8 Websites to find Scholarships for African Students

If you are from Subsaharan Africa, you need to explore the opportunities for studying abroad. I will say mainly to learn processes of proper education, share your knowledge and network. Afterwards, you should then come back and apply that knowledge back in your motherland. After all, Arabs and Europeans had at one point been in Africa to study at the University of Timbuktu, as affirmed in Hunwick and Boye’s “The Hidden Treasure of Timbuktu”. In this article, I will share websites that provide great resources that you can leverage on to apply for scholarships abroad. All the best as you wrangle through!

1. AuthorAid http://www.authoraid.info/en/

AuthorAID is a free pioneering global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in low and middle-income countries. AuthorAID supports over 19,000 researchers in low and middle-income countries to publish and communicate their work. I like this website because it doesn’t only provide opportunities, it also provides a knowledge exchange platform for students to learn about reading and writing while sharing experiences. I will recommend this website for aspiring scholars.

2. AfricaDesk http://www.africadesk.ac.uk/pages/funding/scholarship

Africa desk highlights a number of postgraduate scholarships available to African scholars to study in the UK. Some of the scholarships are offered as part of broader schemes, which are not restricted to African students, while some are specifically for African students. 

3. Afriwide Scholarships https://www.afriwidescholarships.com/

If you are looking for information on international scholarships and fellowships, this website should interest you. Developed by an African after concluding his studies in London. The website also has links to resources on preparing and writing IELTS (International English Language Testing System exams).

4. AfterSchool Africa https://www.afterschoolafrica.com/

AfterSchool Africa is a repository of internships, fellowships and scholarships that are available to African undergraduate and graduate student. I like the fact that it has stories from past users of the website that eventually got a scholarship or fellowship. I recommend that you go through some of the testimonials, so you can be properly guided on what you need to do to secure that fellowship or scholarship. Note that there is an opt-in-page on the website, to navigate just re-enter the URL and quickly click on the available tab – voila!

5. Advance Africa.com https://www.advance-africa.com/

Advance Africa provides information on graduate and undergraduate scholarships, fellowships, grants for NGOs, and volunteer opportunities in Africa.

6. Opportunities for Africans https://www.opportunitiesforafricans.com/

The Opportunities for Africans (OFA) portal hosts opportunities such as scholarships, fellowships, internships, conferences, jobs, competitions, Volunteering and other life-changing opportunities for Africans. The OFA portal was created with the aim of helping Africans achieve their potential by seizing the latest opportunities around the Globe.

7. Opportunity Desk http://www.oppdeskblog.com/

Started in 2012, Opportunity Desk provides information on scholarships, conferences, fellowships, awards, jobs, internships, and grants for individuals and organizations worldwide. The website also has documented stories and experiences of individuals and groups that have accessed such opportunities using the website. I encourage you to read those success stories, as they will be helpful in your journey.

8. Scholarships for Development http://www.scholars4dev.com/

Scholars4dev, short for Scholarships for Development, is an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education. I like this website because the opportunities had been categorized by countries. For example, if you are looking for an opportunity in Germany, you can just click on Germany tab. Opportunities are also categorized by level of study, a field of study and by the deadline.

In addition, you should find Rachel Strohm website useful https://rachelstrohm.com/scholarships/ and do add to the comment box if you know of some other interesting websites that provide information on scholarships for African students

Author: Oludotun Babayemi

I work on for profit or not - for - profit projects as a Project Planner, Grant Writer and Information Manager.11 years ago, I started Cloneshouse Nigeria, 10 years ago, I started Follow The Money, with a Colleague in 2012, a citizen-led movement that promotes social accountability in rural communities, which a year after, got registered legally as Connected Development [CODE]. In the past 7 years, I have evaluated projects on Water, Power, Education, Health, Disaster Risk in Nigeria, and West Africa countries with the United Nations and the Japan International Corporation Agency. Education and Fellowships include Stanford University, USA; Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; School of Data, Open Knowledge International, UK; USAID - Crisismappers. I Tweet @dotunbabayemi and am an email away at oludotunbabayemi@gmail.com

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