When writing about scholarships, I discovered that there are lots of untapped scholarships for Africa students. So taking out my time here today, I would love to list out, the world best scholarships for Africa students in 2017/18 academic session.
Just like I said above, there are quite a large number of international scholarships for African students available, including government scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships, private funded and university scholarships. To check out our list of current opportunities, and download our free guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad, continue reading below.
Scholarships For Africans To study anywhere:
- Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund –The very first scholarship I would love to bring to your notice, is the Africa London Nagasaki scholarship fund, which is also known as ALN. This scholarship program is for graduate for African scientists to gain funding for a master’s degree in an area related to disease control in Africa. Be informed that this scholarship winners can choose to study at London’s Institute of Tropical Medicine, the London School of the Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Nagasaki University in Japan. The choice totally depends on the winners.
- Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Programme
Another scholarship program which I would love to bring to your notice, is the Aga Khan Foundation scholarship. This is a program for the need-based graduate scholarships for African students at master’s and PhD level to study their choice courses in any academic institutions in the world.
- Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
This is a program from the Commonwealth. This is an International scholarship program for African students within the Commonwealth* to study a master’s degree by distance learning from selected universities in the UK and worldwide. See this page below for list of Commonwealth Nations.
- The Beit Trust Scholarships
Another worthy scholarship program worthy of mention here is THE Beit Trust Scholarships. This scholarship program is specifically for Africa students who wish to get International master’s degree and PhD. This scholarship however, does not cover the whole Africa continents, Students from these countries, Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe are those eligible and qualified to apply for the BEIT Trust Scholarships to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university.
- Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships
This is another opportunity for Africa students who want to study through Scholarship programs abroad, to use. The Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships is specifically created for the Need-based international scholarships for students from developing countries (including African nations) to gain funding for university at home and abroad.
- Women Techmakers Scholars Program – This scholarship program caters to only Women. This scholarships is ONLY for women from Africa (as well as Europe and the Middle East) to study any of these courses listed below;
Computer engineering or a closely related technical field at any study level at a university in one of the aforementioned regions.
Scholarships For Africa Students To study in Africa
Here is a list of scholarships for Africa students to study in Africa. Some people may be saying that African Universities are not offering scholarships, but this list surely disagree with that notion. Here is the list of African Universities, offering scholarships to African students.
- ACCES Kenya – This is a scholarship program for Africa students to study in Kenya. This scholarships for students from Kenya to gain funding to study any course of their choice at undergraduate level at an accredited university in Kenya.
- Mandela Rhodes Scholarships – Another wonderful opportunity for scholarship hunters is the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships. This Scholarships is for Africans with strong leadership skills to study for an honors or master’s degree at a recognized university in South Africa.
- Jim Ovia Scholarship – Now, this scholarship is created specifically for Nigerian students. This Scholarships is open ONLY to Nigerian students to gain funding to study any course at undergraduate level in Nigeria.
- TRECC Africa Scholarships –With this program, all eligible candidates, winners, are given the opportunity to study their Master’s and PhD. The TRECC scholarships is for African students to gain partial and full funding to study at partnered African universities.
- WAAW Foundation Scholarships – This is a scholarship program which is OPEN ONLY to female applicants. This scholarships is only for female African students who are currently looking to pursue a STEM-focused undergraduate program (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) at a recognized African university.
Scholarships For Africa Students To study in Asia-Pacific:
- Master’s Degree ABE Initiative There are not lots of scholarships open for African students to study in the Asia Pacific. This Master’s Degree ABE Initiative is a scholarship program designed ONLY for Africans, to study in Japan on a development-related master’s degree program at an accredited university.
- Australia Awards Africa – The Australian government created a scholarships program which is called “Australia Awards Africa, and it’s only open for African students. Before you’ll be eligible and qualified for this scholarship, the #1 criteria is that you must be from any Africa country. This program helps students to gain funding to study in Australia on a professional training course or master’s degree.
Scholarships For Africa Students To study in Europe:
Here is a list of European countries with scholarships for African students, These countries are in the Europe continent and is offering Half and full scholarships ONLY for African students. You can decide to apply for these scholarships in your choice European country.
To study in Belgium:
- VLIR-UOS Awards Scholarships – Just like the title rightfully said, this is a Belgium based scholarship programs for Graduates. Take note that this scholarships is for international students from Africa, Asia and Latin America to study in Belgium on a development-related master’s degree or training program.
To study in Germany:
We all know Germany to be the hub of scholarship programs, and they didn’t disappoint.
- DRD-DAAD Merit Scholarships – This is one of the best scholarship programs. The DRD-DAAD Merit Scholarships is open ONLY to sub-Saharan Africa students, where they are required to study a development-related master’s or PhD program in Germany.
