60 Full Scholarships in USA for African/Developing Countries Students

Do you want to study abroad in USA on Scholarship? A number of USA universities and organisations offer undergraduate, Masters or PhD scholarships in USA for developing countries Students. Some of these scholarships are offered specifically for international students from Africa.

On this page, you will find links to scholarships in USA for international students. To receive scholarship notifications in future, subscribe to our free scholarship newsletter.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The vision of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program is to educate and develop bright yet economically marginalized young people in Africa and developing countries who have a demonstrated “give-back” ethos and who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.

It will transition promising young people from beneficiaries to benefactors, preparing them with the values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to fuel economic and social progress across Africa.

The Scholars Program is anticipated to benefit 15,000 young people within 8 to 10 years. The following USA universities are partnering with MasterCard Foundation to offer scholarships in USA for students from Africa and developing countries.

Scholarships in USA

1.     MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Wellesley College, USA

As part of the Scholars Program, Wellesley will provide nine (9) African women with comprehensive support that includes scholarships, mentoring, counseling, and internship opportunities for undergraduate studies. Scholars at Wellesley will build experiences, values, and competencies that are critical to success in the global economy, and that enable them to give back to their communities and home countries. The students will arrive in groups of three students each year.

Eligible field of study: Undergraduate courses offered at the university

Application Deadline: Varies – application start around September/November and closes around January/February

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2.     Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Stanford University – USA

The MasterCard Foundation education initiative at Stanford University USA will provide comprehensive support to 20 talented but economically disadvantaged students from Africa over the next eight years. The Scholars Program will support five (5) undergraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa each year.

Eligible field of study: undergraduate courses offered at the university

Application Deadline: Varies – application start around September/November and closes around January/February

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3.     MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University (ASU)

Arizona State University welcomed 10 undergraduate students from seven African nations in 2012, as the first class of MasterCard Foundation Scholars to begin studies at ASU. As part of this program, ASU will receive $27.5 million over the next seven years to provide academically talented, yet financially disadvantaged students from Africa, who are committed to giving back to their communities and countries, with access to high-quality education. The program will ultimately support 120 scholars at ASU.

Eligible field of study: undergraduate courses offered at the university

Application Deadline: Varies – for admission application: 01 January; scholarship deadline: February 01

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4.     Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at University of California, Berkeley USA

At University of California Berkeley, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will provide holistic support to 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020. The scholars will pursue both undergraduate and professional master’s degrees.

Eligible field of study: undergraduate and graduate courses offered at the university

Application Deadline: Varies – first apply for admission

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5.     Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University (MSU), USA

The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with Michigan State University to provide full tuition scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The university will receive $45 million in funding from the foundation to support 185 scholars throughout the nine-year program, which includes 100 four-year undergraduates and 85 master’s degree students.

Eligible field of study: undergraduate and graduate courses offered at the university

Application Deadline: 15 February

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6.     Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke University – USA

The inaugural class of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke University represents the intellect and energy of the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a financial commitment of $13.5 million from The MasterCard Foundation, Duke University will educate seven (7) classes of five (5) students from Sub-Saharan Africa — a total of 35 students — over the next 10 years.

Eligible field of study: undergraduate courses offered at the university

Application Deadline: January

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7.     MasterCard Foundation Scholarships at EARTH University – Costa Rica

EARTH University, Costa Rica has a seven-year partner with the MasterCard Foundation to provide scholarships to young leaders from disadvantaged communities in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation will provide 120 undergraduate scholarships amounting to $19.5 million to EARTH students for 7 years. Approximately one-third of the scholars will come from Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Eligible Field of Study: undergraduate courses in Agricultural sciences and Natural resources management

Application Deadline: For African students: 25 May; For Latin America and the Caribbean: 1 June

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Government Scholarships in USA

8.     Foreign Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Program are full scholarships in USA for international students (including students from African and developing countries) who wants to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree. The scholarships can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies.  The grant covers tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.

Eligible field of study

Application is encouraged from masters and PhD studies in fields including interdisciplinary ones except medical degree program or clinical medical research.

Application Deadline: varies by country. For instance in general, the Nigerian Fulbright Scholar application process opens in February of every year, with applications due in May

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9.     Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program Japan

The World Bank and the Government of Japan, through the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, offer scholarships for Masters Degree to postgraduate students from developing countries. Eligible applicants should propose a program of study related to development at the master’s level, in fields such as economics, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or other development‑related subject.

Application Deadline: March 31

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10. Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships for International Students -USA

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a non-degree program for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and the Fellows’ home countries.

Application Deadline: Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country.

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