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Chevening Scholarships
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme which offers awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university. Most Chevening Scholarships cover: tuition fees; a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual); an economy class return airfare to the UK; additional grants to cover essential expenditure. Some Scholarships cover part of the cost of studying in the UK; for example, tuition fees only or allowances only.

Commonwealth Scholarships
The Commonwealth Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue Master’s and PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).  Each Scholarship provides airfare to and from United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), initial arrival allowance, among others.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students


Last updated: 30 Jul 2013 |

Swiss Government
PhD/Postdoctoral Degree

Deadline: varies, around Sept-Nov
Study in: Switzerland
Course starts 2015

Brief description:

The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:  University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology as well as Universities of Applied Sciences) and Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution.

Host Institution(s):

Any of the ten (10) Swiss Public Universities, the two (2) Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the public teaching and research institutes and the Universities of applied sciences

Field of study:

All academic fields

Target group:

International students from more than 180 countries.  See the official website for complete list of eligible countries.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The scholarship covers a monthly payment , exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, special lodging allowance, etc. See the fact sheets for exact scholarship benefits.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for general and specific eligibility criteria.

Application instructions:

Please see the country-specific webpages for eligibility criteria, application procedure, deadlines, and contact information specific to your country.  If you fulfill the eligibility requirements, contact the Swiss diplomatic representation in your country of origin. The diplomatic representation will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation.

The application deadline falls between September and November, depending on the Swiss Embassy to which the applications have to be submitted.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:

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Grants, scholarships, fees at Swiss universities

Due to the national commitment to education and the generous funding from federal and cantonal governments, tuition fees at Swiss universities are relatively low.

Scholarships - Governmental scholarships

The Swiss Government offers scholarships to foreign students and artists on the basis of reciprocity or within the framework of a scholarship pool to several countries. Scholarships are granted to postgraduate candidates or researchers from both industrial and development countries.

Candidates should, in the first instance, find out from their own country's authorities whether they are entitled to a government scholarship or should approach the Swiss embassy or consulate ( in their home country. A list of the relevant countries and further information on the governmental scholarships, such as application requirements, duration of scholarship, scholarship amount, application procedure etc. are available on the Website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. 

Before applying, candidates (who must be under 35 of age and proficient in English, German, French or Italian) should get in touch with a professor ( or with the responsible service of the programme at the chosen Swiss higher Education institution in order to get a written confirmation of acceptance.

Singapore Scholarship

Singapore Scholarship


The Singapore Scholarship was announced by then Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Goh Chok Tong at the 6th ASEAN Summit in December 1998.  The objective of the Singapore Scholarship at that time was to help alleviate the problem of educating young people in the ASEAN countries due to the regional economic crisis.


The Singapore Government awards the scholarship to Government-endorsed students from the other member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Each Scholarship is for a full-time undergraduate degree course at the Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. All disciplines except for Medicine, Dentistry. Architecture and Law are open to Scholars. The duration of each Scholarship is for three or four years, depending on the discipline.


The award is based on academic merit and places will be allocated by open competition. If necessary, a one-year bridging or foundation programme, in addition to the undergraduate studies, will be provided.


To be eligible, a candidate must:

a)     Be a citizen in an ASEAN country (Except Singapore)

b)    Possess excellent academic records; and

c)     Have a good command of English.


Candidates must meet the entry requirements for Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.  A recipient of the Scholarship may not concurrently hold any other Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant or Award without prior approval of the Singapore Government.  The Scholars are also expected to return to their countries upon graduation to contribute to the development of their countries.


The Scholarship will cover tuition fees for the duration of the award, a living allowance of S$4,300 per annum, an accommodation allowance based on the different room rates at each university and one return economy class air ticket passage from his/her home country to Singapore for the duration of studies.


Shortlisted nominees will take the entrance examinations set by the Singapore universities. Nominees are further shortlisted based on their entrance examination results and will then have to undergo an interview conducted by interviewers from the Singapore universities. The entrance examinations and interviews will be conducted from February to April each year in the vicinity of the Singapore Embassy / High Commission / Consulate-General in the respective ASEAN countries.


Applications must be endorsed by the respective Governments of ASEAN countries and submitted to the respective Singapore Missions in the ASEAN countries. The decision of the Singapore Government on the selection of Singapore Scholars is final.


The application for the Singapore Scholarship for academic year 2013/2014 is now open from 9 January to 5 February 2013. Interested applicants may refer to for more information on the application procedure.



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