Here is a comprehensive list of scholarships for Africans looking to pursue studies on the continent or abroad:

Gates Cambridge Postgraduate Scholarship 2017

Deadlines: 12 October 2016 (US round) and 7 December 2016 (International round).

Applications for Gates Cambridge Scholarship (October 2017 entry) is now open. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships  awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.


Scholarships are available for a postgraduate degree in any subject at Cambridge for applicants who are ordinarily resident outside the United Kingdom

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (three year research-only degree)
    • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
    • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
  • Ineligible courses
    • BA (undergraduate)
    • BA affiliated (a second BA)
    • MBBChir Clinical Studies
    • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
    • Part-time degrees

The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship- Michigan State University (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: January 4 (Undergraduate) & February 1, 2017 (Graduate)

Applications are invited for the Mastercard Scholarships at Michigan State University (MSU).The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with Michigan State University to provide full tuition scholarships to undergraduate and Master’s degree students from sub-Saharan Africa.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship provides comprehensive support for the completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. We cover:Travel costs,Visa and SEVIS fees,Tuition and other MSU fees,Housing, food, and living expenses,Health insurance.

Eligibility: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is open to residents and citizens of sub-Saharan African countries. Students who are already enrolled in degree programs in Africa or elsewhere are not eligible for the program.

Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld & Hoffmann Scholarships & Leadership Programme 2017/18- University of Oxford

Deadline: January 6 & 20, 2017

University of Oxford invites applications for Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme. This Programme supports outstanding postgraduate students from developing and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America. The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,296). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course

The Louis Dreyfus Foundation aims to promote sustainable agriculture, food security and self-sufficiency, particularly through education and direct support to farmers, with a specific focus on developing countries in the above-mentioned regions.

Eligibility: Successful applicants must demonstrate that, following their academic studies at Oxford, they are committed to serving the global community through their chosen field of work, including but not limited to: the agricultural industry, development areas, politics and/or law related to food security and/or sustainable agriculture, health care, environmental and water management, economic, public and foreign policy.

Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund For MSc Studies in UK or Japan

Deadline: September 30, 2016

The Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund is a scholarship fund set up to support African scientists to undertake a Master’s degree in a subject relevant to the control of infectious disease in Africa.The awards will support a candidate to undertake an MSc at either the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan or at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

Eligibility: Applicants must be of African nationality and normally be resident in sub-Saharan Africa.

Up to four awards will be made each year for the period 2010 to 2017. Successful applicants will receive a maximum of US$50,000 each to cover tuition fees, travel and living expenses.

Jim Ovia Undegraduate & Graduate Scholarships for Nigerians

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Applications for the annual Jim Ovia Scholars Program is open. The scheme offers an average of 100 opportunities each year for new applicants while renewing applicants are supported annually, conditional on meeting all eligible requirements of the scholarship.

Beneficiaries of the Jim Ovia scholarship receive an annual award of 150,000 Nigerian Naira, renewable for up to the entire duration of the beneficiary’s educational tenure.

Eligibility: The scholarship is open to all potential students of Nigerian citizenship. One hundred (100) awardees are selected each year from a pool of eligible applicants.

Skoll Scholarship For MBA Program -University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School (Fully-funded)

Deadline: March 19, 2017

University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School is now accepting applications for the Skoll Scholarship. This is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. Have you started a venture or initiative that is aimed at solving one of the world’s biggest social or environmental challenges? If so, you may be the next Skoll Scholar!

The Skoll Scholarship provides full funding plus a living stipend to complete a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.


  • You must have started and grown a social venture that has been running for at least three years OR have been responsible for leading a major expansion of an existing social venture or programme within that venture.
  • You must demonstrate some evidence of your need for the Scholarship.
  • You must demonstrate how a business education can contribute to the wider development of the community within which you work.You must demonstrate evidence of personal qualities strongly resonating with social entrepreneurial leadership

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS) 2017

Deadline: October 15, 2016

The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) is now accepting applications from faculty across African Universities for the 2016 Program. UMAPS Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan for residencies that begin in late August, generally lasting up to six months (Residency period: Late August-Early February).

