Beijing Government Scholarships for Undergraduate, Masters & Doctoral International Students, 2015/2016

Brief description

Beijing Government is offering scholarships for international and developing countries students to study for Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degrees 2015 and annually.

Accepted Subject Areas: Courses offered at Chinese higher institutions in Beijing

About Scholarship

The Beijing Government Scholarship (BGS) was established by Beijing Municipal Government, aiming to provide tuition fees fully or partially to the international students studying or applying for studying in Beijing. Its administrative office is the International Cooperation and Exchange Office of Beijing Municipal Commission of Educations, which is in charge of project establishment, review, acceptance and daily management of the Beijing Government Scholarship Program. The international students applying for the Beijing Government Scholarships shall normally submit relevant materials to the universities in Beijing that he/she hope to apply by the end of February every year.

Beijing Government Scholarship

Scholarship Offered Since: Not specified

Who is eligible?

1) Applicants must be non-Chinese nationals in good health.

2) Educational background and age limit

  • Applicants for undergraduate studies in Beijing must have completed senior high school with good grades and be under the age of 30. Applicants for Masters degree studies in Beijing must have Bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35. Applicants for Doctoral degree studies in Beijing must have Master’s degree and be under the age of 40.
  • Applicants for advanced studies must have an undergraduate degree or be in the second year of a university course and be under the age of 50. Applicants for long term language study must have a high school diploma and be under the age of 60.
  • Visiting scholar candidates in Beijing must have a Masters or higher degree or hold academic titles of associate professor or higher, and be under the age of 50.

3) Requirement for the applicant’s language proficiency is based on the requirement of the academic programs and determined by the individual higher learning institution.

4) An applicant receives financial support from other Chinese government scholarship programs or organizations/agencies would not be eligible for the Beijing Municipal Government Scholarship for International Students

Number of Scholarships: several

Scholarship Benefit

The Beijing Municipal Government Scholarship for International Students only covers tuition fees. According to the applicants’ status, the allowance for scholarship students can be classified into 5 types:

  • 40,000 RMB/year for a Doctoral degree
  • 30,000 RMB/year for a Masters degree
  • 20,000 RMB/year/ for a Bachelor degree
  • 10,000 RMB/year for a Senior training or long term language program
  • 5,000 RMB/year for Exchange students or students with outstanding contributions to international education in Beijing.

Duration of Scholarships

  • Applicants for Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Chinese universities and colleges in Beijing region: duration of scholarship should be under 4 years.
  • Applicants for Chinese language training or relevant advanced studies in Chinese universities and colleges in the Beijing region: the duration of scholarship should be under one year.
  • Scholars and international students for specialized training in Chinese universities and colleges in Beijing region: the duration of scholarship should be under one year.
  • Exchange students or students with outstanding contributions to international education in Beijing: the duration of scholarship should be under one year.

Eligible Countries: International  and developing countries students

To be taken in (country): Applicants may choose institutions and specialties from the Chinese institutions of higher education in the Beijing region.

Application Deadline: All application materials should be handed to the relevant university or college before the end of February every year

Scholarship offered annually? Yes

How to apply

For specific application means, you can consult the government departments and relevant institutions responsible for dispatching students abroad in your country, Chinese embassies or consulates; you can also visit the Web of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education ( cn) to inquiry; or directly apply to the universities qualified to issue such scholarship in Beijing.

Visit scholarship webpage for details

Sponsors: Beijing Municipal Government


Petroleum Institute offers N1.8m MSc and PGD scholarship for graduate studies

The Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS) of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), last weekend, offered graduates N1.8 million worth of scholarship in its 12-month M.Sc. and PGD programmes.

Director of the institute, Professor Mike Onyekonwu, made this known at a news conference in Port Harcourt to mark its 11th anniversary/induction celebration, taking place today (Thursday).

He said interested applicants, who managed to scale through its “rigorous qualifying examinations and interviews”, would not only be awarded the scholarship, but would also enjoy free meal daily.

“This programme focuses on reducing the nation’s part-dependence on foreign expatriates to drive its petroleum industry.

“As a mark of giving graduates the best in petroleum studies, 40 per cent of our lectures are from France; 40 per cent from UNIPORT, while 20 per cent are from the oil and gas industry.

“Similarly, the institute does not admit more than 25 applicants in each programme to ensure lecturer-student bond in line with best global practices”, he said.

