As an African student, no doubt, winning a scholarship award would make your academic journey somewhat easier. While some families and sponsors can afford tuition fees and foot the educational bills of their child/ward, others can’t really do this comfortably. However, being a beneficiary of one or more scholarship schemes remains the dream of many African students. A new year is here, and you have to keep an eye on the starting and closing dates of some of the annual scholarship programme.
Undoubtedly, some are yet to invite eligible candidates to apply for their annual awards. However, many are open already. Guess what? Some of them have their deadlines very close. You need to tie your shoelace and act swiftly.
We have handpicked some of the ongoing scholarship applications for you. Check them out; you could be the next beneficiary.
1. Mid Sweden University Masters Scholarship
Offered annually, this academic session’s programme is on, and its deadline is on 5th February. If you’re eligible but haven’t applied yet, now is the time to do that. You can check your eligibility and how to apply here.
Mid Sweden University Tuition Fee Scholarship is geared towards assisting outstanding students from countries that are not part of EU/EEA(and Switzerland). This programme is for international master’s students who are required to pay tuition fees following their application to pursue a programme at the host university, starting autumn semester, 2020. The duration of this scholarship is one year, and the selection criterion is mainly academic excellence.
2. Utrecht University Master’s Degree
This is an annual scholarship scheme that allows students who have proven to be outstanding, pursue a master’s degree in certain fields of study at Utrecht University. Often, it offers 20-25 scholarship awards annually and focuses on international students whose countries are outside the EU/EEA.
Its deadline for the 2020 session is on 31st January 2020. The scholarship caters to tuition fees for the period of studies, which is one or two years. Applicants must be among the best 10% of their graduating class and must have applied for a Master’s programme before applying for the scholarship. You can visit the official website to get more details on eligibility and how to apply.
3. Leuven Scholarships
Hosted by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, this scholarship scheme aims at assisting talented and motivated students who look forward to studying in the science faculty of the university. It offers its beneficiaries up to 10,000 Euros for one year. This caters to basic tuition fees and health insurance. The scholarship for the second year is obtainable only if the beneficiaries performed excellently in the first master year exams.
The deadline for the 2020/2021 academic session is 12th March 2020. Don’t apply if you are not eligible or cannot follow the outlined application instructions here. Remember the clock ticks even faster than you think, the time to apply is now.
4. Uppsala University Master’s Degree
Starting from the autumn semester in 2020, Uppsala University Global Scholarships will award citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland scholarships that will cater to their tuition fees only.
Applications for scholarship open on 16th January and ends on 3rd February 2020. However, you must have to apply for the university’s Masters programme here before its deadline. It has been open since 15th October 2019. All applicants must meet the requirements and certify their eligibility before submitting their applications. You can find more details about this and how to apply on the official scholarship website.
5. ICSP Scholarships
International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) scholarship is offered annually and is committed to assisting international students who show financial needs and outstanding merit. This scholarship scheme has a cultural aspect that mandates students to make presentations about their various home countries to other U.O. students, staff, faculty, and even organizations.
Applicants must be students of the University of Oregon, USA, or must be admissible into the institution. Applications for studentship must be made by 15th January, and applicants cannot be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Apply here.
The deadline for ICSP scholarships at the University of Oregon is 31st January 2020. Prospects can apply here. As needed by the program, all students of ICSP must agree to devote 80 hours annually to cultural service.
6. Radboud University Master’s Degree
This programme provides some outstanding non-EEA students with the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree programme at the same university. Awarding about 30 students annually, Radboud University Master’s Degree Scholarship Programme reduces tuition fees of beneficiaries, caters to their visa and insurance costs.
Applicants should note that this programme doesn’t cater to their living costs and full tuition fees. Application for admission lets you indicate your interest in the scholarship, and all applications must be made before 1st March 2020. Find detailed information on how to go about this here.
7. Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships
Annually, the Pershing Square Foundation provides scholarship awards to assist outstanding students through their MBA/Master’s Degree pursuit. For the 2020/2021 session, only six scholarships will be awarded. Each beneficiary will obtain funding for their MBA programme and master’s degree with about £15,000 for living expenditures.
January 2020 marks the end of the application, and all applicants must meet the necessary entry requirements for your chosen master’s programme and Oxford MBA. The course begins in September 2020. You can learn more here.
8. Holland Scholarship for Non-EEA International Students
This is an annual scholarship scheme that offers beneficiaries to pursue Bachelors/Master’s Degree in Netherlands. Sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, international students from countries outside EEA get the opportunity to pursue their dream career.
With its deadline set on 1st February, or 1st May 2020, this scheme offers €5,000 as part tuition fee. It’s a one-off award that requires applicants to apply for it through their choice of the participating institutions.
If you have ever studied at any education institution within the Netherlands, then this particular scholarship programme is not for you. Click here for further details and application procedures.
9. International Ambassador Scholarships
The International Ambassador Scholarship offers financial support to students who stand out and finds it great to be ambassadors for the University of West London. This is an annual scholarship open to postgraduate or full-time undergraduate course at the school. Offering up to 100 scholarships to students for the first year, they provide up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees.
The deadlines are 28th November 2019, for January intakes, 30th March 2020, for May intakes and 1st July, 2020, for September intakes. You can get more information about this scholarship and how to apply here.
10. Nottingham Developing Solutions Scholarships
This is an annual scholarship scheme focused on international students who are committed to pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Nottingham, UK. It’s open to nationals of India and Africa, as well as some countries of the Commonwealth. It offers 50-100% tuition fees to its awardees. Applicants must apply to be full-time students of any of the following faculties; Engineering, Science, Social Science, or Medicine & Health Sciences. Then, they can proceed to apply for the Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship here. The deadline for this is 30th April, 2020.
With a good number of ongoing scholarship schemes open to Africans and the majority of students from developing countries, you can find one or more that fits you. Take out time to visit each scholarship portal to check your eligibility and apply before the deadline.
You can also check out these 13 undergraduate scholarships for Nigerian students.