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International programmes, scholarships and grants for specialists

This section contains information on foreign and international scholarship programmes for post-graduate studies, improvement of the level of professional skills and professional training abroad available to citizens of the Republic of Belarus.

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS programme of the German Academic Exchange Service)

Postgraduate study programmes aiming to promote sustainable development through international collaboration and partnership of well-trained local experts. Graduates with at least 2 years' professional experience, with the last academic degree completed no longer than 6 years previously, are offered an opportunity to complete a study programme for a postgraduate or Master's degree at a state or state-recognised German university. Duration of the courses: 12 to 36 months. Candidates need to apply directly to the chosen study programme.

Application deadline: depending on chosen study programme.

Estophilus scholarship

Interested in learning the language and culture of Estonia final bachelor year students, master students, PhD students and post-doctorate researchers are provided scholarships for 1–5 months. The scholarships are provided to conduct research on the themes related to Estonia or to search material on the theme in one of research institutions in Estonia.

Application deadline: May 2, 2021.

International Parliamentary Scholarships

The German Bundestag offers young people from Belarus the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes in Germany. The scholarship lasts from 1 March to 31 July 2021. It is designed for university graduates who are interested in politics, actively engaged in social activities and have very good knowledge of German.

Application deadline: July 31, 2021.

Internships at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Internships for graduate students are available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). These internships are intended to increase the intern’s understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations. The duration of an internship is 2–6 months. Participants are selected from graduate students and holders of graduate level degrees in disciplines: International Law, Political Science, History, Social Sciences. Applicants must have a good command of at least two of the six official languages of the UN.

Application deadlines: April 30 and October 31 (annually).

Interpol’s Internship Programme

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is recruiting students for internships at the General Secretariat in Lyon (France) and in the regional offices. Interns will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of Interpol, learn about the principles of international police co-operation and work in a multicultural environment. The duration of internships is from 6 to 11 months. The programme is for students or graduates in disciplines related to the work of Interpol.

Applications are accepted all year round.

Marbach Fellowship Programme

The Marbach fellowship programme supports research projects that are based on the collections of the German Literature Archive in Marbach am Neckar. A completed university degree is a prerequisite for receipt of a fellowship; short-term fellowships for Master’s candidates are also offered. Additionally, the Archive issues thematic fellowships in cooperation with third-party donors and patrons. Applicants must point out the direct relevance of the Archive’s unique collection of manuscripts, library, special media collections, or art collections for their research projects. Applications may be submitted in German or English.

Application deadlines: March 31 and September 30 (annually).

MASHAV Professional Courses (Israel)

Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites professionals to the international educational courses. The cost of the training programme and residence costs are covered by the organizer.

Applications are accepted all year round.

Nokia Scholarships

The Nokia Scholarship is intended to encourage efficient, fast-progressing doctoral studies and research. Scholarships are offered to individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in information or telecommunications technology or in clearly related supporting scientific disciplines. The applicant must receive a commitment statement from his/her principal supervisor. It must be submitted to the application database by the supervisor. Scholarship is granted for doctoral studies in a Finnish university.

Application submission dates: from August 2, 2021 to September 26, 2021.

Re-invitation for former scholarship-holders of the Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (DEPOS/AST programme of the German Academic Exchange Service)

The aim of this programme is to enable former scholarship holders of the Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) to carry out research, working projects in Germany. Applicants may not have lived in Germany for at least 3 years and should have worked in a study-related or development-related field. The research or working project must be coordinated with a cooperation partner in Germany. The duration of the programme is 1 to 3 months.

Application deadlines (annually):

  • March 31 – for stays between July and December;
  • September 30 – for stays between January and June.

Scholarships of the Catholic Academic Exchange Service (Germany)

The Catholic Academic Exchange Service, within the framework of the East European Program, provides scholarships for studies, postgraduate studies or research projects in Germany for Christian students, university graduates and young scientists from Belarus. Fellows are free to choose educational or scientific institution in Germany. All academic disciplines are covered. Good knowledge of the German language is required.

Application deadlines: January 15 and June 30 (annually).

Travel grants – The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards travel grants of up to three months duration to MD and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. The BIF supports them if they conduct experimental projects in basic biomedical research and want to pursue short-term research stays or attend practical courses relevant to their projects in Europe or overseas. The travel grants are aimed at junior scientists. Therefore, for PhD and MD students as well as graduates, their university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 11 years prior to the planned research visit, and no more than 13 years prior for the postdocs.

Application deadline: the latest 6 weeks but no earlier than 6 months prior to the planned date of departure.

Visegrad Scholarship Program

Visegrad Fund, established by the governments of four Central European countries, supports scholarships for master and post-master students willing to study abroad in the universities of the Visegrad countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia. Applicants are invited to pick a suitable accredited higher-education institution in the destination country; a scanned letter of acceptance from the host university needs to be submitted with the application. Study period/length of support is 1–4 semesters for full-time Master’s level studies or 1–2 semesters for post-Master’s full-time studies/research.

Application deadline: March 15 (annually).