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Scholarships and Grants for Africans – Compiled by the AAU

In line with promoting academic scholarship, personnel development, and intellectual exchanges among African Higher Education stakeholders, the Association of African Universities has introduced an exciting initiative dubbed ‘Scholarships and Grants for Africans’.  This initiative focuses on systematically projecting and making more visible, relevant opportunities which are available to students, researchers, academics, institutions, and other African higher education stakeholders.

As a pan African Higher Education ‘mother body’ coordinating and facilitating various aspect of higher education in Africa, the AAU as part of its aggregator role, will be compiling available scholarships, grants, fellowships, and training opportunities made available by numerous institutions- both within and outside the continent. These will then be disseminated widely among our stakeholders.

Through this initiative, the AAU will be amplifying the work and opportunities availed by the various institutions, while at the same time facilitating the wide information sharing and access to relevant life changing opportunities for our constituents. In addition to disseminating such information via our websites and blogs, they will also be shared via our social media, AAU TV, mailing list and other communication channels.  Current available opportunities are presented below for our stakeholders’ attention:


  1. Oxford University Humanities Cultural Programme – Visiting Fellowships 2023

 This programme aims to create an exciting, thought-provoking, and enjoyable series of events featuring outstanding artists, writers, and thinkers, all powered by University of Oxford’s world-leading research and unique collections; increase the social impact and reaffirm the value of the humanities; and to share and foster the insights and richness of the humanities and engage new audiences and participants of all ages.

Eligibility: Building on an existing scheme of visiting fellowship schemes, this fellowship is specifically for Visiting Fellows who are artists, writers, arts practitioners, and performers of any kind. Fellows are hosted by a University of Oxford postholder who must hold a contract for the whole period covered by their application.

All countries or citizens of any country are eligible to apply for this opportunity. 

Value of Award: Each Humanities Cultural Programme Visiting Fellowship includes funding of £5,000 for a travel bursary for the Fellow, and up to £5000 to cover events and related activities, and accommodation, and other associated costs.

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  1. Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program 2022 for Young Women in STEM Research

Applications are invited for Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2DScholars Program, an award to support women pursuing research in STEM2D. Application Deadline: 30th September 2022 9AM HST. Applicants from all countries are eligible to submit an application.

Eligible Countries: All

About the Award: The J&J WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program will help develop female leaders and support innovation in the STEM2D disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, Design) by funding six women at critical points in their research careers through a Scholar’s Award.

Fields of Study: The eligible STEM²D disciplines are Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.


  • You must be a woman working in the field(s) of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D).
  • You must be an assistant female professor or global equivalent faculty position at the time of application at an accredited academic university, institution or design school.
  • The female scholar should have a minimum degree for the appropriate field:
    • Science; MD, PhD
    • Technology; PhD
    • Engineering; PhD
    • Math; MS, PhD
    • Manufacturing; PhD
    • Design; MA, MS, MDes, MArch, MFA, MLA, PhD

Value and Duration of Award: The Scholars Award is a 3-year award in the gross amount of $150,000, which will be paid to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the J&J Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds. The Scholars Award will be paid in three (3) instalments of US $50,000 per year over the 3-year award period, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the program’s Agreement.  The application link is made available here –


  1. UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship 2023/2024 for Researchers from US and Developing Countries

UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship is now accepting applications for 2023-2024 from doctoral and postdoctoral candidates from the US and postdoctoral candidates from other focus countries, including some African Countries. Deadline – 1st November 2022

About: This program aims to support projects across a diverse range of research topics. However, targeted funding for proposals on HIV, cancer, diabetes, digestive and kidney diseases, mental health, and/or neurological disorders are expected.

This consortium brings together four top-ranked universities and their respective international research training sites in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Trainee research projects are supported by mentors with expertise in clinical, public health, laboratory, and implementation research. Each trainee works with a team of mentors, including at least one U.S. and one international member to monitor the trainee’s progress and provide on-site supervision.

Eligible Countries:

Regardless of their institutional affiliation, trainees will work at one of the core research sites in the following countries:

  • Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia
  • Asia: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam
  • Americas: Bolivia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru, Suriname

Fellowship Package/Benefit:

Full award: A 12-month full-time appointment and includes a monthly stipend, research funds, health insurance and emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and travel funds.

Travel and research award: A 12-month full-time appointment and includes research funds, health insurance and emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and travel funds.

