Studying medicine abroad as a Nigerian international student is a prestigious challenge; it is characterized by intense study hours, years of professional training, college tuition fees, student consultation hours and tough university entry requirements. I recently profiled an article on the best medical schools in the world to help aid your selections and admission processing. Medical school tuition and practice fees are relatively high; this is one of the main reasons for low admission statistics for international students attending overseas medical schools; you’ll need to provide evidence of a substantial funding source for the entire duration of your studies and sometimes financial statements indicating enough money (about $200,000) in your account at the time of admission, this is because Nigerian students hardly receive financial aid or loans from foreign government. This is not easy; however, there are a variety of medical school scholarships the world over to aid your studies.
Here are some of the available medical school scholarships and grants from across the world available to Nigerian students who want to study at undergraduate and graduate school level:
This medical school scholarship is awarded to international and domestic students alike to study for an undergraduate medical degree in Bachelor of Medical Science or a postgraduate research degree at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
The Association for the Study of Medical Education offers various international scholarships for medical students, teachers and researchers to continue their medical education in the UK, US and worldwide.
This is a merit-based international scholarship for students with intentions to attend the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is a full tuition financial support covering the four-year cost of attending medical school (tuition, accommodation and other expenses) at the University.
These medical scholarships are available to students who are already undergoing their clinical training or practice year some selected medical fields. Eligibility for applicants is based on international students willing to study in Germany and German students intending to study abroad.
These are medical school scholarships available to outstanding non-EU/EEA students who are studying at master’s level in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The Karolinska Institute in Sweden offers medical school scholarships to outstanding international students with intentions to study at the masters’ degree level at the institute.
This scholarship bursary award is offered to one outstanding prospective undergraduate student for entry into its BA/BSc degree program in Global Health & Social Medicine. It is open to all nationalities.
These scholarship grants are funded by the UK Medical Research Council, the fellowship program allows a postgraduate student from the Sub-Saharan Africa region to study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) for an M.Sc degree in Medical Statistics.
These masters degree scholarships are available to medical students and students in other medical fields, including international students as well to study at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
The John Hopkins Medicine International Scholarship Program has provided funding and financial aid which is available to all current and newly admitted Non-US resident medical students. This financial aid assistance will be provided in the form of institutional loan or scholarship in order o assist medical students from outside the United States to study at Johns Hopkins.
Other medical school scholarships include the following:
- Duke University School of Medicine
- Yale School of Medicine
- Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Harvard Medical School
- Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
- Alpert Medical School, Brown University
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
- University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine
You can also check for Nigerian local scholarships for foreign universities, private institutions, NGOs and government authorized.
I wish you success in your applications!