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The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme

The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme grants fellowships to university students and teachers from Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to support exchanges between Asia and the European Union in the tertiary education field.

The UK is one of the participating countries. Check to see which UK institutions are involved.

The Charles Wallace Burma Trust

The Charles Wallace Burma Trust offers awards to help citizens of the four countries that make up the former British India. Financial help is given to nationals of Myanmar/Burma to pursue postgraduate study and professional development in the UK, including doctoral bursaries for PhD students in their final year or anticipating their final year who need additional funding to help them finish. 

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:

  • 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 Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Prospect Burma

Prospect Burma is a UK charity that offers scholarships to Burmese students studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level at an accredited college or university outside the country, as part of its aim to give young Burmese people access to education. It is partly funded by money that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s won for her Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and other prizes she has been awarded.

The Sampoerna Foundation Overseas MBA Scholarship

The Sampoerna Foundation Overseas MBA Scholarship is offered to Indonesian citizens under the age of 35 who want to undertake MBA study at an institution in the US, Australia, France, Singapore or the UK. One is available each year and covers academic, living and travel costs for a maximum of two years.

The successful applicant has to return to Indonesia on completion of their studies.

The Tan Kah Kee Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

The Tan Kah Kee Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship is open to Singaporean citizens and permanent residents who are undertaking full-time master’s or PhD study in any discipline, and is worth S$10,000 to those studying at universities outside Singapore.

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