Full Scholarships to London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – 2019

The Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships

The prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) recently announced three Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships for the 2019/20 school year.

The scholarships are funded by Standard Bank of South Africa PLC to support academically gifted students who demonstrate financial need.

The scholarships are awarded to students accepted into one of the following programs:

  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change
  • MSc Finance (full-time)
  • MSc Finance and Private Equity
  • MSc Risk and Finance
  • MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance
  • MSc Law and Accounting
  • MSc Economics and Management
  • MSc Management Information Systems and Digital Innovation
  • MSc Management and Strategy
  • MSc Financial Mathematics
  • MSc Economics and Philosophy

Applicants from African countries with a Standard Bank presence will be considered, with preference given to residents of South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique and South Sudan

Each successful applicant will be awarded £40,000 towards tuition and living expenses.

To apply for the LSE scholarships awarded for the school year starting in September of 2019:

  1. Submit your application for the program you are interested in pursuing (See how to apply for graduate courses here)
  2. Submit a Graduate Financial Support Application Form via the Graduate application tracker
  3. Recieve an acceptance letter (conditional or unconditional

The deadline for completion of these three steps is 5 pm (UK Time) April 26, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by email by the end of July, 2019.

Scholarship Website


Yale African Scholars Program (YYAS) | Deadline February 6, 2019

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) brings together African secondary school students between the ages of 15–18 for a tuition-free, intensive academic and leadership program that lasts eight-days per session. In 2019 the program will be held in three countries—Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe—between late July and end of August. Continue reading

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship now offered at 57 US Universities

Beginning in Fall 2019, participating colleges and universities will each offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition to selected international undergraduates dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message by bridging intercultural divides. Applicants will answer a short essay question or present a multimedia project about their ideas for advancing intercultural learning and understanding on their future campuses.  Continue reading

World Bank Africa Fellowship Program – 2019 Cohort

WBG Africa Fellowship Program

The World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship Program targets young talented African nationals who are completing or recently completed a Ph.D. in an area relevant to the World Bank’s work. The fellowship program builds a strong pipeline of young African talent interested in a career in development, in international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia. The program offers chosen fellows a six-month assignment at World Bank Group (WBG) offices in Washington D.C. or in country offices to gain hands-on experience in the operations of the WBG. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, the design of global and country policies, and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries. While benefitting from research and innovation in multiple sectors, fellows will also work on research, economic policy, technical assistance, and lending operations that contribute to the World Bank’s goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

The WBG’s Africa fellows have proven to be valuable resources for their hiring units. They contribute to the work program of their respective units and to the World Bank’s mission. In the process they (i) gain a better understanding of the World Bank’s operations; (ii) access quality data for their research; (iii) interact with and learn from seasoned experts in the field of development.

The application period opens between August and September of each year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Sub-Saharan national who are recent Ph.D. graduates, or current doctoral students within a year of completing or graduating from a Ph.D. program in all relevant field of development, including, but not limited to economics, education, health, governance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, demography.
  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal
  • Be under the age of 32 by the closing of the application period

About the current cohort of Fellows (2018 cohort)

The 2018 cohort attracted 3,029 candidates, of which 144 from 26 African countries were preselected as potential fellows ready for hire. Twenty-four fellows have been selected and assigned to work in various World Bank Group units, including agriculture, energy, and trade. The cohort is composed of 15 women and eight men from 12 African countries.

Fellows are working in the following units across the World Bank: Agriculture, Education, Energy & Extractives, Governance, Africa Chief Economist Office, Development Economics, Health, Nutrition & Population, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment, Social Protection & Labor, Poverty, Climate Change, Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships, Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV), and Gender. The program is supported by the Think Africa Partnership (TAP), the FCV Fund, as well as IDA resources of the WBG Africa region.