Onyekonwu said that the scholarship initiative, which began in 2003, was jointly sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG) Limited, to improve graduates proficiency in the nation’s petroleum industry.

He disclosed that 42 M.Sc. and PGD students would be presented with certificates in Petroleum Engineering Scholarships Engineering/Project Development and Diploma in Petroleum Technology, totalling 250 graduates since the institute’s inception.

“About 50 per cent of these graduating students have been offered jobs by mostly local and global oil and gas players-a testament to our drive to remedy skills gap in the industry”, he said.

Onyekonwu explained that many graduates in the country yet to find jobs several years after graduation was partly due to lack of requisite skills for the few jobs available.

The director said that the institute through its research and development drive had produced and registered five patents, including “Optiwell drilling technology” which, he said, had revolutionised global oil and gas industry.

He called on qualified graduates who had interest in pursuing advanced studies in petroleum to apply for the scholarship programmes for 2015 academic session.

These 10 Prestigious Scholarships for Africans will Close Application By December 2014

The following are scholarship programs currently open for African students with closing dates by December 2014

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries – Masters and PhD

Applications are now open for the CSC Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD students from developing Commonwealth countries to study in UK, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Australian Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students

Applications is open from 1st September for Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships. There are two categories of Award: The Master Awards and the Africa Fellowships

Chevening Scholarships for Commonwealth Countries

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is offering the Chevening Scholarships for one year postgraduate Masters course to study any discipline at UK Universities. Deadline is now November.

Scholarships with december deadlines

Next Gen Fellowship Program for Sub-Saharan African Countries

Carnegie Corporation of New York is funding three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career social science faculty of African academics working on peace, security and development issues.

Quota Scholarship Scheme in Norway for 800 Bachelors, Masters and PhD Students from Developing Countries

The Norwegian Government offer scholarship funds for the Quota Scholarship scheme for Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD Students from Developing Countries at universities and university colleges in Norway

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (Masters & PhD) in UK for International Students

Gates Cambridge Trust offers full fee postgraduate (Masters and PhD) Scholarships for outstanding International students to study any course at the University of Cambridge, UK

IDB Scholarships for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC)

Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC) Scholarship Programme funds and implements its scholarship programmes as part of its overall effort in the development of human resources of its member countries and those of the Muslim communities in non-member countries. There are three scholarship programmes offered by IDB:

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships in Netherlands for Undergraduate & Masters Students

Each year Utrecht University Netherlands offers the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for international students to study for Bachelors and Masters degree.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships in Canada for Developing Countries

Trudeau Foundation offers Doctoral Scholarships for Canadian Citizens and Foreign Nationals (with preference to developing countries) to study Social Sciences and Humanities at Canadian Universities.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 200 PhD Fellowships will be awarded. For awardees who need more than three years to complete their PhD studies, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions. For details, please contact the institutions concerned directly.

Michigan State University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarship Name: MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Brief description:

The MasterCard Foundation Students is now open for Application at Michigan State University USA for 2015/2016 academic year

Eligible Field of Study: Courses offered at the university

About Scholarship

The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with Michigan State University USA to provide full tuition scholarships to undergraduate and master’s students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The university will receive $45 million in funding from the foundation to support 185 scholars throughout the nine-year program, which includes 100 four-year undergraduates and 85 master’s degree students. MSU will host the most scholars among the six U.S. partner institutions.

Students who have demonstrated academic talent, are economically disadvantaged and have a personal commitment to give back to their countries are invited to apply for these scholarships.

Through financial, academic, social and post-graduation support, The Scholars Program will ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.


Scholarship Offered Since: 2012

Scholarship Type: Undergraduate and Graduate Masters degree

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

The program is open to residents and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries. Students must be first-time applicants to MSU. Transfer students are not eligible for the program.

Undergraduate Students

  • Strong academic performance to date in secondary school suggesting continued academic success as an undergraduate student.
  • An interest in and capacity for give-back, evidenced by commitment and engagement outside the classroom in the school and/or community.
  • Manifest ethical behavior and strong character essential to joining The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Network.
  • Ability to deal with change, uncertainty, and adversity, as well as interest in other countries and cultures, necessary to succeed as a student overseas and represent one’s home country in this role.
  • Significant financial need and/or from lowest income bracket in country of origin.
  • Commitment to give back in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa.

