Where can you get paid to do a PhD?

Alex Strike (@AlexxxStrike) is a graduate of New York University who will start his PhD in journalism next year. Alex works as a freelance blogger now, trying to improve his writing skills and become a more experienced writer after graduation. He has written for ProBlogger, Uloop and Lifehack. In this post Alex shares some of the research on finding a PhD scholarship in another country.

I’m thinking Norway looks pretty good…

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 3.56.25 pmI graduated from New York University in 2011 with a Master of Arts degree and spent some years on writing… Writing articles, blogs, essays, academic papers, short stories. I’ve even tried to finish my first big novel… But the more I wrote, the better I understood that my skills and knowledge were not enough to by a professional writer for authoritative magazines and newsletters.

The idea to get a PhD has come like a bolt from the blue. I was surprised at how many PhD scholarships there are in the world and how difficult it was to choose the one that would fit all my needs and expectations. The more I searched, the more I became possessed with a new writing idea – to ease PhD searching for my fellow students and make a short list of the best PhD scholarships to choose in 2015.

So, here they are: 7 PhD scholarships, some of which you still have time to apply for, but if you miss out this year keep an eye on them because most are annual. They from all over the world and offer the chance to become and international student and study abroad.

Who: University of Southern Queensland

Where: Australia

Deadline to apply: 31 October 2014

This scholarship will be a perfect choice for you if you are an international student of Fraser Coast, Toowoomba or Springfield. Having a maximum value of $5,000, it considers applicants who have 80% or higher GPA and are enrolled in 4 study units minimum.

What do you need to apply for this scholarship? Complete two application forms (international student and scholarship ones) downloaded from the official website. You will also find all details on how to apply here.

Who: Canadian Government

Where: Canada

Deadline to apply: 5 November 2014

They award up to 167 scholarships annually for health, engineering, social or natural sciences, and humanities. This scholarship is worth $50, 000 per year, and it is generally awarded for 3 years.

You do not have to be a Canadian citizen to apply for this scholarship, as they accept permanent residents and foreign students too. Check all application instructions at the official website of this scholarship and make sure you pursue a doctoral degree at some Canadian university, as it is an important condition for your eligibility.

Who: DFID (Department of International Development)

Where: United Kingdom

Deadline to apply: 3 December 2014

If you are a citizen of Developing Commonwealth Countries, you have a chance to get one of 300 scholarships DFID provides in all subject areas each year.

Check all application instructions at their website, and keep in mind the fact you should not apply for this scholarship yourself: applications must be made through nominating agencies in your country. This is probably the only scholarship that does not make you write essays that work for application.

Who: Macquarie University

Where: Australia

Deadline to apply: 15 January 2015

This scholarship was developed for international students in particular; and if your fields of study are Education, Media, Human Science, Linguistics, Environment, or Engineering.

Macquarie University does not specify a number of scholarships it will give annually. One and only pitfall here is the instruction that no citizens of Australia and New Zealand can apply for this scholarship. Check their website to find detailed information for application and access application forms to fill in.

Who: University of Otago

Where: New Zealand

Deadline to apply: ongoing

If you are seeking to obtain the first doctoral qualification, this scholarship might be a good choice for you. University of Otago accepts both domestic and international students, and it provides up to 180 scholarships per year.

Your academic merit and potential will be a basis for your selection. Access the application form at their official website and fill it up to take part in competition. This scholarship has a maximum value of NZ$25, 000.

Who: Japanese Government

Where: Japan

Deadline to apply: varies

This scholarship is available for those students whose countries have diplomatic relations with Japan. It has many benefits (check the list here), but you should be eligible on many conditions, including your age, nationality, knowledge of Japanese, and academic background.

Application instructions may differ, depending on your home country. You should inquire at the Japanese embassy for details, because the deadline of applications may vary per country too.

