It may sound like cliché, but education is still the key to success. That is why scholarship for African students can be regarded as one of the remarkable humane gestures offered in this universe. It opens doors for development and growth in our future leaders, who may not only bring success to their individual lives but to a nation as a whole.
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There are quite a number of international institutions across the world-even some in Africa that promote education to an extent that they award grants. However, there are certain scholarships that may be regarded somehow better than others because of certain elements such as academic resources and a range of scholarly privileges that come with them. That is why in this article we’ll be highlighting some of the best scholarships for promising and ambitious students to apply for, from across the world.
Scholarship for African students in the USA
The United States of America, one of the most developed countries in the world comprised of fifty states and a range of world-class universities, also comes with lots of scholarships opportunities for African students. The following are some of the programs that are considered ideal;
This initiative that was launched in 2011 is inviting applications for African students who may wish to further their education in Master’s degree as well as Ph.D. in about ten leading universities across the world including the USA. The scholarship is granted in the discipline of Business administration or related field. The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago are some of the institutions that applicants would be required to choose from.
Application for the program is ongoing even though the selection is set on an annual basis. The English language is also a prerequisite, but then again, if it is not your first language then you will have to prove that your language skills are high enough to be considered in the selection.
This initiative with a primary focus of empowering our ambitious African youth is funded by the Department of state in Washington, D.C and administered by Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Applications are ongoing for students who are pursuing doctoral and research program of their choice, but then again, they must be at least two years in that doctoral program. It's also based on merit as applicants with strong and persuasive proposals with well-detailed research objectives and justifications for conducting their research in the U.S are the ones who will be called for interviews.
This foundation which began way back in 2014 is also the flagship for the Young African Leaders Initiative. Its main goal is to empower future leaders of Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
Applicants are obviously not discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, socio-economic status, disability or sexual orientation. The applicants must also not be permanent residents of U.S but are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa
Scholarship for African students in Europe
Europe as a continent is filled with many countries Including UK, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands among others. We’ll be highlighting top scholarships from some of these countries that African students should be eyeing on.
VLIR-UOS Awards Scholarships
This fund is meant for International students from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. It's based in Belgium and merited students would be expected to study on a development-related Master's degree or training program.
Germany is yet another country well known for scholarships programs. The following is one of the best scholarship initiatives in this country;
DRD-DAAD Merit Scholarships
Just like the other fund from Belgium, this program is also meant to aid students in their development-related Master's degree or Ph.D. in Germany. It's regarded as one of the best programs and as luck would have it, it has narrowed down its focus only in Africa, mostly the sub-Saharan region.
3. United Kingdom
Well, UK has always shown undying love for African students, as it can be noted by the many programs meant for Africans only. There are quite a number of top scholarships meant to empower African students in academics. They include the following;
This foundation is offering full scholarships for African students to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK. They are awarded for a maximum of two years, that is Master's degree or Ph.D. at any university the student prefers. It was established by Dr. Cecil Renaud in 1988 and when he passed away in June 1993 he willed the remainder of his estate to the trust.
Anyway, scholarships are granted annually for either one or two students who may have merited. But then again, they need to have a good command of English language, either written or spoken. Hence, the application should obviously be written in the English Language.
This is one of the well-known programs open for Africans only. It provides full tuition fee at the University of Glasgow for a Master’s degree. Initiated just recently, all interested applicants will be filtered in according to their academic merit.
This scholarship fund enables students to study at the UCL on a Master’s degree program within the Institute for Global Health. Applications are on yearly basis but still encouraged to apply early enough.
4. African Postgraduate Scholarships at Edinburgh Napier University
Well, this initiative provides a chance to further your postgraduate studies at the Edinburgh Napier University on a partial scholarship. The opportunity is primarily granted based on merit.
5. Commonwealth Scholarships at the SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies)
This is yet another program targeting the African Commonwealth countries. Students from these countries will get an opportunity to study in London, UK at the SOAS for a development-related master’s degree. For students who have been shortlisted or rather nominated, they usually get their confirmation by the third week of May every year.
