The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is awarding postgraduate scholarships to students of developing countries (apart from OFID Member Countries) to pursue studies in development related discipline in any part of the world. As a requirement, applicants must first apply to any recognized university/college in the world and obtain admission to pursue a master’s degree program. The deadline for scholarship application is 1st May 2014 for 2014/2014 academic year.
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.
- 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 be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.
- 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.
Field of study
Scholarship is provided to pursue graduate studies in development-related discipline in any recognized college/university in the world.
What the scholarship covers
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.
How to apply
The mode of application is online. Applicants should upload the following documents as they apply online:
- Copy of the last university degree or certificate
- Copy of the applicant’s passport
- 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).
- 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). Click here for more information on how to apply.
Scholarship application deadline
The deadline for scholarship application is 1st May 2014 for 2014/2014 academic year.