30+ Top Scholarships to Apply for Before January 2023. Apply Now!

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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 from France

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

Application Deadline: 10th 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.

Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) Visiting Fellowship Program for Young Researchers

Application Deadline: 1t6h January

A visiting fellowship agreement with the French host institution will be established between the institutions and the laureates.

Sciences Po Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme for Undergraduate and Graduate Africans to Study in France (Summer school)

Application Deadlines: 29th 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.

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

Application Deadline: 19th 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.

Cambridge University International Scholarships

Mastercard Cambridge University African Scholars Programme for Graduate African Students

Application Deadline: 5th January

In addition to full funding (fees and maintenance), the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge will provide scholars with support for travel to and from the UK (including visas, if needed). In addition, Scholars will benefit from a cohort-wide induction programme, likely to require early arrival in Cambridge before the start of the course.

Cambridge Africa Changemakers Scholarship for African Students

Application Deadline: 5th January

The Cambridge Africa Changemakers Scholarship is a programme of full-cost scholarships for PhD students in any subject, open to candidates from any country in Africa. It is tenable at any college.

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

Application Deadline: 5th 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: 5th 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.

Oxford University International 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.

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.

Reach Oxford Scholarships for Undergraduates from Developing Countries

Application Deadline: January

Several Oxford colleges offer Reach Oxford scholarships (formerly Oxford Student Scholarships) to students from low-income countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because standard educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own countries.

Clarendon Fund Scholarships for International Students at University of Oxford

Application Deadline: January

The Clarendon Fund scholarships open to all graduate (Masters, MBA and Doctoral degree) applicants regardless of Nationality for entry at University of Oxford, 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.

Erasmus Mundus GLOCAL Scholarships for International Students

Application Deadline: 6th January

“Global Markets, Local Creativities” (GLOCAL) is an International Masters degree taught over 2 years by a consortium of 7 world class and internationally renowned universities.

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 the scholarship Link above.


Stipendium Hungaricum (Government of Hungary) 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.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters Students in Commonwealth Countries

Application Deadline: 10th January

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships give talented students from anywhere in the Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master’s degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country, and building their global networks.

MasterCard University of California, Berkeley Masters Scholarships for African Students – USA

Application Deadline: (varies from Nov to Jan)

The MasterCard University of California, Berkeley Masters Scholarships for African Students will provide holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counselling – to Masters students from Sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

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

Application Deadline: 15th 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.

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 (OPENING SOON)

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

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.

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

Application Deadline: 18th 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.

King Abdullah University Masters & PhD Scholarship – Saudi Arabia

Application Deadline: 7th January

KAUST does not require the GRE exam for admission. However, we strongly encourage students to take the GRE general test. A high quantitative score on the GRE will enhance a student’s application.

Imperial College Fully-funded PhD Scholarship for International Students 

Application Deadline: 23rd 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: 11th January

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

American University Washington Human Rights Essay Award (Fully-funded to Washington D.C. USA)

Application Deadline: 31st January

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

Browse the AfterSchoolAfrica Calendar for more scholarships with January deadlines.


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