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Scholarships in Sweden, Holland and Australia

1. Over 500 Swedish Scholarships

Each year the Swedish institute (SI) jointly with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden provides over 500 scholarship awards for students and researchers from all around the world, who wish to come to Sweden and pursue their goals at the best Swedish universities. You are welcome to visit the official website of SI and find out more details about scholarship programs that are available for your country and can offer the level of study you wish to apply for.

2. Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS)

University of Amsterdam – Scholarships for Excellent Students

The University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, welcomes the brightest students from all over the world to get high-quality education in its international classrooms. So, since 2007, excellent students from EEA countries (member-countries of the European Economic Area) have an opportunity to apply for an AMS (Amsterdam Merit Scholarship). On the University’s official website you can find more information about the eligibility requirements for the AMS and about the details of the application process.

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship

In 2014, the University of Amsterdam is going to launch a new beneficial scholarship program, targeting excellent Master’s students from non-EU and non-EEA countries. The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship program (or AES) offers full scholarship of €25,000 to cover your tuition fees and living expenses within 1 academic year. The scholarship can be extended for a second year if your Master’s degree program lasts for 2 academic years. More detailed information can be found here, on the UvA’s website.

3. Australia Awards Scholarships

Australian Aid, the Australian’s Government agency, offers long-term development scholarship awards to overseas students. The program is known as Australia Awards Scholarships (or AAS) and aims at contributing towards the need for the long-term development of Australia’s partner countries, according to regional and bilateral agreements.

The scholarships provide opportunities for students from developing countries. Candidates for the programs can undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses at Australian universities and TAFE institutions (Technical and Further Education institutions) which participate in the campaign.

The opportunities for study provided by AAS enrich awardees’ knowledge and develop their skills, enabling them to drive change and make a contribution towards the development of their home countries.

Awards Benefits

The award covers the minimum period of study that is necessary to complete the academic course at the Australian HEI as well as any preparatory training if needed. The other AAS benefits generally include:

  • full tuition fees;
  • return airfare: single return ticket in economy class, via the most direct route possible;
  • establishment allowance: an awardee only must make one payment of A$5,000 to cover accommodation expenses and study materials;
  • CLE (contribution to living expenses): this is a fortnightly contribution to students’ basic living expenses. It is paid at a rate that is determined by AusAID. From January 1st 2013, CLE for students who study under the ADS (Australian Development Scholarships) is A$30,000 per 1 year;
  • IAP (Introductory Academic Program): this is a compulsory program lasting for 4-6 weeks prior to the formal commencement of academic studies; it covers useful information about study and life in Australia;
  • OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover): it is provided only for award holders during the formal studies under the scholarship program; it covers the student’s basic medical expenses, except for the pre-existing conditions;
  • PCE fees (pre-course English fees): the English courses may be available if deemed necessary.
  • Supplementary Academic Support may be provided to mark the student’s success or to enhance his or her academic experience;
  • Fieldwork is provided only for research students, but for one return airfare via the most direct route possible.

Supplementary Programs

Useful information on more Australian scholarship programs can be obtained here, with the Australian Awards website:

  • Prime Minister’s Pacific Program;
  • Australia Awards Leadership Program;
  • Allison Sudradjat Prize.

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