Top 10 Prestigious Scholarships for International Students

If you are a highly talented, bright or motivated international student, then this list of best international student scholarships are best fits for you. Here, at Awesome Destinations, we have furnished you with the list of the ten most prestigious international scholarship programs for the world’s most brightest international students from around the world.

Categories of Scholarship For Best International Students

As expected, there are different levels of Scholarships for the best international students across the globe. These Scholarships ranges from government funded to University domain funded scholarships and extends down to institutional backed or funded Scholarships for bright scholars.

Government-funded International Scholarships


Fullbright Scholarships (USA)

The Fulbright Scholarship Program is meant for international exchange scholarship program between the U.S. Government and 155 other countries . Annually, about 1,800 Fulbright scholarships are awarded to foreign students who have demonstrated excellence in their feild and who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD Degree in the United States.  The Fulbright Scholarship is a full funding program lasting for the duration of the study which and includes: tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.

Chevening Scholarships (UK)

The Chevening Scholarships is the British Government created programme for the award of Scholarships to meritorious global scholars who have demonstrated academic prowess. Each year, the Chevening program provides scholarships to around 1000 high performing students from more than 128 countries who wish to pursue postgraduate study in the UK.  Chevening Scholarship program is a full scholarships program and just like the Fullbright US program, covers  tuition fees, monthly stipend and various one-off allowances as well as international travel to and from UK.

Australia Awards Scholarships (Australia)

Initially known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), the Australian Awards Scholarships provide study opportunities for scholars originating from developing countries especially, those from the Indo-Pacific region, helping them to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme aims to attract the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs at participating French Universities.  Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance and unlike the earlier described Scholarship programs, it does not cover tuition fees. However, it covers various other expenses including return trip, health insurance and cultural activities.

University-funded International Scholarships


Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the most prestigious highranking international scholarships which are open to all international students from around the world. It is a limited scholarship that awards only about 100 scholars globally each year. This scholarships are fully funded and provide awards for both scholars interested in graduate study and or research in any subject matter available at the University of Cambridge.  The scholarship covers the university fees, maintenance allowances, airfare, etc.

Clarendon Scholarships at University of Oxford (UK)

Another prestigious Scholarship is the Clarendon Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential across all degree-bearing subjects within the graduate level at the University of Oxford. Each year, this program offers scholarship opportunity to around 140 new eligible graduate applicants, including international students at the University of Oxford. The scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses.


Knight Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University (USA)

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society.  The scholarships are towards full-time Masters and PhD degrees in any subject offered at Stanford. Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive a fellowship applied directly to cover tuition and associated fees, a stipend for living and academic expenses, and a travel grant.

Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University (China)

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century.  The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University.  The scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, an in-country study tour, required course books and supplies, lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and a modest personal stipend.

Institute-funded International Scholarships


Rotary Foundation Global Study Grant (Different Countries)

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000.

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships (Different Countries)

The  Joint Japan World Bank  Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) sponsors students from developing countries to pursue graduate studies leading to a master’s degree from preferred universities around the world. Scholars are expected to return home to contribute to the development of their country. The scholarship covers travel costs, tuition, and monthly allowance.

By Hawley Clinton

Medical Doctor, Blogger, Blockchain expert, Crypto enthusiast, and travel adventurist. Having bagged multiple undergraduate and post graduate scholarships, visited many awesome and breathtaking destinations, I found it interesting educating people from all clans on how best to live their dream travel lives, obtaining best guides on tourism, luxury, immigration, scholarships for higher education, University guides and lot more.

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