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There are many international scholarships for African students available, including government scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships and university scholarships. Read on for our list of current opportunities, and download our free guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad here – happy scholarship hunting!

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 the Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Nagasaki University in Japan.
  • Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Programme – Need-based graduate scholarships for African students at master’s and PhD level to study anywhere in the world.
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships – International scholarships for African students within the Commonwealth* to study a master’s degree by distance learning from selected universities in the UK and worldwide.
  • The Beit Trust Scholarships – International master’s degree and PhD scholarships for African students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university.
  • Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships – 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 – 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.

To study in Africa:

  • ACCESS Kenya – Scholarships for students from Kenya to gain funding to study at 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 undergraduate level in Nigeria.
  • The Graduate Institute Geneva – A number list of unique Master and PhD scholarships for academically talented students from Africa. Financial aid packages may include cost-of-living scholarships, tuition reduction and/or a paid position, and is awarded based on the individual’s financial needs as well as academic merit.
  • WAAW Foundation Scholarships – 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 on 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 and 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 PhD program in Germany.

To study in Ireland:

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

To study in the Netherlands:

  • Orange Knowledge Programme – 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 a MSc degree at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

To study in the UK: 

  • African Excellence Fee Waiver @ The University of Glasgow – International scholarships for African students worth the full tuition fee of a master’s degree at the University of Glasgow. Applicants will automatically be considered based on academic merit.
  • African Graduate scholarships @ UCL – Scholarships for Africans to study in the UK at UCL (University College London) on a master’s program within the Institute for Global Health. (The 2018 deadline has passed; check back at a later date for the next round of applications.)
  • African Postgraduate Scholarships @ Edinburgh Napier University – Merit-based scholarships for Africans to gain partial funding to study in the UK at Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Commonwealth Scholarships @ SOAS – Commonwealth scholarships open to students from African commonwealth countries* to study in the UK at SOAS (London) on a development-related master’s degree.
  • Ruth First Scholarship @ Durham University – Scholarships for Africans from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to undertake postgraduate study in the UK at Durham University.
  • Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships @ Oxford University – Scholarships 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 – Merit-based graduate scholarships to study in the UK at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) on a master’s or PhD program.
  • The Centre of African Studies Visiting Fellowship @ The University of Cambridge – Two visiting fellowships for African students to conduct research and writing at the University of Cambridge.
  • The Ibrahim Scholarship Programme – Master’s degree scholarships for aspiring African leaders to study in the UK at London Business School, SOAS or the University of Birmingham.

To study in the US: US icon

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program – International scholarships 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 – Scholarships for African students from sub-Saharan Africa to study in the US and gain leadership and business skills.
  • MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program – Scholarships for African students to study in the US and Africa.
  • MSFS Full-Tuition Scholarship @ Georgetown University – Scholarships for Africans from sub-Saharan Africa to study in the US on the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
  • Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship @ Stanford University – Scholarships for Africans wishing to study at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business on the MBA program. Applicants should show commitment to the development of their home country.
  • 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.

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).

You could also be eligible for the QS Scholarships scheme, which offers US$7 million in funding each year. To find out more, and to get personal advice for your application, register to attend the QS World Grad School Tour for free.

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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This article was originally published in April 2015. It was last updated in November 2018. 

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Hey... i am goamon living in Liberia are there no international undergraduate scholarship program

Hi..pls can u make a blog on the cheapest university in Europe or studying in Italy.CU's am planning on travelling to Italy for its cheap educational sysyw

Hi Ada, although we don't have an article on Europe specifically, here's a link to our article on 10 of the Most Affordable Places to Study Abroad, which includes destinations in Europe. We also have a guide on studying in Italy here

Hello there! I`m Luak Khor, From South Sudan Student of Management second year in Unity University Ethiopia`s Addisababa. Managed to pay for first and second year fees, then because of the crisis in my country I couldnt make it upto my dream, therefore, Would like to request for your assistance finding a sholarship to pursue with my education outside Africa.

I am a fourth year undergraduate of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering in Malawi who is failing to pay for tuition and meal funds, please may somebody help since the first semester is going on.

Damiano Jamson

I'm from Zimbabwe currently studying bachelor of science honors in economics looking for a masters in economics or business management scholarship

Hi Priscilla, we have a list of business scholarships here, and you might also like to check our list of scholarships for African students

Hello. I am a cameroonian doing masters in italian linguistics. I will want s scholarship to study English linguistics for a PHD program

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Doctorate in Public Administration and Policy my course interest
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governments/public institutions specifically I am opened to
information on scholarship grant. My aim afterwards by God's grace is
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Thank You

Yours Jibril

Hello, I'm from Algeria and I want to get a scholarship to study medicine in any country ... what shouil I do ?

