Postgraduate scholarships for students from CIS states
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their postgraduate studies (mainly master’s, although PhD programmes may be considered).
Awarded on a 50% grant, 50% loan basis, each scholarship covers fees and living costs only, not travel. The award is open to citizens of countries where the Foundation has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies (currently Tajikistan in your region).
The British Council
The British Council often offers or administers scholarships aimed at students from specific countries or regions in partnership with important organisations and bodies in the UK or in the countries where it has a presence.
In your region, the John Smith Fellowship Programme (in collaboration with the John Smith Memorial Trust) is for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and the Ukraine, with the aim of giving them a better understanding of good governance and democracy. The HSBC/British Council Scholarship, which is awarded to a citizen of Georgia for up to 12 months’ study at Master’s level in the UK, is also available.
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards were initiated in 2003 to bring outstanding students from India, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the developing world (as defined by the OECD) to come and study for PhDs in top-rated UK research facilities.
View this PDF of eligible countries to find out if you can apply (eligible countries are those in Part I of the list plus Russia and Hong Kong).
Go to the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards web page for more information and to find out the individual recipient universities, and contact those universities to find out how to apply.
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes provide many opportunities for students from your region to come and study with participating UK institutions. These include:
- the Trans-European Mobility Programme for University Studies (TEMPUS), which partly involves encouraging students from 27 countries in eastern Europe, central Asia, north Africa and the Middle East now participating to study part of their course at European universities
- Erasmus Mundus, which is a complementary programme that funds the movement of higher-education student and teaching staff between European universities and universities in specific third countries
- Marie Curie Research Fellowships, which are on offer to researchers of any nationality operating in all scientific and technological fields in order to encourage excellence in European research.
Check to see which UK institutions participate, as not all will necessarily do so, and also whether your own country is involved.
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program aims to promote to social justice, community development, and access to higher education by funding advanced study by exceptional individuals, often from backgrounds that have limited access to this kind of education, who will use this opportunity to become leaders in their fields.
Fellowships are for a maximum of two years’ study at master’s level at any university in the world in any academic area consistent with the aims of the Ford Foundation (which are indicated on the website).
Selection will be on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential and commitment to community service. Twenty-two countries around the world are currently involved in this scheme, including Russia.
The UMID Foundation
The UMID Foundation provides full scholarships for citizens of Uzbekistan to undertake postgraduate studies in any subject in the USA, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Japan.
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme aims to cultivate future leaders in eastern Europe, central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and north Africa by funding the postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford of outstanding university graduates and young professionals from these regions.
Successful applicants will also take part in a programme of leadership skills development and networking. Each scholarship will cover all university and college fees and living costs. Students will have to study at the University of Oxford, but can pursue any subject.