Are you a member of an African State who wishes to pursue your education abroad for free?
Don’t worry, there are several grants specially designed for scholars from Africa and other Commonwealth nations to help them complete their higher education abroad.
However, before an interested scholar receives such a grant, he/she must possess an excellent educational record.
This article will be of great assistance for African academics who are interested in completing their master’s degree through a fellowship program abroad.
This is because we are going to describe in detail a few foreign master’s grants for African students.
You will find the eligibility criteria for students, supported African nations, the value of the scholarships, the application deadline, and other relevant information for each grant.
Available Master’s Scholarship for African scholars
For the moment, we are going to list some wonderful grants that will help Africans complete their higher education under a tuition waiver.
MSFS Masters Scholarship for African Scholars at Georgetown University in the USA
Scholars from sub-Saharan African regions who wish to obtain a Master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University will this grant a useful resource.
We are talking about countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, and South Africa.
The scholarship is entirely funded by the host institution.
Scholars can opt for higher education in various multinational affairs such as statistics, international relations, international trade, international finance, global politics and security, analytical tools and history, international development, and so forth.
Moreover, this grant is tuition-free for the entire duration of your studies.
Researchers are only to cover their additional living expenses such as food, medical insurance, travel, and other miscellaneous. However, before a candidate is eligible for this grant, he or she must meet the following essentials.
- Must have a bachelor’s degree from an approved university.
- Has to be academically solid based on records.
- Applicants must have professional work experience relevant to their field of study for at least 4 years.
- Have the capacity to complete microeconomics and macroeconomics courses before August 1 of their entry year.
- Candidates can be from any African state, but higher priority will be given to those from sub-Saharan Africa, as highlighted above.
- Finally, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English.
For more information on the MSFS Master’s Award for African Scholars at Georgetown University in the United States, visit https://msfs.georgetown.edu/admissions/finaid/scholarships/
MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
It is one of the U.S. foundations that offer African scholars financial, social, and academic support to pursue their studies in the United States.
Their main goal is to develop leaders who can be transformative and can actively contribute to their immediate surroundings.
To fulfill this dream, the MasterCard Foundation is partnering with selected universities to provide this grant.
Among these universities are Michigan State University, Arizona State University, Wellesley College, Duke University, University of California in Berkeley, and Stanford University.
To learn more about this grant, you can visit the following websites for each of the MasterCard Foundation’s partner universities.
Every detail you need such as entry criteria, the value of grants, supported African nations, and so on will be available on their official page.
- University of California: https://mastercardfdn.org/partners/university-of-california-barkeley-ucb/
- Arizona State University: https://mastercardfdn.org/partners/arizona-state-university-asu/
- Stanford University: https://mastercardfdn.org/partners/stanford-university/
- Wellesley College: https://wellesley.edu/international/mcf
JFUNU Scholarship for MSc in Sustainability Program for Developing Country Students
The United Nations University, in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, provides a fully-funded grant to outstanding researchers from developing countries worldwide, including African states.
The main purpose of the grant is to support researchers admitted to a master’s degree in sustainability at UNU.
However, before being selected for this grant, you must comply with the admission requirements. They consist of the following.
- Candidates must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university in their home country and a minimum cumulative weighted average of 2.8/4.0 or higher.
- Must demonstrate fluency in English.
- Applicants must belong to a developing country and demonstrate the necessity of financial support.
- Researchers who are citizens of Japan or permanent residents are not authorized to participate in this grant.
- Applicants who also wish to continue their second Master’s degree at this university will not be considered for funding.
Equally, for the grant benefits, selected candidates will enjoy a tuition waiver throughout their study period.
A monthly stipend of 120,000 JPY will be offered to researchers to take care of their living expenses such as travel health insurance, Japan Visa, and much more.
To learn more about this award, please visit this website. http://ias.unu.edu/en/admissions/degrees/msc-in-sustainabilty-2017.html#overview.
However, please note that the deadline for the award is February 21, 2022 (annually). Around 23.59 Japan standard time.
- Orange Knowledge Program
Do you intend to study in the Netherlands? Then consider taking part in the Orange Knowledge program. The grant is entirely financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but managed by Nuffic.
It is open to academics and organizations with mid-career professionals in specific countries to develop their skills in the Netherlands. The recipient regions are West Africa, North Africa, and parts of Asia.
The duration of the grant is 12 to 24 months, and researchers can apply for any professional course they like. However, there are short courses that last between two and twelve weeks.
To find more information on their available study field, click https://www.studyinholland.nl/dutch-education/studies?scholarship=Orange+Knowladge+Programma+
For more information on how you can enroll, learn about the educational institutions linked to the Orange Knowledge program, and student admission criteria, use the websites below.
- Student’s entry criteria: https://www.studyinginholland.nl/sites/default/files/2020-06/okp-information-for-applicants.pdf
- Enrollment procedure: https://www.studyinholland.nl/dutch-education/studies?scholarhsip=Orange+Knowladge+Programma+
- Concerning the closing date, all master’s and short course applications must be completed before February 2, 2022, and March 22, 2022.
There are many other higher education scholarships for Africans abroad. Those described above are just a few among many others.
These are fully funded grants and are to be sustainable over your study period. Check the websites provided and find out more about the grants and whether you are an eligible applicant or not.