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Scholarships and Grants for Africans – Compiled by the AAU (2nd Edition)

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has compiled the latest scholarships, grants, fellowships and other opportunities available to African higher education stakeholders, in this second edition of the ‘Scholarships and Grants for Africans – Compiled by the AAU’.  The maiden edition of this publication is accessible here for background information on the introduction of this exciting initiative.

Current Opportunities:

  1. UK African Research Leader Scheme 2023 for Early-career African Leaders

The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.

Application Deadline: 1st December 2022 16:00 GMT+1

Eligibility: The African candidate will:

  • have completed a PhD
  • be well-qualified for academic research having spent at least the last three years in active research (post-PhD)
  • be building a track record of independence in their selected field and demonstrating promise as a future research leader.

Outstanding candidates who do not have a PhD but who are educated to master’s level and have substantial research experience, as evidenced by their publication record, may also be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applications from women are encouraged. Candidates wishing to combine their research with domestic responsibilities may seek the award on a part-time basis. The terms and conditions of the award make allowances for maternity or paternity leave. Allowance will also be made to those researchers whose career has been affected, either by a late start or by interruption, for personal or family reasons.

Eligible Countries: African countries

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value & Duration of Award: Awards will provide support for up to 5 years and the MRC Contribution should not exceed £750k in total.

Please refer to the scheme specific guidance in preparing your case for support.

Kindly click on the link below to apply:


2. ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme 2023 for Developing countries

Application Deadline – 31st October 2022

About Award:

ETH4D provides grants for mentoring doctoral candidates from low- and lower-middle-income countries. The mentorship is a one-year appointment and comprises the following components:

  • Mentorship from one ETH professor, senior scientist, or postdoc over a period of one year of the mentee’s doctoral studies. We suggest monthly meetings and clearly defined goals of the project, e.g., presentation at a conference, joint publication. ETH mentors are free to serve on the doctoral committee of the ETH4D mentee, but this is not a requirement.
  • Research stay at the mentor’s research group (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) for 1-3 months during the mentorship period.
  • Financial support for attending a conference and/or research material

Type of Award – Fellowship

Eligibility –

Eligible are doctoral candidates who are registered at a university or research institute in a least-​ developed, low-​ and lower-​middle-income country according to the OECD/DAC

The application needs to be submitted by the ETH professorship hosting the doctoral candidate. Applications directly submitted by the doctoral candidate will NOT be considered.

Which countries are eligible?- Developing countries

How many positions will be Given? – Not specified

What is the Benefit of Award?

The grant covers expenses up to a maximum of 15k CHF and includes the following:

  • Economy roundtrip ticket (max. 2 kCHF) to and from Switzerland for the research stay
  • Visa fees
  • Travel allowance to attend an academic conference
  • Research material (e.g. lab equipment) (max 6 kCHF in total).
  • Fees for health insurance
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Living allowance for the duration of the research stay at ETH Zurich

Kindly click on the link below to apply:


3. Quebec Government Postdoctoral Training Scholarships 2023/2024 for International Researchers

Application Deadline – 6th October 2022 at 16:00 (EST)

About the Award:

The scholarships granted by the Fonds de recherche du Québec aim to:

  • help support new generations of students in a range of research sectors:
    • natural sciences, mathematics sciences and engineering (FRQNT)
    • human health (FRQS)
    • humanities, social sciences, art and literature (FRQSC)
  • spark the interest of new generations of students in research
  • support research excellence by providing financial assistance to the best students as they undertake or pursue a master’s research program.

This particular program is designed to help citizens of other countries who hold a doctorate (Ph.D.) to further their training and broaden their interests. It is also intended to encourage these researchers to learn about new scientific environments, new research methodologies, research project management and student leadership skills, and communication skills. The FRQS expects the internship supervisor to act as a mentor in the development of the candidate’s future academic career.

Type of Award – Fellowship


  • This program is intended for candidates who wish to undertake or pursue a post-doctoral research training program in one of the fields covered by the Health Fund.
  • To be eligible for this postdoctoral scholarship, applicants must be citizens of countries other than Canada who seek to pursue their postdoctoral training in Québec.
  • Applicants must have completed a doctorate less than two (2) years prior to the competition deadline or intend to submit their doctoral thesis before March 1, 2024 (except for renewal applications).
  • Applicants who apply to the FRQS are eligible to receive scholarship payments for a period of six (6) semesters or until the end of the program for which the scholarship is sought, whichever comes first.

Which Countries are Eligible? – International

How Many Positions will be Given? – Not specified

What is the Benefit of Award? –  The postdoctoral scholarship is valued at $45,000/year.

The maximum amount is six (6) payments totalling $90,000.

Awardees who carry out their postdoctoral studies outside Québec will receive a supplemental amount of $10,000 per year.

