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South African Research Scholar Program
Fulbright (South Africa)
Deadline: 14. May 2021 | PhD's degree, Specific Nationality
RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship
RIBA (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 28. May 2021 | Bachelor's degree
Argelander Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates
University of Bonn (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 31. May 2021 | Current Students, Specific Nationality
GREAT Scholarships 2021
Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
Deadline: 31. May 2021 | Bachelor's degree, Specific Nationality
FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship
FIG Foundation (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 1. June 2021 | PhD's degree, Specific Groups

What are humanitarian aid and international development scholarships?

Scholarships in humanitarian aid and international development are designed to support students who are committed to becoming humanitarian aid workers and improving humanitarian response and wellbeing of people affected by conflict and natural disasters, refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable categories. Scholarships offered in these two areas help students to advance their knowledge in the issues related to social injustice, environmental and climate change, and the ways these issues affect populations worldwide.

During your bachelor, master or PhD studies in humanitarian aid and international development you will learn about practical, moral and political challenges that confront humanity. Also, you will learn about different laws, policies and approaches to solve issues affecting populations on local levels.

What do scholarships cover? How much are scholarships paying?

In majority of cases, scholarships offered in these two areas will cover partially or entirely the tuition fees. The amount of the scholarship depends on what they cover. Scholarships offering a full tuition fee waiver will usually cover the following:

  • The courses fee and learning materials
  • Monthly living stipend
  • Accommodation expenses
  • Transportation
  • Passport and/or visa expenses
  • Expenses related to internships and field studies
  • Other study related costs

Who qualifies for a scholarship? What are the criteria?  

Different scholarships outline different admission criteria, depending to which program you are applying to. However, the majority of scholarships have the following common criteria:

  • You have to hold a nationality of a country which the scholarship provider specifies.
  • You have to be of a certain age as required by the scholarship provider. However, note that this is not always the case since there are many scholarships without the age limit.
  • You have to meet the academic requirements of the program you are applying to. In some cases, you will have to be accepted in the program prior to being considered for a scholarship.
  • You must have a good knowledge of the specific language that the scholarship requires.

Basic tips for getting a scholarship

Applying for a scholarship can often turn out to be overwhelming once you start the whole process. Completing a scholarship application sometimes consumes a lot of time with all the paperwork and documents you are required to submit. Here are few basic tips on how to make this process a bit easier.

  • Start as early as possible

Waiting for the last minute deadline to send out your scholarship application will certainly not work in your favor. If you start late, there is a good opportunity to miss out on some important details and turn in an incomplete application. Therefore, it is key to start with the process as early as possible to avoid the last minute stress.

  • Do your research

If you know to which programs you want to apply to and which universities you want to study at, you can start your scholarship search on the websites of these institutions. Take your time to read all the scholarship requirements and get familiar with the program. This can give you an idea about what type of candidate is the institution sponsoring.

  • Write an outstanding application essay

When applying for a scholarship you will be required to write either an application essay or a letter. Here you should pay attention to the essay topic and use your best writing skills to demonstrate why you are the proper candidate to receive the scholarships. Where appropriate, you can incorporate your personal life experiences and long-term career goals, as well as showcase your previous achievements.

  • Prepare letters of recommendations in advance

Preparation of letters of recommendation asks for a lot of time and requires advanced planning. You should ask your teachers or professors to write a recommendation letter at least four weeks before the scholarship deadline to provide them with time to do it in a quality manner. Asking the right person to write a letter of recommendation is important. It would be good if you get a recommendation from a professor who teaches subjects related to the scholarship program you are applying to.