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2019 List of Scholarships for African Women Opening Yearly

On this International Day of the Girl, After School Africa releases an updated and more comprehensive list of Scholarships for African Women and Developing countries for the 2019/2020 academic year – to celebrate our daughters, granddaughters, sisters & nieces in Africa.

A number of organisations encourage women empowerment through education at different levels by offering specific scholarships for African women from Africa and developing countries

Although women looking for scholarships can as well apply for other scholarship programmes that are non-gender specific, there are sponsorship programmes that reduce the competition by offering their scholarship programmes majorly (many listed here are only) for women.

From the archives of AfterschoolAfrica, below is an updated list of scholarships (undergraduate, Masters, MBA and PhD) that are open for women from African and developing countries. Some of these Scholarships for African Women are generally for international students but are also open for the said demography.

Please note that application deadlines and other information provided on this site can change at any time. You are therefore advised to visit the recommended scholarship organisation website.

Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Young African Women

Application Deadline: 1st March

Across Africa there are many talented and academically gifted girl students who are unable to complete their schooling due to a variety of social, economic and/or cultural reasons. Key among these is a lack of financial support. In her lifetime Margaret Sanders was a keen supporter of girls’ education.

Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship for Female Undergraduate Students in STEM Fields 

Application Deadline: 28th September

To bring more gender diversity to the technology industry, Adobe is pleased to invite applications to the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship.

Facebook Grace Hopper Women in Computing Scholarship (Funded to Conference in Texas, USA)

Application Deadline: 29th June

This unique scholarship program will be awarded to 50 women excelling in Computer Science. Each recipient will have the opportunity not only to attend the Celebration, but to spend valuable days before the conference with Facebook engineers learning, collaborating, and preparing for the conference.

FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies

Application Deadline: 30th June

Applications are welcomed for FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship from female citizens of all countries who are enrolled in a post-graduate program at a university accredited by the national or international body approved for that purpose in the country where the university is situated.

Saïd Business School Diploma in Strategic Management Scholarships for Women 

Application Deadline: 22nd October

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, UK is offering scholarships to three outstanding females for the Oxford Diploma in Strategic Management Program.

Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) Young Women’s Scholarship for Nigerian Female Students 

Application Deadline: 16th May

Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships for Nigerian Women to pursue undergraduate degree programme.

Cass Business School Global Women’s Leadership Scholarships 

Application Deadline: May/March

The Cass Global Women’s Leadership Programme through the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation, seeks to inspire, equip and connect women who are, or want to become resilient, inclusive, ambitious, brave, confident, responsible, authentic and thriving leaders.

Learn Africa Fully-funded Graduate Scholarships for African Women to Study in Spain

Application Deadline: 6th May

This program, promoted by the Women for Africa Foundation, aims to promote the transfer of knowledge, exchange and training of African women undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships in Spanish universities that collaborate in this initiative.

Henley Business School Women in Leadership MBA Scholarship

Application Deadline: 21st May

The Henley Business School of the University of Reading is delighted to announce the Women in Leadership MBA Scholarship, a prestigious MBA Scholarship competition.

African Leadership Centre (ALC) Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women 

Application Deadline: 8th April

The Fellowships bring together African women in the early stages of their careers to undertake a carefully designed training programme in conflict, security and development.

LSE Pauline Graham Undergraduate Scholarship for African Women

Application Deadline: 26th April

The Pauline Graham scholarship is available for women from Africa who desire to undertake undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme for African Women

Application Deadline: 2nd February

The Mawazo PhD Scholars programme is a one-year, non-residential fellowship aimed at women pursuing PhD studies at Kenyan universities.

BHW Group Women in STEM Academic Scholarship for Study in USA 

Application Deadline: 15th April

Women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics during the 2018 school year are eligible to apply for the Women in STEM academic scholarship.

Apply: Oprah Winfrey’s African Women’s Public Service Fellowship at NYU

Application Deadline: 15th December

African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, sponsored by Oprah Winfrey, seeks to prepare African women with experience working on issues facing Africa for public service careers in their home countries.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

University of Michigan Centre for the Education of Women (CEW) Scholarships for Women

Application Deadline: 1st March

The CEW Scholarship Program, which today serves women and nontraditional students, was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted and to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academic Scholarship for Girls

Application Deadline: 16th February

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls is seeking to admit young African female students for the special learning school.

