Top 24 Fully Funded Global Opportunities for International Students to Apply for in 2021

We have compiled below a list of opportunities that are open to Africans worldwide. Some of the top fully-funded global opportunities include academic fellowships, internships, jobs, incubation and immersion programmes for entrepreneurs, competitions and their likes. These openings have varying degrees of funding and cut across many disciplines. This list will be updated constantly because it is inexhaustible.

1. Merck Research Grants Programme for Scientists Worldwide (Win up to 450,000 EUR)

The Merck Group is offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The deadline is on a rolling basis. Click here for more details and to apply.

2. Full Tuition Bocconi Graduate Merit Awards for International Students in Italy 2021

Bocconi University in Italy accepts applications for the graduate Merit Award for international students in the 2021/22 academic year. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Application for Early session closes May 27, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

3. Women Awards for International Students at Bocconi University in Italy 2021

Bocconi University in Italy accepts applications for the Women Awards for international students in the 2021/22 academic year. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Application for Early session closes May 27, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

4. TBF Burning Questions Fellowship Awards for Academic Researchers in 2021

Tiny Beam Fund invites applications for the Burning Questions Fellowship Awards for Academic Researchers Interested in Helping to Address Negative Impacts of Global Industrial Food Animal Production in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Application closes: May 14, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

5. Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in USA 2021

The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation is offering Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to support early postdoctoral research training for three years in all basic biomedical sciences in 2021. This is one of the top fully-funded global opportunities for international students. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: June 15, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

6. PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries 2021

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) invites applications for PhD Fellowships in the 2021/22 academic session. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications close April 15, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

7. TWAS-SN Bose PhD Fellowships for Young Foreign Scientists in India 2021

TWAS and the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, India offers five fellowships in 2021 to young foreign scientists from developing countries who wish to pursue research leading towards a PhD in physical sciences. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications close May 31, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

8. Google PhD Fellowship in Computer Science and Related Areas for African Students 2020

Google is currently inviting applications for the Google PhD Fellowship Program for interested outstanding African students looking to pursue PhD level studies in Computer Science and related areas to apply for the 2020 Google PhD Fellowship. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Application submissions must be submitted by Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

9. Biozentrum Basel International PhD Fellowships at the University of Basel in Switzerland 2021

The University of Basel invites applications from motivated young scientists for its Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Programme in Switzerland for the 2021/2022 academic year. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications close  June 15, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

10. Global Development Awards Competition for Researchers in Developing Countries in Japan 2021

Global Development Network invites applications for the Global Development Awards Competition for Researchers in Developing Countries in Japan in 2021. This is also one of the top fully-funded global opportunities for international students. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The last date for submission is June 9, 2021 (Indian Standard Time 6:00 PM).  Click here for more details and to apply.

11. Institute for Justice and Reconciliation Sustained Dialogue Internship in South Africa 2021

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation invites applications for the IJR Sustained Dialogue Internship Programme in South Africa in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The closing date for applications is April 15, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

12. Rotary Peace Fellowships for Masters Degree Students Worldwide in 2022-23

Rotary International is accepting applications for the 2022-23 Rotary Peace Fellowship programme by the Rotary Peace Center. Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The applications close May 15, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

13. Bonn SDG Fellowships for Post-Doctoral Scientists at the University of Bonn in Germany 2021

The University of Bonn invites applications for the Bonn SDG Fellowships at the University of Bonn in Germany in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The submission deadline is May 31, 2021 (for funding starting at the earliest in January, and no later than July 2022). Click here for more details and to apply.

14. McDonald Fellowships for Early Career Multiple Sclerosis Researchers in London 2021

The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) invites applications for the McDonald Fellowships for Early Career Multiple Sclerosis Researchers in London in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The application deadline, including the online form, reference letters, and supporting statement from the host, is June 30, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

15. OWSD PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Developing Countries 2021

The fellowship programme is for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence in the South outside their own country. Yet again, this is one of the top fully-funded global opportunities for international students. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The application closes on April 15, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

16. Robert S. McNamara Postgraduate Fellowships for Developing Countries 2021

Applications are currently being invited for the Robert McNamara Postgraduate Fellowships (RSMFP) for Developing Countries in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The window for applications is now open and will accept applications until April 30. Click here for more details and to apply.

17. CCS Research Grant for Africans in Chinese Studies in Taiwan 2021 (Win Grants NT$60,000)

The Center for Chinese Studies is currently offering foreign scholars from universities overseas grants to come to Taiwan to conduct research on Chinese or Taiwan studies in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications should be submitted to the CCS by May 31 of each year before the year in which grants are intended to be used; notification of CCS’s decision will be given by the end of August of the same year after a careful review. Click here for more details and to apply.

18. MEYS Intergovernmental Exchange Programmes Scholarship Awards in the Czech Republic 2021

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) invites applications for its MEYS Intergovernmental Exchange Programmes Scholarship Awards in the Czech Republic in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: It is very important to know that the closing dates for applications are set by the appropriate authorities in the eligible countries. Click here for more details and to apply.

19. Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism for Journalists in London 2021

The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for the 18th annual Kurt Schork awards in international journalism in 2021. Established in 2002, the awards were created in honour of American freelance journalist Kurt Schork who was killed on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight (London time), May 31, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

20. Pulitzer Center Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund for Journalists in Africa (Win $7,500)

The Pulitzer Center invites applications for the Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund in the USA in 2021. In a similar vein, this is one of the top fully funded global opportunities for international students. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The deadline is on a rolling basis. Click here for more details and to apply.

21. COINS Grand Challenge for Undergraduate Students and Entrepreneurs in the USA 2021

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) invites applications for the COINS Grand Challenge for undergraduates, youngsters and entrepreneurs in the built environment in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The applications close June 28, 2021.  Click here for more details and to apply.

22. Siemens Stiftung E-Mobility Innovation for Social Entrepreneurs Visionary Start-Ups in Africa 2021

Siemens Stiftung invites applications for the Siemens Stiftung E-Mobility Innovation for Social Entrepreneurs and Visionary Start-Ups in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: In conclusion, applications can be submitted until April 30th, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

23. Acumen and Ikea Social Entrepreneurship East Africa Accelerator Programme in the USA 2021

Acumen impact investment in the USA invites applications for the Acumen and Ikea Social Entrepreneurship East Africa Accelerator Programme in the USA in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The application closes on June 8th, 2021.Click here for more details and to apply.

24. The WISE Accelerator Programme for Entrepreneurs in Education Technology 2020

The WISE Accelerator Programme is offering supports to innovative initiatives developing solutions in education technology with high potential for scalability and positive impact in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The WISE Accelerator programme 2021 call for applications is now open until April 23, 2021, at 16:00 GMT. Click here for more details and to apply.

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Top fully funded global opportunities provide international students with profound opportunities to make their mark in different sectors of the economy. 

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