Sources of funding for students from Africa

As a general rule it is advisable that, in the first instance, you should contact your own Ministry of Education or Education Department, which will have details of most schemes and which will be able to advise you of your own government's conditions for studying abroad.

You should check carefully the eligibility criteria for any of the funding organisations before you apply to them.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

JJ/WBGS sponsors students from developing countries to pursue one of the preferred and partner masters programs at participating universities around the world. Scholars must commit to returning home to their countries upon graduation in order to use their enhanced knowledge and skills towards their community's, country's or region's development. Learn more about the program.

The Beit Trust

The Beit Trust offers annually a small number of Scholarships for postgraduate studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the beneficial area). The Scholarships include fees, a personal allowance, various other allowances and flights; and it is normally for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees. 

Further details and application forms can be obtained from The Beit Trust website.

Wellcome - Beit Prize Fellowships 

(previously The Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research - BMFMR) 

Learn more information about these highly prestigious fellowships.

Aga Khan Foundation

The foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. The scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.