04 November, 2019

2020 Radboud University Masters Scholarships for International Students

Scholarship application is now open for interested students that want to study in Netherlands. Radboud University is pleased to offer Masters Degree Scholarship Programme for international students of high academic ability for 2020 entry. Radboud Scholarship Programme for International Students.

Type: Masters Degree

Deadline: 1 March 2020 (annual)

Course starts September 2020

Radboud University is a public university with a strong focus on research located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. It was established on 17 October 1923 and is situated in the oldest city of the Netherlands. The RU has seven faculties and enrolls over 22,000 students. Radboud University is located at Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ Nijmegen, Netherlands.


About the Radboud Scholarship Programme
The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a select number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a complete English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University. The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Master's degree programme at Radboud University.

Level/Field(s) of study: Each year about 30 Radboud Scholarships are awarded to selected talented international (non-EEA) students for the duration of one of the English-taught Masters Degree Programmes listed below:
  • Faculty of Arts,
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies,
  • Faculty of Social Sciences,
  • Faculty of Science,
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences, and
  • Faculty of Law

Number of Scholarships: About 30 each year

Target group / Eligible Countries: Non-EU/EEA International Students

Eligibility: A candidate will only be eligible to obtain a Radboud Scholarship if they:
  • hold a non-EU/EEA passport
  • are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
  • have (will obtain) a Bachelor’s degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands
  • have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master’s degree programme starting September 1, 2020 as stated in the formal letter of admission
  • are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands
  • are enrolled at Radboud University as a full-time student for the academic year and Master’s degree programme for which the scholarship will be awarded

Selection Criteria: From the eligible candidates the Radboud Scholarship holders will be selected based on the following criteria:
(i) Talent: this means that you must have outstanding study results in your present field of study

(ii) You are expected to be a promising student in your desired field of study at Radboud University

(iii) Proven academic quality and good results of your prior education for example through grades, test scores, publications

(iv) Quality of the recommendations in the two reference letters

(v) Motivation: based on your motivation letter for the Master’s progamme

Value of Scholarship:
(i) The scholarship will be used to reduce your tuition fee to €2,143 and pays for costs for visa and insurance. For example: a grant holder in 2020/2021 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,143, instead of €11,471 or €12,645.

(ii) In addition the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as those for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance (Insurance Passport for Students (IPS)).

(iii) *The Radboud Scholarship is not a full scholarship and does not include living costs.

Duration of Scholarship: 1 year. In the case of a two-year programme: to qualify for the grant during the second year, you need to have passed all courses in the first year.

How to Apply: The application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated; there is no separate application procedure for the scholarship. However, the selection for RSP and the admission to the Master’s degree programme are two separate processes. Admission to the programme does not imply selection for RSP.

You apply for a Radboud Scholarship by indicating during your application for admission in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae.

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02 November, 2019

Gordon College Merit-Based Scholarships in USA

Applications open for Scholarships in USA for African and international students every year. A number of American universities and organizations offer USA Scholarship for international students to study in USA for undergraduate degree, Masters degree or PhD. Attending college or university in the United States at a minimal cost or without incurring debts is possible. This is possible if you get a fully-funded university scholarship or by attending a tuition-free university to study in the USA. The United States has universities that do not pay tuition fees.

Gordon College is providing Merit-Based funding for outstanding applicants from around the world. The grant/scholarship program is available to international students/candidates who want to pursue the undergraduate degree coursework at the college in the United States.


Gordon College is a private Christian college in Wenham, Massachusetts. The college offers 27 majors, 42 concentrations, and 11 interdisciplinary and pre-professional minors as well as graduate programs in education and music education. Established in 1889, Gordon College is one of the best private Christian colleges in the US. It offers various bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The college is committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.

Brief Description About Gordon College Merit-Based Scholarships
Application Deadlines:
  • Early Action Deadline: December 1.
  • Regular Decision I – Deadline: February 1.
  • Regular Decision II – Deadline: March 1.
University or Organization: Gordon College

Department: NA

Course Level: Undergraduate

Award: $11,000 and $ 7,000

Number of Awards: Not known

Access Mode: Online

Nationality: International

The award can be taken in the US

Eligibility
1. Eligible Countries: Overseas applicants are eligible to apply Gordon College Merit-Based Scholarships

2. Eligible Course or Subjects: bachelor’s degree in any subject stream offered by the college

3. Eligibility Criteria: For being part of the program, you have to enroll in a bachelors degree coursework at the college

Supporting Documents: Must attach your academic reference, official academic records and copy of passport and email it to admissions@gordon.edu

Admission Requirements: Applicants have to meet with the admission requirements of the college
Language Requirement: Candidates have to show their English language proficiency by providing valid TOEFL or IELTS test scores.

