The first time I ever heard of the term postgraduate scholarship was at the end of my junior year in college, when I started to think about what to do next. The problem was that I didn’t know what options were available to me, so I couldn’t possibly know if I would qualify or not. That’s when someone told me about all the scholarships designed specifically for students who had just graduated from college and were now looking to pursue their education further with a master’s degree or PhD program. It sounded too good to be true! But it wasn’t!
National Honors Society
If you’re a college student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, and you want to continue your studies on an international level, then National Honors Society may be able to help. This not-for-profit organization offers over $3 million in scholarships every year, and their members include students from over 1,800 universities across North America. And if that isn’t enough, they also provide leadership opportunities and community service learning experiences.
It’s a little-known fact that many countries—even those with small populations—provide fellowships and awards to postgraduate students who are studying outside of their home country. You can search for information about these fellowships on Google, but you may find it easier to focus your search in LinkedIn instead. Conduct a targeted search of your university or desired school in LinkedIn, then check out its Scholarship section for information about postgraduate scholarships for international students.
Of all of these postgraduate scholarships, Fulbright scholarships are probably one of your best bets. Not only do they cover tuition and living expenses, but they also include a stipend of around $12,000 USD a year. This is great if you want to travel while completing your degree.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation is among one of America’s top scholarship programs. A postgraduate scholarship, it is awarded to students with excellent leadership qualities and are committed to public service careers. Candidates must be citizens of United States, at least 21 years old and able to complete a four-year program. They must also display integrity, superior character and a commitment to public service.
As a national scholarship, with no geographic or institutional boundaries, students from all U.S. states and territories are eligible to apply for one of 10 Udall Undergraduate Scholarships or two Udall Graduate Fellowships. All applications are due by October 15th and selected recipients will be notified in March of each year. One scholarship is reserved for tribal citizens attending tribal colleges or universities.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Cambridge is world-renowned for being one of the most prestigious academic institutions in England. This scholarship is only open to international students (i.e., anyone who does not hold British citizenship). It awards students a full tuition fee waiver and stipend for a duration of three years, totaling £28,867 per year.
Gates Millennium Scholarship
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program is a fully funded scholarship program for African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific Islander American and Native American students that provides outstanding students from disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to achieve their full potential. […] First preference will be given to renewal applicants; however, applications from first-time applicants will also be considered.
One of Britain’s most prestigious scholarship programs, granted annually by Oxford University for students from around the world to study for a Masters in any subject. (The award includes tuition fees, an annual stipend and travel allowance.) Rhodes is open to applicants who have completed a BA/BSc or higher degree with at least first-class honors. Applicants must show evidence of outstanding academic achievement, personal integrity and leadership qualities. Applications are usually due each September, with interviews held in October/November.