A postgraduate degree is necessary for proper career development in the competitive job market of today. Study at postgraduate level is expensive and it is impossible for most of the students at post graduate level to fund their studies without a scholarship or grant. There are thousands of programs run by different organizations worldwide that provide financial aid to students at postgraduate level. This article highlights some of these opportunities.
Royal Society Fellowships: The fund provides financial assistance to postgraduate research students who want to study in United Kingdom and carry on research in the field of natural sciences.
British Chevening Scholarships: This fund provides assistance to students joining a one year postgraduate course in the United Kingdom.
Australian Leadership Awards: This program offers financial assistance to students from the field of social and economic development and policy reform. Financial assistance for short-term fellowships in specialized fields of research or study are also provided under this scheme.
Beaney Scholarship: this programs offer scholarships to students majoring in Pathology from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Accenture Scholarship: The fund offers scholarships to students from the fields of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering studying at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) awards scholarships to students joining a full-time study at a research degree in United Kingdom. The scholarship covers the difference between the home country and international rate of tuition fees.
In addition to the above programs there are lots of other popular scholarship programs such as the Medicus Student Exchange (Switzerland), The PPGA Family Member Scholarship for Horticulture, and the Asian Cultural Council for Liberal Arts and Humanities scholarship. You can search for information on all these programs by simply visiting their website.
Some developed countries also run scholarship programs to help students from developing countries gain higher education from reputable universities of the world. One of the most popular programs is the agreement between commonwealth countries whereby each country runs separate scholarship programs for the students from other common wealth countries. UK runs many programs that give opportunity to students from less developed common wealth countries to study at postgraduate level in prestigious universities of UK.
You will also find that many universities are offering discounts based on academic merit to postgraduate students. These discounts may not cover a large portion of your expenses but they are helpful in meeting your expenses of postgraduate study.
A decade ago a bachelor degree was enough to build a respectable career but competition in job market has greatly increased ever since. Your career development can be seriously hindered if you do not have a postgraduate degree in your field. The study at postgraduate level is expensive too, and it is difficult for most of the students who may even be struggling to pay off the past students loans to pay for tuition fees at postgraduate level. In this article I will discuss the financial aid available to students from The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and some other organization.
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international program under which commonwealth governments offer financial aid to students from other common wealth countries. The participation of each country is organized by a national nominating agency. All member countries run their own scholarship programs, which generally offer scholarships to students at postgraduate level. United Kingdom offers scholarships for postgraduate study and Academic Fellowships for staff from universities of developing country. They also offer Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals from developing countries. Complete information on all offered Masters Scholarships and requirements of the scholarship programs can be viewed on their website.
Philanthropic Educational Organization is a welfare organization that offers scholarships and student loans to postgraduate students.
Education Foundation For Women In Accounting and the Computing Research Association is an organization that offers scholarships to postgraduate female students in the field of computing and accounting.
MBA is a very popular degree among students joining postgraduate studies. Many organizations run scholarship programs specifically for students willing to join an MBA course. You can easily find hundreds of such programs advertised over the internet. Many universities and colleges, particularly in UK, offer special discounts to MBA students and other students joining a Maters course.
The organizations named in this article are mentioned only to highlight such opportunities, with little effort you will be able to find thousand of other programs that offer assistance to masters students. You should also search for scholarship programs run by government organizations in your home country. These scholarship programs may or may not be advertised on the internet so you will have to contact higher education regulatory bodies in your home country for complete information on these programs. Most of the governments of developing countries run these programs to promote quality education among their students.