Value of Award
Gordon College Merit-Based Scholarships are in two categories
1. For R. Judson Carlberg Global Scholars: The sponsorship will provide the amount of $11,000 per academic year

2. For David Franz Global Scholars: The bursary will provide the amoukllnt of $7,000 per academic year

How to Apply for Gordon College Merit-Based Scholarships
Students are recommended to take admission in the undergraduate degree coursework at the college by using the registration form and also fill the international student finance form

Visit Gordon College Scholarships Webpage for more details.
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31 October, 2019

2020/2021 University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for African Students – Study in Canada

The University of British Columbia is partnering with The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholarships is offered annually to African Countries.

This is to inform applicants and candidates seeking to pursue Masters Degree in Canada that University of British Columbia (Canada) is offering scholarships to international students, mostly students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Up to $25M Scholarships to be offered to African students.

Application Deadlines (Make sure you study this application deadline well):
Step 1: Admissibility Submission: November 6, 2019

Step 2: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application December 13, 2019

Step 3: UBC Faculty Applications:
i) Arts: January 2, 2020
ii) Education:
  • *Masters in Science Education (SCED) – December 1, 2019*
  • Masters of Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAL) – January 2, 2020
  • Masters of Higher Education (HIED) – January 2, 2020
iii) *Forestry: January 13, 2020*
iv) Land and Food Systems: January 2, 2020
v) Medicine: January 2, 2020
vi) Science: January 2, 2020
vii) Sauder School of Business: January 2, 2020

Note: These dates above may vary from those posted on faculty websites. Please note that if you are applying for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC, you must submit all your documents (including your reference letters) by the dates requested above.

110 students will benefits from University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program which will run for over the next 10 years.

About University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
UBC is among the first Canadian universities to join The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program and one of 15 institutions in the world participating in the $500 million global education initiative.

As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the world.


The University of British Columbia, Canada is pleased to partner with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. More than 110 students from Africa will receive comprehensive scholarships to live and learn at the University of British Columbia thanks to a $25 million grant from The MasterCard Foundation. Over the next 10 years, UBC expects to welcome 77 undergraduate and 35 master’s degree students through the Program. This Scholarship covers Full period of study.

Value of Scholarship: Successive students will receive a scholarship equivalent to the costs related to attaining a degree, including travel, tuition, textbooks, housing, food, and living expenses. Also, successive students will also receive financial, academic, social, and post-graduation support which will enable the student to build experiences and competencies critical for academic success.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
To be eligible for consideration for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Masters’ Degree Program at UBC, the applicant must:
  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree;
  • must not already have a graduate or PhD degree;
  • be a citizen or a refugee of a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • have lived a significant part of their life in a Sub-Saharan African country
  • present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances, and be able to show lack of financial means from family or other sources to pursue graduate education in their home country or elsewhere;
  • have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and show leadership qualities or potential;
  • demonstrate an interest in and commitment to giving back to his/her home community in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa, through engagement in activities in their current profession, university or community;
  • be a person who requires a Canadian study permit to study in Canada;
  • commit to returning to Africa in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others;
  • be applying for a Master’s degree in one of the following Faculties and programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus

Below are the Eligible Field of Study and the Degrees programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus;
Faculty of Arts
  • Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Faculty of Education
  • Master of Educational Administration and Leadership (M.Ed)
  • Master of Higher Education (M.Ed)
  • Master of Education in Science Education (M.Ed)
Faculty of Forestry
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc)
  • Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM)
  • Master of International Forestry (MIF)
  • Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM)
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)
  • Master of Food Science (MFS)
  • Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS)
Faculty of Medicine
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
Faculty of Science
  • Master of Data Science
Sauder School of Business
  • Full-Time MBA Program

How to Apply: Application for University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholarships is done online. You will find more information in the Graduate Scholarship Webpage Link below.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for more details.

Note:

Sponsors: MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme (MFSP)
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30 October, 2019

Hasselt University Master of Transportation Sciences 2020 Scholarships in Belgium for Students from Developing Countries

Applications are now open for Hasselt University Master of Transportation Sciences Scholarships in Belgium, for Intake in September 2020. This scholarship is targeted mostly for Students from Developing Countries.

