The questions like “how you found free scholarships? How you searched for free scholarship to study abroad? how you became a CCI Scholar? Tell us more about free exchange programs. What are the free scholarship websites? Are there college scholarships too or only for PhD and Masters? Or How to do scholarship search” really annoy me because every time I tell them everything from the scratch. I am telling everyone the same story. So, I came up with an idea to write everything I know about free scholarships, minority scholarship, scholarships for women, scholarships for high school seniors, and free scholarship for African students, Arabic Students or Asian Students. I am simply writing about free scholarships without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, financial position, religions, regions or other thing.
There are a lot of free scholarships for high school students, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Master Students and M.Phil/PhD Students. So, here is the key to remember that you need to find the scholarship or the program that suits you. Not every singly free scholarship is good for your career and life. Your goal should not be just visiting the country through funded programs, rather your goal should be building the technical skills that you have, enhancing leadership capabilities, and strengthening language proficiency where you applied to study (For example: Dutch for German program). You leave your family, friends and colleagues to study in a country other than your home country, so your top priority should be career not travel.
I am providing a list of free scholarships below in the post. Let me tell you first about myself that I came to Arizona, United States through Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. It’s a program funded by U.S. Department of State to study for 10 months. The program funds travel, accommodation, food, educational fees and related costs. I studied two semesters in Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale Arizona. I earned a certificate in business management. I traveled to five states Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. I attended many leadership trainings, participated in volunteer work in the community and completed 80 hours of internship with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). There many other accomplishments too, however, I want you to look at the following opportunities for your career. Remember it’s once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss it. Don’t be afraid to fail; be afraid not to try. I applied for more than 14 scholarships in 3 years (from 2013 to 2016). I failed every time even one time I was so close to be chosen for one of the biggest scholarships in the world but I was rejected in the last step of the process. I didn’t give up and finally, my application was approved for Community College Initiative (CCI) Program.
List of Free Scholarships or Fully Funded Programs
Here is the list of Free Scholarships or Fully Funded Programs in USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Japan. Kindly share these opportunities with your friends and family on your social networking accounts such Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest, VK.com, Snapchat, WeChat, Whatsapp, KIK or name it a platform you use. I am just providing you the links. I am not a representative to any of these organizations/institutions. Kindly do not ask me questions which I can’t answer. Instead, contact the relevant program coordinators.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.
The Community College Initiative Program is designed to support young professionals at accredited U.S. community colleges for one year of non-degree study. Programs are being offered in the following fields: Agriculture, Applied Engineering, Business Management and Administration, Media, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Public Safety (Rescue/Disaster Management Services) and Early Childhood Education. Participants spend one academic year in the United States and may earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries.
The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues. Leaders participate in a four month US fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency, structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute, and the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries
The YES Abroad program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to develop a perspective of a Muslim culture first-hand. Participants spend an academic year attending a high school while living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations. A network of support through partner international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps ensure a successful exchange experience. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment.
Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study (UK)
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. For information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit our Apply page.
Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS)
New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) give candidates from selected developing countries an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country. NZDS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s overseas aid and development programme. They are managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). NZDS are for postgraduate study in New Zealand and are available to candidates from specific African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, and from Bhutan, Jordan, Mongolia, Nepal and Timor-Leste. NZDS are also available for undergraduate study to candidates from Timor Leste.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides access to secondary and higher education for young people who are committed to giving back to their communities. Students selected for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program are provided with opportunities to realize their full potential. Through Foundation partners, they receive holistic financial, academic, and emotional support as they transition from secondary to university education and into the workforce. Scholars will build core competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, and working across diverse groups to ensure their success in the global economy.