Best scholarships in Qatar for International Students

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Scholarships in Qatar for international students

In the last decade, Qatar has strived to improve the quality of higher education by establishing universities and various educational institutions and focusing on enhancing the outputs of scientific research.

Qatar has also managed to attract international students from different countries by offering fully funded scholarships for various majors.

In this article, OPPGATE has prepared a guide on the details of the best scholarships in Qatar for international students, their deadlines, and the application process.

Qatar University scholarships 2021

Qatar University offers a large number of scholarships in Qatar each year to both Qatari and international students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

All scholarships at Qatar University cover tuition fees and offer various study programs including medicine and engineering, but the scholarships do not cover personal expenses 

Admission to bachelor’s scholarships at Qatar University depends on the student’s grades in high school. It also required to write a letter of motivation for applicants applying to the medicine study program.

Proof of English language proficiency is required for master’s and PhD degree applicants, and those whose studies were in English are excluded from the requirement. Also, some majors may require international examinations, such as the GMAT.

Types of scholarships for international students at Qatar University

  1. Internal Scholarships are grants offered to students residing in Qatar. This scholarship includes exemption from tuition and book fees.
  2. External scholarships for international students, including exemption from tuition and book fees, free accommodation, annual tickets to and from the resident country.

Application dates for Qatar University scholarships:


Application starts



October 11

November 3

Postgraduate studies (First Semester )

September 20

October 22

Postgraduate studies (Second Semester )

November 22

February 22

You can view the full application details through the article we have written on OPPGATE : Qatar University Scholarship 2021 for international students

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Scholarships

Scholarships provided by Hamad Bin Khalifa University are among the best scholarships in Qatar as it enjoys a prestigious reputation for distinguished education level at the university and the diversity of university majors.

The scholarships cover all the costs during studying in Qatar, including health insurance, a monthly stipend, and air tickets to and from the student’s country.

There is no separate application for the scholarships at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Applying for admission is also considers to be an application for the fully-funded scholarship to study in Qatar.

Application for the scholarship for international students 2021 has not been announced, but the application usually ends in February of each year.

Masters scholarships in Qatar (Doha Institute)

Students from inside and outside Qatar can obtain the Doha Masters Scholarship to pursue their studies in a master’s degree in Qatar. The Doha Institute Scholarship is one of the most popular scholarships in Qatar. While studying in Qatar, students receive free housing, monthly allowances, and an exemption from tuition fees.

The programs offered by the Doha Institute vary, as students can apply for a master’s degree in one of the social sciences, humanities, public administration, and development economics.

All master’s programs at Doha College are taught in Arabic because Arabic is the main language of instruction in the college.

Doha Institute offers the following scholarships:

  • Sanad Scholarship 
    Sanad scholarships are offered according to the applicant’s financial needs. Qatari students, residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Tamim Scholarship 
    The scholarship is a merit-based scholarship, Qatari and non-Qatari students in or outside Qatar can apply for this scholarship.

Application dates for the scholarship:

Admission usually opens in November each year.

Best scholarships in Qatar

If you are considering studying in Qatar and aiming to wing a fully-funded scholarship, you have to read the admission requirements for the universities mentioned above in this article. 

The requirements vary from one university to another and from one program to another, so be sure to read the requirements and try your best to provide fulfill all eligibility requirements to increase your chances of winning a scholarship in Qatar.

Your up-to-date  CV, active community participation, and outstanding academic record are considered to be important acceptance factors not only for scholarships in Qatar but to all other scholarships for international students. 

Below  we have summarized a comparison between the different scholarships in Qatar :



Tuition Fee Exemption

Monthly Stipened

Qatar University



 does not provide a monthly stipend

Doha Institute





Hamad Bin Khalifa University




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