Scholarships

University Bursary

Open University Enrollment Bursary-Proposed Selection Criteria

(Effective from Academic Year 2015/16)

Open University Enrolment Bursary, hereinafter referred as Enrollment Bursary, is awarded by the Open University of Sri Lanka in the first year of enrolment essentially for economically disadvantaged students. Enrollment Bursary is awarded to the value of 50% of the tuition fees of courses for which the student registers for during his/her first year of registration with the University. A student shall not be awarded the Enrollment Bursary in any subsequent years of registration. The award of the bursary will be considered during the time the second installment of the tuition fee is payable.

However, a recipient of the Enrollment Bursary may be awarded the University Bursary or Mahapola Scholarship in two subsequent academic years, at different Levels of the programme. Nevertheless, a student who has been awarded a Mahapola Scholarship can be considered for a University Bursary only in another year. That is, a student shall not hold both the awards simultaneously.
Students shall be selected for the Enrolment Bursary based on an application made by them on the basis of Need and active engagement in studies.

Eligibility Criteria for the Award of Open University Enrollment Bursary

a. Student should be registered for a programme of study of a minimum duration of two years starting at Level 3. However, those registered in programmes leading from one to another in a different level (e.g. Certificate, Advanced Certificate to Diploma/Degree) may also be considered for selection.

b. The annual gross family income of the student shall be less than Rs 500,000/= [Student shall submit a sworn statement with adequate proof that his/her annual gross family income is less than Rs. 500,000/=]

c. The student should have participated in the continuous assessment and other compulsory academic activities of the courses s/he has enrolled in until the date of the evaluation of the award.

d. No disciplinary action should have been taken against the student.
The university from time to time may make necessary amendments to the criteria while abiding by the guidelines proposed in this document.

Open University Enrollment Bursaries will be awarded annually.
Incomplete and illegible application will be rejected without enquiry

Students are requested to hand over/post the application to the Student Affairs & Welfare Division with two weeks from the date of registration to the course.

Return address : –
Senior Assistant Registrar,
Student Affairs & Welfare Division,
The Open University of Sri Lanka,
PO Box 21, Nawala, Nugegoda.

Selection Criteria

(Effective from Academic Year 2014/15)

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. The second installment will be paid only if the conduct and academic performance of the student are satisfactory. Mahapola Scholarship shall be awarded only once to a student. A student who has been awarded a University Bursary can be considered for the Mahapola Scholarship only in another academic year. That is, a student shall not hold both the awards simultaneously. Students shall be selected based on an application made by them on the basis of Merit and Need.

Eligibility Criteria for Award of Mahapola Scholarship
  • Student should have been registered for courses at Level four or above in an undergraduate programme
  • Student should not be employed or engaged in any other higher educational study
  • Student should not have exceeded the age of 30 years on the date of selection
  • Student should have sat and attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 in the final examinations of courses adding up to a total of at least 18 credits at the particular Level in the previous year.
  • Only courses considered for the final award of the programme will be taken for the calculation of GPA for the scholarship.
  • Parental income ceiling should be equal to or less than Rs, 300,000/-, with the relevant concessions per annum added to the income ceiling, as specified by the U.G.C.
  • (Current concessions applicable: Rs. 24,000/- per annum per school going sister/brother who is 18 years or under, up to a maximum of three children and Rs. 36,000/- concession per annum per sister/brother following a course in a university but not in receipt of a Mahapola scholarship or a Bursary)
  • Students will be required to provide a letter from a Grama Sevaka to certify the annual parental income.
  • No disciplinary action should have been taken against the student.

The university from time to time may make necessary amendments to the criteria while abiding by the guidelines proposed in this document.

An approved number of Mahapola Scholarships will be awarded annually to students in the order of merit from among those eligible.

Presidential Scholarships for Foreign Students

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

Scholarships for Local Students

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

ADB – Japan Scholarship Program
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:

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.

Other Sources of Scholarship Information

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