OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) 2016/2017 Scholarships for Student from Developing Countries (US$50,000/Student)

Application Deadline: May 1, 2016. 

OFID 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 2016/2017.

OFID scholarships will be awarded to four students or candidates for master’s degree studies. Applicants must be from a developing country (except OFID Member Countries), and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, from any recognized university/college in the world.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 2015, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
  • Must be a national of a developing country (except OFID Member Countries)
    Eligible Countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Botswana,Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cape Verde, Congo D.R , Congo Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea
    Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda,  Sao Tome & Principe,  Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • 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 winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a 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 2016/2017.  

Required Documents

  • A completed on-line application form.
  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s 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).

Apply Now for the OFID Scholarship Award 2016

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OFID Scholarship Award 2016/2017


  1. This is great. I have one question however, do the letters of recommendation have to be sent separately and directly to you by the referees? Or do they have to be uploaded and submitted together with the application form?

  2. I am a military captain in the Republic of Sierra leone Armed Forces. I have served for 13 years most of whom in the Logistic Department. I am a holder of upper second class Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. I want to pursue a Master’s Degree in Logistic or Procurement related profession so that I could help develop the logistic unit of my army in the mist of limited resources. Could you please help as i do not the financial support to do so?

  3. Please can you provide me with more details. Because I am interested in Msc publc health. Do they offer funding in this?

  4. could you please inform me on the exactly date that the system will be open for online application, also about recommendation letter: should i attach them or should i send to you separately by asking my referees to send them direct to you and to which address. and last but not least i want to ask on guidance in how to obtain admission letter from the university that i will select. thank you


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