Hasselt University is a university with campuses in Hasselt and Diepenbeek, Belgium. It was officially established in 1971, as the Limburgs Universitair Centrum. On June 15, 2005 the university changed its name to Hasselt University. Address: Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium.
Applications deadline for Hasselt University Master of Transportation Sciences Scholarships in Belgium is 1st February, 2020 and the scholarship will be taken in Belgium (a country in Western Europe).

About Hasselt University Master of Transportation Sciences Scholarships in Belgium
Every year (annually), International Course Programme (ICP) offers twelve students from developing countries two years scholarship programme to obtain MSc in Transportation Sciences which specifically focus on road safety in developing countries.


In this two years scholarship programme, students are trained to identify transportation and road safety issues in order to create innovative solutions by using an integrative approach based on three pillars: the individual (dealing with the human behaviour in traffic and how to influence it e.g. intentional and unintentional riskful behaviour such as drunk driving or cognitive impairments), the environment (e.g. creating self-explaining roads and infrastructure that minimizes crash impact) and the society (e.g. societal norms and translation into policy and enforcement measures). Road safety in this programme is approached as a cross-border field, incorporating elements of psychology, economy, urban planning, environmental studies, engineering and more.

Scholarship type: Masters

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
1. Participants should have at least an academic bachelor degree

2. Sufficient knowledge of the English language

3. Participants must be a national and resident of one of the below 31 countries:
  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
  • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru
4. The maximum age of applicants should be 35 as at 1st January, 2019

For a full description of the scholarship eligibility criteria, visit the VLIR-UOS website: VLIR-UOS scholarship eligibility criteria

What is the Value of the Scholarship Award?
  • Monthly allowance: € 1150/month (for cost of meals, transport, personal expenses and accommodation)
  • 1- time payment for indirect travel costs: € 150
  • 1- time payment for logistical allowance: € 850
  • Insurance, international travel and tuition fee

How to Apply for Hasselt University Master of Transportation Sciences Scholarships in Belgium

Go to “Start making new registration”

Note:
  • Make sure all required fields have been filled in and all required documents have been uploaded.
  • Application forms that are incomplete, illegible or arrive at Hasselt University later than the application deadline will be rejected.

Visit the Scholarship Program Webpage for more details.

Award Providers: VLIR-UOS
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29 October, 2019

2020/2021 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS COMPUTER BASED TEST (CBT)

This is to inform the general public, most especially Nigerian citizens about the ongoing 2020/2021 Federal Government Scholarship for Nigerian Undergraduate, Masters and PhD to Study Overseas. The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education is inviting applications from qualified candidates for the ongoing Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) Awards for Nigerians to study abroad. These Scholarships are available for candidates to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programs abroad. The 2020/2021 Federal Scholarship Board portal is open for all eligible Nigerians to apply.

Application Deadline: 6th December 2019 by 11:59 PM

Type: The Federal Government Scholarship Awards are for Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) studies.

About Federal Government Scholarship for Nigerian
  • Federal Ministry of Education mission is to use education as a tool for fostering the development of all Nigerian citizens to their full potentials, in the promotion of a strong, democratic, egalitarian, prosperous, indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation under God.” The Federal Government Scholarship for Nigerian is offered annually.
  • The Federal Government Scholarship Awards 2020/2021 Nomination is based on Computer Based Test (CBT). The duration of the scholarship offer ranges from 4- 9 years depending on the level of study and the country.

This Federal Government Scholarship award for Nigerian is in two categories
A) BILATERAL EDUCATION AGREEMENT (BEA)
i) Undergraduate (UG) studies tenable in Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Serbia, Hungary, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Cuba, Romania, Japan, Macedonia; and

ii) Postgraduate (PG) studies tenable in Russia (for those whose first degrees were obtained from Russia), China, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, e.t.c.

FIELDS OF STUDY
  • Undergraduate level - Engineering, Geology, Agriculture, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Sports, Law, Social Sciences, Biotechnology, Architecture, Medicine (very limited), etc.; and
  • Postgraduate level (Masters Degree and PhD) in all fields.

B) NIGERIA AWARD SCHOLARSHIP (NA) 2020/2021:
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS TENABLE IN NIGERIA TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS FOR NA, SDG (SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS) FOR GIRLS ONLY


Eligibility Criteria
FOR BILATERAL EDUCATION AGREEMENT (BEA)
• Undergraduate Scholarship:
  • All applicants for undergraduate degree courses must possess a minimum qualification of Five (5) Distinctions (As & Bs) in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, WAEC (May/June) only in the subjects relevant to their fields of study including English Language and Mathematics.
  • Certificates should not be more than Two (2) years old (2018 & 2019).
  • Age limit is from 18 to 20 years.

