List of Scholarships in Africa for African Students – Complete

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Africa is on the rise and this has created more funding opportunities to be made available so that Africans, young and old can effect change in their own community given by knowledge from their own surrounding.

Here are some Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities originating from Africa (some are from organisations outside Africa) for African students.

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MasterCard Scholarships

KNUST/MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for Ghanaian & African Students

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST provides academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Ghana and Africa with access to quality and relevant university education.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program at Ashesi University College

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

Through a $13 million partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Ashesi University College will be awarding significant financial support to qualified undergraduate students who need such assistance to pursue bachelors degree.

Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program at University of Abomey-Calavi for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Rep. of Benin

Applications are invited for the MasterCard scholarship at UAC for young students with brilliant school and university records, but from poor economic backgrounds in Benin to gain access to quality university education.

University of Cape Town Mastercard Scholarships

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The vision of the Program is to transition promising young people from beneficiaries to benefactors, preparing them with the necessary values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to fuel economic and social progress across Africa.

University of Pretoria MasterCard Scholarship

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged young people in South Africa, SADC and the rest of Africa, who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.

Makerere University MasterCard Foundation Scholarship

Location of Opportunity: Uganda

Makerere University has partnered with The MasterCard Foundation (MCF) to support 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to access quality university education from 2014 to 2024.

RUFORUM MasterCard Undergraduate & Masters Scholarships for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Uganda, Kenya

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is partnering with the MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University, and Egerton University to enhance the application of science, technology, business, and innovation for rural agriculture.

Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

CoTRA Fully-funded Masters and PhD Scholarships for African Students

Location of Opportunity: South Africa, Kenya and Malawi

The Collaborative Training and Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture in East, Southern and Central Africa (CoTRA )is calling for applications by eligible African students for MSc. and PhD scholarships tenable at Rhodes University (South Africa), University of Eldoret (Kenya) and Mzuzu University (Malawi).

CREATES Masters and PhD Scholarship for African Students

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The Centre for Research, Agricultural advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability in Food and Nutritional Security (CREATES), hosted by the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) has opened its second call for PhD and Master´s scholarship opportunities for qualified regional candidates.

Mobility for Breeders in Africa (MoBreed) Masters and PhD Scholarship for African Students 

Location of Opportunity: Benin Rep, Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia

MoBreed (Mobility for Breeders in Africa) is an initiative of five public universities from three African regions and one university in Europe to advance knowledge on useful crops of Africa and increase scholars’ capacity
in addressing food security.

African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) for African Postgraduate Students & Academics

Location of Opportunity: Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia

ABEM will train up to 32 MSc and 10 PhD graduates, and offer development opportunities to up to 10 staff members. Mobility must be to an institution in an eligible country other than the home country / country of the home institution.

EU Partnership for Training Scientist in Crop Improvement for Food Security in Africa (SCIFSA) Masters and PhD Scholarships for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Senegal

The project will provide fellowships for full degree programs (PhDs and MSc) as well as short-term mobility (credit seeking) for students and staff and will run from 1st November 2017 until 31st October 2022.

Regional Academic Exchange for Enhanced Skills in Fragile Ecosystems Management in Africa (REFORM) Masters and PhD Scholarships 

Location of Opportunity: Uganda, Mozambique, Rep of Benin, Malawi, Senegal.

A total of 23 Masters and 11 Doctorates will be trained in the thematic areas of Agroforestry, Ecology and Adaptation; Taxonomy, Biodiversity, Ethnobotany and Natural Resources Conservation and Valorization; Agro-Ecology and Food Systems; Forest, Ecosystem, Environment and Natural Resource Management.

Partnering for Health Professional Training In African Universities (P4HPT) PhD & Masters Scholarships 

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

This call is for Masters applications who are willing to undertake a one year program in Applied Health Social Science at the University of Ghana.

View Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme Website


Future Africa/Carnegie Early Career Research Leader Fellowship Programme

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, working within an inter- and transdisciplinary approach to developing a deeper understanding of the African bioeconomy.