 Graduate Students

  • Prior completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Africa with academic achievements suggesting continued academic success as graduate student.
  • Strong commitment to a professional path in line with the area of study that can positively impact Africa.
  • An interest in and capacity for give-back, evidenced by commitment and engagement on campus, in professional pursuits and/or community.
  • Manifest ethical behavior and strong character essential to joining The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Network.
  • Ability to deal with change, uncertainty, and adversity, as well as interest in other countries and cultures, necessary to succeed as a student overseas and represent one’s home country in this role.
  • Significant financial need and/or from lowest income bracket in country of origin
  • Commitment to give back in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa.

Number of Scholarships: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Full financial, academic, social and post-graduation support. The Scholars Program will ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.

Duration of Scholarship: For the full period of undergraduate or masters study

Eligible Countries – African countries are eligible

To be taken at (country): Michigan State University USA

Application Deadline

For Undergraduate – 15th January 2015

For Masters – 2nd February 2015

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Visit Scholarship webpage for details


Important Notes: Students do not need to receive notification of acceptance to MSU prior to submitting their scholarship application. However, students must complete an application to MSU in order to be considered for the scholarship. Students who are already enrolled at MSU are not eligible for The Scholars Program.

How Vivian got the only national scholarship slot in UK

Vivian Nwofor

Vivian Nwofor

Speaking with Vanguard Learning, Vivian said: “While conducting some research online, I stumbled on the Dr Murtala Mohammed Scholarship scheme and applied. The scholarship is for just one Nigerian who meets the required academic qualifications.”

It is done in memory of the late General Murtala Mohammed, who ruled Nigeria from 1975 to 1976 before his asassination.
The scholarship covers full tuition to study in London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

According to her, some of the requirements are; a first class degree, a score of seven and above in International General Certificate of Secondary Education ,IGCSE, English language and be a Nigerian.

“When I wrote the IGCSE examination, I scored 7.5. Out of the other first class holders that wrote the examination, I emerged first,” she said.
Before this time, she had applied for Presidential Scholarship scheme and University of Westminster Scholarship but was not shortlisted.

She said: “I did not believe that any of those applications will not be successful because I met their requirements.
I believed that with my result and with God, it will work out for me. Thus, I came out successful in the Dr Murtala Scholarship scheme.”

Vivian whose father is a retired civil servant said that what she actually wanted to study for second degree was Biotechnology. But when she saw the Metropolitan University advert which specified courses it gives out for the scholarship, she had to opt for Biomedical Science.

“I owe Novena University a lot because I gained a lot from there. My lecturers went a long way to contribute to what I am today,” she said.

Going down memory lane, Vivian said: “When I wanted to study medicine at a federal university, I recall that they were asking for money before they could offer me admission.
“Before that time, I always had the notion that a private university is where you can just go and buy a degree and that was not what I wanted for myself.

”In the long run, I met a friend who was a Mass Communication student at Novena University. She called me and I asked if I needed to pay before getting admission into the institution and she said I was not to pay anything.

“She added that if my WAEC result was okay, it was enough for me to gain admission. “Then I submitted my JAMB and WAEC results and I got admission into Novena University.”

Vivian noted that if anyone has ever heard that private schools give out marks or results, Novena is exceptional, “they only give students what they work for, if you work for your first class, you will be given the degree due for you. It is a school I am proud to associate with any time any day.”

Looking forward to what lies ahead, she said: “After my second degree, I hope to apply for more scholarships because I still hope to have a master’s degree  in Biotechnology after which I will proceed to do my Ph.D to enable me lecture.

“I like lecturing because I love to impart knowledge. As a woman, probably marriage along the way.

Novena university
While my stay in the United Kingdom lasts, I hope to make my country and alma mata proud as I aim to have the best result in the school.”

Dr Andrew Ekakitie who was her Head of Department (HOD) at Novena University while speaking with Vanguard on phone, pointed out that Vivian was an outstanding girl while in school.

According to the HOD, she was someone who knew the reason why she was in the university.
“In her class, she was the only student that made a first class in Biochemistry.”

Ekakitie who disclosed that Vivian had earlier represented the institution in an international science quiz competition in South Africa said Vivian performed brilliantly.

