Bangladeshi universities often do not offer the world-class education necessary to compete on the world stage. And so thousands of students across the country dream of studying abroad. Generally, foreign university degrees cost a hefty sum of money and it is indeed very difficult for an average Bangladeshi family to bear such expenses. That’s when the international scholarships come to the scene. Those scholarships offer the brightest students an opportunity to pursue their dream and make a contribution to building a better tomorrow. Here we have explored some of the most prestigious scholarships available for Bangladeshi Students.
Chevening Scholarships (UK)
Chevening is worldwide regarded as a very prestigious programme. The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office along with some partner organizations fund this scholarship. Chevening offers two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships. British Embassies and High commissions throughout the world select the recipients. A good academic result is very important for this scholarship. But they also consider lots of criteria before awarding a scholarship. All the necessary information regarding Chevening can be found on their official website- http://www.chevening.org/.
Fulbright Scholarships (USA)
Fulbright is also a very popular Scholarship. Students from 155 countries can apply for the scholarship. The US Congress and some partners fund this programme. Till date, the program has offered more than 300,000 scholarships. The US embassy is responsible for conducting the programme for Bangladeshi students. Know more about Fulbright from the official website- https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/
Commonwealth Scholarships (UK)
Students from the commonwealth member countries can avail this scholarship. This scholarship prioritises students who are likely to make a significant contribution to their home country after completing the programme. Commonwealth offers taught Master’s courses or equivalent degrees and doctoral degrees. This scholarship awards student from a wide range of academic backgrounds. More information regarding the Commonwealth Scholarships can be found from the British Council website- https://www.britishcouncil.org.bd/en/commonwealth-scholarship-and-fellowship-plan-csfp
MEXT Scholarships (Japan)
MEXT scholarship offers students an opportunity to study in Japan. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of the government of Japan offers this scholarship. The Japanese Embassy conducts the programme in Bangladesh. The scholarship awards students from a diversified background. Know more about MEXT scholarship from the website- https://www.bd.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/00_000706.html
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (EU)
The recipients of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship get the opportunity to study in Europe, which is a dream of many students throughout the world. European Union funds the scholarship. The aim of the Erasmus Mundus programme is to enhance the quality of higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and culture through mobility and academic cooperation. The programme entails the recipients to study in at least two European countries through a joint Masters programme. More information about the scholarship can be found from the website http://eacea.ec.europa.eu.
The requirements and eligibility of the scholarship programs vary a lot. Before applying, students should consider if they are eligible. Good academic results, excellent extra-curricular activities, language proficiency, and most importantly a convincing statement of purpose make a student stand out and attract the eyes of the selectors. If you’re interested in studying abroad, you should also consider the aforementioned prestigious scholarships.