Category - Global

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/

Robert S. McNamara Phd Research Fellowships

World Bank
PhD Research Fellowships

Deadline: 14 Dec 2016 (annual)
Study in:  any Country
Research starts July-Dec 2017

Brief description:

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program awards fellowships of up to $25,000 annually for developing country PhD candidates to conduct innovative, development-related, doctoral research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad through a residency period of 6 to 10 months.

Host Institution(s):

Your fellowship can take place at any host institution in the world as long as the following conditions are met: (i) the host institution is in a World Bank member country. (ii) the host institution is outside the developing country where you have citizenship. (iii) the host institution is outside the country where you are a current resident. (iv) if you currently reside in a country outside the developing country where you have citizenship, that country must be a developing country.

Level/Fields of Research:

Doctoral research in development-related topics

Number of Awards:

Not specified

Target group:

Nationals of a Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

RSMFP provides up to $25,000 (U.S.) for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research under the supervision of a host advisor at a university, research or development institution in a World Bank member country. Scholarship covers a 6 to 10 month period.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a fellowship award:

• You are a national of a Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

• You are not a national of any country not eligible to receive World Bank financing (for example, you cannot be a dual citizen of a country that cannot receive World Bank financing)

• You are currently enrolled in a PhD program in a World Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

• While enrolled in the PhD program, you have resided in a World Bank member country eligible to receive World Bank financing

• You will have completed all coursework and exams required by your PhD program at the time of application deadline.

• You are 35 years or younger on the Application Deadline date

• You are not an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group (The World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes). Nor are you a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew

• You have not previously been the recipient of the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program.

• You are accepted as a visiting scholar for a period of six to ten months by a university or research center in a World Bank member country other than your country of citizenship and, if applicable, other than a developing country in which you currently reside.

• Your research proposal for RSMFP funding is endorsed by your PhD thesis supervisor and your host institution research advisor.

• You can begin your proposed fellowship between April and September 2017

• You are able to complete your proposed fellowship research in 6 to 10 months.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Applications will be received only through the online application site. Only completed applications will be accepted and reviewed. Deadline is 12 noon, Washington D.C time (Eastern Standard Time/EST) on Tuesday, 14 December 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: http://go.worldbank.org/993QOP76R0

ESED Scholarships for Sustainable Energy Development Studies

Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership
Masters Degree

Deadline: 10 Mar 2017 (annual)
Study in: Any Country*
Course starts 2017

Brief description:

The purpose of the ESED scholarship is to support outstanding students pursuing advanced studies in sustainable energy development and to encourage meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject.

Host Institution(s):

*Any approved academic institution around the world

Level/Field of study:

Master’s Programmes in areas directly related to sustainable energy development

Number of Awards:

Up to ten master’s scholarships will be awarded annually.

Target group:

International students

Scholarship value/duration:

Scholarships of US$ 23,000 per year for up to two years are offered for master’s level students.

Eligibility:

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership considers an outstanding student to be one who:

  • • graduates with excellent grades in the top 20% of her/his class
  • • is determined to advance her/his knowledge and understanding
  • • has a history of community involvement
  • • is committed to sustainable energy
  • • is committed to return and contribute to her/his home country

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, students must:

  • • plan to undertake studies at the master’s level in areas directly related to sustainable energy development
  • • be citizens of the developing countries and territories identified for OECD official development aid in the DAC List of ODA Recipients as of 2016

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Applications should be submitted together with required documents using the ESED Online Scholarship Application System. Please note that applications sent by e-mail or mail will no longer be accepted.  Deadline is 10 March 2017 however you are strongly encouraged to submit your file as early as possible.

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

Website:

Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.globalelectricity.org/en/index.jsp?p=79