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DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

DRD-SA
Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 31 July 2016 (annual)
Study in:  South Africa/Germany
Course starts Jan-May 2017

Brief description:

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 PhD studies.

Host Institution(s):

University of the Western Cape, South Africa/Ruhr-Univeristy Bochum, Germany

Field of study:

Scholarships are available for full-time students of:

MA in Development Studies
Master in Public Administration
• the MA in Development Management (Bochum Programme)
• the different PhD options at the centre (PhD UWC)

Number of Awards:

Limited

Target group:

The scholarships are intended for nationals of Sub-saharan African countries.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro for Master candidates and 900 Euro for PhD candidates plus travel allowances. Mobility scholarships are also available for Master students each year.

Eligibility:

Scholarship applicants are advised to carefully read about the specific entry requirements and course application procedure of the programme of their choice. The information is available from the respective programmes sections. In addition to programme requirements, all applicants have to meet the following requirements:

•  Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
•  Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% for your last degree
•  Applicants should apply within 3 years of having completed their previous degree
•  The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
•  The previous degree (Baccalaureus or Master) should have been an academic discipline which is related to  Development Studies or Public Administration
•  South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a Masters degree course.  Other students need the equivalent of a 4 year undergraduate degree
• Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English, both written and spoken. This can be TOEFL test or a similar standard test or a letter from an academic institution
• Work and/or voluntary experience in your field of interest would be a recommendation
• Women are encouraged to apply
• South African students are encouraged to apply
• Applicants must be able to study fulltime at the UWC for the required period.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

For applicants of the MPA, the MA in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates, you will have to fill in an electronic application form by 31 July 2016.  For the MADM, there is a separate online application to be submitted by 31 December 2017; please refer to the “How to apply” section of the Bochum programme or the course homepage.

It is important to  visit the official website to access the electronic application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.drd-sa.org/index.php/scholarships-in-development-studies.html

Eldred-Waverley Scholarship at Linacre College, Oxford

Oxford University
Masters Degrees

Deadline: 23 Jan 2015 (annual)
Study in:  UK
Course starts October 2015

Brief description:

The Eldred-Waverley Scholarship funds students from sub-Saharan Africa to study the MSc African Studies at Oxford.

Host Institution(s):

Linacre College, University of Oxford in United Kingdom

Fields of study:

MSc African Studies

Number of Awards:

One (1)

Target group:

Students who are ordinarily  resident in sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarship value/inclusions:

100% of University and college fees, a grant for living costs (at least £10,397) and a return flight to/from the UK

Eligibility/Selection Criteria:

You should be applying to start the MSc African Studies at Oxford and you must be ordinarily resident in sub-Saharan Africa. You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed.  Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Application instructions:

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by 23 January 2015.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/graduate-scholarships/university-wide-scholarships/eldred-waverley-scholarship-linacre-college

Ferguson Scholarships for Africans at SOAS London

Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
Masters Degree

Deadline: 22 Feb 2017
Study in: London, UK
Course starts September 2017

Brief description:

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable trust offers scholarships to African Students (African nationals and resident in Africa), who wish to undertake a taught masters course at SOAS.

Host Institution(s):

SOAS University of London

Level/Field(s) of study:

•  Full-time MA African Studies
•  Full-time MA International Studies and Diplomacy
•  Full-time MA Social Anthropology of Development

Number of Scholarships:

Three (3)

Target group:

Nationals of and residents in an African country.

Scholarship value/duration:

Each Ferguson Scholarship is valued at £25,000 in total and lasts for one year. The scholarships can be used for fees and the remainder towards maintenance.

Eligibility:

Applicants should:

•  Be nationals of and resident in an African country

•  Hold an undergraduate degree at the first class level

• Hold an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible programmes by the scholarship deadline.  Priority may be given to applicants with unconditional offers.  If your offer is conditional, please ensure you meet the conditions as soon as possible.

• Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2017.  If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirement as soon as possible.

Application instructions:

You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship.  Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance, six weeks BEFORE the scholarship deadline (that is, by 11 January 2017). Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 22 February 2017.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/ferguson-scholarships.html

Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships at University of Oxford

Oxford University
Masters/PhD Degrees

Deadline: 8 Jan/22 Jan 2016 (annual)
Study in:  UK
Course starts October 2016

Brief description:

The Oppenheimer Fund Scholarships support students who have previously studied at South African universities to pursue a graduate degree at Oxford University.

Host Institution(s):

University of Oxford in United Kingdom

Fields of study:

All full-time or part-time graduate degrees offered at the University

Number of Awards:

Two (2)

Target group:

Students who have previously studied at a South African university.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

For students on full-time courses, the scholarship provides a grant for living costs of at least £14,057. Students on part-time courses will receive a study support grant to help cover their non-fee costs.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria:

You should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford and must have previously studied at a South African university. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: in order to be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course (8 or 22 January 2016, depending on your course).

