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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:

To study in Africa:

  • ACCESS 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.
  • The Graduate Institute Geneva – A number list of unique Master and PhD scholarships for academically talented students from Africa. Financial aid packages may include cost-of-living scholarships, tuition reduction and/or a paid position, and is awarded based on the individual’s financial needs as well as academic merit.
  • 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:

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 Ireland:

To study in the Netherlands:

To study in the UK: 

To study in the US: US icon

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$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 last updated in November 2018. 

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, 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 Nancy, You can find a list of scholarships to study at US universities here

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Hi Rachael, You can find out more about scholarships available around the world here. If you're looking to apply for scholarships abroad, find out how to apply here. I hope this helps :) 

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Hi Naa, You can find out about the different scholarships available to study medicine around the world here

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Hi Ada, although we don't have an article on Europe specifically, here's a link to our article on 10 of the Most Affordable Places to Study Abroad, which includes destinations in Europe. We also have a guide on studying in Italy here

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Hi Sidali, you could browse our list of medical scholarships around the world here, and I'd also recommend having a read of our 'How to find scholarships to study abroad' guide.

Hello,I have a degree in nursing.please I want to study any health related course.Thanks

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Hi Tuyishime, you can browse our main page listing scholarships to study abroad around the world here.

I already have an unconditional offer to join a certain university in the UK. How can I get a scholarship?

Applications for scholarships in the UK depend on the universities you have an unconditional offer with. Except they are government or NGO Scholarships. Check on the schools' websites and see what scholarships they have. Some require postals some are done online. I'll be happy to help

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

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

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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!

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

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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. :) 

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