Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Scholarship applicants are kindly requested to read the FAQs and Application Guidelines before submitting their applications.


The Award will cover the full cost of tuition fees, including any supplementary fees, required by your academic institution. The grant will also cover one round-trip flight between your home country and the university, health insurance, a relocation grant to help you cover additional costs of moving, and a monthly allowance for one year. Kindly refer to the disbursement tab under the Application Guidelines for more details .

The Scholarship Award covers up to one year of Master's level studies or equivalent.  If possible, please provide proof that you have funding to cover your second year of studies.


No. This is a mandatory requirement for all applicants.


To ensure fairness and transparency, we are unable to make exceptions to this requirement.  Applications that fall outside of the age requirement are automatically disqualified. 


Yes. Some of the more advanced developing countries are excluded from our eligible country list.  Please also bear in mind that nationals of OFID Member Countries (Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait,  Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela ) are ineligible to apply.


To ensure fair and equitable consideration of each application,  we do not make the final selection of the award winners until after the closing date of April 14, 2019. The names of the winners will be announced on our website and via our social media pages on Twitter and Facebook by June 2019.


There is no minimum requirement of English proficiency to apply for the Scholarship Award. However, applicants must fill out their applications and write their application essays in English.


Once you have submitted your application, it cannot be changed.  While you are welcome to email your new acceptance letter to the Scholarship Board at scholarship@ofid.org, we cannot guarantee that your new acceptance letter will be considered amongst your application materials.


Once the deadline has passed, the scholarship portal is closed and we will no longer accept any additional documentation.  


Those without a valid passport should provide any official document with your date of birth and nationality. This includes a certified birth certificate, student ID from your present university or national ID card.


After submitting your application you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you don’t receive the confirmation, please check your Spam folder.


We are unable to provide this information owing to the large volume of applications received. As long as you receive an automated email confirmation after submitting your application and it falls within the guidelines of our eligibility requirements, rest assured your application will be given full consideration.


If the issue appears to stem from our application portal and not from your browser or internet provider, please send an email to scholarship@ofid.org.  You may also send a message via our Facebook page. We will ensure your request is looked into immediately. 


First, check your Spam folder. If you still haven’t received a password reset email, please email us at scholarship@ofid.org  and we will look into the matter.

As with all of the other required documents, your two recommendation letters should be submitted at the time of application.  If your present university/employer wants to send their recommendation letters directly to OFID, they may do so via email at scholarship@ofid.org,  as long as they ensure that your name is included in the subject line of the email.   Kindly ensure that recommendations are sent to OFID by the April 14th deadline.  

Our postal address is:

OFID Scholarship Award Application Board
Parkring 8
A-1010 Vienna