• Postgraduate Scholarship:
  • All applicants must hold a First Degree with at least 2nd Class Upper Division.
  • The applicants who are previous recipients of Foreign Awards must have completed at least two (2) years post qualification or employment practice in Nigeria.
  • Evidence of readiness to be released by employer.
  • All applicants must have completed N.Y.S.C.
  • Age limit is 35 years for Masters and 40 years for Ph.D.

Note:
  • Since the BEA countries are non-English speaking, applicants should be prepared to undertake a mandatory one year foreign language of the country of choice which will be the standard medium of instruction; and
  • All applicants for Hungarian Scholarship must visit the website which will hopefully be opened between October and November 2019
  • Complete the application form online
  • Print the completed form and bring to the interview venue in addition to 2.0 above.

ELIGIBILITY FOR NIGERIA AWARD SCHOLARSHIP (NA) 2020/2021 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS TENABLE IN NIGERIA TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS FOR NA, SDG (SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS) FOR GIRLS ONLY
  • Applicants for Postgraduate studies should possess a minimum of first degree with Second Class Honours Upper Division. Applicant must be registered Full Time students of Federal or State Universities.
  • All other applicants (UG, HND & NCE) must be registered full-time students in their second year or above in Federal or State Universities, Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Education. 
  • All undergraduate Scholarship applicants (Physically challenged inclusive) must have at least 4.0 Cumulative Grade Points Aggregate (CGPA) on a five (5) point scale or its equivalents or 5.0 on a 7 point scale.

All eligible applicants are to report for interview at the venues scheduled for their respective Zones of origin for proper identification. Two sets of the Printed, Completed application forms are usually submitted at the various interview centres with the following attachments:
  • Two sets of Photocopies of Educational Certificates and Testimonials of previous schools attended with the originals for sighting;
  • Only ONE certificate is accepted i.e WAEC of May/June only for undergraduate applicants;
  • Two copies of Birth certificate from National Population Commission;
  • State of Origin/LGA certificate duly signed, stamped and dated;
  • Four (4) passport sized coloured photographs on white background;
  • Academic transcripts and NYSC discharge or Exemption certificates will be required from applicants for Postgraduate Studies.

How to Apply: Candidates nominated and finally selected by:
A. The awarding BEA countries will be required to submit to Federal Scholarship Board the following:
  • Authenticated copies of academic certificates;
  • Data page of current International passport, and
  • Specified Medical Reports &
  • Police clearance certificate where necessary.

B: THE NA/SDG AWARD:
Application forms are completed online as follows:
Complete form online
Submit and Print a copy
Attach Photocopy of the following documents to the Printed Copy
  • Letter of Admission to the Institution
  • Current Course Registration Form
  • CGPA results of year 1, 2, 3, etc.
  • Current School’s Identity Card
  • Letter of Identification from your State/Local Government
  • Two (2) passport size photographs with your name written at the back and duly signed by you.

GENERAL NOTICE: During the application candidates are expected to indicate the following:
  • Centre of choice for the Computer Based Test (CBT); and
  • Choice of programme preferred in order of priority (i.e. Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA), Nigerian Award (N/A), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scholarship for girls only).
  • Warning : Double Entries will be disqualified

OFFICIAL PHONE NUMBERS:
i) Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA): 08077884417/09094268637
ii) Nigerian Award/SDGs: 08077884418/08091155229
iv) fsb@education.gov.ng
For further Technical/Apps inquires please call: 08055581004
TIME : 9.00 A.M DAILY

SIGNED:
ARC SONNY T. ECHONO, fnia
PERMANENT SECRETARY
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Visit the Scholarship Webpage for more details or click here for the PDF file

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FEDERAL SCHOLARSHIP BOARD APPLICATION DOES NOT ATTRACT ANY PROCESSING FEE.BEWARE OF FRAUDSTERS.
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Tips to Identify Scam/fake Scholarship Opportunities/providing Agency, Organization or Government

Comprehensively, scholarship can be defined as a gift offered through “schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.” In many situations, these scholarships can be applied directly to the cost of tuition or books or help to cover room and board at an accredited college or university. Being a “gift,” a scholarship does not require payment by the recipient.

There are numerous sites online and offline seminars of scholarship opportunities. Many of these scholarship opportunities are particularly directed at students seeking for scholarship sponsorship for their education, mostly especially young Africans and people from the developing countries around the world.