Mwangi MBA Scholarship for Kenyan Female Students

Application Deadline: 26th February

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Mwangi MBA Scholarship Competition in conjunction with the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) Scholarships

Application Deadline: 23rd February

The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who will be in their third year of doctoral studies or part time equivalent at the time when the awards are given out n October/November of each year.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships Program at Wellesley College, USA

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. 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.

Women Techmakers (Formerly Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship) Scholars Programme for Women in Africa

Application Deadline: 1st December

Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Programme – formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Programme – Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field of computing and technology for Bachelors, Masters or PhD degrees.

Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes

Queensland University of Technology Research Scholarship for International Women

Application Deadline: 30th September

QUT awards a limited number of scholarships every year to students who provide clear evidence of exceptional research potential and who are undertaking, or applying to undertake, a higher degree by research. QUT research scholarships provide funding of $25,849 to women researchers.

United Nation’s Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp for Young African Girls

Application Deadline: 16th February

Join other girls from around the world for a unique educational opportunity and rich cross-cultural experience at the 2018 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp held in Namibia from June 17 – June 29, 2018. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

Trinity Washington University – MMEG Scholarships for Women

Application  Deadline: 15th February

In 2016, MMEG initiated a partnership with Trinity Washington University in Washington DC to award grants for up to two women students studying at this university. 

Call for Applications: Harvard University International Women’s Research in Religion Studies

Application Deadline: 15th October

Each year Harvard Divinity School selects five candidates for full-time Research Associate and Visiting Faculty positions in its Women’s Studies in Religion Program. Proposals for book-length research projects using both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed.

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

Application Deadline: 1st March (annually)

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 almost 50% for Women. The eligible training or master programmes are taught in English.

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (Formerly Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund) Scholarships for Women from Developing Countries

Previous Deadline: 16th January

The Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries.

McKinsey&Company Next Generation Women Leaders Event for Female Students and Professionals (Fully-funded to France) 

Application Deadline: 8th March

McKinsey invites female students and experienced professionals based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to join us for our 5th Next Generation Women Leaders event.

Visiola Foundation STEM Scholarships for African Girls

Application Deadline: 30th June

The Visiola Foundation offers scholarships to high potential African girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue STEM degrees at three partner institutions in Africa.

105 Fully-funded UNODA Women Scholarship for Peace

Application Deadline: 31st August

The Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South is an initiative coordinated by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) at Vienna in partnership with 26 organisations whose work contribute to disarmament, non-proliferation and development-related technologies.

NWAG Scholarship for Nigerian Women

Application deadline: 30th May

Each year the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia -NWAG- offers undergraduate Scholarships for 37 Nigerian female students (one per state of origin) in Nigerian universities on any course of study, in the amount of fifty thousand Naira (N50,000).

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

Deadline Extended: The Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in Developing Nations

Application Deadline: 15th September

Launched by The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS and OWSD, the Awards reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries in the early stages of their scientific careers. The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future.

UCL Denmark Fully-funded Nursing Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: February

University College Lillebælt is awarding Nursing scholarships (tuition waiver and stipends) to international students wishing to undertake Nursing short courses at the University.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

US Government TechWomen Program for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fields

Application Deadline: 17th January

From the moment the Emerging Leaders arrive, they are immersed in the innovative, constantly evolving culture of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Emerging Leaders work closely with their Professional Mentors to design meaningful projects while exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with their Cultural Mentor and fellow program participants.

JAUW International Fellowships Programme for Women

Previous Deadline: 10th April

The Japanese Association of University Women currently announced its International Fellowships Programme for women who are carrying out or would like to carry out independent research or advanced study at postgraduate level in Japan.

AAUW International Fellowship for Women, Masters & Doctoral program in USA

Application Deadline: 1st December

AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

WAAW Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships for African Women

Application Deadline: 15th October

The Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) foundation STEM scholarships aim to increase the pipeline of African women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines, and work to ensure that this talent is engaged in African innovation.

Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship for Women from Developing countries

Application Deadline: 17th November

Each year, The Faculty for the Future fellowships, Launched by the Schlumberger Foundation, are awarded to women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for PhD or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences and related disciplines at top universities for their disciplines abroad.