CARTA PhD Fellowships for African Researchers

Location of Opportunity: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is currently offering a collaborative doctoral training program in public and population health.

Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Re-Entry Grants 

Location of Opportunity: All

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a south-south partnership with a south-north collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

ACALISE Masters and PhD Scholarships for Students in sub-Saharan Africa

Location of Opportunity: Uganda

Uganda Martyrs University Central Scholarship Committee in conjunction with African Center of Excellence in Agroecology and Livelihood System (ACALISE) invites applications from eligible candidates for the ACALISE National/ international Scholarships for the PhD in Agroecology and Food Systems and MSc in Agroecology, MSc in Monitoring and Evaluation and MSc in Development Economics.

African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) PostDoctoral Fellowship

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

Under the auspices of the South African Research Chair for Mobility & the Politics of Difference, the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits University seeks applications for two post-doctoral fellows.

Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for African Students to Study at South African Universities

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships Programme is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality leadership development programme, with the intention to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Scholarships for Masters Study

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The CSIR has Masters Scholarships in the Global Change competence area, within the Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) Unit.

African Development Bank (AfDB) Internship Programme for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank Group is offering internship opportunity to young Africans currently undertaking their masters’ programme. Participants in the Program are selected on a competitive basis, based on business needs of the Bank.

DAAD/IPSS In-Country/In-Region Postgraduate Scholarship for African Students 

Location of Opportunity: Ethiopia

As part of the In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme“ DAAD offers scholarships for PhD  and Master studies The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of
academically trained personnel.

ARPPIS-DAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries

Location of Opportunity: Kenya

The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, and DAAD are offering offer 12 PhD scholarships per year to visiting scholars from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to pursue advanced research in natural sciences.

DAAD-RUFORUM In-Country/In-Region Doctoral Scholarships for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Kenya, Uganda

These scholarships are targeting both in-country/in-region (sub-Saharan Africa) applicants to support selected RUFORUM regional PhD Programmes in the Eastern and Central Africa (ECA).

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Post-Doctoral Fellowships for African Researchers

Location of Opportunity: All

The 2 year post-doctoral fellowships builds on, and helps to scale up, the RUFORUM commitment to strengthen postgraduate training and academic mobility in Africa.

WHO-TDR Masters Scholarship in Public Health at University of Ghana

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

The scheme provides scholarships for fulltime studies and is focused on courses relevant to a career in implementation research. Implementation Research is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them and is particularly useful in low- and middle-income countries where many health interventions do not reach those who need them the most.

AREF Excell African Health Researcher Excellence and Leadership Programme

Location of Opportunity: All

The aim of the Excell programme is to enhance research capacity in global health – by African scientists in Africa for Africa. Through this 2-year programme, AREF will work closely with four to six research institutions from Sub-Saharan Africa, selected competitively.

Postgraduate Scholarships in Land Governance for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has advertised a series of master’s and doctoral scholarships for students working on topics related to planning and land governance.

Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana (EPL Ghana) Paid Fellowship for Ghanaian Graduate Students 

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

The Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana (EPL Ghana) Fellowship equips high-achieving Ghanaian university graduates with transferable leadership skills to effect change into the public sector and beyond.

World Federation of Societies Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship Programme (Funded to LUTH and UCH, Nigeria) 

Location of Opportunity: Nigeria

The programme is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia.

ALU School of Business MBA Scholarship for African Students (Fully-funded)

Location of Opportunity: Mauritius

The Chairman’s Scholarship for Excellence in Business Leadership seeks to honor business leadership in the private or public sector by recognizing young business leaders with a track record of leading at the workplace and in their communities.

100 Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme for African Students at ALU 

Location of Opportunity: Rwanda

African Leadership University (ALU) is proud to partner with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) to launch the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme, a landmark scholarship that will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest African leaders of the last century – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba.

Kaduna State Government Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship for Young Nigerian Leaders

Location of Opportunity: Nigeria

Kaduna State Government is set to introduce its inaugural class of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows Programme commencing in June, 2018.