2019 WBG-AFRICA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
  • DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: October 5, 2018


Australian Government Scholarships – Tips for Success

The Australia Awards team receive thousands of scholarship applications every year – all from talented and accomplished people hoping to make a difference in their home country. It’s a very competitive process. They’ve put together some tips to help you reflect on your application and think about how to prepare if you’d like to apply again after being rejected.  This is also useful to first-time candidates interested in presenting successful applications for funding their study in Australia. Continue reading

South Korean Government Sponsored Scholarships for International Students (2019)

The Korean Government Scholarship Program provides international students with opportunities to conduct advanced studies in undergraduate & graduate programs at higher educational institutions in the Republic of Korea in order to promote international exchanges in education and mutual friendship between countries.  170 slots are available for undergraduate students and 700 slots for graduate students.

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Improve Your Test Scores

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Are you stressing about testing? Most students do. Don’t worry, help is in sight! Follow these tips to improve your scores on any type of standardized test – the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, LSAT, or GMAT.

First, recognize that taking tests and preparing for tests are skills. Like any other skill, they can be learned, and they improve with practice. You will need to study for the tests, and you will need to practice taking tests.

Relax

Test scores are not the most important factors in getting into a U.S. college. Your grades in secondary school are more important to college admissions officers. They will also consider your activities outside of school, your athletic or leadership abilities, your admissions essay, and your evaluation letters. Finally, they’ll take a look at the interview. All of these factors, except possibly the interview, are more important than test grades alone.

Tests don’t carry the same significance in the U.S. as in some other countries. In Canada or the U.K., students take comprehensive tests when they are young teenagers. Only those who earn top scores go to university. That’s not true in the U.S., where tests are much less important.

Testing is stressful for many students whether they come from Africa or the U.S. The more tests that you take, the better you will be at it. Eventually, you will become an expert. Never avoid a test. If you have the opportunity to take a test, do so. It helps you to practice for the future.

Make a Plan

Start studying early for any test. Many students begin preparing for the major entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT a year or more in advance. Don’t believe anyone says that “you can’t study for these types of tests.” It’s true that studying doesn’t improve your score on an I.Q. test, but tests like the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, and GRE are as much a test of your knowledge as of your ability to reason. Students who study for these tests earn much higher grades. The TOEFL, of course, is exclusively a test of your knowledge in one subject: English.

Figure out how much time you can spend studying for tests, and still earn good grades at school. Break the test material down into blocks, and plan how much time you will use for each block. For the SAT, decide how much time you will spend studying for each section of the test.

Study your weakest subjects more than your strongest ones. In studying for the TOEFL, many international students say they wish they had spent more time practicing for the spoken part of the test. Instead, they focused on the reading and writing sections, which were easier for them. Don’t make this mistake! If math is your weakest area on the SAT, set aside extra time to study math.

Use Test Prep

There are some test preparation (or “test prep”) materials available. There are books, tapes, and online programs. Usually, they include tips and facts on each area of the test, plus practice tests.

Test prep materials also include tricks to improve your score. For example: on the SAT, if you really don’t know any answer, don’t guess. When the test is scored, a ¼ point is deducted for each wrong answer. You’re better off not answering a question than getting it wrong! On the other hand, if you can eliminate one or two of the five alternatives in a multiple-choice question, go ahead and make an “educated guess” among the others. You’re likely to improve your score that way.

Take a Practice Test

Perhaps the greatest advantage that test prep materials provide is the practice tests. They include practice tests and the correct answers. These are usually drawn from actual tests that were used in prior years. Recently, in a few widely publicized cases, international students received old SAT tests that were exactly the same as those in their test prep materials! Even if that never happens again, the more you practice taking tests, the easier it will become.

The Day Before

Don’t try to “cram” or study all night the day before the test. If you don’t already know the material on a standardized test the night before, it’s probably too late. The best way to improve your score is to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the test, so you are at your best. The day before the exam, be sure that you know exactly where it will be given and how to get there. Before you go to bed, make sure that you have everything that you will need for the test ready. On the morning of the test, be sure to eat something. Some studies show that students perform better on tests when they eat breakfast.

Come Prepared

If you’re not taking the test online, make sure that you have any required materials like pencils and pens. Remember to bring your receipt to gain admission to the test. If the building where the test will be given is air conditioned, bring a sweater or jacket in case the room is too cold. Avoid drinking too many liquids just before the test, so you don’t have to go to the bathroom.