Women in Aviation Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 13th November

WIA offers scholarship awards annually to women (and often men) members of WIA (students, teachers and professionals) who want to further their studies in Aviation. The WIA scholarships also help teachers fulfill their dreams, by providing them with the resources they need to bring aviation into their classrooms or to enhance their skills.

Switzerland- Nestle MBA Scholarships for Women Developing Countries

Application deadline: 30th September

The Nestlé Scholarship for Women was first awarded in 1997 and was initiated by a group of IMD- Switzerland- MBA (Masters in Business Administration) participants who desired to encourage women to take the MBA courses. Preference are given to women from developing countries.

Kofi Annan €38,000 MBA Fellowship for Developing Countries to Study at ESMT Berlin, Germany

Application deadline: 30th September

The Kofi Annan Business School Foundation offers a number of numerous grant opportunities for emerging leaders from developing countries for a one-year full-time MBA education at European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany.

OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDC

Application deadline: 31st May

Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women is offered for women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South for research in Natural sciences related fields.

Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering – Up to $10,000

Application Deadline: 15th November

The Zonta International offers Amelia Earhart PhD Research fellowship for women of any nationality in Aerospace-related Sciences and Aerospace-related Engineering at any University or College offering Accredited Degrees.

Various IMD MBA Scholarships for Women (and Men) in Africa and Other Developing Nations

Application Deadline: 30th September.

The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) business school Switzerland offers a number of Merit and Need-based MBA Scholarships for students from Africa and developing countries.

Campbell Fellowship for Women Scholar-Practitioners from Developing Nations

Application deadline: 1st Monday in November annually

The Vera R. Campbell Foundation funded Fellowship is offered for female postdoctoral social scientist from a developing country whose work addresses women’s economic and social empowerment in that nation.

PEO International Peace Scholarship fund for Women – USA and Canada

Application deadline: 15th December

The PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program of Women helping women reach for the stars. The fund provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship For Women From Developing Countries in USA

Previous application deadline: 15th January

The International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRA), USA invites applications for the Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship for Women from Developing Countries in Peace and Development Studies.

SAWISE Hope & Angus Scholarship for African Women in Science and Technology

Application Deadline: 15th November

The Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SAWISE) invites female students from all over Africa entering their Honours level/ 4th year of study to apply for the SAWISE scholarships. Preference will be given to a candidate experiencing financial difficulty or distress.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program

Previous deadline: 1st February

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in order to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries in order to advance the status of women and girls in their own countries throughout their careers.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

INSEAD Alumni Fund (IAF) Women’s Scholarships

The scholarship seeks bright, dynamic and motivated women who are making significant achievements in their professional and/or personal lives.

Application Deadline: 5th November

Jane M Klausman Women In Business Scholarship

Previous deadline: 1st July

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and Master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom.

Fondation Rainbow Bridge MBA Scholarship for Women from Africa and Asia

Application Deadline: 18th August

The Fondation Rainbow Bridge will enable young women scholars to enrich their academic background by obtaining an HEC MBA in France. This scholarship is available for women from Asian or African countries affected by natural disasters, drought or famine.

Professor De Winter International Masters Scholarships for Women – Netherlands

Application Deadline: 31 March.

The Professor De Winter Master’s Scholarships in Netherlands is offered to Women wishing to undertake related courses in Engineering and Applied Physics at the University of Twente.

Eira Davies Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarship for African Women in Sciences

Application Deadline: 1st July

The Eira Francis Davies Scholarship by Swansea University is a full tuition fee scholarship, and will be awarded to female students demonstrating academic excellence and evidence of financial need.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

Global Change Leaders Programme for Women in Developing Countries. Fully-funded to Canada

Application Deadline: 7th September

The Global Change Leaders programme provides successful candidates with a full scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Successful participants are responsible for costs pertaining to acquiring a visa to enter Canada.

Zawadi Africa Education Fund Undergraduate Scholarship for Women- in Partnership with Google

Previous Deadline: 29th April (annual)

The Zawadi Africa Education Fund is a program designed to provide undergraduate scholarships to academically gifted girls/ women from disadvantaged backgrounds from Africa to pursue higher education in the US.

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