6. Ruth First Scholarships at the Durham University
This is yet another program prioritized for Africans only. But then again, it only covers certain African countries, specifically, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Merited students are privileged to study for their postgraduate programs at the Durham University in the UK.
7. Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships at the Oxford University
Regarded as one of the best and well-resourced university in the world, Oxford University through Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships opens its doors for African students. The students ought to have previously studied at the South African university will be enrolled at Oxford based on their merit.
This initiative wraps up the list of best scholarships in Europe. The program offers Master's, as well as Ph.D. funds for future African leaders, to study in the UK in either three selected institutions comprising of London Business School, SOAS or the University of Birmingham.
Scholarship for African students in Canada
Aside from the US, and Europe, Canada is also known for a friendly appeal towards Africans in terms of scholarships. The following are some foundations meant to help African students;
The University of Toronto, one of the best universities in the world is inviting applications for Fellowships from African students towards clinical training. The training is scheduled for all programs carried out within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. The fellowships are available for years ranging from one to two. The nomination is based on merit with a minimum acceptance marks of 93 and 24 on the speaking section. Applications should be submitted by September.
McGill University is also inviting applications for doctoral fellowships for graduate students. Fellowships are $35,000 per annum which is also renewable twice. Applicants are required to submit their applications and other relevant documents to the Department unit they are intending to study.
Swedish scholarship for African students
Applications are currently invited for scholarships in Stockholm School of Economics for Master’s degree program in Sweden for international students including Africans. The field of study is mainly in Business Administration and applicants need to have at least five-year experience of work in a relaxed environment. This also includes at least a Bachelor's degree.
All in all, the scholarship caters for a full tuition fee as well as teaching and literature materials.
Scholarship for African students to study abroad
This fund is mainly for students at Master's and Ph.D. level for Africa as well as Asian students. The program allows the need-based graduates to further their learning at any institution in the world.Students for short-term courses are not considered and those that have already started their course of study. All in all, applications are on yearly basis around the month of June and July.
2. Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
This is an initiative from the Commonwealth organization. It gives privileges to African students within the Commonwealth countries to study their master's degree in selected universities in the UK through distance learning.
Well, there are quite a number of African countries within this organization which is generally convenient for students. Some of the African countries within Commonwealth include; Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, Mozambique Mauritius, the United Republic of Tanzania among others.
Applications are made using CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS) and submitted in time.
This is yet another leading and very beneficial program for African students. It provides opportunities to pursue International Master's degree as well as Ph.D. in any leading university in the UK, Ireland or South Africa. The trusts, nevertheless, does not cover the whole of Africa. It narrows down its helping hand only in some countries, particularly Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.
This initiative provides aid to need-based students in developing countries including Africa. Unlike the others, this body issues funds to study abroad or simply at home, simply within your country.
5. Women Techmakers Scholars Program
They say when you educate a woman you would have educated the whole village- yet another cliché. Well, much focus is usually given to men in many African or Middle Eastern countries when it comes to education-especially in technical courses.
This initiative which is part of google scholarships for African students had risen to change this perception and actually provides assistance to women in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Women in these regions are funded to study in particular courses including Computer science, Computer engineering or any related technical discipline at any level be it undergraduate degree, Master's, Ph.D. or even diploma.
Apart from Europe, America or Asia, Uganda through Makerere University-a renowned-institution is also inviting applications for scholarships from international students including Africa’s future leaders from various corners of the continent.
The fund is for postgraduate studies, that is, Master’ degree and Ph.D. based in particular fields comprising Political Economy, Historical Studies, Political Studies as well as Literary and Cultural Studies.
An application is done online in English Language and therefore students who may be using English as their first language will have to show very high skills to show that they are conversant with it and qualified for the program.
Registration is ongoing and students are advised to apply as early as possible.
World bank scholarship for African students
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship, which has been in existence since 1987, aims to sponsor students from Developing countries in their academic endeavors. It focuses more on graduate degrees in development related disciplines.
Well, the government of Japan is credited with sponsoring this program on yearly basis as tuition fees, health insurance, round-trip airfare and travel allowance among other privileges are all provided.