Leaders are not born but they are made, this saying goes to show that you have a shot at becoming the greatest leader of your time for free.
Strong leaders are highly sought-after worldwide, and many universities pride themselves on nurturing the next generation of leaders, innovators and decision-makers.
For this reason, leadership scholarships commonly offered; universities are keen to attract and support students who show leadership potential – as a way to nurture an innovative spirit on campus, as well as ensuring an alumni community full of impressive achievements.
See below for a selection of scholarships to support future leaders, for studies around the world.
Leadership scholarships to study anywhere
GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program– international scholarships for students interested in honing their leadership skills during university studies in Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Thailand or Vietnam.
Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarships– international scholarships for graduate students interested in studying business and leadership at master’s level at selected universities across Asia.
Jusoor Scholarship Programs– opportunities for Syrian students to gain leadership and academic scholarships to study in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
QS Leadership Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies – exclusive international postgraduate scholarship open to attendees of the QS World Grad School Tour who demonstrate leadership, to support the costs of a graduate program (excluding MBAs) anywhere in the world.
Leadership scholarships to study in Australia & New Zealand
Asia Pacific Leadership Program Scholarships– various international scholarships for aspiring leaders from within the Asia-Pacific region to study at selected institutions throughout the region.
Leadership scholarships to study in New Zealand:
Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship @ UC– merit-based scholarships for students from New Zealand or Australia with leadership potential to gain funding for study at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Leadership scholarships to study in Australia:
Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders– scholarship program for McDonalds employees in Australia to further their studies in leadership and/or business at an accredited Australian university.
European Global Leaders Scholarship @ University of Queensland– merit-based scholarships for European students to study at the University of Queensland in Australia in the faculty of business, economics and law on a master’s degree program (excluding the MBA).
Future Leaders Scholarships for International Students @ Deakin University– international scholarships for students with leadership potential to study at Deakin University in Australia on selected undergraduate business-related programs.
Engineering leadership Scholarships @ The University of Sydney – undergraduate scholarships for engineering students with leadership potential at the University of Sydney in Australia.
International Leadership Scholarship @ Monash University– undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students showing leadership potential at Monash University in Australia.
Queer Leaders Scholarship @ Monash University– more merit-based scholarships from Monash University, open to all LGBTQ students active in promoting inclusivity and awareness of gender and sexuality.
Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship @ UWS – undergraduate scholarships for new students at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, to gain funding for studies and access to ‘The Academy’ – UWS’s leadership center.
Leadership scholarships to study in Europe
EMLYON Business School Entrepreneurial Scholarship – exclusive scholarship for attendees of the QS World Grad School Tour to gain funding for study at EMLYON Business School on the European Master in Management Program.
Leadership scholarships to study in Germany:
German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders– scholarships open to students from Brazil, China, Russia and the US to study in Germany at an accredited university. Leadership experience is a must.
Leadership scholarships to study in the UK:
Future Leaders Scholarships @ RHUL– scholarships for EU and home students with leadership potential to study at Royal Holloway University of London in the UK at undergraduate and master’s level.
Global Leaders Scholarships – graduate scholarships for international students interested in the development of the emerging world and wishing to study a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge.
Lalji LSE PfAL Scholarship Programme @ LSE– academic scholarships for African students with leadership potential studying at the London School of Economics (LSE) on a related master’s degree program.
Leadership and Emerging Leaders’ Scholarships– UK scholarships for nurses, midwives and health professionals to gain funding for leadership development in the UK. Funded by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Programme @ University of Oxford– international development, conservation and environmental management graduate scholarships for students from certain developing countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East to study at the University of Oxford in the UK on a related graduate program.
Leadership scholarships to study in North America
Leadership scholarships to study in Canada:
Entrance Leadership Scholarship Competition @ University of Alberta– undergraduate scholarships from the University of Alberta in Canada, open to new students showing academic ability and leadership potential.
Nelson Civic Leadership Scholarship– scholarships for Canadian students with an interest in community development and leadership wishing to gain funding to study at undergraduate level at a Canadian university.
Schulich Leader Scholarships– undergraduate scholarships for leading students in STEM fields at accredited Canadian universities.
TD Scholarships for Community Leadership– scholarships for Canadian students involved in community development, human rights, politics, youth engagement or social work to gain funding to study at universities across Canada.
Leadership scholarships to study in the US:
ACACIA Leadership Scholarship @ Iowa State University– undergraduate scholarships for students at Iowa State University, US, who demonstrate academic ability and extracurricular community involvement.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program – merit-based scholarships for US students to gain funding for undergraduate study in the US.
Comcast Youth Education & Leadership Scholarships – undergraduate scholarships for US students to gain funding for university and to get involved in community development and leadership.
Emerging Global Leader Scholarship @ AU – scholarships for international students with an interest in leadership and development to study at American University in Washington DC.
Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellowship @ Harvard University– US scholarships for outstanding students from the UAE and Arab countries to study at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (Center for Public Leadership).
Global Leaders Need-Based Scholarships– need-based scholarships for international students with an interest in leadership, to study in the US.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes– leadership scholarships open to US citizens who show potential for making a positive difference in their community and/or environment.
Hunt Leadership Scholars Program @ SMU– need-based scholarships for students displaying leadership potential at Southern Methodist University in the US.
Leadership 1000 Scholarship– for US students studying in Washington State.
National Student Leadership Scholarship @ NC State– offered by North Carolina State University in the US, open to students involved in ongoing leadership activities.
Posse Foundation Scholarships– academic scholarships for students from underrepresented backgrounds in the US to gain funding for university and to develop their leadership potential.
Presidential Leadership Scholarship– non-degree scholarship to hone leadership skills on a six-month program in Washington DC.
Stamps Leadership Scholarships– various opportunities to gain funding to study at select universities in the US and outside.
The Leadership Award @ UC Berkeley– one scholarship offered yearly to high-achieving undergraduate students with leadership potential at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship– undergraduate scholarships for young Texans with leadership ability wishing to study in Texas.
Leadership scholarships to study in the Middle East
MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program– open to motivated students from underrepresented communities in the Middle East and North Africa to gain funding to attend a reputed university in the Middle East.
Arab Women Professionals Fellowship Program (AWPP) @ The American University in Cairo – leadership scholarships for women from the Middle East and Egypt to study at the American University in Cairo on a selected program (e.g. women’s studies, law, politics, public administration). Work experience and demonstrable leadership skills required.
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