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Annual Scholarship Award

OFID sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline.


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General Information about OFID's Scholarship

Please be advised that the scholarship portal is closed. The next call for applications for the 2017/2018 OFID scholarship will take place in January 2017. Those interested in applying should refer to OFID's website at that time.


OFID awards its scholarships to 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.

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 2016, 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)
  • 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.

2016/2017 OFID Scholars 

OFID is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016/2017 OFID Scholarship:

Ms Noon Altijani, from the Sudan, who will study for an MSc in Global Health Sciences at Oxford University in the UK

Mr Collins Acheampong, from Ghana, who will pursue an MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Water Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands

Ms Beryl Ajwang', from Kenya, who will study for an MSc in Environmental Management-Energy and Environment at the Yale School of Environment and Forestry in Connecticut

Mr Rahbar Ansari, Nepal, who will pursue an MA in Public Policy at the Central European University in Hungary.

Mr Baker Kasawuli, from Uganda, who aims at obtaining an MA in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, at Brandeis University in Massachusetts

In solidarity with Syrian women


In solidarity with Syrian women, Jusoor is an NGO of Syrian expatriates aiming at supporting Syria’s development and helping Syrian youth to have access to better opportunities.

Five of the 2016 OFID Scholars are being sponsored through Jusoor’s “100 Syrian Woman, 10,000 Syrian Lives” program which explicitly targets young Syrian women with the proven potential to serve as global leaders. The program operates under the motto “When you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”

Since its establishment in 2012, Jusoor has enabled more than 300 young people to continue their studies at colleges and universities outside Syria. Research shows that young Syrian women are approximately three times less likely to access higher education in exile than their male counterparts.

Led by Jusoor, the program is administered as part of the institute for International Education (IIE)-led Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. Key partners are Jusoor, IIE, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Education USA, and Monmouth College. 

The five scholars awarded in cooperation with Jusoor are highly motivated individuals, who already have shown their commitment to the community.


Zelfa Hamadieh, will pursue a Master’s in Environmental Engineering at New York University.

Alaa Marrawi  is anticipating completing her Master’s in Urban Planning and has been accepted at the New York Institute of Technology.

Marianna al Tabbaa,  is grateful to be able to begin her Master’s studies with the Politics Program offered at New York University.

Lama Ranjous has been accepted at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and is excited to do her Master’s in International Policy and Development there.

Hannen Almohammad  will pursue a Master’s in Architecture at Boston’s Northeastern University in the USA.