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.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world.
Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies.
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.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing graduate (master) studies.
Study Subject (s): Scholarship is awarded in development-related discipline.
List of Subjects: Energy, Transportation, Financial, Agriculture, Water & Sanitation, Industry, Health, Telecommunications and Education
Scholarship Award: The winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a scholarship of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of one year, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2016/2017.
Scholarship can be taken at: Worldwide
-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 2015, 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.
Nationality: Students of developing country except OFID Member Countries can apply for this OFID scholarship.
List of Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Barbadua , Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bhutan, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Central African, Chad Republic, Colombia, Comoros, Congo D.R , Congo Rep., Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Grenada, Guyana Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Korea D.P.R., Kosovo, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Macedonia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sao Tome &Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Samoa, Suriname, St. Vincent, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.
Supporting Documents: Applicants must upload the required documents as listed below:
-A completed on-line application form.
-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).
How to Apply: Applicants must complete the online application.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 1, 2016.