To study in the Netherlands:
- Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)
One of the countries with the best Educational plan is the Netherlands. All students who wishes to study Short course, master’s degree and PhD scholarships in Netherlands should take not. Surprisingly, about 50% of budget goes to female applicants, while the other 50% is prioritized to applicants from sub-Saharan Africa, Male and female inclusive.
To study in the UK:
We all know that the United Kingdom has lots of Love for the African continent, and this is shown by the number of scholarship programs available for African students ONLY.
- African Excellence Fee Waiver @ The University of Glasgow – This is an International scholarships program open ONLY for African students. This scholarship is worth the full tuition fee of a master’s degree at the University of Glasgow, starting from September 2017. All interested Applicants will automatically be considered based on their academic merit.
- African Graduate scholarships @ UCL – Here is another wonderful and amazing scholarships for Africans to study in the United Kingdom at UCL (University College London) on a master’s program within the Institute for Global Health. (The 2016 deadline has passed; if you’re still interested in the UCL (University College London), I’ll advice you to check back at a later date for the next round of applications.)
- African Postgraduate Scholarships @ Edinburgh Napier University – This is an available opportunity for Africa students to get scholarship to study at the Edinburgh Napier University. This scholarship is known as the African Postgraduate Scholarships, and it’s Merit-based scholarships for Africans to gain partial funding to study in the UK at Edinburgh Napier University.
- Commonwealth Scholarships @ SOAS – Another opportunity is open for African students to get scholarship to study in the UK, thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarships. This Commonwealth scholarships is open ONLY to students from African commonwealth countries (as listed below) to study in the UK at SOAS (London) on a development-related master’s degree.
- Ruth First Scholarship @ Durham University – The Ruth First Scholarship program is also specified as Scholarships for Africans ONLY. This scholarship program accepts students ONLY from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where the winners will be able to undertake postgraduate study in the UK at Durham University.
- Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships @ Oxford University – The Oxford University is offering a scholarship avenue for students through the Oppenheimer Fund scholarships. This scholarships program is open for African students who have previously studied at South African universities to study in the UK at Oxford University.
- African Scholarships @ The University of Edinburgh – Not wanting to be left behind, the University of Edinburgh is also offering scholarships to her African students. Take note that this is a Merit-based graduate scholarships to study in the UK at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) on a master’s or PhD program of your choice.
- The Centre of African Studies Visiting Fellowship @ The University of Cambridge – Here is an opportunity and opening for African students who wish to study at the University of Cambridge. All applicants should take note that two visiting fellowships for African students to conduct research and writing at the University of Cambridge.
- The Ibrahim Scholarship Programme – Lastly on this list, but not a bit least is THE Ibrahim Scholarship programme. This program offers Master’s degree scholarships for aspiring African leaders to study in the UK at London Business School, SOAS or the University of Birmingham.
Scholarships For Africa Students To study in the US:
The United States of America is made up of 50 states, and there are lots of scholarship opportunities for African students to study in the US. Here are the most active and important scholarship programs.
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program – This is an International scholarships which is specifically open ONLY for graduate students, young professionals and artists across the globe to study in the US for a year or more.
- Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders –Here’s another wonderful scholarships for African students. There are criteria before an applicants application will be reviewed. Which is that this scholarships is OPEN only to sub-Saharan Africa students who wishes to study in the US and gain leadership and business skills.
- MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program – This is quite a popular scholarship program in the United States for African students. This is a scholarships program from Mastercard specifically for African students to study in the US and Africa.
- MSFS Full-Tuition Scholarship @ Georgetown University – The Georgetown University is open for scholarships programs for Africans from sub-Saharan Africa to study in the US. To be qualified for this scholarship, applying students must choose to study on the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
- Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship @ Stanford University – The Stanford Africa MBA fellowship program is another scholarship opportunity for Africa students. This scholarships is mainly for Africans who wishes to study at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business on the MBA program. All interested applicants should show commitment to the development of their home country.
- Zawadi Africa Education Fund for Young African Women – Lastly on this list of Scholarships for African Students in US is the Zawadi Education Fund for Young African women. This Scholarships is open only to the female students from disadvantaged backgrounds from Africa to study in other African countries or the US.
Please take note that this list of scholarships for African students is NOT exhaustive – there are lots of other scholarships which are open to African students. To find more opportunities, check the website of your chosen university and research funding offered via government schemes or external organizations, for example, the IET offers funds for engineering students.
African Commonwealth countries:
- Namibia, Nigeria,
- Sierra Leone,
- South Africa,
- United Republic of Tanzania,
** Sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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