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. scholars4dev.com lists the top 5 training scholarships and free online short courses for international students like you.
Hubert Humphrey Fellowships (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.
Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Scholarships (Australia)
The Endeavour VET Scholarship provides financial support for international applicants to undertake VET at a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree level in any field in Australia for up to two and a half years. VET provides occupational or work-related knowledge and skills. The courses are directly related to a trade, occupation or ‘vocation’ in which the applicant participates. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend, health and travel insurance.
See also Endeavour Executive Fellowships which provides professional development opportunities of (1-4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government
Netherlands Fellowship Program for Short Courses (Netherlands)
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 (Belgium)
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, 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.
UNESCO Fellowships Programme (Japan, China, Czech Republic, Poland, Korea, Russia)
The UNESCO Fellowship Programme aims to enhance the human resources and capacity-building of Member States, especially developing countries. The fellowships are towards specially tailored training and/or studies in fields under UNESCO programme priorities. The fellowship covers study or research related costs.