15+ Scholarships for African Students 2019/2020

Scholarships for african students 2020

There are many international scholarships for African students available, including government scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships and university scholarships.

Read on for our list of scholarships for African students in 2019/2020. Apply fast before the deadline.

Study in the US

Study abroad in USA

  • Horowitz Foundation for social policy grant program: Call for applications for the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant Program 2019 are open. Grants are based solely on merit. Each is worth a total of $7,500; $5,000 is awarded initially and $2,500 upon completion of the project.
  • ATI scholarship fund for Malawian citizens: The ATI FSF is offered to Malawian citizens and residents to pursue a master’s or postdoctoral study and/or research in the areas of agriculture, business, data science, ecology/environment, economics or engineering. Master’s programs will begin in Fall 2020 in the United States for two years.

Study in Africa


  • CDT-Africa Regional Women’s Ph.D. Fellowship: The Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa) is providing African women with Ph.D. Scholarships in Tropical and Infectious Diseases at Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University, for the 2019/20 academic year.
  • Master Card foundation scholarship @ UP: The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is currently offering scholarships for high achieving African students interested in studying at postgraduate levels, commencing on January 2020.
  • KNUST-Tullow tertiary scholarship: The College of Engineering, KNUST is accepting applications for the award of the 2019/2020 KNUST-Tullow Tertiary Scholarship Scheme for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students who are exceptionally brilliant but with dire financial needs. The scholarship is for Engineering Courses.
  • DRD Scholarships for sub-Saharan Africans: The DRD offers a limited number of DAAD merit scholarships per year for applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record, to pursue development-related Masters and Ph.D. studies.
  • University of Ghana-Tullow Scholarship: The University of Ghana Students Financial Aid Office (UG-SFAO) is accepting applications for the award of the 2019/2020 UG-Tullow Tertiary Scholarship Scheme for both undergraduate and graduate students in relevant academic fields who are exceptionally brilliant but with dire financial needs.

Study in Europe

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  • UNIL Master’s Grants in Switzerland: The University of Lausanne in Switzerland offers the UNIL Master’s Grants on a competitive basis to international students who wish to pursue a Masters Degree at the University.
  • DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Postgraduate Courses: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies.
  • Chevening Scholarships for Developing Countries: UK Government Chevening Scholarships are open for graduates from developing countries. Chevening Scholarships are awarded across a wide range of fields; including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia in any UK University.
  • University of London Global MBA Scholarship: 150 scholarships are available for students in emerging markets that are, or have the potential to become, entrepreneurs. A scholarship of 30% off the Global MBA fee.
  • Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme: The program offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s program at a prestigious higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers course fees, flights, and accommodation and living costs.

Study in Asia

China scholarshipsWith the development of China and Japan, more and more African students want to study in these countries especially China for China universities teaching quality and low cost.

At the same time, many China universities offer scholarships for African students who want to study in China to ease their financial pressure.

The following is the list of some Scholarships for African students. So for international students from Africa, you can apply to get scholarships.

  • Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University: The scholarship allows Masters level program(s) in the field of economics and business, International Studies, Public Policy taught at Tsinghua University.
  • Japanese Government Scholarships: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2020.

Study anywhere

study in australia and new zealand

  • University of Adelaide graduate centre scholarships: The University of Adelaide is offering a number of Adelaide Scholarships International to outstanding international graduates from any country to commence their education via a Masters or Doctorate degree by research. Awards are available in all Discipline areas.
  • UC international undergraduate scholarships: The University of Canterbury offers the UC International First Year Scholarship to top-achieving international students commencing an undergraduate degree program at the University. The scholarship is currently awarded with values of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000. The duration is for one year.

Note that the list above is NOT exhaustive – there are lots of other scholarships open to African students who wish to study abroad.

To find more opportunities, check the website of your chosen university and research funding offered via government schemes or external organizations (e.g. Commonwealth scholarships for International students).

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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