There’s a range of external scholarships that could benefit your international students and help them enroll (or stay enrolled) in your university, so how are you promoting these options?
Higher education is a big investment and one that can have an extremely significant impact on an individual’s life.
Everybody deserves the right to study and explore higher education opportunities, whatever their socio-economic background.
Our 2019 International Student Survey found that 31% of respondents would rely upon a scholarship from their university, 29% would rely on parents or family to fund their studies, 10% would rely on their own savings or salary, and 8% would rely on a scholarship from an external body.
When choosing a university, 55% of respondents look for universities that offer scholarships, 31% look for affordable courses in their chosen subject area, and 24% look for affordable university-owned accommodation.
Universities can play an important role in empowering and encouraging prospective and current international students by communicating the range of scholarship options available to them.
Governments are getting involved too. The Chinese government funded scholarships for 63,000 international students in 2018 alone, which suggests that more and more international students may look beyond typical overseas markets to those that offer the best scholarships or value for money.
So, what are the main scholarship bodies and organizations that you could promote to international students?
As the UK Government’s international awards scheme, the Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships are selected by British embassies and high commissions across the globe.
These scholarships cover university tuition fees, a monthly stipend, travel costs to and from the UK, an arrival allowance, a departure allowance, costs for a student visa application, and a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK.
If your university is based in the UK and a Chevening partner, then your university representatives should promote these scholarships and fellowships to international students.
If a prospective student is from a Commonwealth country and interested in studying at a UK university, then they could be eligible for a Commonwealth Scholarship.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK offers a range of scholarships and fellowships to Commonwealth citizens across the world.
Many of these scholarships are determined by the development level and income level of each Commonwealth country, providing more scholarships to those countries deemed as low or middle income.
Aga Khan Foundation
For those seeking to fund their postgraduate studies, the Aga Khan Foundation provides scholarships to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.
Priority is given to those seeking to do a master’s degree, though the foundation is willing to consider applications for PhD programs.
Students need to be from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, or Mozambique to be eligible for an Aga Khan scholarship.
It’s important to note that these scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant and 50% loan basis.
QS MoveON ‘StandOut’ Scholarship
To encourage student mobility between the EU and UK, QS is offering up to five successful candidates a scholarship in the form of a monthly stipend for the duration of their exchange.
The QS MoveON ‘StandOut’ scholarship is available to any EU or UK students seeking to undertake an undergraduate or a master’s exchange program, study placement, or internship.
If your university is partnered with the Said Foundation, then your students may be eligible for a Said Foundation scholarship.
Students must apply for a one-year postgraduate course in the UK and demonstrate leadership potential and the ability to be a driver of change in the foundation’s target countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, or Syria.
In addition to academic excellence and leadership potential, candidates must prove the usefulness of their degree subject to their home country, highlight their career goals, and demonstrate how they would use the knowledge they gain in the UK on their return to the Middle East.
As part of a wider campaign to position the US as a friendly and welcoming place for foreign students, the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships are open to any foreign student looking to study at a participating university in the US.
Participating US universities offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition for international undergraduate students.
If your university participates in this scheme, this is a great option to promote to your international students, as there are no restrictions around home country or income level.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
For those seeking to study and conduct research in the US, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers government-funded scholarships to graduate students, young professionals, and artists.
Open to international students from all fields (excluding medicine), the Fulbright program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and approximately 4,000 students receive a scholarship each year.
The Schlumberger Foundation offers scholarships to women in PhD or postdoctoral studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at universities across the globe.
These scholarships are open to women from developing and emerging economies under the foundation’s flagship Faculty for the Future program.
Based on scientific talent and leadership potential, recipients could be awarded grants of up to US$50,000 per year.
These are just a snapshot of the diverse variety of external scholarships open to international students around the world.
Help your prospective and current international students realize their higher education goals by promoting these scholarships and keeping your representatives up-to-date on the scholarship options available to students.
To learn more about communicating with international students and providing them with the information they need at every stage of the admissions journey, get in touch with our QS Enrolment Solutions team now.