Top 10 Training Scholarships and Free Online Courses for International Students

If you want to improve academically and professionally but don’t have the time and money to pursue full time studies, trainings or  short courses are just right for you. In terms of improving your chances in scholarship and job applications, taking short courses allow you to upgrade your skills and boost your academic qualifications. lists the top 10 training scholarships and free online short courses for international students like you.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowships in USA
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.  The fellowships are full grants covering all related expenses.

Australia Awards Fellowships
The Australian Awards Fellowships are intended for those who are already leaders or have the potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes.  The Fellowships are for short-term study, research, and professional attachment programs in Australia delivered by Australian organizations.  Applications are accepted from citizens of developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, and Palestinian territories.  A maximum of $35,000 per Fellow is available.

See also Endeavour Executive Fellowships which provides professional development opportunities of (1-4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government and Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Scholarshipswhich provides financial support for non-Australians to undertake vocational education at a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree level in any field in Australia for up to two and a half years.

Netherlands Fellowship Program for Short Courses
Nuffic, through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, provide scholarships for short courses in Netherlands for international students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.  NFP fellowships can be used for a number of selected courses and are offered by education institutions in the Netherlands. The institutions provide professional training at post- secondary level in several fields of study. The courses lead to a Dutch certificate or a diploma and their duration varies from two weeks to twelve months.  The NFP allowance is considered to be a contribution towards the cost of living for the fellowship holder.

See also Talent for Governance Training Scholarships which are targeted to young civil servants in developing countries and Eastern European (non-EU) countries.

VLIR-UOS Training Scholarships
With the International Training Programme, VLIR-UOS funds practical trainings of 1 to 4 months on a development oriented subject taught in English at Flemish universities and university colleges.  VLIR-UOS provides full scholarships for the total duration of the training including  allowance of € 32/day, several one-time payments, accommodation, insurance, international travel and tuition fee.

See also CUD Scholarships in Belgium which provides scholarships for international trainings and courses for development. The scholarships are targeted to selected developing countries.

Global Campus 21 Academy Online Training Scholarships
The Global Campus 21 E-Academy enables professional expertise, managerial skills and leadership experience to be gained, extended and passed on in developing countries through online training courses at the Global Campus 21 E-Academy.  A number of full tuition scholarships are available for selected courses to qualified specialists and managers from developing countries and countries in transition who work in positions relevant to development in the private and public sectors.

edX Free Online Courses at Premier Universities
edX is a learning platform that gives students from any country the opportunity to take free online courses offered by premier Universities around the world.  The course are available to anyone in the world – from any demographic – who has interest in advancing their own knowledge.  With the exception of professional education courses, edX courses are free for everyone. Some courses have a fee for verified certificates but are free to audit.

See also Coursera which is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.


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