International Scholarship Opportunities For African Students

Many international scholarships for African students are available, including government grants, Commonwealth scholarships, and university scholarships.

Below is our list of current scholarship opportunities

Commonwealth distance learning grants – International scholarships for African students within the Commonwealth * to follow a master’s degree program through distance learning from selected universities in the UK and worldwide.

Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund – Graduate scholarships for African scientists to obtain funding for a Master’s degree in an area related to disease control in Africa. Winners can choose to study at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in London. Or even study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or the Nagasaki University in Japan.

Beit Trust Scholarships – International Master’s and Ph.D. scholarships for African students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university.

Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Program – Needs-based graduate grants for African students at master and Ph.D. level to study anywhere in the world.

Techner Scholars program for women – Scholarships for women from Africa (as well as Europe and the Middle East) to study computer science, computer technology or a closely related technical field at any credit at a university in one of the regions mentioned above.

Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships – Necessary international scholarships for students from developing countries (including African countries) to receive funding for the university at home and abroad.

Studying in Asia-Pacific:

Australia Awards Africa – Australian government grants for Africans to receive funding to study in Australia for professional training or master’s degree.

Master’s Degree ABE Initiative – Scholarship for Africans to study in Japan on a development-related master’s program at an accredited university.

Studying in Europe:

Studying in Belgium:

VLIR-UOS Awards Scholarships – Graduate scholarships for international students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to study in Belgium on a development-related master or program.

Studying in Germany:

DRD DAAD Merit Scholarships – Scholarships for African countries south of the Sahara to study a development-related Masters or Ph.D. program in Germany.

Studying in Ireland:

Irish Aid Scholarship Program – Scholarships for Tanzanian students to study a master’s degree in Ireland.

Studying in the Netherlands:

Orange Knowledge Program – A series of scholarships open to individuals and organizations in higher and vocational education. Individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals who are nationals of and live and work in the mentioned countries.

Sub-Sahara Africa Excellence Scholarships @ TU Delft – Four scholarships are available for excellent students from Sub-Saharan Africa to study an MSc degree at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

To study in the UK:

African Graduate Scholarships @ UCL – Scholarships for Africans to study in the UK at UCL (University College London) for a Master’s program within the Institute for Global Health. (The deadline of 2018 has expired, look back later for the next round of applications.)

African Excellence Fee Waiver @ The University of Glasgow – International scholarships for African students worth the full tuition fee for a Master’s degree at the University of Glasgow. Applicants are automatically considered as based on academic merit.

African Postgraduate Scholarships @ Edinburgh Napier University – Merit scholarships for Africans to get partial funding to study in the UK at Edinburgh Napier University.

Commonwealth Scholarships @ SOAS – Commonwealth scholarships available for students from African Commonwealth countries * to study in the UK at SOAS (London) for a development-related master’s program.

The Center of African Studies Visiting Fellowship @ The University of Cambridge – Two guest scholarships for African students to do research and write at the University of Cambridge.

Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships @ Oxford University – Scholarships for African students who have previously studied at South African universities to study in the UK at the University of Oxford.

Ruth First Scholarship @ Durham University – Scholarships for Africans from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe for a postgraduate study in the United Kingdom at Durham University.

African scholarships @ The University of Edinburgh – Scholarships to study in merits in the United Kingdom at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) for a master or Ph.D. program.

The Ibrahim Scholarship program – Masters degree for aspiring African leaders to study in the UK at the London Business School, SOAS or the University of Birmingham.

To study in the US:

Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders – Scholarships for African students from sub-Saharan Africa to study in the US and gain leadership and business skills.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program – International scholarships for graduate students, young professionals and artists all over the world to study in the US for a year or more.

MSFS Schooling full-time at Georgetown University – Scholarships for Africans from sub-Saharan Africa to study in the US at the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program – Scholarships for African students to study in the US and Africa.

Zawadi Africa Education Fund for young African women – Scholarships for female students from disadvantaged backgrounds from Africa to study in other African countries or the US.

Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship @ Stanford University – Scholarships for Africans who want to study at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business for the MBA program. Applicants must commit themselves to the development of their home country.

Note that the above list is NOT complete – there are many other scholarships available to African students. To find more options, consult the website of your chosen university and research funding offered through government schemes or external organizations (the IET, for example, offers funds for technical students).



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