PhD Scholarships

The PhD scholarship is a highly sought after distinction, reserved for those who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and research. It is the highest level of academic achievement and provides financial assistance to help students pursue their studies. Many universities offer PhD scholarships, but the competition is fierce. To be successful in securing a scholarship, prospective students must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, research potential, and commitment to their chosen field. A PhD scholarship can open the door to a world of research opportunities, allowing students to pursue their interests and make a valuable contribution to their field.

A PhD scholarship supports students to carry out their research and to sufficiently cover their tuition fees and living costs. Further, many international PhD scholarship for Indian students are geared towards not only providing them with financial support throughout their course but also provides them with a platform to gain international exposure. Glance over the following list for more information on other PhD Scholarships that are available. 

Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students

Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation offers PhD scholarships to accepted applicants who wish to pursue their doctoral degrees from a recognized German university.

Eligibility The applicant must have been offered admission as a doctoral student by the German state or state-recognized university.

Proof/letter of admission must be provided along with the application.

Those PhD subjects which relate to central points of the activities of the Foundation shall be given preference.

Award €1,200 per month in addition to a €100 mobility allowance every month,  Various individual allowances. In this, the tuition fees is not included
Deadline March 1st

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship

The University of Edinburgh, UK in its endeavour to encourage research offers 30 PhD scholarships to international students in any discipline offered at the institution. Tabulated below are the salient features of the program: 

Eligibility 1. International students who have been accepted to a full-time PhD level degree program at the University of Edinburgh, UK for the year 2020-21.

2. Proof of excellent and consistent academic merit and research potential.

3. At least an upper second class honours Bachelor’s degree (or the overseas equivalent). A first class Bachelor’s degree supplemented by an excellent Master’s degree is strongly preferred.

*Financial status, nationality, proposed field of study or any such factors are not taken into account for the award of scholarship

Award 1. The scholarship shall support the applicant for the difference between the tuition fee incurred for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate student.

2. Maintenance expenses do not fall under the ambit of the scheme.

3. Awards are tenable for up to three years with some conditions.

Deadline 17th Feb

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program

Established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program supports international students to pursue a PhD in France in its various reputed universities. Glance through the following table to know more about the scheme: 

Eligibility Fields of study accepted: Economics and Management; Engineering (Master level) / Science In a broader sense (PhD level); Law; Political Sciences
Award Grants [Amount not notified]
Deadline January 9th

Note: Selected candidates for the Eiffel Excellence PhD Scholarships will be nominated by the university, therefore, students must contact the university admissions office/financial aid/international relations department for further information.

DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP)

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The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD scholarship financially supports the international students who intend to complete PhD projects [max up to 4 years] at an institution in Germany. 

Eligibility Excellently-qualified doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists who have completed a Master’s degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases, a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their scholarship – depending on the graduate school
Award 1. Monthly allowance of 1,200 euros.

2. Allowances for health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

3. Lump sum amount for travel (depending on country of origin)

4. Research allowance of 460 euros per year

5. Owing to exceptional circumstances, grant holders may be entitled to the following extra benefits: monthly rent subsidy; a monthly allowance for depending members of family (a figure of 200 euros allowance per child and nearly 275 euros marriage allowance)

Deadline Directly through the institution

PhD Scholarships: More Options

Apart from the aforementioned international PhD scholarships, you can also consider the following in order to kickstart your career in research!

PhD Scholarships Amount
The University of Queensland, UK PhD Scholarship in Addressing the Technology Gaps in Bio-Composite Materials 2020 AUD 28,092/year [tax-free] plus AUD 2,500 top-up for three years
Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK Full fees grant and stipend of up to GBP 15,000 for 1 year
University of Konstanz, Poland – ZUKOnnect Fellowship 2020 EUR 1,200 stipend for doctoral and EUR 2,000 stipend for postdoctoral researchers
Inlaks Scholarships Tuition fees, Living expenses, one-way travel allowance, and health allowance
Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarship Financial grant of anywhere between INR 40,000 to INR 4,00,000
Aga Khan Scholarship Tuition Fees and Living Expenses in the form of 50% grant and 50% loan for the first two years

PhD Scholarships are integral in allowing students the right backing to pursue a career in research and actualise their potential. If you are searching for the right pick for you, contact the experts at Leverage Edu through a 30 minutes FREE career counselling session here and take a step towards a vibrant career!