How to find the best scholarships if you are from Africa and want to study abroad?
There are a range of scholarships available to students from Africa who want to study in the US, the UK or Europe.
Most universities offer scholarships which cover either part or all the tuition fee. Governments also offer a variety of grants to study locally or abroad at top universities that are accredited by reputable accreditation bodies. Several interest groups, charities and trusts also offer a range of scholarships, that cover tuition fees and sometimes living expenses.
Financial aid is often only available to students studying at a particular graduate school or business school or from a particular country in Africa. There are also selected scholarships for women, as well for engineers. Several scholarships are merit based or only available to a particular target group. Most universities publish their scholarships online.
International scholarships to students from developing countries are offered by many universities, including many top and ivy league universities.
The USA is a very popular study location. Studying in the USA is very competitive and expensive. The best known annual scholarship program for international students is the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
Other scholarship programs, that include studying in the USA, but are also open to studying in other countries are Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships, AAUW International Fellowships. Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme.
Annual scholarships that are country specific are the British Chevening Scholarships for International Students interested in studying in Britain and DAAD Scholarships for studying in Germany.
There are also many scholarships available for PhD students from Africa. Private companies often fund so these studentships, or fellowships. These paid PhD programs usually include tuition fee, living allowance, but may include a requirement to work as a assistant lecturer.