How to Apply for UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship:

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Deadline – November 1, 2022

  1. HBNU Fogarty Global Health Fellowship 2023/2024 for Researchers from US and Developing Countries

The HBNU Fogarty Global Health Training Program is a Partnership of Harvard University, Boston University, Northwestern University, and University of New Mexico.

Application Deadline: 1st November 2022 by 11:59pm

Eligible Countries: U.S. pre- and post-doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows from Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

To Be Taken At (Country): HBNU Fogarty Fellowship projects must be hosted by one of twenty-one training sites across fifteen countries in Africa, Asia, and South America available through the Harvard-BU-Northwestern-UNM Consortium.

About the Award: HBNU Fellowship offers opportunities in global health research training for pre- and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The program provides opportunities to generate a new cadre of global health researchers, educators, and professionals who will be prepared to address the new challenges in global health. The program provides fellows with a 12-month, mentored research fellowship in innovative global health research to promote health equity for populations around the world.

Value of Award: 

– Monthly stipend for 12 months. All stipends are potentially taxable under U.S. and international law.
– Funding for research support (lab supplies, software…)
– International health insurance for U.S. applicants
– Required vaccinations for U.S. applicants
– Visa and passport fees
– Roundtrip overseas travel to the training site for U.S. applicants
– Travel and accommodation to attend the orientation at NIH in July

Duration of Programme: Applicants must commit to dedicating 40 hours per week for an 11-12 month period at the international site.

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  1. Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance 2023/2024 Scholarships for Young Africans

The Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Scholar Programme is a full-tuition plus fees award for Africa’s entrepreneurial leaders in 2023.

Application Deadline: 30th September 2022

Eligible Countries: African countries

About the Award: Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance is a platform for highly educated young African social, business and political entrepreneurs, attending leading universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Our mission is to capture, inform and engage Africa’s global intellectual capital in the development of Africa.

Harambeans are African innovators who have pledged “to work together as one” to unlock the potential of Africa. Over the last decade, Harambeans has spawned a series of tech-enabled unicorns such as Andela, Flutterwave, and Yoco, which have collectively generated over 3000 jobs, raised over $700m from Google Ventures, CRE Ventures, and Accel.


  • Born in Africa and current passport holders of an African country
  • Exhibited entrepreneurial leadership in their field of interest
  • Two or more years of work experience
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Candidates must arrange to have official university transcripts; letters of recommendation and standardized test scores arrive at Yale School of Management by the appropriate application deadline

Value of Scholarship: 

  • Fellowships and Grants from our partners
  • Scholarships (Fletcher / Oxford Skoll / Yale / Oxford Pershing Square)
  • Mentors
  • Venture Capital
  • The Harambean Network

HBWS participants must cover the following costs:

  • Flights to and from the symposium
  • $50 Registration Fee: This fee will cover accommodation and meals for the 3 nights and 4 days of the HBWS XIV.

How to Apply: 

  • Candidates must complete online HEA Application Apply Now

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  1. Arizona State University (ASU) New American University Scholarship 2022/2023 for International Students

Arizona State University (ASU) New American University Scholarship 2022/2023 for International Students

Deadline : Open/Rolling

About: Arizona State University is committed to helping a greater number of academically qualified students graduate. This program provides qualified students a monetary award and an environment focusing on knowledge, learning and research plus resources toward understanding and helping solve society’s most pressing challenges. Scholarship award amounts vary based on student’s academic record.

Which Countries are Eligible?


Scholarship Renewal Guide and additional information:

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  1. Mastercard United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) Scholarship Program May 2023 Intake for Young Africans

Mastercard United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) Scholarship Program 2022/2023: New Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa for Young Africans. Apply now.

Application Deadline: 16th September 2022

About the MasterCard USIU-Africa Award: United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program. This initiative will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world class university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants. -By completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications.

Eligible Countries: African countries

Benefit: The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:

  • Tuition and functional fees;
  • Laptops, books and other learning materials;
  • Reasonable accommodation and meals;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Stipend;
  • Transport to and from home;
  • Access to leadership training;
  • Access to entrepreneurial training;
  • Psycho-social support, career counselling and mentorship;
  • Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.

Duration of Award: 4 years

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  1. Eisenhower Global Fellowship Programme 2023 for Innovative Leaders

Eisenhower Fellowships seeks a diverse mix of applicants, ages 32-45, from a wide range of professional sectors for the Eisenhower Global Fellowship.