Who: Norwegian Government

Where: Norway

Deadline to apply: 1 December 2014 (annual)

The complete list of countries eligible for this scholarship can be found by this link. 1,100 students get this scholarship annually, 800 of which are from developing countries and 300 are from Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Visit their official website for detailed information and all application instructions. Keep in mind the fact, that all inquiries should be sent directly to the International Office at the institution where you plan to apply.

The choice for me is Macquarie University. Thanks to my academic background and all networking strategies I used during my study at university, I hope to be eligible enough to get their scholarship and start getting my PhD in Australia.

Glad to hear you made a choice Alex! What about you? Why did you choose the place where you are doing a PhD? What advice do you offer for those considering where to apply?

And just in case you are thinking of joining me at ANU, here’s information on our scholarships

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18 thoughts on “Where can you get paid to do a PhD?

  1. Jakob says:

    How about Denmark? Lot’s of Ph.D. positions, with a real salary, open most of the time.

    For example, I work at the Technical University of Denmark, and there are currently positions open – check http://bit.ly/10VQUJ0.

  2. Lindy says:

    Strange that you mention a $5000 scholarship at USQ but not the International Postgraduate Scholarship valued at about $50000.


    “International Postgraduate Research Scholarships carry a yearly stipend of $30,000 per year to the successful applicant. Payments are made on a fortnightly basis over the year. The period of tenure for a PhD is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.

    Scholarship benefits include full tuition fees for a period of 6 semesters (subject to satisfactory progress).

    In addition the successful applicant will have access to a total of $5,000 to attend a conference within Australia in the 2nd year of their candidature and attend an overseas conference in the final year.”

  3. Suzette Henry-Campbell says:

    This blog is a wonderful resource for persons who are looking at options for funding. As an international student in Florida, there are scholarship opportunities available for persons with my status. I am hoping that after I am through with my studies, I will be able to get a group together to offer much needed funding to this under-represented group.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good luck with your PhD at Macquarie University. I’m quite close to finishing a PhD there (as a domestic, not international student) and it has been a good experience. Note that housing is VERY expensive in Sydney.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Most Norwegian PhD scholarships are open to anyone, i.e. not only to students from the global south. They are paid like real jobs, and international applicants are welcome. Have a look at the websites of the large universities: Oslo, Bergen, NTNU, Tromsø.

  6. Juliet Lum says:

    Am impressed that you assumed the daunting task of reviewing PhD scholarships worldwide, Alex, and was thrilled to discover that Macquarie Uni came out as your first choice!
    I hope you’re successful, and that we can welcome you to MQ next year. We need thorough researchers like you, especially those who love to write!
    But yes, I have to agree with Anonymous: accommodation can be insanely expensive in Sydney, so brace yourself!

  7. Juliet Lum says:

    hi again, Alex.
    I just followed the link you provided for the Macquarie Uni international scholarships, and think that that particular scholarship is only for postgrad coursework study (ie Masters by coursework), not for PhD or MPhil degrees.
    For PhD scholarships for international students, you might want to check out this page:
    All the best!

  8. karlienvanderwielen says:

    I’m sure many a graduate will be forever grateful for this list. I’m currently working on my Masters and a PhD is hopefully on the horizon. I’m seriously considering getting out of South Africa for my PhD, but I want to take a general gap year first. Good luck!

    • Alex Strike says:

      Thank you very much for commenting and sharing! I am happy to know that this piece of writing can be interesting and useful for many graduates. That was the point: to provide the list of some usesul resources for graduates, so they could find information quickly.

  9. Marta Axner says:

    What is said above for Norwegian and Danish as well as Dutch PhD positions goes for Sweden. Generally all positions are open for international applicants (though in some humanities departments research is mostly conducted in Swedish) and include a full employment for four years full time, sometimes up tp five years if you teach. Almost all postings are in english, check out the websites for the different universities such as Uppsala, Lund, Stockholm, Gothenborg or KHT (engineering and science), Karolinska institutet (medicine) or Handleshögskolan (business and economincs).

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