Yes there is abundance of scholarship opportunities but that does not rule out the aspect of competition, and this means that many young people will still be unable to access these opportunities due to some shortage in experience or education. Due to deficit in education or experience of some individuals, many young people fall victim of fraudsters. It is unfortunate to learn that while many countries, agencies, organizations and even individuals map out plans to make genuine opportunities available to young people, other organizations and individuals likewise, map out ways to exploit them.


Here are some great highlights key things to look out to help identify fake scholarship opportunities/providing agency, organization or government.
1. Fake Scholarship agencies/services and websites ask candidates to pay processing fee:
One thing very important thing you need to know is that there is no genuine scholarship-providing agency, organization or government will ask for money from their potential candidates. Scholarships are awarded to students on merit i.e either by selection or scoring the required score after sitting for examination organized by the scholarship-providing agency, organization or government.

Any scholarship that is advertised and requests applicants to pay a certain sum to a certain account number is 100% fake and should be avoided. The world’s most prestigious scholarship providers like MasterCard Foundation, Chinese CSC and Schwarzman Scholars usually send out warnings during scholarship processing periods, informing the general public about the activities of fraudsters acting as agents on their behalf, who are only intent on swindling unsuspecting and desperate candidates.

Although there are some scholarship that will only be awarded to students after they must have secured admission in that particular institution offering the scholarship or any institution mentioned as eligible.

2. Non Standard Website, no institutional email
Another very good way to identify fake scholarship opportunities websites is the website standard. Always pay a very attention to details in the site. Fake scholarship providing agency, organization or government sites do not have a typically standard website, little detail as possible out on the internet so as to not get caught, none of their claims on their websites are verifiable.

Education forums like www.onlinescholarshipcollges.com, www.afterschoolafrica.com is a good place to get information about scholarships and reviews. Before applying for any scholarship from any site, please always run an internet search on any of the scholarship opening before you commit to it. When you run an internet search on a fake scholarship, hardly will you see any positive review about them. They are fraudsters, human traffickers and kidnappers posing as legit organisations.

3. No clear contact of the Institution, Agency, Organization or Government providing the scholarship
Any scholarship providing agency, organization or government that does not have clear contact or any institution offering scholarships or that offer admission to people who scale through the scholarship screening without clear details is not real. As the institution offering scholarship, there must be clear contact details at the institution site.

4. The scholarship opportunities they offer sounds too good to be true
The scholarship opportunities some of this so called scholarship providing agency, organization or government or institution offer sounds too good to be true. For example, how can a private scholarship agency tell candidates that they will provide free admission to the best universities in any country, visa support and processing, flight ticket, subsistence allowance, stationery and health insurance, free accommodation, free vehicles for mobility, monthly stipends, and a good job after graduation? All for free?! if they had it so easy, they would make it happen for their loved ones first before putting it out to strangers on the internet. When it looks so sweet, check it. Go online to verify their claims/offers.

5. The scholarship “sweepstakes”
In this scam pattern they inform students by phone or email that they have “won” a fantastic scholarship. But, before you can claim your funds, you must either provide bank account information or pay a “disbursement fee.” If you don’t pay right at that moment, you are told you could lose out on the Scholarship awards/funds. If you come across such site or agency or institution, please run far from them, is totally not real.

6. No clear vision or mission
For instance, Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation established by Mastercard in 2006. Since its creation, the Foundation has partnered with a number of worldwide Non-governmental organizations and core partners aiming to ameliorate financial life, primarily in the Global South. MasterCard foundation has a strategic vision to provide access to quality education for economically-marginalized youth in Africa. To do this, they partner with several top universities within and outside Africa, to provide world-class education, financial and career support, and access to a world-class network of professionals. Their goal is to do this for a period of ten years, effectively empowering the continent’s next generation of leaders. Now this is a clear vision and mission. Same thing is also applicable to Chinese CSC Scholarships, Schwarzman Scholars, and a host of others.

Genuine philanthropic initiative has a strong vision behind it, and one of the reasons why the aforementioned scholarships have become as popular and sustainable as they are is because they have a vision driving their operations.

An organization or agency that rolls out scholarship schemes without a clear vision or mission, they are mostly neither genuine nor sustainable. Genuine scholarship granting bodies have clear vision and mission statements that guide their scholarship scheme, which they usually indicate on their website.

