University Bursary

University Bursary is awarded by the Open University of Sri Lanka to the value of 50% of the tuition fees of courses for which the student registers for during a particular academic year.

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Mahapola Scholarships

Mahapola Scholarships are awarded by the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund to the value of Rs. 8,000/- each towards the payment of tuition fees of courses. The scholarship payments will be made in two installments.

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The Government of Sri Lanka Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships for Foreign Students

The scheme offers up to 100 scholarships at the undergraduate and postgraduate level to foreign students from 58 countries.

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Scholarships for Local Students

The Government of Sri Lanka offers local students with numerous financial assistance packages.

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Asian Development Bank Scholarship

ADB – Japan Scholarship Program

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World Bank Scholarship

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

This program supports graduate studies for mid-career officials of member countries. The program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities renowned for their development research and teaching.
For more online information, please visit the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program internet site at:

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European Union Scholarships

Erasmus Mundus Program

The Erasmus Mundus programme aims to enhance the quality of higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through mobility and academic cooperation.

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

ACU offers a number of grants and other programs.

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Other Sources of Scholarship Information

Other Sources of Scholarship Information

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Students are also encouraged to contact the various foreign embassies and high commissions in Sri Lanka for scholarship information.