Postgraduate scholarships for African students
The Africa Educational Trust
The Africa Educational Trust offers scholarships and grants to African students studying in the UK. The availability, criteria and restrictions for these vary, as does the level of funding provided. All awards are at the discretion of the Trust and students should only apply to those programmes for which they are eligible.
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their postgraduate studies (mainly masterís, although PhD programmes may be considered).
Awarded on a 50% grant, 50% loan basis, each scholarship covers fees and living costs only, not travel. The award is open to citizens of countries where the Foundation has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies (currently Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Madagascar in your region).
The British Council
The British Council often offers or administers scholarships aimed at students from specific countries or regions in partnership with important organisations and bodies in the UK or in the countries where it has a presence.
- The BP Cambridge Scholarships for Egypt (in collaboration with BP Egypt and the Cambridge Overseas Trust and awarded to students from Egypt for one year of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge) is available.
- The Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation makes awards to promising Egyptian citizens wanting to study for masterís degrees and PhDs in all fields of study. The aim is to train up high-calibre professionals to aid Egyptís development.
- The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Scholarship Programme is aimed at promising students from Arab League member states who want to undertake masterís-level study. Each award will cover tuition fees, books, and living and travel costs. Four UK universities are partners in the Programme: Cranfield University, London Business School, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.
- OSI Middle East Cambridge Scholarships are offered by the Open Society Institute, a division of the Soros Foundation, in collaboration with the Cambridge Overseas Trust, to students from the Middle East, including Egypt, for postgraduate study towards a PhD at the University of Cambridge, which they will then use to pursue an academic career in their home country or region. Each award will comprise of full course fees plus living costs and a contribution towards travel. Preferred subject areas are environmental studies, public health, education and law (other areas in social sciences and the humanities might be considered).
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards were initiated in 2003 to bring outstanding students from India, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the developing world (as defined by the OECD) to come and study for PhDs in top-rated UK research facilities.
View this PDF of eligible countries to find out if you can apply (eligible countries are those in Part I of the list plus Russia and Hong Kong).
Go to the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards web page for more information and to find out the individual recipient universities, and contact those universities to find out how to apply.
European Union (EU) scholarships, grants and exchange programmes
EU scholarships, grants and exchange programmes provide many opportunities for students from your region to come and study with participating UK institutions. These include:
- the Trans-European Mobility Programme for University Studies (TEMPUS), which partly involves encouraging students from 27 countries in eastern Europe, central Asia, north Africa and the Middle East now participating to study part of their course at European universities
- Erasmus Mundus, which is a complementary programme that funds the movement of higher-education student and teaching staff between European universities and universities in specific third countries
- Marie Curie Research Fellowships, which are on offer to researchers of any nationality operating in all scientific and technological fields in order to encourage excellence in European research.
Check to see which UK institutions participate, as not all will necessarily do so, and also whether your own country is involved.
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) aims to promote to social justice, community development, and access to higher education by funding advanced study by exceptional individuals, often from backgrounds that have limited access to this kind of education, who will use this opportunity to become leaders in their fields.
Fellowships are for a maximum of two yearsí study at masterís level at any university in the world in any academic area consistent with the aims of the Ford Foundation (which are indicated on the IFP website). Selection will be on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential and commitment to community service. Twenty-two countries around the world are currently involved in this scheme, including Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Kulika Scholarships are available to Ugandan students who do not have the necessary resources to undertake vocational or academic study to better themselves and therefore contribute to the development of their country.
Full or partial scholarships are awarded, with no restrictions on the areas of study, although priority areas are agreed each year. Most scholarships are awarded for study within Uganda. Only very few are given for overseas study, specifically in specialist areas where suitable local courses are not available.
Rhodes Scholarships were set up by Cecil Rhodes over a hundred years ago with the aim of fostering understanding between the English-speaking countries of the world and other select countries by encouraging the best postgraduate students from these countries to study at the University of Oxford.
There are no restrictions on the subjects to be studied. Each Scholarship covers University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, and may be held for a maximum of three years. Two are available each year for Kenyan students, nine for South African students, two for Zambian students, two for Zimbabwean students, and one for BLMS (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland) students.
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme aims to cultivate future leaders in eastern Europe, central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and north Africa by funding the postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford of outstanding university graduates and young professionals from these regions.
Successful applicants will also take part in a programme of leadership skills development and networking. Each scholarship will cover all university and college fees and living costs. Students will have to study at the University of Oxford, but can pursue any subject.