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/graduate-scholarships/university-wide-scholarships/oppenheimer-fund-scholarships

Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarships

Loughborough University
Masters (MS) Degree

Deadline: 30 April 2014 (annual)
Study in:  UK
Course starts September 2014

Brief description:

The  Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarships are  full-fee scholarships for international full-time taught postgraduate students who are currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa.

Host Institution(s):

Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Field of study:

Any full-time postgraduate taught programme offered at the University

Number of Awards:

Not specified.

Target group:

Students who are currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The scholarships will cover 100% of the course fees for your chosen postgraduate taught course for one year

Eligibility:

Students must be in possession of an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on a postgraduate taught course in order to apply for the scholarship. The selection panel will use the following eligibility criteria when assessing applications:

•  Currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa
• Evidence of exceptional academic achievement (normally a 1st Class Honours Degree)
• Commitment to return to their home country on completion of postgraduate programme
• Evidence of the ability and commitment to making a significant contribution to their home country on their return
• Full understanding of the costs involved in coming to study and live in the UK
•  Evidence of strong motivation and initiative to secure funds to cover the remainder of the costs involved

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Students may only apply for the scholarship after an offer for a place has been made. Students who are in possession of an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on a postgraduate taught course can apply for the scholarship using the application form which can be downloaded at the official website. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2014.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below)for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/international/informationfor/africa/

Civil Society Leadership Awards

Open Society Foundation
Masters Degree

Deadline: 15 Sept 2016 (annual)
Study in:  various countries
Course starts Aug/Sept 2017

Brief description:

The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.

Host Institution(s):

Host Universities in China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, UK and United States

Level/ Field of study:

Master’s Degree Programme in the following areas:

• Communications & Media
• Culture, History & Society
• Development Studies
• Economics
• Education Management & Leadership
• Environment & Natural Resource Management
• Human Rights and/or Gender Studies
• Law (including Human Rights law)
• Politics & International Studies
• Public Health & Health Management
• Public Policy & Administration
• Social Work & Social Policy

Number of Awards:

Not specified.

Target group:

The awards are available to citizens of the following countries:  Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Scholarship value/inclusions:

CSLA grantees receive full funding for their degree studies, including accommodation and travel to the CSLA summer school prior to their studies, return travel to their host university, a living stipend for the duration of their studies, tuition fees and health insurance, a small fund for professional development, and travel to grantee conferences.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • • be a citizen of an eligible country
  • • demonstrate maturity, flexibility, and civil society leadership potential
  • • have excellent academic records and an earned bachelor’s degree before applying
  • • have proficiency in the language of instruction (English, German, or French) at a level required for admission by partner universities, as evidenced by standardized language test scores
  • • be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in July or August 2017 and start their degree program in August or September 2017
  • • be able to receive and maintain a visa or study permit as required by the host country
  • • demonstrate a clear commitment to return to their home country or region to continue supporting open society development

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Interested applicants must complete and submit an online or paper CSLA application in English to be considered for CSLA support. Please note that some universities require a separate application for graduate study at that institution. In these cases, Open Society will notify candidates and assist with the university application process. Deadline is 15 September 2016.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/civil-society-leadership-award-20160708

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program for Africans

MasterCard Foundation
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: Jan-July 2016
Study in: USA & Africa
Course starts September 2016

Brief description:

The vision of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is to educate and develop academically qualified yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. This $500 million program will provide students in secondary school and university with the knowledge and leadership skills needed to contribute to economic and social progress across Africa.

Host Institution(s):

The following universities/institutions were selected for their commitment to academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth sectors in Africa, such as manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, and agriculture:

•  African Leadership Academy, South Africa
•  Ashesi University, Ghana
•  American University of Beirut, USA
•  Arizona State University, USA
•  Camfed , USA
•  Brac, Uganda
•  Duke University, USA
•  Earth University, Costa Rica
•  Forum for African Women Educationalists, Kenya
•  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
•  Makerere University, Uganda
•  McGill University, Canada
•  Michigan State University, USA
•  Stanford University, USA
•  University of British Columbia, Canada
•  University of California, Berkeley, USA
•  University of Pretoria, South Africa
•  University of Toronto, Canada
•   Wellesley College, USA
•   University of Cape Town, South Africa

Field(s) of study:

Approved fields of studies offered by participating Universities/Institutions.  See the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship pages of the Universities/Institutions above.

Number of Scholarships:

The Scholarship Programs aims to give out $500 million worth of scholarships to 15,000 African students in 10 years.

Target group:

Citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is designed to provide students with holistic support, including:

Comprehensive Scholarships:  Students receive financial support for fees, uniforms, books and supplies, transportation, accommodation, and stipends.

21st Century Skill Building: Students benefit from enrichment in skill areas relevant to employment success, such as critical thinking, communications, and entrepreneurship.

Transition Support: Students will receive support during their transition into secondary school, university or the workforce with mentoring, career counseling, internships, leadership development, and other life skills coaching.

