Although not all, most scholarship programs are merit-based meaning scholars are chosen based on academic merit or in others forms such as leadership, athletic, or artistic merits. Merit-based scholarships are sometimes referred to as excellence scholarships since it seeks out the most bright and most talented students. In this list, scholars4dev.com highlights the most popular merit-based scholarships out there.
Top 20 Excellence Scholarships for the Best International Students
Merit-based Scholarships offered by Foreign Governments »
*Fulbright Foreign Student Program (USA)*
The Fulbright Scholarship Program is the flagship international exchange
scholarship program between the U.S. Government and 155 countries. Each
year, approximately 1,800 Fulbright scholarships are awarded to the most
excellent foreign students who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD Degree in
the United States. The Fulbright Scholarship Program provides full
funding for the duration of the study which includes tuition, textbooks,
airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.
*Chevening Scholarships (UK)*
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship
programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and
partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding
scholars with leadership potential. Every year, it provides
scholarships to around 1000 outstanding students from over 130 countries
who wish to pursue postgraduate study in the UK. Chevening Scholarships
are full scholarships which cover tuition fees, monthly stipend and
various one-off allowances as well as international travel to and from UK.
*Endeavour Postgraduate Awards (Australia)*
The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide full financial support for
high-achieving international students to undertake a postgraduate
qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research
in any field of study in Australia. The scholarship covers tuition fees,
monthly stipend, travel allowance, establishment allowance as well as
health and travel insurance.
*Eiffel Scholarships (France)*
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme is funded by the French
Government and was launched to attract elite overseas students who wish
to pursue Master’s, Engineering and PhD degrees in France. The Eiffel
Programme does not cover tuition fees but scholarship holders are given
a monthly allowance, travel costs, health insurance and possibly an
accommodation allowance. Approximately 400 new scholarships are awarded
*Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)*
The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide graduates from all
fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research
at one of the public funded university or recognized institution in
Switzerland. The scholarship covers a monthly allowance, tuition fees,
health insurance, lodging allowance, etc.
Merit-based Scholarships offered by Global Universities »
*Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)*
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and
research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The
scholarships are open to all international students from all over the
world. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying
at Cambridge namely: university fees, maintenance allowances, airfare,
and some dependant’s allowance. About 100 new Gates Scholars are
awarded annually (although the exact number of awards may change from
year to year).
*Rhodes Scholarships (UK)*
Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the
oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship
program in the world. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards
that supports exceptional international students from selected countries
at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholarship covers all
university fees, personal stipend, health insurance, and airfare to and
from the student’s home country. A class of 83 Scholars are selected
*Sydney Achievers International Scholarships (Australia)*
The Sydney Achievers International Scholarships provides new
international students who wants to study in University of Sydney in
Australia. These prestigious scholarships are aimed at attracting high
achieving, academically meritorious, international students to enjoy the
‘Sydney experience’ at one of the finest institutions of higher
education in the world. Up to 100 of these prestigious Scholarships
(worth AUD 10,000 per annum) will be offered to high achieving,
academically meritorious, international students.
*La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students (Australia)*
La Trobe’s Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) are targeted towards
high achieving international students from all countries across all of
La Trobe’s undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs. You are
eligible if you scored a minimum of 80 per cent or equivalent in their
previous degree/award. The scholarships are non-renewable tuition fee
awards of A$10,000-$20,000 paid across a maximum period of two semesters
(or twelve months).
*Monash University International Merit Scholarships (Australia)*
Monash University is offering a number of scholarship programs including
the Monash University International Merit Scholarships for outstanding
international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate or
postgraduate degree offered at Monash University. The scholarship has a
total average value of up to $50,000 (based on a 5 year degree).
*University of Maastricht Scholarships for High Potential International Students (Netherlands)*
Maastricht University (UM) aims to further strengthen its position as a
leading European university offering high-quality education with an
international orientation. To this end, scholarships are made available
by the UM Scholarship Fund with the aim of encouraging talented students
from outside the EEA to follow a master’s programme at UM. These
scholarships are fully-funded scholarships which includes tuition fee,
living expenses, visa costs, and insurance.
*Leiden University Excellence Scholarships for International Students (Netherlands)*
The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to
outstanding Non-EU/EEA students pursuing a master’s degree programme at
Leiden University. The scholarship value (up to 100% tuition fee)
depend on prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have
achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme
for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student
will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad.
*Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships *(Netherlands)**
The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers a number of outstanding
prospective students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s
degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University. Selected
students can be awarded a scholarship that covers the tuition fee and
10.000 euro living expenses per year. However the grant is not a full
scholarship, it is necessary to find additional funding to be able to
finance study and stay completely.
*Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)*
In 2014, a new prestigious scholarship programme – the Amsterdam
Excellence Scholarships (AES) was launched, targeting exceptionally
talented Master’s students from outside Europe who wish to pursue
Masters studies at University of Amsterdam. The AES is a full
scholarship of €25,000 (covering tuition and living expenses) for one
academic year with the possibility of extension for a second year (for
two-year Master’s programmes). *Please inquire with the University if
this scholarship will be offered for AY 2015-2016.
*Tilburg University Academic Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)*
For the academic year 2014-2015, Tilburg University has 39 scholarships
available for excellent international students who are admitted to a
Master’s program at Tilburg University (MA, MSc or LLM).
The scholarship covers € 5000 for living expenses and a partial tuition
waiver of up to € 10,000 (which means students will only pay a tuition
fee of € 2,500). *Please inquire with the University if this
scholarship will be offered for AY 2015-2016.
*TU Delft Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)*
The Delft University of Technology offers a number of excellence
scholarship programs for international students. The Justus & Louise van
Effen scholarship is one of those programs and it aims to financially
supporting excellent international MSc students wishing to study at TU
Delft. The scholarship is a full scholarship – coverage of tuition fees
and monthly allowance for living expenses.*
*Ampere Excellence Scholarships for International Students (France)*
The Ampère Scholarships of Excellence provide international students
with the opportunity to pursue one of the eligible Masters programs
offered at ENS de Lyon. The scholarships cover 1000€/month for a
duration of 12 months.
*ENS International Selection Scholarships (France)*
Each year, École Normale Supérieure (ENS) organizes an international
selection allowing about thirty of the most promising international
students, either in Science or in Humanities, to follow a two or
three-year Masters Degree at the ENS. Successful scholars will receive
a monthly stipend of approximately 1,000 Euros and benefit from an
accommodation on the ENS campus.
*ETH Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)*
The ETH Excellence and Master Scholarship programmes are open to
excellent students both from the ETH and from other universities
(national and international) wishing to pursue their Master’s degree at
ETH Zurich. The scholarships includes tuition fee waiver and
grant/stipend for living and study expenses.
*University of Bern Excellence Scholarships for International Students (Switzerland)*
The University of Bern Masters Grants are for international students who
wish to pursue a Master’s programme at the University. Criteria for
selection are academic excellence and the candidate’s potential and
motivation. The grant consists of 1600 CHF per month for the duration
of the Master’s programme.