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There are many international scholarships for African students available, including government scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships and university scholarships. Read on for our list of current opportunities, and download our free guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad here – happy scholarship hunting!

To study anywhere:

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To study in Africa:

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  • ACCES Kenya – Scholarships for students from Kenya to gain funding to study at undergraduate level at an accredited university in Kenya.
  • Mandela Rhodes Scholarships – Scholarships for Africans with strong leadership skills to study for an honors or master’s degree at a recognized university in South Africa.
  • Jim Ovia Scholarship – Scholarships for Nigerian students to gain funding to study at undergraduate level in Nigeria.
  • TRECCAfrica Scholarships – Master’s and PhD scholarships for African students to gain partial and full funding to study at partnered African universities.
  • WAAW Foundation Scholarships – Scholarships for female African students looking to pursue a STEM-focused undergraduate program (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) at a recognized African university.

To study in Asia-Pacific:

To study in Europe:

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To study in Belgium:

  • VLIR-UOS Awards Scholarships – Graduate scholarships for international students from Africa, Asia and Latin America to study in Belgium on a development-related master’s degree or training program.

To study in Germany:

To study in the Netherlands:

  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) – Short course, master’s degree and PhD scholarships for African students to study in the Netherlands. 50% of budget goes to female applicants, while the other 50% is prioritized to applicants from sub-Saharan Africa**.

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Note that the list above is NOT exhaustive – there are lots of other scholarships open to African students. To find more opportunities, check the website of your chosen university and research funding offered via government schemes or external organizations (e.g. the IET offers funds for engineering students).

You could also be eligible for the QS Scholarships scheme, which offers US$1.7 million in funding each year. To find out more, and to get personal advice for your application, register to attend the QS World Grad School Tour for free.

African Commonwealth countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.

** Sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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This article was originally published in April 2015. It was updated in December 2016. 

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Hi, I am asitamunopirim. How can I get a full scholarship for a first degree In social sciences . I'm from Nigeria. ThanKs

I'm KAMDEM Steve, a 2nd year medical student in Cameroon and I wish you to help me get a medical scholarship to further my studies in the USA. How can I do to find a scholarship?

I am a holder of the high school certificate in geology,biology and chemistry wish to further my education abroad as a petroleum engineer but I am financially Brock .
So I wish if I can have a scholarship to fund my education abroad.

Hi good day, I'm a third year medical student from Nigeria, but i'm currently studying in st kitts and nevis (Caribbean). I am struggling financially, i would like to inquire about scholarships to enable me complete my studies. Thank you.

Hi Laura, am a graduate with a Bachelor in Computer Science from Ghana and would like to study for my Masters with a scholarship outside Ghana. Please any recommendations?

Hello, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study computer science. :)

i have completed high level and am looking for scholarships of undergraduate degree level in medical fields... how do i find these scholarships?

Hi Michael, we've listed a range of medical scholarships around the world here. :)

Hellow Laura I want to apply university in USA I finish high school 2016.2017.
Please how can I get this?

Hi Anas, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US.

there's no any scholarship in US for undergraduate students in the list

Hi Laura
please can i get a guide on scholarship schemes and universities abroad.

Hi Esther, please take a look at our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad

Please, am a graduate and I wish to study for masters in USA. Please how do I get a scholarship to any school there?

Hi Perpetua, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US. You could also download our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad, which includes advice on perfecting your scholarship application. Hope this helps!

Hi Laura. I have been accepted into Barry University in the USA, and received a merit-based scholarship from the university. The amount is but a fraction of what needs to be paid annually. Do you know of any other scholarships or funders who could help pay off the difference? I have already deferred my enrolment to the Spring semester, and my goal is to get the necessary funds by then.

Hi Buhle, our article 'Scholarships to Study in the US' lists a range of scholarships you may be interested in. 

Hi Laura.. i am just finishing secondary school but i need to apply for a university in a european country. Could you advice for the best country. Thank you

Hello laura i am a undergraduate student.and i need scholarship .

Hi Tahseen, we have more lists of scholarships for different countries, regions and subjects - you can browse these here, and can read advice on how to get a scholarship in this guide. :) 

Please I would like more information on full scholarships to study for a Masters in Digital Marketing. Thanks!

I was accepted into Penn state Harrisburg campus. help me get a scholarship student loan or whatever kind of funding there is out there.

Hi Oliver, if you haven't already, I'd recommend checking Penn State Harrisburg's official website for details on scholarship opportunities you may be eligible for. You could also browse our list of scholarships to study in the US. Good luck!

Hi!I did apply for schorlaship to persue my bachelor degree in International Business Admictration,deadline is on the 30 April 2017,still waiting with good hope. do i get a loan to study in Russia for undergraduate.i already got a place for this year

Hi Patience, I'm not sure about loans, but we have a list of scholarships to study in Russia here

Hie. How do I get a loan to study in the Uk for undergrad I already got a place for this year

Hi Frank, these scholarships are worth checking out:

Helo isthere any scholarship for learnig Eng.. for intermediate level for graduated people I'm unfortunately 19years old.thank you

Is there any scholarship for learning English Language for intermediate level for graduated people I'm unfortunately 29 years old.

Hello I am an undergraduate that was studying chemical engineering in europe, unfortunately due to a lack of funds, i had to return to my home country where I have been so far unsuccessful to transfer my credits and finish my stuides. i was wondering if there was any scholarship available for my plight in order to continue and finish my undergraduate degree. Thanks

Hi Joseph, I'm not sure how applicable these scholarships will be to your situation but we've listed a range of scholarships to study in Europe here and scholarships for engineering students here. Good luck with your search! 

Hello Laura
How are you doing always
I wish to know if I could get a scholarship and do my bachelors degree in civil engineering from abroad.
I do have a diploma in water engineering and would wish to do bachelors in civil engineering.
Am Javira from Uganda

Hello, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students. :)

Patience. Am struggling to pay may fees.I would like assistance so that I complete my last 13 modules in health sciences and social services in applied psychology. Please help in funding my degree programme

Hello, please take a look at our list of psychology scholarships around the world. :)

Hello, I am looking for scholarship to study Bachelor's of Education at Atlanta International university. The school is paying part of the tuition fees but I can't afford the rest so I need help.

Hi. I will be starting the second year post graduate studies in economics but I am struggling with funding. Are there any grants or scholarships that could be suitable for someone in my situation?

Hello, scholarships to study economics are included in our article on Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarships Around the World. :)

Hello My name is Roland Adjei from Ghana. I completed my first degree with 2nd Class Upper honors at 2014 with Psychology. I want a Scholarship to study Strategic Management- Please advise me how to secure for myself a Scholarship.

my name is Ivy from Kenya and i want to know if there are any undergraduate schoolarships in medical laboratory and technology for BA degree. thankyou

Hi Ivy, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world. 

my name is medo and i am from Egypt and i want to know if there are any undergraduate scholarships in art and design or architecture for BA degree .Thank you :) :D

Hi Medo, please take a look at our lists of art scholarships and architecture scholarships. :)

my name is mehdi zarezade
i am nursing collegian in zanjan university
and i want to study in usa university

Hi Mehdi, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US. You might also be interested in our recently published list of nursing scholarships, and if you need any information about studying in the US, our country guide should help! :)

i am to graduate this year from a notable university in nigera, how do i get to know about scholarships to do my masters degree anywhere the field is nuclear science and tech or related ti physics