International scholarships for African students to study free abroad -
International scholarships for African students to study free abroad

International scholarships for African students to study free abroad

Students from African countries can get a wide range of scholarships to study abroad, such as government scholarships, scholarships from the Commonwealth, and university scholarships. Please check the list below for some top options.

Please note that this page is updated yearly, and because the sponsors or institutions that open these scholarships may often change the period in which they accept applications, we may not keep up with these updates due to the volume of scholarships we publish here. Therefore, this page is basically intended to show you the endless opportunities you have to get a scholarship to study anywhere in the world. Simply click on the link to the scholarship you want to check the deadline for on the official website. Or click here to access our list of current scholarships. 

To study anywhere:

  • Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund – Graduate scholarships for African scientists to gain funding for a master’s degree in an area related to disease control in Africa. Scholarship winners can choose to study at London’s Institute of Tropical Medicine, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, or Nagasaki University in Japan.
  • Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Program – Needs-based graduate scholarships for African students at master’s and Ph.D. levels to study anywhere in the world.
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships – International scholarships for African students within the Commonwealth* to study a part-time master’s degree by distance learning from select universities in the UK and worldwide.
  • The Beit Trust Scholarships – International master’s degree 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. Applicants need to have been accepted into the university to be eligible for the Beit Trust scholarship.
  • Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships – Needs-based scholarships for students from developing countries (including African nations) to gain funding for university at home or in a country in the developing world. Candidates must be planning to work and live in their own country after graduation and will be enrolled in a program of study that will either benefit the community or contribute to the country’s growth.
  • Women Techmakers Scholars Program – Scholarships for women from Africa (as well as Europe and the Middle East) to study computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field at any study level at a university in one of the aforementioned regions.
  • Rotary Peace Fellowships – Fully-funded academic fellowships covering tuition fees, accommodation, transportation, and field-study expenses for master’s degree applicants. Applications are open to students from any African country and successful applicants will be able to study at a selection of top universities around the world.

To study in Africa:

  • ACCESS Kenya – Partial scholarships for students from Kenya to gain funding to study at the undergraduate level at an accredited university in Kenya.
  • Mandela Rhodes Scholarships – Scholarships 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 – Scholarships for Nigerian students to gain funding to study at the undergraduate level in Nigeria. The award includes tuition and maintenance allowance.
  • The Graduate Institute Geneva – A number list of unique masters and Ph.D. scholarships for academically talented students from Africa. Financial aid packages may include cost-of-living scholarships, tuition reduction, and/or a paid position, and are awarded based on the individual’s financial needs as well as academic merit.
  • WAAW Foundation Scholarships – Need-based scholarships for female African students looking to pursue a STEM-focused undergraduate program (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) at a recognized African university.

To study in Asia-Pacific:

  • Master’s Degree ABE Initiative – Scholarship for Africans to study in Japan in a development-related master’s degree program at an accredited university.
  • Australia Awards Africa – Australian government scholarships for Africans to gain funding to study in Australia on a professional training course or master’s degree.

To study in Europe:

To study in Belgium:

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

To study in Germany:

  • DRD-DAAD Merit Scholarships – Scholarships for Sub-Saharan** Africans to study a development-related master’s or Ph.D. program in Germany. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit.

To study in Ireland:

To study in the Netherlands:

  • Orange Knowledge Program – A range of scholarships open to individuals and organizations in the field of higher and vocational education. Individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals who are nationals of and living and working in the listed countries.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Excellence Scholarships @ TU Delft – Four scholarships are available for excellent students from Sub-Saharan Africa to study for an MSc degree at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

To study in the UK: 

To study in the US:

Note that the list above is NOT exhaustive – there are lots of other scholarships 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 (e.g. the IET offers funds for engineering students).

African Commonwealth countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, and Zambia.

** 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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