Give-back Component: An integral component of the Program is the commitment from the Scholars to give back to their communities and countries of origin. Students will demonstrate this commitment through volunteerism and community service, as well as other forms of experiential learning.

Alumni Network: Graduates of the Scholars Program will be connected through an alumni network that offers information, resources, and opportunities to consult with other graduates.

Eligibility:

Please check the specific eligibility criteria of the host institution/university you are interested in.

Application instructions:

Applications must be made directly to the participating university/institution of your choice. Deadline varies but is around January-July 2016.

It is important to visit the institution’s or university’s websites (see above links) and the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://mastercardfdnscholars.org/

Norwegian Quota Scholarship Scheme

Norwegian Government
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 1 December (annual)
Study in:  Norway
Next course starts 2016

Brief description:

The Norwegian government provides scholarships for students from developing countries in the South and countries of Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia under the Quota Scheme. The main objective of the Quota Scheme is to contribute to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return.

The Quota scheme normally includes courses at Master’s and Ph.D. level in addition to certain professional/Bachelor’s degrees.

Host Institution(s):

See the list of participating institutions’ websites (PDF download).

Field(s) of study:

Please refer to the websites of participating Norwegian institutions for more information on programmes they offer under the Quota Scheme.

Target group:

The Quota Scheme is for certain developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Western Balkan, East Europe and Central Asia.   See the complete list of eligible countries.

No. of Scholarships:

Not specified.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. About 40 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 60 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion is waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study.   Students who stay in Norway after finishing their studies or take up residence in another country than their home country must repay their loan.

Normally, the financial support given will not exceed a time span of four years for one definite study plan or a combination of two programmes.

Eligibility:

The Quota Scheme as a rule only enrolls students from institutions which have collaboration agreements with Norwegian universities or university colleges. Norwegian institutions usually do not admit free movers (individual applicants) to this scheme. Only in very special cases can free movers be considered.  To find out which institutions collaborate with Norwegian institutions, please refer to the websites of the Norwegian institutions.

To be eligible to apply for the Quota Scheme, you must be able to find your home country on this list.  You must apply directly from your home country and must have stayed at least one year in your home country directly prior to the planned course of study at the Norwegian university /university college.

All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications: Secondary school certificates or a minimum two years of higher education from their home country. Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.

Most of the study programmes offered under the Quota Scheme are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English. Requirements may differ between institutions and various study programmes. Please see the university /university college’s website for more details about language requirements.

Application instructions:

There will no new admissions for the Quota Scheme for the 2016/17 academic year.

All inquiries and applications should be sent directly to the International Office at the Norwegian Institution where you intend to study.  The deadline for applications for the Quota scheme is usually 1 December every year. Some courses and educational programmes may have other deadlines.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.  Please see the websites of each institution for detailed information about available courses, admission requirements and application procedures.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: http://siu.no/eng/Front-Page/Programme-information/Scholarship-schemes/Quota-Scheme

Cavendish Research PhD Scholarships at University of Westminster

University of Westminster
PhD Degree

Deadline: 3 May 2016  (annual)
Study in:  UK
Course starts September 2016

Brief description:

The Cavendish Research PhD scholarships are for international students from developing countries undertaking a research degree in the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Host Institution(s):

University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Level/Field of study:

Full-time MPhil/PhD degree at the University’s Faculty of Science and Technology.

Number of Awards:

2

Target group:

Students from developing countries

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Awards range from half fee award to full fee award.

Eligibility:

You must be a student from a developing country and hold an offer for a full-time MPhil/PhD degree at the University’s Faculty of Science and Technology.

The scholarship criteria are: Equivalent to a UK First Class Honours degree, financial need and development potential.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

You should only apply for a scholarship once you have applied for admission and successfully been offered a place (either conditional or unconditional) on the course you wish to study.  To apply for a scholarship you will need to complete the relevant scholarship application form. The deadline for applications is 3 May 2016.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/prospective-students/fees-and-funding/scholarships/international-postgraduate-scholarships/cavendish-research-scholarship

Singapore International Graduate Award

Singapore Government
PhD Degree

Deadline: 1 Jan/1 June 2017 (annual)
Study in:  Singapore
Next course starts Aug 2017/Jan 2018

Brief description:

SINGA is an award given to international students with excellent academic undergraduate and/or master’s results, and strong interest in doing research leading to a doctorate (PhD) in Science and Engineering at a Singapore University.

Host Institution(s):

The students can choose to do their research work mainly at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Field of study:

PhD Progams in Science and Engineering

Number of Awards:

About 240 per year

Target group:

International students

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The award provides financial support for up to 4 years of PhD studies including full tuition fees, monthly stipend, settlement allowance, and airfare grant.

Eligibility:

•  Open to all international students
•  Graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results
•  Good skills in written and spoken English
•  Good reports from academic referees

Application instructions:

Applications are done online. Deadline for August 2017 intake was 1 January 2017. Deadline for January 2018 intake is 1 June 2017.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  https://www.a-star.edu.sg/singa-award/