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10 Awesome Scholarships for Latin American Students

20th July 2015 Posted by: Naomi Todd

CONSIDERING the international audience here at Student World Online, another article about the many benefits of studying abroad is no doubt preaching to the choir. But as great as an experience studying abroad is, it is unfortunately a costly one. No need to worry though, Latin American students - we’ve got it covered. We’ve found some of the many scholarships options available to fund your studies abroad.

Country of Study: Germany

Level of Study: Postgraduate/PhD

Eligible Countries: All

The German Academic Exchange service (DAAD) offers a wide range of scholarships for Latin American students for postgraduate and doctorate study. Among the many scholarships on offer is the KAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries. In order to be eligible, applicants must possess German language skills, be a practising Catholic or Christian and apply to study a science-related postgraduate course.

Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarship Program

Country of Study: Canada

Level of Study: Postgraduate/PhD

Eligible Countries: Argentina, Beliza, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

All participating Organization of the America States citizens can apply for the Canadian Government’s Organization of American Academic Scholarship Program. Applicants are required to have already completed an undergraduate degree and have obtained high grades before applying for the scholarship. Applicants are also required to have already received an acceptance offer from a participating OAS university in Canada.


Country of Study: UK

Level of Study: Postgraduate

Eligible Countries: Colombia and Chile

Colombian and Chilean nationals who intend to study Master’s level at University College London’s Institute of Education could be eligible for a scholarship of 50% tuition fees covered. After applicants have received acceptance from UCL, they can apply to Colfuturo (Colombia) or Conicyt (Chile) for the scholarship support.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Country of Study: Costa Rica

Level of Study: Undergraduate

Eligible Countries: All

For financially disadvantaged students in Latin America, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program offers fully-funded undergraduate study at EARTH University in Costa Rica. Applicants must have received an acceptance from EARTH University before applying for the scholarship.

Eiffel Scholarships

Country of Study: France

Level of Study: Postgraduate/PhD

Students wishing to pursue engineering science at Master’s level or science-related PhDs, economics and management or law and political science related Master’s programmes are eligible to apply for the Eiffel Scholarship. The scholarship covers living costs only with monthly allowances ranging from €1,100-€1,500, depending on the level of study.

Latin American-Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship

Country of Study: USA

Level of Study: Undergraduate

Eligible Countries: All

If applicants are enrolled in the University of Florida and already receive a non-duty scholarship of at least $500 from state or federal funds, are full-time students and are achieving good academic grades, they will be eligible for a top-up scholarship from the University of Florida. The applicant must present proof they receive the scholarship to the international office.


Country of Study: Worldwide

Level of Study: Postgraduate

Eligible Countries: Mexico

Offering grants and scholarships for students wishing to pursue further study in the STEM fields, the CONAYCT government initiative means Mexican students could get funding to study all over the world. One of the many initiatives is FOBESII, a university exchange agreement with the US, which aims to get 100,000 Mexican students studying in the USA by 2020.

Prometeo Scholarship

Country of Study: Australia

Level of Study: Postgraduate/PhD

Eligible Countries: Ecuador

For Ecuadorian students who wish to purse science and technology-related postgraduate and doctorate programmes, they could get a scholarship from the Ecuadorian government to study at Flinders University in Adelaide. As part of the scholarship, students will also receive up to 15 weeks Intensive English Language provision. The Prometeo programme also funds further study at partner institutions worldwide. To find out more, head to the Prometeo website for more information.

New Zealand Development Scholarships

Country of Study: New Zealand

Level of Study: Postgraduate/PhD

Eligible Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Students who are wishing to pursue development-related postgraduate study, with preference for agricultural development and renewable energy fields, are eligible for the New Zealand government’s development scholarship. Once applicants have received an offer from their preferred university, they can apply for the scholarship programme.

Nikkei Scholarship

Country of Study: Japan

Level of Study: Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Eligible Countries: All

With a substantial population in Central and South America being of Japanese descent, the Nikkei scholarship was founded to bridge relations between these two distinct cultures. The Nikkei scholarship funds study for all subject areas. Applicants must be of Japanese descent, and have a working knowledge of Japanese before beginning their studies. Applicants must also demonstrate that they are involved with strengthening relations between Latin American and Japanese cultures.

The above scholarship funds are just a select compilation of the many scholarships on offer. The key to getting university funding is to do your research, be persistent and look at different channels of funding such as universities, corporations and government scholarships. Good luck with the funding search!

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