Reward Yourself

Schedule a special family dinner or some time to relax with friends after the test.  You’ve spent a lot of time studying, so spend some time relaxing.

If you don’t think you did well, don’t let it worry you too much. The latest psychological studies on pessimism show that many students have negative thoughts about a test in the days just before and after the test. Usually, they are less fearful about the test results as time goes on. By the time they receive their grades, they are pleasantly surprised!

Consider Testing Again

If you didn’t get a high score on the test, and you know you can do better, retake it. Some students are afraid to do this. They think, “What if I get a lower score?” Don’t let that discourage you from testing again. Almost every U.S. college or university will allow you to use whichever score is higher.  This will mean paying the test fee a second time, but it’s more than worth it if it earns you a scholarship, or gets you into the school of your dreams.

 

Japanese Government Scholarships for Undergraduates

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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) invites applications for college scholarships available for international students to study at a Japanese college of technology. A graduated grantee will be awarded a diploma and an associate degree.

Scholarship awards will be tenable for four years from April 2019 to March 2024 including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in maritime engineering, the term of scholarship will be four and a half years up to September 2023.

Scholarship Description: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese college of technology under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2019.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are awarded in the following fields of specialization (major): Mechanical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Information, Communication and Network Engineering; Materials Engineering; Architecture and Civil Engineering, Maritime engineering; Other Fields. Materials engineering may not be studied in combination with other fields of study. Applicants wishing to choose more than one major should select their first, second and third choice of major from ones under “(4) Materials engineering.”

Course Level: Scholarships are available to study at a Japanese college of technology. A graduated grantee will be awarded a diploma and an associate degree.

Scholarship Provider: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

Scholarship Location: Japan

Eligibility:

  • Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Stateless persons can be applicants, too. Applicants screening will be made at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the country of applicants’ nationality.
  • Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1993, and April 1, 1998.
  • Academic Background: Applicants generally must have completed a school curriculum equivalent to an upper secondary school (an 11-year or longer curriculum starting at an elementary school). Applicants, who will meet the above qualifications by March 2015 are included.)
  • Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and receive college of technology education in the Japanese language.
  • Health: Applicants must be mentally and physically healthy enough to pursue study at a college of technology in Japan. An Applicant who wishes to major in maritime engineering must have 0.6 or more vision in either eye with or without glasses and no color-blindness.

Arrival in Japan: In principle, the selected applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2015.

Visa Requirement: In principle, the selected applicants must acquire “College Student” visas before entering Japan. It should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission, located in the country of applicants’ nationality.

Note: Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than “College Student” after their arrival in Japan will lose their status of a Japanese government scholarship student.

Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:

  • If the applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan;
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university; If an applicant is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship. Unless more than three years have passed since the first day of the month following the final payment of the previous scholarship, as of April 1, 2018 (In the case where the student starts from the fall semester, the month of entrance.);
  • If Applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university with the resident status of “College Student,” or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as another source or self-financed international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin. This does not apply to current self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their countries before the end of the current year;
  • If an applicant is a grantee of a scholarship from any organization (including any governmental organization of his/her own country) other than the Japanese government (MEXT) (Prospective beneficiaries are included);
  • Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and, cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions of academic background by the deadline given; or
  • Applicants of dual nationality who cannot prove their expatriation of the Japanese nationality by the time of arrival.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students who have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government (Asia-Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam. North America: Canada and United States of America. Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vatican. Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestinian Authority. Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe) can apply for these college scholarships.

Duration of award(s): Scholarship awards will be tenable for four years from April, 2015 to March, 2019 including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in maritime engineering, the term of scholarship will be four and a half years up to September, 2019.
If a grantee graduates from a college of technology and is admitted for enrollment in an advanced course at a college of technology or university as a junior transferee, he/she may have the term of his/her scholarship extended upon successful examination by MEXT provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that meets certain criteria. If a grantee completes an advanced course at a college of technology and satisfies the requirements established by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, he/she may apply to the Institution for a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

What does it cover?

