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The  French government scholarships (BGF grants)

The French Government allocates each year a significant number of scholarships (BGF). Recipients are nominated by the cultural departments of French Embassies.
 The choice is made depending on excellence of the candidate, specific projects that are part of bilateral programs, prepared in accordance with government priorities and decision of joint commissions.
 The duration of your scholarship depends on your training program: education or training that you commit to complete in time. Your results (examinations, inspections, appraisals of teachers) maintain or cause the removal of your award for scholarship.
 Regardless of residence, applicants for this scholarship must enquire near the French Embassy of their country of residence well in advance (November to February) in order to deposit an application file (usually in March each year). The relevant service at the French Embassy in your home country will be able to give you all necessary information concerning the allocation of these scholarships as well as documentation and application procedure.

To find the French Embassy in your country: 

More information on BGF:

 UNESCO Mobility grant:

How can I apply for a UNESCO Fellowship? Individual requests for funding cannot be considered by the UNESCO Secretariat. All applications must emanate from the National Commission for UNESCO of a candidate's country. It is the National Commission that will submit to UNESCO the files of candidates who have exceptional merit, and who have demonstrated an outstanding potential to contribute to the social, cultural and/or economic development of their country. You must write to the National Commissions for UNESCO of your country whose address can be obtained through the Internet or through UNESCO at the address given below. Further information about UNESCO Fellowships may be obtained through the Internet.Should still further information be required, please clearly indicate 'UNESCO Fellowship Programme', UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris, France, and avoid sending any documents or self-addressed envelopes that will not be returned.

THE FORD FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAMME (IFP) PROGRAMME (reserved for returning professionals)The International Fellowships Programme (IFP) of the Ford Foundation is a programme representing the largest single program ever supported by the Foundation. Through the IFP, Ford is investing over $350 million within a period of 15 years to provide support for up to three years of formal post-baccalaureate study for Fellows from countries in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Russia, where the Foundation maintains active overseas programs. The IFP will support approximately 4,000 Fellows within the period.IFP’s goal is to enable exceptional individuals from many parts of the world who otherwise lack opportunities for advanced study to pursue post-graduate degree programmes. FORD INTERNATIONAL FELLOWS, as the recipients of the Fellowships are called, will be expected to become leaders in fields that further the Foundation’s goals of strengthening democratic values, reducing poverty and injustice, promoting international cooperation, and advancing human achievement. IFP's New York-based secretariat collaborates closely with partner organizations in 22 countries from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt and Palestine. Others are, Chili, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Russia, Vietnam, China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. These organizations supervise all recruitment and selection activities, and help ensure that the program's goals and implementation are grounded in local realities and reflect local needs. In West Africa, the AAU coordinates IFP activities in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal, the participating countries in collaboration with its partners [Pathfinder International, Nigeria and the West African Research Center (WARC) in Senegal.]To date over 300 Fellows have been selected from the West African sub region and are studying in countries such as Britain, Canada, France, Switzerland, South Africa and the United States of America. Of these Fellows 200 have technically completed their studies and about 150 have already returned to the sub region as at September 2008.Application information on

SPIE Scholarship Program

 Through 2010 SPIE has distributed over $3 million in scholarships to 1,368 students across 86 countries.SPIE awarded over $300,000 in 2010 with individual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $11,000.

All students studying worldwide in an optics, photonics, imaging, or optoelectronics program or related discipline are eligible to apply.

Note: SPIE scholarships are open to full- and part-time students studying anywhere in the world. All scholarship applications are judged on their own merit based on the experience and education level of the individual student.

Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. High school (pre-university/secondary school) and 1st/2nd year college undergraduate, post-secondary students will be judged relative to other applicants with similar educational backgrounds.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

• Be a Member* of SPIE

• Be enrolled in an optics, photonics, imaging, or optoelectronics program or related discipline (e.g., physics, electrical engineering) at an accredited school for the full year beginning Fall 2011 (Sept 2011-July 2012)

 • Be in high school or secondary school, undergraduate or post-secondary school, undergraduate, or graduate school*

 High school students will receive a one-time, one-year complimentary Membership.

Contact and request a Pre-College Membership Application Form. All other students who are not members and are interested in becoming an SPIE Student Member, click here. SPIE is incorporated in the state of California, USA, and abides by U.S. laws that may restrict cash awards to residents of some countries.

 To qualify for an award, students and institutions must be eligible to receive funds under U.S. federal guidelines.



The University of Granada wants to inform you about the different possibilities of scholarships depending on your nationality, your degree and your field of study. Join us and check your options through the following links:

As an international student, you might be more interested in the following scholarships of the Ministry of Education:

Furthermore, you can access the updated information of the different calls of the Ministry of Education through:

Last but not least, if you are interested in an official Master’s Programme, please visit the following link:

Information is available at the Embassies or the consular offices of Spain.

Erasmus Mundus aims to enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world.

The University of Granada is currently one of the most active Spanish universities managing Erasmus Mundus actions 1 and 2, receiving more than 300 international students through this mobility programme. Further information about Erasmus Mundus scholarships is available at: