Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

The Mastercard Scholarship is available to African students wishing to study at the University of Pretoria. In order to qualify, you must have admission to the university. The applications are done online, but hard copies can also be accepted. APPLY HERE.

Canon Collins scholarship for South Africans and other South African nationalities. Also, visit their page for resources for Southern Africans here

University of Pretoria LLM/MPhil Human Rights and Democratization is a one-year program taught in South Africa and a partner institution. It is open to African students who wish to learn about human rights and join the HRDA Alumni Association whose members work on human rights and democracy. Check their website for application dates and more information

South African- German Centre for Development Research provides scholarships for students from Sub-Saharan Africa who are pursuing a master’s in public administration, MA in Development Studies as well as Ph.D. studies and fellowships. The studies are to be undertaken at the University of Western Cape in South Africa or Ruhr University in Germany. They cover most costs incurred. For more information, visit their website here

GDAI – Ph.D. The scholarship is available for one African candidate who is undertaking a Ph.D. in the field of state capacities, governance, and bureaucracy for development. This scholarship is part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.  Visit their website here.

Leventis Fellowship for Nigerian Scholars is a program available at the University College London at the Centre for African Studies that enables young Nigerian scholars the opportunity to spend 3 months as visitors to the center and participate in the intellectual life at the center. More information is available on their website. 

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are available to African students wishing to pursue a master's degree in a low or middle-income country. More information is available here

The African Palliative Care society provides funding for people wishing to attend events related to palliative care (check their calendar). The funding is for individuals living in low and middle-income countries who have a poster presentation that has been accepted at the event. For more information, visit their website here

The Beit Trust provides master’s degree support for eligible students from Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi to study in the UK or South Africa. For more information on eligibility and funding visit their website here

Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust provides support to communities through education. For more information visit the trust here

Nelson Mandela University

University of Cape Town

University of Pretoria

University of KwaZulu-Natal

University of Witwatersrand

Stellenbosch University

University of Western Cape

Tshwame University of Technology

Durban University of Technology

Vaal University of Technology

University of Venda

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

University of Johannesburg

Mangosuthu University of Technology

University of Mpumalanga

Sol Plaatje University

University of Zululand

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Central University of Technology

Rhodes University


DAAD In country/In region Scholarship Programs for East Africa is a German collaboration with Kenyan institutes of higher education offering several opportunities for funding to study in Kenya. These programs require an acceptance from a Kenyan university followed by an application to DAAD for financing. Check the DAAD site to find which universities are included in this project.

Inter-University Council for East Africa provides educational opportunities and scholarships for nationals of East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi). The council attempts to bridge higher education amongst the partner nations of the river basin.

SEED Kenya provides post-secondary scholarships to high-achieving students across Kenya. The funding is provided in the form of a grant (50%) and a loan (50%) that must be repaid in 3 years after receiving employment. This program will be phased out in 2023. 

University of Nairobi

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at United States International University

United States International University

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Strathmore University

Strathmore University - DAAD

Machakos University

Master’s Program German Studies at the University of Nairobi

Jomo Kenyatta University

University of Embu

Mastercard Foundation at Egerton University and Gulu University (Uganda)

Mastercard Foundation Scholarships-Africa

Egerton University

Mount Kenya University

Mount Kenya University – DAAD

Daystar University

Amref International University

Kenyatta University East African Countries Scholarship

Kenyatta University – DAAD In Country

Chuka University

Africa International University - Kenya

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

Multimedia university

Kabarak University Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship in Master in Musicology

DAAD In East African Countries provides funding for studies in Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, and Tanzania. Here you will find collaborations, research and training opportunities, and other learning and development opportunities.

DAAD In Country/In Region Scholarships for West Africa is meant to strengthen development in the region and foster international-oriented post-secondary institutions. These scholarships are available for applicants from West Africa with an interest in pursuing master's and Ph.D. studies.

DAAD In Country/In Region Scholarships for Southern Africa provides a full scholarship for graduate studies to students from the southern Africa region.


Nigeria Higher Education Foundation was begun in 2004 as a way to encourage philanthropy and elicit support for higher education in Nigeria. Each year they advertise several scholarships for Nigerian students. They also have activities in career development and sponsor activities for faculty. Visit their website for more information.


University of Ghana

Ashesi University

University of Cape Coast 


University of Algiers and Scholarships for Algerians


African Development Bank provides funding for projects throughout Africa. Amongst its portfolio and objective are to promote education and strengthen institutions of higher learning. Visit the site to find different funding and scholarship opportunities. 

Pan African University was formed as a project to promote collaboration amongst African Universities. There are several scholarship and funding opportunities for African students.