Governments, UN agencies, educational institutions and private and other non-governmental organizations provide scholarships and funding for research to LDC nationals (scholarships for graduate degree programs, fellowships for capacity development of researchers, travel grants for participating in academic conferences, research funds for conducting research projects, etc.):
Scholarship Sponsor(s): United Nations/Collaborators
Scholarships to be taken at: Institutions across the globe.
Scholarship Type: Full/Partial Scholarships.
Scholarship level: All study levels
Scholarship Worth: Varies.
Subject Eligibility: Academic programmes, training programmes, fellowships, etc.
Country/Candidate Eligibility: International Students (Global eligibility)
UN Scholarships 2021, Grants, Other Programmes
Below are listed current UN scholarships, Grants and other programmes for the 2021/2022 application rounds.
The University of California Berkeley School of Law LDC Scholarship is available to eligible students admitted to its LL.M. professional track program. The award is a tuition credit of US$20,000, and it is available to students who are citizens and primary residents of one of the LDCs. It is offering the opportunity specialize in Business Law and earn a Business Law Certificate. Scholarship has been awarded to students from LDCs, including Haiti, Nepal, Liberia, Malawi, Bangladesh, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Myanmar.
The aim of the IPCC Scholarship Programme is to build capacity in the understanding and management of climate change in developing countries by providing opportunities to young scientists from developing countries to undertake studies that would not be possible without the intervention of the Fund.
With funds provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SISA), Organization for Women for Science for Developing World (OWSD) has instituted a fellowship programme for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs, who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a Ph.D at centres of excellence in the developing countries, outside their own country.
In line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by UNESCO and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Government of the Republic of Korea offers 25 fellowships of no more than two months’ duration each year. Aimed at enhancing human resources and national capacity-building in LDCs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Regions, these fellowships enable candidates to conduct research work or participate in a training course in the Republic of Korea.
The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme offers fellowships for nationals of LDCs to participate in its e-learning courses. A small number of fellowships are available for each course and are awarded according to “experience and career relevance in the international diplomacy sector, relevant academic background, and level of personal motivation”.
Nationals of LDCs and other developing countries are given high priority for scholarships for the University of Barcelona´s Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO LL.M.). Between 2008 and 2018, ten recipients were from LDCs.
provides institutions and research groups located in LDCs with the opportunity to establish long-term links with TWAS members to assist in research activities and advanced training and so help develop the local scientific capacities. Within the framework of the programme, TWAS Members are appointed to institutions in LDCs for a period of five years, during which they visit the host institution three times for a minimum stay of one month each time
General Eligibility Criteria
Conditions for the 2021 UN Scholarships and Research Grants for International Students vary depending on the scholarship programme. Candidates can find specific eligibility criteria by selecting the specific scholarship on the official website. General Conditions will however include;
- Applicants must be from eligible countries specific to their chosen scholarship programme.
- Applicants must have prior educational qualification for their intending programme of study
- Good academic records will be a boost for candidates chance of selection
- Evidence of low financial capacity may be required for some of the programmes
- Fluency in the language of the programme will be required
How-to-Apply: To apply for the UN Scholarships 2021 and research grants, you need to check eligibility with any of the programmes and then proceed to apply through the links provided for each of the scholarship programmes.
Document Requirements: It is expected that you will provide the following documents with your application;
- academic certificates,
- transcripts (if necessary),
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Passport ( for scholarship outside you home country),
- evidence of financial statement,
- plus other documents as may be required.
Application Deadline: Varies