January 27, 2016

Study in Any Country: OPEC Scholarships (up to US$50,000) for Students from Developing Countries

OFID Scholarship Awards

Course(s) Offered: Development, Energy study
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: OFID
Country to Study in: Any Country

Scholarship Description
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2016/2017.

OFID scholarships will be awarded to students or candidates for master’s degree studies. Applicants must be from a developing country (except OFID Member Countries), and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, from any recognized university/college in 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.

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for the OFID Masters Scholarship, applicants:
  • 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.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL developing countries, except OFID Member Countries. Please see the complete list of eligible countries on the official website (link to it is below)

Participating Institution(s)
Any accredited educational institution or university/college of higher education (anywhere) in the world

Fields of Study
Maters level studies in any relevant field of Development or Energy Studies.
The subject of study must relate 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.

Number of awards
OFID scholarships will be awarded to four students or candidates

Sponsorship duration
The funds will be spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent

Scholarship benefits
The winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a scholarship of up to US$50,000.

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. Benefits also cover relocation grants and travel costs.

For a complete list of all benefits, please see the official site (link to it is below)

Method of Application
Applicants must complete the online application. Within the on-line application, applicants must upload the required documents as listed on the official website (link to it is below). All materials including the on-line application, recommendations, and other required information must be received no later than the deadline date below. All materials submitted become the property of OFID and will not be returned to the applicant.

It is important to read through the Application Guidelines and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information before proceeding with the application process.

DEADLINES:
Application deadline is May 1, 2016. All requested support materials must be received no later than this date.

PLEASE NOTE:
Launched in 2005, the OFID Scholarship Program sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline.

Applicants must be from a developing country, and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s (graduate) degree, or its equivalent, in any recognized university/college in the world. The Scholarship is open to those students who wish to pursue studies in a relevant field of Development or Energy Studies.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed on it.

OFID will not consider applications received through a third party.

Please do not call or email OFID to see if your application has been received or to inquire about your status. Only the winners will be notified.

Application Deadline: 1 May 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes (ONLY 'Eligible groups')

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37 comments:

  1. Please my own is question if i can apply OFID scholarship. Iam now a Ph.D student on Development Studies at Dar es Salaam University Tanzania.

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    1. Well, your course, Development studies, is sponsored BUT at the masters level.
      You are a PhD student, right? Well, rather unfortunately, this scholarship is for masters level students.

      This is not a PhD level scholarship.

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  2. Please can some one doing masters presently with the duration of 18months but remain 9months now apply. She needs it for the remaining duration, if not please advice on what other scholarship she can apply for. Thanks

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    1. Hello @ademola; NO you are not qualified for this scholarship. Check these scholarships: http://www.studyandscholarships.com/search/label/postgraduate

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  3. Please if the masters progre is a little bit over a year,let's say a year and eight months,can the person apply

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    1. Yes you can apply. So sorry for very late reply

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  4. usman
    Respected Sir/ Mam
    currently iam student of B.sc(hon) agri science ( final year) degree will be completed till the june can iam eligible for this scholership?? and If yes then cani send the acceptnac letter from any country????? plz tell me iam wating for reply

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  5. Hi there!

    Sorry, suppose I got a university admission for masters in oil and gas management, will I be considered for that OFID scholarship? Pl I need your reply, Thanks.

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    1. Hello, OFID awards scholarships to any relevant field related to development and in line with OFID's core mission.

      I do believe a masters in oil & gas management should satisfy this. However, to make assurance double, you may want to contact OFID via the link to their official website that has been provided above. Regards!

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  6. HI ,,,,I have an offer to study M.sc clinical pharmacology, King's College london... Can I apply for OPEC Scholarship?

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    1. Hi it wont hurt to apply, however, it would be a better idea to confirm from OFID themselves. Follow the link in the article above to visit their site and contact them

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  7. i need to do a course in either Financial Mathematics or Quantitative Economics, can i still apply for this scholarship?

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    1. Confirm from OFID. How to do this is already explained above

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  8. hi.. i would wish to know if this scholarship is yearly

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    1. Hello vivian, yes it is an annual scholarship offer

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  9. can I apply for this scholarship to study public health masters??

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  10. How can I register as a first time user In order to apply for OFID Scholarship?

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    1. Hello just visit the official website through link provided above and register within the OFID Scholarship Portal by using your email address. Goodluck!

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  11. I'm graduating with a 2.2 that's less than 3.0. is there no provision for my type?

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  12. Hello,

    I am currently accepted into SOAS's distance learning program MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice. The program starts in February 2016 and I am still looking for funding, when do applications open again? Can I apply after I have begun my studies?

    Please let me know, very urgent.

    Thank you!

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    1. @Unknown, applications have now opened. Goodluck in your applications!

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  13. Hello,

    I was accpeted into SOAS's distance learning masters program "MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice", and the program starts in February 2016, but I am still looking for funding.

    When do applications open again? Can I apply after I have started?

    Please let me know, very urgent.

    Thank you

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    1. Applications for the OFID Scholarship will open early next year. To be eligible to apply, you must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year. So yes, you can apply to the OFID Scholarship after you commence your course.

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  14. Hello!
    I have a conditional offer in one ofbthe universities in UK, but my CGPA is 2.57 on a scale of 5.0.
    I would love to still apply,what do you advice please?

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    1. @Aniekan, your CGPA disqualifies you. However, because OFID uses a 4 point score, you may want to first convert your 5-point CGPA score to a 4-point score to compare with theirs.

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    2. Going by what you are saying, that means my CGPA at 4 point scale is 2.10

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    3. Exactly! And that is a serious reason why your application may not be processed if you go on to apply. However, if you still want, you can go on to apply since there is no harm in trying it out. Bear in mind, though, that the odds are stacked against you.

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  15. Are Nigerians Eligible to apply for the scholarship ?

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    1. @omoloba Nigerians should be eligible, however, you need to confirm from the official website through the link above

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  16. Hi,can I apply for msc chemistry?

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  17. I have got an admission from one of the reputed US universities to do my masters in Telecommunication engineering.I have a 95.9 percentile in my bachelor's degree.Am I eligible to apply for this or not?? If yes , on what basis you will select the candidates?? Is it purely based on the marks that are previously obtained???

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  18. I have got an admission from one of the reputed US universities to do my masters in Telecommunication engineering.I have a 95.9 percentile in my bachelor's degree.Am I eligible to apply for this or not?? If yes , on what basis you will select the candidates?? Is it purely based on the marks that are previously obtained???

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  19. I have got an admission from one of the reputed US universities to do my masters in Telecommunication engineering.I have a 95.9 percentile in my bachelor's degree.Am I eligible to apply for this or not?? If yes , on what basis you will select the candidates?? Is it purely based on the marks that are previously obtained???

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  20. At present I got an admission from one of the reputed US universities to do my masters.I have a percentile of 95.9 in my Bachelor's degree.I am going to do my masters in Telecommunication engineering.Am I eligible to apply for this or not?? If yes,on what basis will the candidates be selected mostly??

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  21. At present I got an admission from one of the reputed US universities to do my masters.I have a percentile of 95.9 in my Bachelor's degree.I am going to do my masters in Telecommunication engineering.Am I eligible to apply for this or not?? If yes,on what basis will the candidates be selected mostly??

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