Hi Sidali, you could browse our list of medical scholarships around the world here, and I'd also recommend having a read of our 'How to find scholarships to study abroad' guide.

Hello,I have a degree in nursing.please I want to study any health related course.Thanks

Hello Laura my name is Rose from kenya i have completed my degree in Enviromental Health recently i got a admission to leeds university to study masters but i have problem with funding i need 1.8 million kenya sh($12) kindly help and advice where to get fundings

Hello I am also facing similar issue, got unconditional offer to study a tier 4 masters program in electrical electronics engineering...
Please I need help...with financing...

Hi, i am currently in my first year of a two year postgraduate Law Progrmme in Ireland.Was able to pay for the first year but i am dire need of grants to enable me finish my programme but i can't find any out there.

Hello I've already finished high school, how can I get scholarship to study anywhere? Thank you

Hi Tuyishime, you can browse our main page listing scholarships to study abroad around the world here.

I already have an unconditional offer to join a certain university in the UK. How can I get a scholarship?

Applications for scholarships in the UK depend on the universities you have an unconditional offer with. Except they are government or NGO Scholarships. Check on the schools' websites and see what scholarships they have. Some require postals some are done online. I'll be happy to help

Hello danche I am also facing similar issue, got unconditional offer to study a tier 4 masters program in electrical electronics engineering...
Please I need help...

Hi, I am asitamunopirim. How can I get a full scholarship for a first degree In social sciences . I'm from Nigeria. ThanKs

I'm KAMDEM Steve, a 2nd year medical student in Cameroon and I wish you to help me get a medical scholarship to further my studies in the USA. How can I do to find a scholarship?

I am a holder of the high school certificate in geology,biology and chemistry wish to further my education abroad as a petroleum engineer but I am financially Brock .
So I wish if I can have a scholarship to fund my education abroad.

Hi good day, I'm a third year medical student from Nigeria, but i'm currently studying in st kitts and nevis (Caribbean). I am struggling financially, i would like to inquire about scholarships to enable me complete my studies. Thank you.

Hi Laura, am a graduate with a Bachelor in Computer Science from Ghana and would like to study for my Masters with a scholarship outside Ghana. Please any recommendations?

Hello, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study computer science. :)

i have completed high level and am looking for scholarships of undergraduate degree level in medical fields... how do i find these scholarships?

Hi Michael, we've listed a range of medical scholarships around the world here. :)

Hellow Laura I want to apply university in USA I finish high school 2016.2017.
Please how can I get this?

Hi Anas, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US.

there's no any scholarship in US for undergraduate students in the list

Hi Laura
please can i get a guide on scholarship schemes and universities abroad.

Hi Esther, please take a look at our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad

Please, am a graduate and I wish to study for masters in USA. Please how do I get a scholarship to any school there?

Hi Perpetua, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US. You could also download our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad, which includes advice on perfecting your scholarship application. Hope this helps!

Hi Laura. I have been accepted into Barry University in the USA, and received a merit-based scholarship from the university. The amount is but a fraction of what needs to be paid annually. Do you know of any other scholarships or funders who could help pay off the difference? I have already deferred my enrolment to the Spring semester, and my goal is to get the necessary funds by then.

Hi Buhle, our article 'Scholarships to Study in the US' lists a range of scholarships you may be interested in. 

Hi Laura.. i am just finishing secondary school but i need to apply for a university in a european country. Could you advice for the best country. Thank you

Hello laura i am a undergraduate student.and i need scholarship .

Hi Tahseen, we have more lists of scholarships for different countries, regions and subjects - you can browse these here, and can read advice on how to get a scholarship in this guide. :) 

Please I would like more information on full scholarships to study for a Masters in Digital Marketing. Thanks!

I was accepted into Penn state Harrisburg campus. help me get a scholarship student loan or whatever kind of funding there is out there.

Hi Oliver, if you haven't already, I'd recommend checking Penn State Harrisburg's official website for details on scholarship opportunities you may be eligible for. You could also browse our list of scholarships to study in the US. Good luck!

Hi!I did apply for schorlaship to persue my bachelor degree in International Business Admictration,deadline is on the 30 April 2017,still waiting with good hope. do i get a loan to study in Russia for undergraduate.i already got a place for this year

Hi Patience, I'm not sure about loans, but we have a list of scholarships to study in Russia here

Hie. How do I get a loan to study in the Uk for undergrad I already got a place for this year

Hi Frank, these scholarships are worth checking out:

Helo isthere any scholarship for learnig Eng.. for intermediate level for graduated people I'm unfortunately 19years old.thank you

Is there any scholarship for learning English Language for intermediate level for graduated people I'm unfortunately 29 years old.

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