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50+ Top Scholarships to Apply for Before January 2019. Apply Now!

The following top scholarship programmes are currently open for African students with varying closing dates in January 2019. View other scholarships with January deadlines in your AfterSchoolAfrica archives. More scholarships will be added to this list in coming days.

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Scholarships in France

French Government (Eiffel Excellence) Masters and PhD Scholarships for Developing Countries 

Application Deadline: 11th January

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to help shape the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applications from emerging countries at master’s level, and from emerging and industrialized countries at PhD level.

The Emile Boutmy Scholarship for International Students at Sciences Po – France

Application Deadline: 3rd January

Sciences Po created the Emile Boutmy scholarship after the founder of Sciences Po (1871) in order to welcome the very best international students from outside of the European Union. This scholarship is not automatically awarded. A request for it must be made in the section designated for the purpose on the application form.

Sciences Po Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme for Undergraduate and Graduate Africans to Study in France

Application Deadlines: 15th/31st January

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 120 talented African students through their studies so they can go on to become changemakers in their home countries.

Scholarships for Women

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (Formerly Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund) Scholarships for Women from Developing Countries in US & Canada

Application Deadline: 15th January

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) scholarship applications for female students from Developing Countries to assist women pursue their education with the aim of improving the lives of these women and children. Grants will be used in schools in the USA and Canada.

US Government TechWomen Programme for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fields   (About to open)

Application Deadline: 16th January (previous deadline)

The TechWomen initiative will identify 100 women in STEM fields from countries in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East to participate in the program.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Programme   (About to open)

Application Deadline: 12th January (previous deadline)

The LAWA Program helps defray the costs for women’s rights attorneys from Africa who would not otherwise be able to afford a Master of Laws degree focusing on international women’s human rights and the additional leadership training.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for Women at Wellesley College

Application Deadline: 1st January

As part of the Scholars Program, Wellesley will provide nine (9) African women with comprehensive support that includes scholarships, mentoring, counseling, and internship opportunities.

MasterCard Foundation Masters Scholarships at University of California, Berkeley USA 

Application Deadline: 10th January

At University of California Berkeley, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will provide holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counselling – to Masters students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020. UC Berkeley will receive $30 million in funding over the next eight years as part of MFSP.

Oxford University Scholarships

Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships (Fully-funded) for MENA Countries

Application Deadline: 11th January

This scholarship is part of the Oxford Graduate Scholarships, which were established through a ground-breaking new matched funding initiative to enable the creation of fully-funded scholarships for graduate students of the highest calibre from across the MENA region.

Jacobs Foundation Scholarship in Youth and Child Development 

Application Deadline: 11th January

New to Saïd Business School, the inaugural Jacobs Foundation scholars start their studies in September.

Oxford-Allan and Nesta Ferguson African Graduate Scholarship 

Application Deadline: 11th January

One full scholarship is available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in Africa and who are applying to the full-time MSc Environmental Change and Management.

Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme for Developing Countries – UK

Application Deadline: 11th January

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme supports outstanding postgraduate students from developing and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America to study at the University of Oxford, UK.

Oxford – Patrick Duncan Graduate Scholarships for Southern Africans

Application Deadline: 11th January

A full scholarship is available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in one of the member states of the Southern African Development Community and who are applying to the full-time MSc African Studies.

Standard Bank Derek Cooper (Fully-Funded) Africa Scholarship at Oxford University

Application Deadline: 11th January

The Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa scholarship is awarded to three outstanding African students wishing to undertake a 1 year Masters programme at the University of Oxford.

University of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholarships

Application Deadline: 11th January

The University of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies scholarships are created to allow graduates pursue study of benefit to the Muslim world.

Skoll Business School Scholarships for International Students, UK

Application Deadline: 11th January

The Skoll Scholarship – Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship offers Funded Scholarship Program for MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, at Said Business School, Oxford University UK.

Clarendon Fund Scholarships for International Students 

Application Deadline: 11th January

The Clarendon Fund scholarships open to all graduate (Masters, MBA and Doctoral degree) applicants regardless of Nationality

Ooni Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì Scholarships for African Students

Application Deadline: 11th January

The scholarship is funded by the Imperial Majesty Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì and aims to provide funding to exceptional candidates pursuing postgraduate study of Africa.

INSEAD MBA Scholarships

INSEAD Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africa

Application Deadline: 4th January

The INSEAD Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship is offered for candidates who are nationals of a sub-Saharan African country and have spent a substantial part of their lives and received part of their prior education in Africa.

INSEAD Olam MBA Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africa Students

Application Deadline: 4th January

Applications are on for the INSEAD Olam MBA Scholarships for African Students. Candidates will be judged on the quality of their scholarship essays and the degree to which they meet the eligibility criteria.

INSEAD Africa Leadership Fund Scholarship for African Students

Application Deadline: 4th January

 INSEAD has launched the INSEAD Africa Leadership Fund scholarship to support its goal of admitting talented candidates from the African region. For those who are set back by financial difficulties, this scholarship will help them realise their dream of achieving an MBA at one of the top business schools in the world.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Scholarships

Now Open! Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters and PhD Scholarships for Study in Europe

Application Deadline: October – January

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Scholarships, funded by the European Union, are exclusively awarded to students coming from both EU and non-EU countries that have been selected to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes at Masters or Doctorate level.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Journalism, Media and Globalization

Application Deadline: 10th January

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Journalism, Media and Globalisation welcomes applications from graduate students around the world. You can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, or as a self-funded student.

Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (MAPP) Scholarships for Developing Countries

Application Deadline: 3rd January

Application is opened for the  new admission cycle in Mundus MAPP for students from Developing countries!


Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project for International Masters Students (Apply to study in Russia)

Application Deadline: 31st January

Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project is your chance for early admission to a tuition-free Master’s programme at one of the leading universities in Russia.

Australia Awards Scholarships (Short Courses) for 1,000 African Students – with at least 2nd Class Pass

Application Deadline: 15th January

Australia Awards Scholarships for Short Courses are awarded to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses, in Australia and/or in Africa, in a range of development-focused sectors.

University of London & Canon Collins LLM Masters by Distance Learning Scholarships for African Students

Application Deadline: 11th January

University of London International Programmes and Canon Collins Trust jointly offer scholarships for Master of Laws (LLM) by distance learning at the University of London.

World Bank Paid Summer Internship for Young Graduates (Funded to Washington)

Application Deadline: 31st January

The World Bank Group, in its effort to provide graduate students practical experience in global development, is offering World Bank paid internship for Young Graduates.

Imperial College Fully-funded PhD Scholarship for International Students

Application Deadline: 18th January

The President’s PhD Scholarships at Imperial College offer an outstanding opportunity for potential international PhD students.

Global Human Development Programme (GHD) Full Masters Scholarship +Internship for Students from sub-Saharan Africa – Georgetown University, USA

Application Deadline: 15th January

A full tuition scholarship for a master’s-level student from sub-Saharan Africa is made possible through the generous support of the William and Catherine McGurn Family.

Georgetown University Fully-Funded Masters Scholarships for African Students

Application Deadline: 15th January

The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University USA is offering a full-tuition scholarship for a talented graduate student from sub-Saharan Africa.

Karolinska Institute Global Masters Scholarship for International Students

Application Deadline: 15th January

The Karolinska Institute offers 10 scholarships per year, spread to all the Global Master’s Program to excellent students starting each autumn semester.

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VLIR- UOS Masters & Training Scholarships in Belgium for African and Developing Countries

Application Deadline: November-January

VLIR-UOS offers 180 Masters & 70 training Scholarships in Belgium for students from Developing countries – 50% of scholarships will be offered to African students and preference will be given for Women. The eligible training or master programmes are taught in English.

K.U. Leuven University Full PhD Scholarships for Developing Countries

Application Deadline: 31st January

K.U. Leuven offers IRO (Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation) scholarships to deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD in the largest university in Flanders, Belgium.

Study in Finland: University of Oulu Masters Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 23rd January

The University of Oulu, Finland Scholarships are provided to academically talented international students. Students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA member state are liable to pay the tuition fee.

Stanford University Africa MBA Fellowship for African Students 

Application Deadline: 10th January

Stanford university is awarding MBA Fellowships to citizens of African countries who desire to obtain an MBA at Stanford University and afterwards return for two (2) years to contribute to the continent’s development.

University of Zurich Fully-funded PhD Scholarships for International Students 

Application Deadline: 31st January

The Zurich Graduate School of Economics at the University of Zurich is offering up to 3 PhD Scholarships for successful candidates covering living expenses and all fees.

University of Warwick UK Full PhD Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 18th January

The University of Warwick will offer full fees support and maintenance award to international doctoral students of the highest caliber.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (Fully-funded Masters & PhD) in UK for International Students

Application Deadline: 3rd January

Gates Cambridge Trust offers full fee postgraduate (Masters and PhD) Gates Cambridge Scholarships for outstanding International students to study any course at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Monash University Full International Leadership Scholarship – Australia

Application Deadline: 15th January

Monash University, Australia offers up to 4 fully-funded scholarships to international students undertaking Undergraduate or Postgraduate (coursework) degree at the University.

Imperial College Fully-funded PhD Scholarship for International Students 

Application Deadline: 18th January

The President’s PhD Scholarships aims to provide up to 50 research students with great potential the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor.

Future Global Leaders (FGL) Fellowship+Internship

Application Deadline: 31st January

The Future Global Leaders Fellowship is an accelerator for top students from humble backgrounds who want to become members of the Fortis Society upon successful completion of the fellowship.

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students – The Netherlands

Application Deadline: 31st January

The scholarship will be provided in the form of a waiver from the non-EEA tuition fee.

Mitacs Elevate Fellowship Program Winter Round for Postdoctoral Students

Application Deadline: 23rd January

Mitacs Elevate is the only postdoctoral fellowship in Canada with professional skills training component.

United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST) for Developing Countries

Application Deadline: 20th January

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Government of Japan in cooperation with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) have established a United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies for nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations.

World Veterinary Association (WVA) Veterinary Student Scholarship Program for Students from Developing Countries

Application Deadline: 1st January

MSD Animal Health and the WVA announce the Veterinary Student Scholarship Program which is dedicated to veterinary students from four world regions.

Columbia University Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) Fellowship for Students and Professionals (Funded)

Application Deadline: 31st January

The Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) fellowship brings together scholars, students, civil society organizations, journalists, educators, artists, policy makers, and others who work on historical dialogue issues for a semester of comprehensive learning and networking at Columbia University in New York City.

Caine Prize for African Writing. Full Travel Scholarship plus £10,000 Prize

Application Deadline: 31st January

The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English.

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