OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) 2019/2020 Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries


Application Deadline: April 14, 2019.

The OFID Scholarship Award supports outstanding young individuals from developing countries so that they are able to pursue graduate studies in a development-related field. The program, which is currently in its thirteenth year of operation, has to date helped over 50 young people complete their education. Last year, OFID received close to 9,000 applications. The Scholarship portal is now open to receive applications.


The tuition fees, including any supplementary examination fees, as may be required by the academic institution, will be paid by OFID directly to the academic institution. Health insurance will be paid in accordance with the institution’s own standard medical scheme.

A monthly allowance to cover living expenses, books and accommodation,
will be transferred to the student’s own personal bank account.

Prior to the start of his/her first year studies, the student will be
paid a relocation grant. OFID will also pay for travel costs from the
nearest airport to the student’s place of residence, to the nearest
airport to the chosen place of study. Upon completion of the studies,
the student will be paid the cost of one-way air ticket to his/her home


  • 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 2018, and must maintain full-time status
    for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
  • Must
    be a national of a developing country—please refer to the list of
    eligible countries. Please note 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.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Kindly read ALL of the directions below before proceeding with the application process:

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Required Documents

  • A completed on-line application form.
  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s passport.
  • A scanned copy of the transcripts/certificates from the highest level of education completed.
  • A scanned letter of acceptance from chosen educational
    institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of
    the Master’s degree program.
  • 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 (or present employer).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Application Procedure:

  • STEP 1: Ensure that you fulfill the OFID Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria and all necessary documents are ready for submission.
  • STEP 2: Register within the OFID Scholarship
    Portal by using your email address. Please note you can log onto the
    portal as many times as required before finally submitting the
  • STEP 3: Fill out the application form. Make
    sure to save data each time you update your application. Once you are
    logged in, if the page remains inactive for more than two hours, your
    session will time-out and you may lose unsaved data. Do not submit your
    application until you have completed the entire application process!
  • STEP 4: Upload necessary documents: CV, two
    recommendation letters, certificates/transcripts from the highest level
    of completed education, acceptance letter into postgraduate program,
    passport copy and personal essay.
  • STEP 5: When your application is complete, and
    all additional documents are uploaded, your application is ready to be
    submitted. Once your application is submitted, you can no longer make
    any changes or upload any more documents.

    The application deadline is April 14th , 2019. Please do not
    call or email OFID to see if your application has been received or to
    inquire about your status. You will receive an automated confirmation
    once your application has been submitted. Only the winners will be
    notified by June 2019 and announced on our website.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OFID 2019/2020 Scholarships