  • School Fees: Fees for entrance examinations, matriculation and tuition at a college of technology will be paid by the Japanese government.
  • Allowance: Each grantee will be provided monthly with 117,000 yen. An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions. The amount of allowance will be subject to change, however, depending upon the annual budget of each year.
  • The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from his/her college of technology or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution.

Traveling costs:
Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be supplied generally, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her place of residence* to the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the preparatory school usually uses. Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied. *The address in the country of the recipient’s nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipient’s “home address.”

Note: Those who cannot arrive on the day that is described in “2. QUALIFICATIONS (6) Arrival in Japan” shall not be paid the travel expenses coming to Japan.
Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied generally, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport that the appointed college of technology uses as a normal route) to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.

Selection Criteria: In cooperation with the governments of the applicants’ countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will conduct primary screening of applicants by means of submitted application documents, interview and academic examinations. (Examination subjects). All applicants wishing to study Materials engineering must sit examinations in Japanese. ]
All applicants wishing to study (4) Materials engineering must sit examinations in Japanese, English mathematics and physics. Results of primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese legation.

-Applicants who have been selected by this primary screening will be recommended to MEXT.
-MEXT will conduct final selection of the recommended applicants and decide scholarship grantees.

Notification: Results of primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese legation.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by the required date. The submitted documents will not be returned.

  • Application Form (by the prescribed forms)
  • Placement Preference Form (prescribed form for applicants for direct placement only)
  • Photographs (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, Upper body, Full-faced, Uncapped) taken within the past 6 months (name and nationality should be written on the reverse photo to be pasted onto the application documents. Digital photographs also acceptable)
  • Academic transcript for the past 3 years
  • Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended
  • Graduation certificate of the last school attended (or certificate of expected graduation for an applicant due to graduate)
  • Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination (if applicable)
  • Certificate of enrollment (for an applicant currently enrolled in a university)
  • Medical certificate (on the prescribed form)

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline of the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country. Read more: MEXT College Scholarships for International Students, 2015:

 

The Netherlands as a Study Destination

 

Did you know that 1 in 10 students in Holland is an international student? Holland has more than 90,000 international students and that number is increasing every year. So why should you study in Holland?

1. There are 2,100 + programmes in English

Dutch universities offer the largest number of English-taught programmes in continental Europe. Also, 95% of the Dutch speak English, so it’s easy to communicate in daily life.

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2. Get a high-quality education and value for your money

The quality of Dutch institutions is well-recognized. The tuition fees and cost of living are considerably lower than in English-speaking countries.

Also, there are lots of scholarship opportunities.

3. Be part of an international community

Holland’s many international students come from more than 160 different countries. Dutch society is strongly connected to other cultures, the business community, and the world. The Dutch are open-minded and direct, so it is easy to meet them and exchange ideas.

4. Develop valuable skills and be more successful

The Dutch teaching style is interactive and student-centered. Studying in Holland means developing your own opinion, an open mind and increasing your international orientation. You will develop valuable skills such as analyzing, solving practical problems and creative thinking.

5. Live in one of the safest and happiest countries in the world

Holland is one of the safest countries in the world, according to the 2016 Global Peace index and belongs to the top 10 happiest countries in the world. Read more about the good Dutch standard of living in the OECD’s Better Life Index.

6. Have the rest of Europe at your doorstep

An international trip is just around the corner. In just three hours you can be in Paris. London and Berlin are just a five or six-hour train ride away. Holland is the gateway to Europe!

7. Get plenty of international career opportunities

Holland is the 17th largest economy in the world. Some of the world’s biggest multinationals, including Philips, Heineken, KLM, Shell, ING, and Unilever, are Dutch. Holland is a world leader in many areas of expertise, including agriculture, water management, art & design, logistics and sustainable energy.

8. Start a career in Holland after graduation

The Dutch government wants to attract knowledge and retain talent. International graduates can, therefore, apply for a residence permit of one year to find a job, or start a business within three years of graduation. For more info on this orientation year as well as tips on how to find a job, join our Holland Alumni network to increase your chances in the job market.

Source: Nuffic.nl