Scholarships for African Students in Europe
Many European countries have opened their doors to welcome foreigners especially high flying students through scholarships programmes. Some of these scholarships cover tuition, living expenses and even provide stipends. If you are planning to study in Europe, here are some to look out for.
The Ibrahim Scholarship Programme – This Master’s degree scholarship from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation gives aspiring African leaders the opportunity to study for full MBAs at any of 3 prestigious schools in the UK – London Business School, SOAS or the University of Birmingham.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships – If you are from any of the African countries within the Commonwealth, these scholarships help you study for a master’s degree by distance learning from selected universities in the UK and worldwide. With this scholarship, you can live and work while in the UK.
Women Techmakers Scholars Program – As the technology space advances around the world, more women are being encouraged to take up technical careers and this is what these scholarships hope to achieve. If you are a woman from any African country, this gives you access to study computer engineering. Computer science or a related technical course in Europe. This was formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program and keeps encouraging women to excel in computing and technology.
Country Based Scholarships
The Beit Trust Scholarships – For students from the East African countries of Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe, you can study at some top universities in the UK, Ireland or South Africa for an international master’s degree or PhD program with this scholarship. The scholarship gives a 1 year support in the UK and 2 years in South Africa.
DRD-DAAD Merit Scholarships – For those looking to study in Germany, this is a good scholarship opportunity especially if you are studying for a development-related Master’s or PhD program. Applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries can get a scholarship package that includes monthly allowances of 650 Euro for Master candidates and 900 Euro for PhD candidates plus travel allowances.
African Scholarships at The University of Edinburgh – These are merit-based graduate scholarships to study in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh for a master’s or PhD program. Some of the available scholarships include – Chevening Scholarships, Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships, The Catto PhD Scholarship, and The Julius Nyerere Master’s Scholarship
Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) – The NFP awards 50% of its scholarship budget to female applicants to come study for short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs in the Netherlands. The programme also favours applicants from sub-Saharan Africa.
University Based Scholarships
The University of Glasgow African Excellence Fee Waiver – For international students who display strong academic achievements, the University of Glasgow is willing to take care of the full tuition fee of a master’s degree at their university. Any student applying is expected to submit a 400 word essay along with academic transcripts.
Ruth First Scholarship at Durham University – This scholarship is available to Africans from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Southern Africa countries) for postgraduate studies at the United Kingdom’s Durham University.
African Graduate Scholarships at UCL – For Africans looking to study in the UK, this scholarship provides the opportunity of obtaining a Master’s degree from the University College London within the Institute for Global Health. You can find eligibility requirements here
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