Scholarships For African Students

Among the scholarships available for African and Sub Saharan region students, some offer a range of need or merit-based grants while others are based on special aptitudes and academic performance. A majority of scholarships being offered for international students by the developed world are open for application by both Asian and African students. Some scholarship programs are offered through trustee boards in Africa itself to promote international studies while others are offered by other countries as a means of extending assistance to African students who wish to study abroad but find it difficult due to financial constraints. Scholarships for African students range from undergraduate degree programs to PhD level studies and should be applied for by the specified deadlines. The applications for most international scholarship programs are now easily accessible and downloadable via the internet.

Scholarship Categories for African Students

Scholarships being made available by educational institutions and other organizations fall into a number of categories. Some scholarships are offered for students who excel academically in various subject areas. These are mainly merit-based scholarships. African students who lack the finances to pay for their college tuition, yet wish to pursue foreign studies, can apply for need-based scholarships. While they should also demonstrate academic excellence, the main consideration is the financial need being proven by such deserving students. Similarly, students who excel at athletics, fine arts and other special fields can also apply for special aptitude and sports scholarships. Below are some scholarships for African students.

Masters Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries at University of Westminster – this is an master’s scholarship for African students, as well as for other students from developing countries. The scholarship will be awarded to the students who can compellingly convince the trustee board that they will use the knowledge to be gained through the scholarship to aid in the development of his or her home country. Master’s students holding an offer for a full-time Master’s degree program from the University of Westminster are able to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship will pay for tuition, accommodation, expenses and air tickets to and from London.

MA International Planning and Sustainable Development Scholarships at University of Westminster

MA International Planning and Sustainable Development Scholarships – this is an master’s scholarship for African students, as well as for other students from developing countries. The scholarship will be awarded to the students who can compellingly convince the trustee board that they will use the knowledge to be gained through the scholarship to aid in the development of his or her home country. Master’s students holding an offer for a full-time Master’s degree program from the University of Westminster are able to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship will pay for tuition, accommodation, expenses and air tickets to and from London.

Official Announcement: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/prospective-students/student-finance/funding/scholarships/postgraduate/ma-international-planning

African Watt Club Fund

The African Watt Club Fund – this is a fund that generates £10,000 to £40,000 a year to enable the funding of scholarships of approximately £10,000 per student. There are several restrictions placed upon the attainment of the scholarship. African students who wish to apply for the scholarship should be aware of the restrictions before applying for it. The first batch of scholarships takes effect in the September 2011 college intake.

Official Announcement: https://www.alumni.hw.ac.uk/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=346

African Graduate Fellowship

African Graduate Fellowship – this is another master’s scholarship for African students. Postgraduate students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree at the American University in Cairo can apply for this scholarship. The fellowship is awarded for two academic years and during this period tuition fees will be waived, a monthly stipend of LE 850 is paid to the students, as well as covering medical service, health insurance fees and some other essential living expenses. African students doing a B.A. or BSc with an overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

Official Announcement: http://www.aucegypt.edu/admissions/grad/finsup/pages/african.aspx

Postgraduate Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries

Postgraduate Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries – this is a special scholarship program aimed at African female students and LDC students who wish to pursue studies in a centre of excellence in a host country. The scholarships are awarded annually and applications are processed during the June-July period.

Official Announcement: http://owsdw.ictp.it/

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Scholarships

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Scholarships – these scholarships are available for deserving female students who wish to study in South Africa. The hosting educational institutions are the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. The scholarship candidates should demonstrate a clear intention to use their education and knowledge furthered by the scholarship for the benefit and development of children and women.

Official Announcement: http://www.mmmf-grants.org/grants-sa.html

There are many more scholarships for African students. There is also a program granting 100 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for foreign students academic year 2011 which any deserving African student with proven academic excellence can apply for. Before the application process, it is highly advised that students read the eligibility section and understand the criteria required. This will help them to determine which scholarship programs they stand a good chance of being awarded.