OFID Scholarship Award 2011/12

Deadline: 28 May 2012
Open to: Developing countries
Scholarship: Tuition fees, health insurance, monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation


OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2012. The OFID Scholarship will be awarded to support two students or candidates for Master’s degree studies. The applicant may be from any developing country, and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s (graduate) degree in any recognized university/college in the world. The Scholarship is open to those students who wish to pursue studies in a relevant field of Development or Energy Studies.

Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly-driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies. The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a full tuition scholarship of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of one year, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2012.


The terms and conditions of payment will be determined in coordination with the student upon his/her selection in accordance with the following guidelines:
The tuition fees, including any supplementary examination fees, as may be required by the academic institution, will be paid by OFID directly to the academic institution. Health insurance will be paid in accordance with the institution’s own standard medical scheme.
A monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation, will be transferred to the student’s own personal bank account on a quarterly basis.

Prior to the start of his/her first year studies, the student will be paid a relocation grant, equal to two-month allowance. OFID will also pay for travel costs from the nearest airport to the student’s place of residence, to the nearest airport to the chosen place of study. Upon completion of the studies, the student will be paid the cost of one-way air ticket to his/her home country.


  • Must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.
  • Must have obtained or be on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree with a Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university, or its equivalent.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.
  • Must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting August/September 2012, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
  • Must be a national of a developing country (please see list of eligible countries below)
  • Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission, such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

The applicant may be from any developing country. In addition to nationals of OFID Member States (Algeria, Gabon, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, GSP Libyan AJ, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,  United Arab Emirates, Venezuela), nationals of the following countries are also eligible:

  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Central African Republic,   Comoros, Congo  DR ,  Republic of Congo,  Cote d’lvoire, Djibouti, Egypt,  Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea,  Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho,  Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania,  Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,  Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania,  Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Asia and the Middle East: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji,  India,  Jordan,  Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea D P R, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Maldives,  Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia,  Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Grenada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti,  Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala,  Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, St. Christopher,  St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay
  • Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo


Application Guidelines

  • STEP 1: Ensure that you fulfill the OFID Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria.
  • STEP 2: Register within the OFID Scholarship Portal by using your email address. Please note you can log onto the portal as many times as required before finally submitting the application.
  • STEP 3: Fill out the application form. Make sure to save data each time you update your application. Once you are logged in, if the page remains inactive for more than two hours, your session will time-out and you may lose unsaved data. Do not submit your application until you have completed the entire application process!
  • STEP 4: Upload necessary documents; CV, two recommendation letters, Bachelor’s certificate/transcript, acceptance letter into postgraduate program and essay.
  • STEP 5: When your application is complete, and all additional documents are uploaded, your application is ready to be submitted. Once your application is submitted, you can no longer make any changes or upload any more documents.

Required Documents

  • A completed on-line application form.
  • A scanned copy of the applicants passport.
  • A scanned copy of the last university degree or certificate.
  • A scanned letter of acceptance from chosen educational institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of the Master’s degree program (must not exceed one year).
  • A proof of meeting any prerequisites, including language proficiency.
  • A short essay – of about 500 words in English – giving reasons for applying for the OFID scholarship, explaining your educational goals, and clearly describing how you will use the experience gained from your Master’s degree studies to help in the development of your home country.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or lecturers at applicant’s present university.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

The application deadline is May 28, 2012. Please do not call or email OFID to see if your application has been received or to inquire about your status. You will receive an automated confirmation one application has been submitted. Only the winner will be notified by June 14, 2012 via the website.

The Official Website

10 thoughts on “OFID Scholarship Award 2011/12

  1. Hello! I have a question. I have been enrolled to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, to the PREMASTERS programme in European Business. It is required before the masters programme (2 years). Am I eligible to apply for scholarship for my premasters programme which lasts just half a year. I so much need this financial aid.Please be kind to advice me. Thank you in advance!

    Best regards,

    Narmin Valiyeva


    1. Dear Narmin,

      It is clearly stated that this scholarship is for Master studies. My best advice would be to contact the The OPEC Fund for International Development at the following address [email protected] , and ask them your question. They are best suited to help you.

      Kind regards

  2. Good Morning,

    I am already enrolled in a 2-years Masters program. From September I will start my third semester, this means I will have one year left. Am I eligibly for the scholarship for the one year left? Please advice me, I really need financial aid.

    Thank you and kind regards

    1. Dear Mallory,

      This scholarship is intended for those who will be starting their masters program, not for those who are already attending one.

      Kind regards

  3. Hello! I am MARTA FROM ETHIOPIA , I have a question. I have been accepted by the University of Arbaminch, Ethiopia, to the MASTERS programme in Climate change and development April 2012 and the class starts may 1,2012. Am I eligible to apply for scholarship for my masters programme?
    I so much need this financial aid.Please be kind to advice me.
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Dear MARTA,

      According to the eligibility requirements you must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting August/September 2012, and your course starts in May 2012, so I think that makes you ineligible for this scholarship. If you want to make sure, please contact the OFID. You can find the contact information on the following link http://www.ofid.org/ABOUTUS/ContactUs.aspx

      Kind regards

  4. Dear Sir/Madam,

    If you answered to my question would be nice and helpful. I am graduated from the Teacher Training Institute 14th Grade Kabul, Afghanistan form English Department of the institute. If I am eligible for the announce scholarship can you please refer me the eligibility of the course and the subject of the course.


  5. Dear Sayed,

    Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program.


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