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30+ Top Scholarships to Apply for Before January 2022. Apply Now!

EVERY mid-month, AfterSchoolAfrica compiles some of the best international scholarships with deadlines two months ahead so you can (and should!) be adequately prepared.

So, the following top scholarship programmes for African students are open with deadlines in January 2021. See other scholarships with January deadlines. More scholarships will be added to this list as they open.

But don’t just browse through, apply and share with your friends. Goodluck!

Scholarships in France

220 Fully-funded ARES Masters and Training Scholarships in Belgium for Developing Countries

ARES masters and Specialization courses offer students the opportunity to follow a master of one year or a refresher course between 4 and 6 months in an institution of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium.

Application Deadline: 28th January

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

Application Deadline: 8th January

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, encouraging applications from emerging countries at master’s level, and from emerging and industrialized countries at PhD level.

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.

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

Application Deadline: 21st January

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.

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

Application Deadline: 5th 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.

Oxford University Scholarships

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

Application Deadline: 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.

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

Application Deadline: 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: 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 Africa Chairman’s Scholarship (Fully-Funded) at Oxford University

Application Deadline: 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.

Skoll Business School Scholarships for International Students, UK

Application Deadline: 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.

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.

Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme for International Students

Application Deadline: 31st January

AFEPA begins accepting applications for programme admission AND Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees (EMJMD) Scholarships.

Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) Masters Scholarships for International Students – Erasmus Mundus

Application Deadline: 15th January

This two-year MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) prepares qualified graduates to deal with the complex aspects of contemporary tropical forestry. It also includes short course for visiting lecturers.

Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Plant Breeding (emPLANT) Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 15th January

Apply now for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship programme by clicking on Link.


International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT) Undergraduate Scholarships at University of British Columbia

Application Deadline: 5th January

The University of British Columbia- UBC- Canada is offering need-based Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT) Scholarships Award for Undergraduate Students.

Government of Hungary Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 15th January

The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme, by the Hungarian Government is offering international students the opportunity to undergo study of all types in Hungary for free.

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

Application Deadline: 11th January

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.

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.

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.

Clinton Global Initiative University Program for Exceptional Students and Young Leaders

Application Deadline: 15th January

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

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.

Sweden: Chalmers IPOET Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 15th January

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is offering 50 75% Tuition fee reduction IPOET Scholarship for Masters Students of non-EU/EEA Nationality to study at the University 2020.

300 Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) from Developing Countries

Application Deadline: 15th January

The Swedish Institute (SI) is now launching the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP), a new scholarship programme which replaces Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS).

View Top Scholarships in Sweden for International Students

220 Belgium ARES Masters and Training Scholarships for Developing Countries

A national of a developing country? You hold a master’s degree? You have professional experience and want to improve your skills in a theme related to development? ARES masters and Specialization courses offer you the opportunity to follow a master of one year or a refresher course in Belgium.

VLIR- UOS Masters & Training Scholarships in Belgium for African and Developing Countries (OPENING SOON)

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.

KU Leuven Scholarship Program for PhD Students from Developing Countries – KU Leuven, Belgium

As one of its contributions to development cooperation, every academic year KU Leuven selects exceptional students from developing countries as scholarship candidates to obtain their PhD from the largest university of Belgium.

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

Application Deadline: 20th 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.

University of Zurich Fully-funded PhD Scholarships for International Students 

Application Deadline: 15th 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: 16th 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: 7th 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.

Cambridge Trust Graduate Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 7th January

The University of Cambridge has opened application window for all scholarships that require you to apply to the University of Cambridge via the normal online application form, and most scholarships that require you to apply by the relevant deadline.

Imperial College Fully-funded PhD Scholarship for International Students 

Application Deadline: 8th 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.

Mitacs Elevate Fellowship Program Winter Round for Postdoctoral Students

Application Deadline: 13th January

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

Browse the AfterSchoolAfrica Calendar for more scholarships with January deadlines.

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