Fellows may apply for a renewal in the same competition for a subsequent year if they wish to extend their postdoctoral fellowship award by one year. An additional year’s award of $45,000 may be granted following the evaluation. See the following section “Renewal” for more details.

How to Apply for Program?

The 2023–2024 application e-form (see pdf for information) will be available on the respective websites of the Fonds at least one month prior to the competition deadline. The form must be submitted electronically by the competition deadline, as determined by the Fonds.

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4. Study in Canada: Lester B. Pearson Scholarship Program 2023/2024 for International Students at University of Toronto

The Lester B Pearson Scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship at the University of Toronto.

Application Deadline: 30th November 2022

Eligible Countries: International

To Be Taken At (Country): University of Toronto. Canada

About the Award: The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto intends to provide opportunities for excellent international students who display special academic success and creativity as well as who are notable in the school as leaders. Equally, the students must prove the special impact they have had on the life of their school and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community.

Given yearly, the scholarships aim to recognize outstanding students from all over the world. Included are international students studying at Canadian high schools.

Scholarship type: Undergraduate

Value of the Award: The Lester B Pearson International Scholarship will cover the tuition, books, incidental fees as well as full residence support for the duration of the program, which is four years.

Eligibility: An international student nominated by their school will be invited to submit an application to the Lester B Pearson International Scholarship program. Here, an eligible candidate is:

  • an international student (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit)
  • an original and creative thinker
  • committed to school and community
  • a high achiever in academic and creative pursuits
  • have demonstrated strong leadership skills
  • enthusiastic about learning and intellectual exploration
  • currently in their final year of secondary school or have graduated no earlier than June 2021
  • intending to begin university in the upcoming academic year (students already attending post-secondary studies cannot be considered; students starting their studies in January 2021 at another post-secondary institution cannot be considered)

Number of Awards: Up to 37

Value of Award: The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships will cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support.

Duration of Program: Four years.

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5.  Amelia Earhart Fellowship 2023 for Women in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering

The Zonta International offers Amelia Earhart PhD Research fellowship for women of any nationality in Aerospace-related Sciences and Aerospace-related Engineering at any University or College offering Accredited Degrees.

Application deadline: 15th November 2022

Eligible Countries: Women from Any Country

To be taken at (country): Any University or College offering Accredited Degrees in any country.

Subject Areas: PhD/Doctoral degrees in Aerospace-related Sciences and Aerospace-related Engineering


  • Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering are eligible.
  • Students must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program and completed at least one year of that program or have received a master’s degree in an aerospace-applied field at the time the application is submitted.
  • Applicants must not graduate from their Ph.D. or doctoral program before April 2023.
  • Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship.
  • Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are also not eligible to apply for the Fellowship.
  • Note that previous Amelia Earhart Fellows are not eligible to apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year.

Benefits of Fellowship:

  • Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded annually
  • The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe.
  • Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.

Duration of Fellowship: One year (current fellows can reapply to renew the fellowship each year)

Kindly click on the link below to apply:

6. CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Programme 2023/2025 for International Researchers (Fully-funded)

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help scholars build their research network and develop essential skills to become leaders. Global Scholars are researchers within five years of their first academic appointment from anywhere in the world.

Application Deadline: 25th October 2022 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone (UTC -8)

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): Canada

About the Award: The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), a Canadian-based global organization, brings together more than 400 researchers from 16 countries who are pursuing answers to some of the most difficult challenges facing the world. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and essential skills to position them as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.

Fields of Research: The following CIFAR research programs are recruiting early-career research leaders:

Boundaries, Membership & Belonging: Fields including, but not limited to:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Ethics
  • Anthropology

Brain, Mind & Consciousness: Fields including, but not limited to:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Ethics
  • Developmental Psychology

Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration: Fields including, but not limited to:

  • Geochemistry
  • Earth & Planetary Science

Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities: Fields including, but not limited to:

  • Microbiology
  • Earth & Planetary Science
  • Molecular Genetics

Humans & the Microbiomes: Fields including, but not limited to:

  • Microbiology
  • Anthropology

Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity: Fields including, but not limited to:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Ethics
  • Social Policy
  • Engineering
  • History

Type: Research, Fellowship


  • Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, but must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within five years of their first full-time academic appointment.
  • Scholars’ research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program.
  • Be available to attend a two-day in-person interview* on March 22-24, 2021 in Toronto, Canada. Travel costs will be covered by CIFAR.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Program: Each CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar receives:

  • A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global, interdisciplinary network of top-tier research leaders.
  • $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with peers from diverse disciplines across CIFAR’s research programs
  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training, and support to put their skills into action, through participation in two cross-cohort annual meetings.

Duration of Program: 2 years

How to Apply: Applications are invited from early-career research leaders who can engage with any of the following CIFAR research programs:

Boundaries, Membership & Belonging
Brain, Mind & Consciousness
Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration
Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity

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