CIDRZ HealthCorps Global Public Health Fellowship 

Location of Opportunity: Zambia 

This fellowship provides valuable field experience for future public health leaders in the setting of a vibrant non-governmental health research organisation in Zambia.

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American College of Surgeons (ACS)/College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) Women Scholars Program for African Women in Surgical Residency

Location of Opportunity: East, Central, and Southern African countries

To help address the severe shortage of surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) have developed a scholarship program to support women in surgical residency, help them complete their training, and encourage other women in medicine to consider surgery as a profession.

University of Pretoria Doctoral and Master Bursary for African Students

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The University of Pretoria is offering its Doctoral and Master Bursary scheme to African students who have been admitted or register at UP by end 28 Feb or 31 March 2018.

Anzisha Prize $100,000 Entrepreneurs Awards for Young African Entrepreneurs 

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities.

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grants

Location of Opportunity: West African countries

OSIWA only supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa.

Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) Fully Funded Masters Scholarships for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Egypt

The Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) invites applicants from African countries to apply for MSc. (2 years) program for Fall semester.

ACU Commonwealth Scholarships for Study in Low and Middle Income Countries 

Location of Opportunity: Botswana, Ghana, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania

ACU Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships allow successful applicants to benefit from the expertise provided by universities in low and middle income countries around the Commonwealth. They are majorly funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).

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Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards for African Students in South African Universities 

Location of Opportunity: South Africa

The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa.

WASCAL Doctoral Research Programme in Climate Change and Land Use (DRP-CCLU)

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

The WASCAL Doctoral Research Programme is a German-government sponsored PhD programme aimed at providing state-of-the-art training for scientists and professionals in Climate Change and Land Use.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) PhD by Research Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences (Fully-funded) 

Location of Opportunity: Uganda

The College now invites eligible applicants,whose proposed projects show an explicit Inter-disciplinary focus in the Humanities and Social Sciences and adhere to the eligibility criteria below, to apply for seven (7) 2018 PhD fellowships.

Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

The Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies was established at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana in honour of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Pan African luminary and Ghana’s first president, for his contributions to the intellectual life of the African World, and for his projection of Africa on the world stage.

Tertiary Education Scholarship Trust (TEST) for Ghana Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

The Tertiary Education Scholarship Trust –TEST is offering undergraduate scholarships for Ghanaian students to study at KNUST – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Post-doctoral Fellowships on Mobility & Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban

Location of Opportunity: Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is seeking post-doctoral fellows to join a five year research programme entitled ‘Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban.’

Government of Mauritius Scholarships for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Mauritius

As part of its commitment to promote capacity-building at high level across the continent, the Government of Mauritius is awarding scholarships to deserving students who are resident citizens of member states of the African Union or of African Commonwealth countries.

Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) Scholarships for East African Students 

Location of Opportunity: Tanzania

Structured LLM and PhD study programmes at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, are addressed to aspiring young East African lawyers, qualifying them for leading positions in the region.

African Science Academy Pre-University Scholarship Program for African Students 

Location of Opportunity: Ghana

African Science Academy is seeking young female students for its Pre-University Program. Apply today. Scholarships are available for the program.

Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme for African Women

Location of Opportunity: Kenya

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

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American University Cairo (AUC) African Graduate Fellowships for Masters Students in Africa

Location of Opportunity: Egypt

Each year, fellowships are offered to nationals of African countries (not including Egyptians) for full-time study (nine credits or more) in any of the graduate programs offered at AUC.

Africa-China Reporting Project Grants for African Journalists

Location of Opportunity: All

The Africa-China Reporting Project (the Project) at Wits Journalism is inviting all journalists to submit proposals for a series of Africa-China investigative journalism grants intended for larger and more expansive investigations.

Pan African University Masters and PhD Scholarships for African Students

Location of Opportunity: Kenya, Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon

Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below. The African Union Commission will offer full scholarships to the successful African candidates.


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