered, the following key requirements apply:

  • The institute agrees to the terms and conditions in the MRL Term Sheet
  • The applicant must be in dialogue with the prospective Microsoft supervisor prior to the submission deadline and jointly drafting the proposal
  • The proposed research must be closely related to the research topics carried out at Microsoft Research in Cambridge


  • Each Microsoft scholarship consists of an annual bursary up to a maximum of three years
  • The monetary value of the award varies by country to reflect local differences in costs and overheads. Payment is made directly to the institution
  • The amount of the scholarship is the maximum amount Microsoft Research pays to the institution
  • In addition, every Scholar receives a fixed hardware allowance and conference allowance

How to apply

Application should be filled online. A link to the online application form will be available on 1 September 2015

A two-stage evaluation process will be implemented for all eligible applications as follows:

  • Stage 1: A panel of Microsoft researchers determines whether an application meets the basic selection criteria and goes through to stage 2. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in October 2014, but will not receive detailed feedback
  • Stage 2: Applications are sent for comprehensive review to at least three Microsoft internal or external reviewers. Ranking depends on review feedback. Other factors, such as relevance to Microsoft research topics, are taken into account for the selection of approximately 20 applications. Detailed feedback will be given to all stage 2 proposals
  • Decisions are made solely at the discretion of Microsoft Research and all decisions are final

The dates of notifications are as follows:

  • Stage 1: October 2015
  • Stage 2: December 2015

Application deadline

The application deadline is 25 September, 2015 (Application will open on 1 September.)

For more information, enquiries and application, click here

2016 Gates Cambridge Scholarship in UK for Postgraduate International Students

bill_and_scholarsApplications are invited for the 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholarship in UK for Postgraduate International Students. Each year, Bill and Melinda Foundation funds Bill Gates’ Scholarship to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge

Scholarship description

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the most prestigious international scholarship programs in the world. The program was established in 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost financial aid grants. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Up to 40 Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to US students and up to 55 scholarships are awarded to international students


An applicant should meet the following criteria to qualify for consideration for his scholarship:

  • Should be a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Should be applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:  PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Current student at Cambridge? If you are applying for a new postgraduate course, you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil, you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD. Current Gates Cambridge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. Current Cambridge students apply and are considered in the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, short-listing and interviewing as all other candidates.
However, if you have already started a course you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it


A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the most generous international scholarships available. It covers the following costs:
Core components:

  • The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
  • A maintenance allowance for a single student (£14,300 for 12 months at the 2015-16 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • Inbound visa costs & associated NHS surcharge costs

Discretionary components: The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:

  • Academic development funding – from £500 to £1,500, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses
  • Family allowance – up to £9,630 for a first child and up to £4,110 for a second child. No funding is provided for a partner
  • Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD
  • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties
  • Maternity/Paternity funding – should you require it, you may apply to intermit your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your maintenance allowance during this time
  • Some fourth year funding for PhD Scholars may be provided

Receiving a salary or substantial other scholarship? If you are receiving a salary from an employer or have another substantial scholarship, the Trust reserves the right to reduce or not pay the standard maintenance allowance. You should let the Trust know ASAP if you are awarded any funding towards your degree at Cambridge

How to apply

Applicants apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and admission to their chosen postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge and a Cambridge College via the Graduate Admissions Office, using the GRADSAF form and supporting documents. If you are applying for admission to the MBA or Master of Finance program, you apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship via the Judge Business School. To be considered for postgraduate admission and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship all applicants must submit the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Office by the relevant deadline:

  • GRADSAF application form (which includes a Gates Cambridge section)
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 academic references
  • 1 personal reference (for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship)

Each Scholar is different and brings something unique to the program. But they are looking for four key criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership potential
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others
  • A good academic fit with Cambridge

Application deadline

The deadlines are as follows: Round 1 (US citizens based in the USA) – 14 October 2015 and Round 2 (all other eligible candidates) – 2 December 2015

For more information, enquiries and application, click here

2015/2016 Transform Together Scholarships in the UK for International Students

int-banner-3Applications are invited for the 2015/2016 Transform Together Scholarships in the UK for International Students. Sheffield Hallam University is offering these scholarships for International Students to commence their study in January 2015. Scholarships will be awarded to study all full–time taught courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level available at the Sheffield Hallam University

Scholarship description

Transform Together Scholarships are exclusively for International Students. If you are a high achiever or you believe you can make a significant contribution to the University, please apply. The scholarships include a one-year full or half tuition fee waiver for full-time taught postgraduate courses and 50% tuition fee discount for each year of an undergraduate course


To be eligible to apply for one of these scholarships, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Postgraduate only – have achieved a minimum of 2.1 its or equivalent in your honours degree and must meet the minimum English and academic entry requirements for your course. Please attach transcripts to scholarship applications
  • Undergraduate only – have achieved or exceeded the English and academic entry requirements for the course
  • Have an offer for a full–time taught undergraduate or postgraduate course at Sheffield Hallam University starting in 2015/16
  • Be self–funding your studies
  • Be classed as an International Student for fees purposes
  • Be able to pay any additional fees your course may require, for example, field trips etc


  • Postgraduate courses – full or half fee waiver (100% discount)
  • Undergraduate courses – 50% fee discount for each year of your degree

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please download the Application Form and return it via post and email. If you have not yet applied for a course, please visit online prospectus to find a course and apply

A panel will review the applications and following a competitive process, they will award scholarships to well–qualified students who demonstrate academic, personal or professional achievement on their scholarship application form

Applicant will be notified if they have been successful approximately one month after the deadline

Application deadline

Deadline is 1 November, 2015 for January 2016 start

For more information, enquiries and application, click here

2015/2016 MCIU Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme in Nigeria

Applications are invited for the 2015/2016 MCIU Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme in Nigeria. Delta State based Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, (MCIU) is offering hundred and fifty (150) scholarships for Nigerian Students. The MCIU scholarships are part of the new MCIU Scholars schemes, which will directly benefit students entering undergraduate education in 2015/2016

Scholarship description

The Delta State based Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, (MCIU) is pleased to announce the establishment of these awards as part of the MCIU Scholars schemes for undergraduate qualifications in its Faculty of Management and Social Sciences and that of Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences in the 2015/2016 academic year. MCIU is a world-class institution dedicated to the alleviation of poverty through knowledge, they are looking for students who are pursuing higher learning so that they can play a part in making their society a better place.

Undergraduates courses offered at MCIU in 2015/2016 include Accounting, Banking and Finance; Business Administration, Economics, Applied Biology, Biotechnology, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Mathematics, Computer Science, Industrial Physics. Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the recipient’s undergraduate study


In order to be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Possess at least five credit “O” level passes which must include a credit pass in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject in not more than two sittings
  • Entry requirement for Direct Entry must include UTME requirement for that particular course


Every successful applicant can receive up to One million naira, (5000USD) towards his or her tuition fees at MCIU for the duration of the recipient’s undergraduate study

How to apply

Step 1: Complete the MCIU Online Application Form
Step 2: Carefully compose your personal statement (remember the 500 word limit).
Step 3: Email your carefully composed Supporting Statement and any enquiry to

Students will be selected on the basis of a Personal Statement and Interview. A good personal statement must not exceed 500 words and it will be a chance to tell us about yourself, why you think you deserve this scholarship and how you think it will help you serve yourself and your school once you graduate. Successful applicants will be notified of results by SMS, emails and notice posted on MCIU website

Application deadline

All applications should be submitted by 30 August, 2015

For more information, enquiries and application, click here