Eligibility: All applicants must:

  • Be an early career faculty member who has taught in the higher education system for less than ten years, presently teaching in a college or university in Africa
  • Be able to demonstrate support from home institution with letter of recommendation from head of department, dean, or vice chancellor
  • Be able to remain in residence from four to six months

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship UC Berkeley 2016/17

Deadline: November 30, 2016 (For Undergraduates); Deadlines vary for Graduate Programs

Applications are invited for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship at The University of California, Berkeley . UC Berkeley has partnered with The MasterCard Foundation in a collaborative, global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations that believe education is a catalyst for social and economic advancement.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars receive a comprehensive scholarship equivalent to the costs associated with earning a Bachelors or Masters degree, which includes travel, tuition, Berkeley student fees, visa and SEVIS fees, housing, food, living expenses, and cohort signature programs which will focus on leadership topics.


The five main eligibility criteria are:

  • Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Excelling academically
  • Coming from an economically disadvantaged background
  • Having demonstrated the will to give back to your community, country, or continent
  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies

Chevening Scholarship 2017/18- Study at any UK University

Deadline: November 8, 2016

Applications for the 2017/18 Chevening Scholarship is now open. Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.


  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
  • Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
  • Have at least two years’ work experience (this may be up to five years for fellowship programmes, please refer to your country page for further details)
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 13 July 2017
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 13 July 2017

Fondazione Edu Scholarship For African Students 2016/17

Deadline: October 20, 2016

The University of Ghana is inviting applications for Fondazione Edu Scholarship for 2016-2017 academic year.

The activities of the Fondazione Edu are designed to foster capacity building in Africa and result in the provision of scholarships for university studies that cover the entire cost of training and the costs associated with it.

The Scholarship will cover tuition, books, as well as room and board, and will be awarded for four years as long as excellent academic standards of at least a B average of 3.00 CGPA continue to be met and need is demonstrated


All African students are eligible to apply as long as they meet the following requirement

  1. Are a Level 100 student.
  2. Obtained an aggregate of 14 or better at the WASSCE.
  3. Are able to demonstrate limited family income and/or insufficient funds to cover most or all educational related expenses.
  4. Have the will to succeed (determination, perseverance and success in other pursuits).
  5. Continuing science student with CGPA 3.75 and above (very limited slots)

MTN Solution Space Scholarships For Africans 2016/17

Deadline: October 31, 2016

Applications are invited for the 2016-17 scholarships. The Solution Space Scholarships were created to nurture a new generation of leaders that move beyond “business as usual” to envision, develop and test new models that will shape our future. The scholarships were created to support bold and visionary African mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs who are committed to local innovation and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential step in their journey of shaping the future of our continent.

Eligibility: To be considered for a MTN Scholarship you must:

  • Applicants must be a citizen from an African country and a Permanent Resident for at least 1 year.
  • Apply to pursue either the MBA or the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme at the UCT GSB.
  • Financial Need Criteria

Partial Merit Study-Abroad Scholarship Award For Nigerian Students

Deadline: November 1, 2016

The Lagos State Scholarship Board is offering Partial Merit Scholarships to students of Nigerian origin resident in Lagos to study in foreign universities. Study abroad opportunities will take place at the following collaborating university institutions.

  1. Undergraduate (UG) studies tenable in India, Ukraine, Republic of South Africa, and China.
  2. Postgraduate (PG) studies tenable in India, Republic of South Africa and Ukraine.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at University of Cape Town 2017

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Applications are open for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship to study at the University of Cape Town in 2017. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town is part of a global initiative that seeks to provide 300 scholarships over 10 years to academically talented yet economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa for study at UCT. The Scholars Program is an initiative to educate young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities.


In order to be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, applicants must be:

  • Academically talented, must value learning and be driven to complete their education.
  • Economically disadvantaged and facing significant financial barriers to accessing education.
  • Committed to giving back to their own communities once studies are completed, to return to their home countries and take a leadership role in promoting social and economic improvement.
  • Future leaders committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.
  • Commitment to community service through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities
  • Citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan African
  • Wanting to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level (Masters by research and coursework or research Masters, only). Honours applicants will be considered from 2016.
  • Applying to study in the fields of Commerce, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law or Sciences at the University of Cape Town.
  • All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to the University of Cape Town to be considered for the Scholarship. Although each academic department has its own criteria, a minimum of 60% for the Honours, or equivalent degree is the overall academic criterion required for entry into the Masters’ degree.
  • Preference will be given to ‘first-generation’ students, i.e. those who are the first ones in their families to go to university.