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International Scholarships for African Students

International Scholarships for African Students

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.

To study anywhere:

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  • Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund – Graduate scholarships for African scientists to gain funding for a master’s degree in an area related to disease control in Africa. Scholarship winners can choose to study at London’s Institute of Tropical Medicine, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Nagasaki University in Japan.
  • Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Program – Needs-based graduate scholarships for African students at master’s and PhD level to study anywhere in the world.
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships – International scholarships for African students within the Commonwealth* to study a part-time master’s degree by distance learning from select universities in the UK and worldwide.
  • The Beit Trust Scholarships – International master’s degree and PhD scholarships for African students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university. Applicants need to have been accepted into the university to be eligible for the Beit Trust scholarship.
  • Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships – Needs-based scholarships for students from developing countries (including African nations) to gain funding for university at home or in a country in the developing world. Candidates must be planning to work and live in their own country after graduation and will be enrolled in a program of study that will either benefit the community or contribute to the country’s growth.
  • Women Techmakers Scholars Program – Scholarships for women from Africa (as well as Europe and the Middle East) to study computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field at any study level at a university in one of the aforementioned regions.
  • Rotary Peace Fellowships – Fully-funded academic fellowships covering tuition fees, accommodation, transportation and field-study expenses for master’s degree applicants. Applications are open to students from any African country and successful applicants will be able to study at a selection of top universities around the world.

To study in Africa:

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  • ACCESS Kenya – Partial 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 award includes tuition and maintenance allowance.
  • The Graduate Institute Geneva – A number list of unique masters 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 – Need-based 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:

  • DRD-DAAD Merit Scholarships – Scholarships for Sub-Saharan** Africans to study a development-related master’s or PhD program in Germany. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit.

To study in Ireland:

To study in the Netherlands:

To study in the UK: 

To study in the US: 


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 June 2020. 

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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 I am in my second year studying data analytics(undergraduate) at the University of Cape Town , may you please help me find a scholarship to continue my studies. I am a Zimbabwean with a South African Permanent residence. Please help I have looked everywhere.

Hi Hazel, You might want to look at the scholarships available to study computer science here. Also, take a look at the QS scholarships on offer. You might also want to read the guide on how to get a fully funded scholarship. Good luck with your search :)  

Hey Laura, i happened to have withdrawn my admission from a public university after my academic efforts had been compromised for a period of 4 years. i would love to begin a fresh degree course on IT Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. Am i having an opportunity to get scholarship? This is Luka from Kenya

Am 40 years old and will start my PhD studies in Visual Arts soon in January at the University of Pretoria. Is there any luck for me?

Hi. My name is Agnes from Zambia, want to study nursing midwifery next year at the University of east london. How can I get a scholarship? Looking forward to hear from you soon..

Hi Agness, You can view the full list of nursing scholarships here. If you're looking to study at the University of East London, you may also want to take a look at the scholarships to study in the UK. Here is a quick guide on how to get a full scholarship

I'm still in high school and I'm from South Africa. Can you start studying overseas immediately without having to start studying here first? And what is a good scholarship for that

Hi Anja, Yes you can study abroad immediately provided you meet the school's entry requirements (which you can find out more about on their website). You may also want to take a look at the full list of scholarships to study abroad. 

Hello hello !
I study in Rwanda. I need scholarship for my studies in IT software engineering.
I need your assistance
It's very important for me.
Thank you

Hi Aminata, You can view computer science scholarships here

Hi, my name is Harun. I am seeking for a full scholarship for an undergraduate in geology. Is there still hope?

Hi Laura!, Please I need reply ASAP. I'm a first class graduate of Agricultural economics and resource management from a Nigerian federal University. Please I'd like to know available scholarships which are fully funded.

Hi Oluwatosin, You can view all the international scholarships here. You might also want to take a look at this article on agriculture scholarships.

Hi my name is Khutso, please how can I get a scholarship to study for a undergraduate law degree at any university outside Africa. Thank you.

Hi am nancy. Please how can I get scholarship to study in any university in America. Thank you

Hi Nancy, You can find a list of scholarships to study at US universities here

Hello this is Rachael how can I get bachelor's scholarship with full funding abroad.

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 :) 

Hi , please have gotten admission to study Medicine in All Saint university college of medicine please how do I get a scholarship to fund it thank you

Hi am Naa from Ghana , please how can I get scholarship to study Medicine in any university outside Africa. Thank you

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

Hi , Am Naa from Ghana
Have gotten admission in Canada . please how do I get scholarship to fund it , thank you

Hey... i am goamon living in Liberia are there no international undergraduate scholarship program

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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

Hello there! I`m Luak Khor, From South Sudan Student of Management second year in Unity University Ethiopia`s Addisababa. Managed to pay for first and second year fees, then because of the crisis in my country I couldnt make it upto my dream, therefore, Would like to request for your assistance finding a sholarship to pursue with my education outside Africa.

I am a fourth year undergraduate of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering in Malawi who is failing to pay for tuition and meal funds, please may somebody help since the first semester is going on.

Damiano Jamson

I'm from Zimbabwe currently studying bachelor of science honors in economics looking for a masters in economics or business management scholarship

Hi Priscilla, we have a list of business scholarships here, and you might also like to check our list of scholarships for African students

Hello. I am a cameroonian doing masters in italian linguistics. I will want s scholarship to study English linguistics for a PHD program

By the special grace of God i am considering my PH.D in Professional

Doctorate in Public Administration and Policy my course interest
includes Public Administration, Policies partnering government
Information Communication Technology E /government Solutions in Africa
governments/public institutions specifically I am opened to
information on scholarship grant. My aim afterwards by God's grace is
becoming a Professional Developmental Policy consultant to
Governments/Public institutions on Information Communication
Technology (ICT) E/Governments solutions.

Thank You

Yours Jibril

Hello, I'm from Algeria and I want to get a scholarship to study medicine in any country ... what shouil I do ?

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

Hello Laura my name is Rose from kenya i have completed my degree in Enviromental Health recently i got a admission to leeds university to study masters but i have problem with funding i need 1.8 million kenya sh($12) kindly help and advice where to get fundings

Hello I am also facing similar issue, got unconditional offer to study a tier 4 masters program in electrical electronics engineering...
Please I need help...with financing...

Hi, i am currently in my first year of a two year postgraduate Law Progrmme in Ireland.Was able to pay for the first year but i am dire need of grants to enable me finish my programme but i can't find any out there.

Hello I've already finished high school, how can I get scholarship to study anywhere? Thank you

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

Hello danche I am also facing similar issue, got unconditional offer to study a tier 4 masters program in electrical electronics engineering...
Please I need help...

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?