Did you know that you can get a scholarship with your second class lower or third class degree? In a society where much emphasis is placed on good grades, graduates with bad grades often stand a lower chance.
Fortunately, there some scholarship opportunities for graduates with second class or third class degree. Most of these scholarships are often sponsored by organisations, conglomerates in conjunction with participating universities.
Scholarship donors often consider it an investment rather than a gift. A reason why strict conditions are often attached to them.
Having said that let’s take a look at postgraduate scholarship opportunities for graduates with second class lower (2.2) or third class degree.
Postgraduate Scholarships for Second Class Lower or Third Class Degree
You can get a fully-funded masters scholarship with you 2.2 or 3rd class degree. All you’ve to do is see opportunities below and look out for openings.
The Commonwealth shared scholarship scheme allows students from Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK to benefit from graduate study at a University in the UK. The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered annually for Master’s study.
You must hold a first degree of either first or upper second class classification, or lower second class classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification. What this means if you hold a 2:2 and have undertaken a masters degree, you will be eligible apply for second masters degree on scholarship.
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2. Australia Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students – with at least 3rd Class
Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.
For more information, visit the Australia Awards Scholarships.
3. Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship Program
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic. Several scholarships are offered each year. The scholarship covers the cost of completing a master’s degree: return air travel, $500 travel allowance, tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance; a monthly allowance to cover living expenses. Scholarship is for a maximum duration of two years.
Eligible applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree and have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree. There is no emphasis on the CGPA. So if you have up to 3 years working relevant working experience, a 2:2 qualification may be accepted.
For more information, visit the Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship.
4. Postgraduate Scholarships for International Students at the University of Bristol
The University of Bristol scholarship is open to students from developing countries including Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. All candidates must have achieved the equivalent of a British 2:2 in an undergraduate degree. Candidates must already hold an offer of a place on a full-time postgraduate programme at the University of Bristol.
For more information, visit the UWE Bristol Postgraduate Scholarship.
5. University of Portsmouth Masters Scholarship for Ghanaian and Nigerian Students (2.2 and above)
The University of Portsmouth offers a number of scholarships to Ghanaian and Nigerian students who have applied for science-related Masters courses at the University. The scholarships will be in the form of a 20% fee reduction from any tuition fee but please note, it cannot be taken in conjunction with any other fee reduction or bursary offered by the University. The scholarship is a one-off award towards a one year Masters fees and is non-renewable and only valid for study on the courses listed above.
For more information, visit the University of Portsmouth Masters Scholarship.
6. Oregon State University International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) Scholarship
Oregon State University, USA offers scholarships to international students in exchange for cultural services to OSU. The International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) which began at OSU in 1983, has attracted many outstanding students from countries around the globe.
Typically, students will be invited to speak at elementary, middle, and high school classes, university classes, civic and youth organizations, retirement homes, or church groups. Candidates are required to have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for $15,000 yearly scholarship.
For more information, visit the Oregon State University International Cultural Service Program Scholarship.
7. Masters Scholarships for African Students at the University of Bedfordshire
This Scholarship scheme funded by the University of Bedfordshire is made in the form of a tuition fee discount. Students holding a four year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised university or HE institution with a minimum GPA of 50% or equivalent will be considered for this scholarship.
For more information, visit the University of Bedfordshire Masters Scholarships.
8. University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships
University of Bradford Global Development Scholarship (formerly Countries in Crisis Scholarship) is intended to aid students in financial hardship due to crisis as a result of the political situation, war, natural disaster etc. Students from select countries (countries facing known world crisis) are invited to apply for these scholarships. To successfully apply for this scholarship, candidates are advised not to focus on their academic qualifications unless it is relevant to the scholarship application.
For more information, visit the University of Bradford Global Development Scholarship.
9. University of Staffordshire New Merit Scholarships
As part of ongoing commitment to increase the number of high-quality international students on campus at Staffordshire, the university has taken the decision to offer a range of generous scholarships to international students from select countries in the world.
10. Brunel University NSIRC Scholarships
Brunel University, a public university in the UK awards scholarships to EU and Non-EU students who wish to have a Masters in the fields of Structural Integrity or Oil and Gas Engineering. The scholarship is open to all students with a minimum of 2.2 UK honor or international equivalent. Benefits include a £12,000 grant to qualifying international students.
11. UK- Roehampton University International Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship
Roehampton University UK, offers a wide range of Masters scholarships for international students including partial fee discounts for eligible students. The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are automatically awarded to applicants according to their previous academic performance. Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships involve a fee discount of 20% to postgraduate students with high academic achievement in Bachelors degree and 15% to postgraduate students with good academic achievement.
12. Staffordshire programs for International Students
Staffordshire University, England awards financial aid to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who apply for its annual scholarship programmes. The scholarship is open to students from Africa, Asia and Europe. Students with a first class get £2000 financial aid while those with a second class lower get a £1000 funding. This may not seem like much but any aid you can get as a 2.2 holder is something you should take with both hands.
13. Northumbria University Masters Research Scholarship for International Students
Northumbria University, the largest regional university in the UK, each year offers International Scholarships to incoming Masters students with at least an upper second class Honours degree (UK) or equivalent from an overseas university, or a Lower Second Class and a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.
For more information, visit the Northumbria University Masters Research Scholarship.
14. DeVry University International Postgraduate Scholarship. GPA 2.0 and Above
Award amounts are tiered according to student GPA and enrollment status (half time, three-quarter time or full time). The higher the cumulative grade point average (CPGA), the larger the award amount may be, reaching up to $2,500 per semester for full-time enrollment with a 3.25 GPA or higher for the scholarship. Students with a 2.5 – 3.25 GPA may earn up to $2,000 per semester.
For more information, visit the DeVry University International Postgraduate Scholarship.
15. University of Glasgow School of Geographical and Earth Sciences Scholarships
The University of Glasgow offers scholarships for international students in its School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Programmes available include Geoinformation Technology & Cartography, Geomatics & Management, Geospatial & Mapping Sciences, Land and Hydrographic Surveying, and Sustainable Water Environments. The scholarship is open to applicants with a minimum of 2.2 in their first degree.