Top 15 Scholarships in Asia for International Students

Top Asian Scholarships

Many international students dream of study abroad and do all within their power to study in USA, to study in UK, to study in Australia and other popular Western Countries. Yet, unknown to quite a large number of these students, there are great opportunities to pursue free studies at world-renowned universities and colleges in the Asian continent.

Study in Asia for international undergraduate and postgraduate students is gradually catching on, as more and more scholars realize the good quality education in many Asian countries, and the scholarships in Asia for foreign students. These scholarships in Asia for international students are offered by the governments of Asian countries and top universities in Asia. Study & Scholarships has made a list of the more excellent scholarships and financial aid for international students.

Asian Government Scholarships

  1. Japanese Government Scholarships
    The Japanese Government offers scholarships in Japan to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate and research students under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program. The scholarships cover allowance, travelling costs, and school fees.

    => see Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships
    => see Japanese Government Postgraduate Scholarships
    => see United Nations/Japanese Government Long-term Fellowship Programme

  2. Chinese Government-Bilateral Program for International Students
    Chinese Government Scholarship—Bilateral Program includes a full or partial scholarship established by MOE in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs between Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities and international organizations. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs. Full scholarship includes school fees, monthly allowance, one-off subsidies, insurance, etc while Partial scholarship includes one or some items of the full scholarship items.

    => Also see Chinese Government Great Wall Scholarship Program
    => Also see Beijing Government Scholarships
    => Also see USLab Master Student Application with Scholarship

  3. Taiwan Government Scholarships
    The Taiwan Government through the Ministry of Education (MOE) offers Bachelors, Masters, and PhD scholarships for international students who wants to study in Taiwan Colleges and Universities through the Taiwan Scholarship Program. The scholarships cover tuition and payment of academic fees and subsistence allowance.

  4. Korean Government Scholarships
    The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea and to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide. The scholarships cover tuition, allowance, travel, airfare, medical insurance, etc.

    => Korean Government Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
    => Korean Government Scholarships for Postgraduate Students

  5. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students
    The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims to attract outstanding students in the world to pursue their PhD degree programmes in Hong Kong’s institutions. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for a maximum period of three years.

  6. Singapore International Graduate Award
    Singapore International Graduate Award are given to international students with excellent academic undergraduate and/or master’s results, and strong interest in doing research leading to a doctorate (PhD) in Science and Engineering at a Singapore University. The award provides financial support for up to 4 years of PhD studies including full tuition fees, monthly stipend, settlement allowance, and airfare grant.

  7. Malaysian International Scholarships
    The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) for International Students is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract the best brains from around the world to pursue advanced academic studies in Malaysia. The scholarship aims to support Malaysian Government’s effort to attract, motivate and retain talented human capital from abroad. Each scholarship consists of air tickets from recipient’s capital city to Malaysia, approved tuition fees, monthly maintenance allowance, annual grant for books and internal travel, medical/health Insurance, installation and termination grant, thesis allowance, and visa costs.

    => Also see Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP)
    => Also see Malaysia Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

  8. Turkiye Scholarships for International Students
    Türkiye Scholarships are fully government-funded competitive scholarships for international students from countries outside Turkey to pursue full-time undergraduate, master, PhD degree programmes and short-term programmes at prestigious universities in Turkey. The scholarship covers Monthly stipend (600 TL for undergraduate, 850 TL for master and 1200 TL for PhD), Full tuition fee, Free 1-year Turkish language course, Free accommodation, Round-trip air ticket and Health insurance.

    => Also see TÜBİTAK Research Fellowships for PhD and PostDoctoral Study
    => Also see Türkiye Research Fellowships for Social Science and Humanities Researchers

Asian University Scholarships

  1. The University of Tokyo Fellowships for International Students
    The University of Tokyo Fellowships provides a research grant to high-achieving, postgraduate international students who are privately-funded to assist their academic pursuits at the University and at promoting a greater acceptance of excellent students from overseas. Recipients will receive a monthly research grant of ¥150,000-¥200,000 during the standard period of their program (up to one year for research students).

    See also University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science Scholarships for International Students

  2. Peking University Academic Excellence Scholarships
    The Peking University Academic Excellence Scholarships are for third year undergraduates, masters, and doctoral exchange students. The scholarships range from 3,000-10,000 RMB.

  3. The University of Hong Kong Scholarships for International Students
    Entrance Scholarships are available to students (local and international) when you apply to study at The University of Hong Kong, and are awarded on the basis of academic merits with consideration of non-academic achievement. The scholarships can fund up to full tuition fee waiver plus personal / living expenses.

  4. National University Singapore ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarships
    The ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship is a freshmen scholarship offered to support outstanding students from ASEAN member countries (excluding Singapore). The scholarships cover tuition fees (after MOE Tuition Grant Subsidy) and $5,800 annual living allowance.

  5. KAIST International Student Scholarship
    The Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology offers the KAIST International Student Scholarship for both undergraduate and postgraduate international students. Scholarships are very competitive and applications are welcomed from all countries. The Subsidies covered by the scholarship include Full tuition fee exemption, Living expenses per month and Medical insurance.

    => see KAIST Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students
    => see KAIST Postgraduate Scholarships for International Students

Asian Institutions Scholarships

  1. ADB Japan Scholarship Program
    The ADB-JSP scholarship program aims to provide opportunities for qualified citizens of ADB member countries to undertake postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. Award provides full tuition, monthly subsistence, housing allowance, allowance for books and instructional materials, medical insurance, and travel expenses.
Related: Top Scholarships in Japan for International Students

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