OFID Scholarship Award for Developing Countries Students, 2014/15

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OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is funding scholarship for students of developing countries (except OFID Member Countries). Scholarship is awarded for pursuing graduate studies in a development-related discipline. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s (graduate) degree in any recognized university/college in the world. The tuition fees, including any supplementary examination fees, as may be required by the academic institution, will be paid by OFID directly to the academic institution. The application deadline is May 1, 2014 for 2014/15 academic year.

Study Subject (s): Scholarship is awarded in development-related discipline.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing graduate (master) studies.
Scholarship Provider: The OPEC Fund for International Development
Scholarship can be taken at: Worldwide

Eligibility:
-Must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.
-Must have obtained or be on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree with a Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university, or its equivalent.
-Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.
-Must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting August/September 2013, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
-Must be a national of a developing country (except OFID Member Countries)
-Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission, such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Students of developing country except OFID Member Countries (Angola, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Antigua, Albania, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso ,Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo  DR  Republic of Congo Cote d’lvoire, Cambodia ,Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jordan, Jamaica, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea DPR, Kyrgyz Republic, Kosovo Lao, Lesotho, Lebanon, PDR Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Paraguay, Peru, Panama,  Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, São Tomé & Principe, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syria, St. Christopher, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan ,Uruguay, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for this OFID scholarship.

Scholarship Description: OFID’s Scholarship Program sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline. The OFID Scholarship Portal is now open to receive applications for 2014/2015. The applicant must be from a developing country, and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s (graduate) degree in any recognized university/college in the world.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? The tuition fees, including any supplementary examination fees, as may be required by the academic institution, will be paid by OFID directly to the academic institution. Health insurance will be paid in accordance with the institution’s own standard medical scheme. A monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation, will be transferred to the student’s own personal bank account on a quarterly basis. Prior to the start of his/her first year studies, the student will be paid a relocation grant, equal to two-month allowance. OFID will also pay for travel costs from the nearest airport to the student’s place of residence, to the nearest airport to the chosen place of study. Upon completion of the studies, the student will be paid the cost of one-way air ticket to his/her home country.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible.

Notification: Only the winners will be notified by June 13, 2014.

How to Apply: Applicants must complete the on-line application. Within the on-line application, applicants must upload the required documents as listed below:
-A scanned copy of the applicant’s passport.
-A scanned copy of the last university degree or certificate.
-A scanned letter of acceptance from chosen educational institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of the Master’s degree program (must not exceed one year).
-A proof of meeting any prerequisites, including language proficiency.
-A short essay – of about 500 words in English – giving reasons for applying for the OFID scholarship, explaining your educational goals, and clearly describing how you will use the experience gained from your Master’s degree studies to help in the development of your home country.
-Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or lecturers at applicant’s present university.
-Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Scholarship Application Deadline: The OFID Scholarship for Developing Countries Students application deadline is May 1, 2014.

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