7. Unusually flexible with deadlines and requirements
Some of this so called scholarship providing agency, organization or government or institution is unusually flexible with deadlines and requirements in their site. Every genuine scholarship must have strict deadlines that must be followed, and strict instructions that must be adhered to.
Genuine scholarship applications go like this:
  • Candidates register on the online platform
  • Eligibility is determined
  • Application is completed
  • Supporting documents are submitted
  • Candidates wait for feedback

And All within the stipulated deadlines.

In most situations, they inform candidates that applications that are submitted after the stipulated deadline will no longer be attended to. They also adhere strictly to the requirements and supporting documents that are requested. Any candidate that fails to meet up to their full requirements is usually automatically disqualified. But on the other hand, scam scholarship opportunities never portray such discipline and excellence.

From the above highlights, truths could also be applied to help you identify genuine ones as well.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when applying for scholarships:
  • Don't give out your bank account information.
  • Always go online to confirm if the organization is real and reputable.
  • Avoid any scholarships that ask for entry fees i.e telling you to pay any money.
  • Keep track of the scholarships you've applied for.
  • Look for clear instructions and judging criteria.

This scholarship safety guide will help students learn to identify legitimate scholarship opportunities and avoid scholarship scams. It reveals the tell-tale signs of scholarship scams, as well as provides tips on how to safely share personal information during the scholarship application process.

In summary
By identifying the warning signs of a scholarship scam, you can protect yourself from identity theft, fraud and other safety risks during the scholarship application process. Here are some tips to keep in mind when applying for scholarships:
  • Don’t give out your bank account information.
  • Always confirm the organization is real and reputable.
  • Avoid scholarships that ask for entry fees.
  • Keep track of the scholarships you’ve applied for.
  • Look for clear instructions and judging criteria.
  • Watch out for poor spelling and grammar.

Use these tips and the information provided in this scholarship safety guide to help shield yourself from scams and threats related to looking for money to pay for college.

Some points from this post is extracted from AfterSchoolAfrica.
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22 October, 2019

NITDA Scholarship Scheme 2019/2020 for Masters and PhD Nigerian Students

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) offers Scholarships in Information Technology AND Law for Masters and PhD (Doctorate) to Nigerian students to study at Nigerian Universities.

The NITDA Scholarship 2019 portal is open for application for Masters and PhD Scholarship, for Nigerian students. Applications are invited from holders of B.Sc and M.Sc for the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Scholarship 2019/2020.

Application Deadline: 21st November, 2019

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Nigeria

About NITDA Scholarship Award: The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), with its mandate of transforming Nigeria into an IT driven economy for global competitiveness and the dire need to bridge the digital divide, has since 2010 established a Scholarship Scheme for Masters (MSc) and Doctorate (PhD) Degrees in relevant areas of Information Technology (IT) obtainable in Nigerian (Government and Private) Universities.

Eligible Subject Areas: Information Technology (IT), Law

Type: Masters, PhD

Selection Criteria: The scholarship award is strictly based on merit and is evenly distributed between the six geo-political zones for the PhD, 36 States and FCT for MSc. The Scholarships are targeted at 2 persons per State of the Federal on including the FCT at masters’ level and 1 person per geo-political zone of the country at doctorate level. This will enhance human capacity building in core areas of Information Technology across Nigeria.


Duration: The sponsorship for the Masters programme will run for one year and the Doctorate programme for three years.

Eligibility/Requirements for NITDA Scholarship (Nigerians)
PhD: Only University and Polytechnic Lecturers with MSc in any Information Technology related field are eligible to apply for sponsorship.

MSc: Holders of First Class or Second Class (Upper) Honours Bachelor’s degree, in Information Technology related field and Law.

How To Apply for NITDA Scholarship 2019/2020
All eligible candidates that are interested should log on to the NITDA scholarship portal to register and submit all relevant documents.
  • Scan and attach your passport photograph (must be in jpg format) which should not be larger than 50kb.
  • You should scan and convert your certificate to a PDF file which should not be larger than 100kb.
  • A comprehensive Aptitude Test(s) will be conducted to determine successful candidates for the Award. Only candidates who are found eligible will be Shortlisted. Furthermore, there will be an interview (which includes supplementary test, verification of credentials & character evaluation) for best performing candidates.

If you still have any questions or experience any difficulties with the application system, please email: scholarship@nitda.gov.ng

For more details about the application, kindly visit NITDA Scholarship portal (https://scholarship.nitda.gov.ng/)

Note: The closing date for application is 21st of November 2019.

Sponsors: The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
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