MOUAU 2014/2015 Resumption Date Announced


The MOUAU Freshers & Stallite Resumption Date. For the 2014/2015 academic session has been announced. The board and management of the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike would like to inform the newly admitted students (freshers), Old students (stallites) as well as the general public that the 2014/2015 academic session resumption date has been scheduled to go on as follows;

MOUAU Freshers & Stallite Resumption Date 2014/2015

Fresh Students (Freshers):

• 9th November resumption date.

• 10th November Course registration starts.

• 17th November Course registration ends.

• 17th – 21th November Orientation exercise.

• 8th Dec 2014 Lectures starts.

Old and returning Students (Stallite):

• 23rd November resumption date.

• 24th November Course registration starts.

• 12th Dec 2014 Course registration ends.

• 8th Dec 2014 Lectures starts.

NB: All freshers have until November 17th 2014 to complete heir Online Course registration, failure to do so, may lead to the cancellation of your admission. And kindly note that late registration charge of N10,000 applies for all students.

Facebook Fellowship Award and Grant for Graduate Students 2015/2016

Scholarship Name: Facebook Fellowship Award

Brief description

Facebook Fellowship Program is open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering , electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.

Eligible Area of Research

  • Architecture
  • Data Mining
  • Databases
  • Distributed Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • Human-Computer Interaction & Social Computing
  • Economics and Computation
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Networking & Operating Systems
  • Programming Languages & Compilers
  • Security & Privacy
  • Software Engineering

About Scholarship

Everyday Facebook confronts the most complex technical problems and believe that close relationships with the academic community will enable address many of these problems at a fundamental level and solve them. As part of it’s ongoing commitment to academic relationships, Facebook is pleased to announce this extended two year Facebook Fellowship program to support graduate students in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Scholarship Offered Since:

Scholarship Type: PhD Fellowship

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

This Program is open to individuals who are enrolled full-time, as defined by the individual’s university, and in good standing at an appropriately accredited doctoral program focusing on a Topic or Field (whether an individual is engaged in research in a Topic or Field will be determined in Facebook’s sole discretion).

You are not eligible to participate in this Program if you are a national or legal resident of those countries in which the United States has embargoed goods (including, without limitation, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria, unless you are enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the United States or a non-embargoed country, with the exception of nationals and legal residents of Cuba, who are unconditionally ineligible to participate).

Further, the Award, or portions thereof, may be forfeited if an Award recipient does not remain enrolled with full-time status and in good standing at the same doctoral program for the entire period of the award.

Number of Scholarships: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Each Facebook Fellowship includes several benefits:

  • Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year(s)
  • $37,000 yearly grant
  • Paid visit to Facebook HQ to present your research
  • Opportunity for paid internship

Duration of Scholarship: Facebook Fellowship Award to cover two years!

Eligible Countries: Domestic and International Students

To be taken at (country): Any country (excluding US embargoed countries)

Application Deadline: Applications open on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:00pm
Completed applications are due by Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 8:59am
(Applications may be saved and edited up until application deadline)

Offered annually? Yes

Required application materials:

  • Research Summary
    1-2 page research summary, which clearly identifies the area of focus and applicability of anticipated research to Facebook.
  • Resume or CV
  • Two email contacts for a letter of recommendation:
    1. Advisor
    2. Professional reference (can be from academia or industry)

How to Apply

To apply, eligible individuals must submit the following materials (collectively, “Application”) to Facebook, or email a Word or PDF file of the Application to with the subject line “Fellowship Program Application”:

  • Curriculum Vitae (“CV”): Your Application must include your CV, which should detail prior relevant work experience, academic record, and publication record.
  • Letters of Reference: Application must include the name and contact information of two (2) people who will be providing letters of reference on behalf of the applicant. The letters of reference should address the applicant’s skills and character and why the applicant deserves to receive the Award. One (1) letter of reference must be from the applicant’s current doctoral program advisor. All letters must be submitted by the references by the Application due date.
  • Research Proposal: Application must include a one (1) to two (2) page (single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, one (1) inch margins) research proposal in your Field of study. Research proposals will be reviewed, subject to the two (2) page limit, and any page(s) submitted in excess of the two (2) page limit may not be read. Additionally, the Research Proposal must clearly identify the area of focus and applicability of anticipated research to Facebook.
  • Research Area: The research proposal must address the applicant’s PhD research area. Transcript (OPTIONAL): Application may also include transcripts from any/all post-secondary educational institutions that the applicant has attended.

Visit scholarship webpage for details