Deadline: 1st October 2022

About Eisenhower Global Fellowship Programme: EF brings together innovative leaders from across geographies and sectors, visionaries who tackle big challenges to better the world around them. Though diverse in background and interests, Fellows are committed to a singular aim: creating a world more peaceful, prosperous, and just. In the spring, EF brings around 25 Fellows from 25 different countries for the Global Program. All professional backgrounds and regions of the world are represented in this flagship program of EF, which dates back to 1954. In the fall, EF mixes up its programming by focusing on either a single region – such as Southeast Asia, the Middle East or Africa – or common interest – such as women’s leadership, urbanization, energy or innovation. Another 20 to 25 Fellows are selected to participate in these thematic programs, capitalizing on their shared interests and backgrounds to enhance the impact of the fellowship.

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: EF provides a unique leadership development opportunity for individuals who have a demonstrated track record of significant professional and community achievements and who seek to tackle big challenges in the future.  Competitive candidates articulate goals for the fellowship program and propose steps to achieve them.  EF seeks ascendant leaders who are committed to making the world more peaceful, prosperous and just, and who are committed to a lifelong engagement with EF’s network of nearly 1,500 active leaders around the world.

Number of Awards: approximately 25 Fellows

Value of Eisenhower Global Fellowship Programme: 

  • Funded to the United States.
  • Networking, and professional development experience in the U.S.
  • Eisenhower Fellows use what they learn during their meetings with other leaders, including in their fellow Fellows, to think through issues that are vital to their personal and professional development and to identify opportunities for sustained results from the fellowship experience.

How to Apply for Eisenhower Global Fellowship Programme:  Candidates should apply directly to Eisenhower Fellowships using the online application. Before beginning the application, it is recommended that each candidate consult the guidelines and tips for completing the application.

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  1. Radio France Internationale (RFI) Fellowship 2022 for Francophone African Journalists (Fully funded to Paris, France)

Radio France Internationale (RFI) has launched the seventh edition of the Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Fellowship.

Application Deadline: 4th September 2022 at midnight.

About the Award: Created in homage to his two reporters murdered on November 2, 2013 in Kidal, in northern Mali, this scholarship rewards each year a young journalist and a young African technician. The scholarship will be awarded on November 2, the date declared by the United Nations “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists” in memory of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon.

Eligibility: Because of the global health crisis, the 2022 edition is open to all young journalists and technicians with an experience in radio living in the following French-speaking countries

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso , Brundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Rwanda.


  • Ten candidates in each category are selected to participate in a training session in Dakar on Oct. 17 to 30. The fellowship will be awarded on Nov. 2 on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. Recipients receive one month of training in Paris.
  • The jury made up of representatives from RFI, the Sciences Po School of Journalism and the INA will meet in Paris to designate the two winners at the end of this training period.

Benefit: The winners benefit from a one-month training course in Paris. The scholarship will be awarded on November 2 during a special broadcast on RFI.

How to Apply: To participate, you must download and send to 

♦ The Participation Form with the boxes correctly checked your curriculum vitae and your cover letter.

♦ A report or a sound element for the journalists, an editing/mixing or production of antenna for the technicians. These sound elements must not exceed 2’30.

All these elements must be sent to  before Sunday September 4, 2022 at midnight, Paris time.

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  1. MIASA Individual Fellowships (Junior/Senior) at University of Ghana 2023/2024 for African Scholars

MIASA Fellowships are now open. Call for Applications for Individual Residential Fellowships for 3-12 months each at the University of Ghana

Application Deadline: 30th September 2022, 11:59pm UTC

Eligible Countries: African countries

About the Award:

The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with ‘Sustainable Governance’ as its central topic. Our main thematic corridors are conflict and sustainable peace, democracy and environmental transformation. We are also interested in a wide range of intersectional sub-topics, such as landownership and acquisition, migration and mobility, restitution of cultural objects, African cities, human rights and other related themes.

The present call is for up to ten (10) individual residential fellowships for 3-12 months each for the academic year 2023/2024. The starting date of a fellowship is generally handled flexibly, however, we strongly encourage to set the starting date on either 1st of June 2023, 1st of August 2023 or 1st of January 2024. The latest possible date for the end of a fellowship is the 31st of July 2024.


  • The call is open to scholars (both on junior and senior levels) who have been awarded their doctoral degree at least three months before the start of the fellowship.
  • Individual residential fellowships will allow researchers to conduct a project of their own choice, connected to MIASA’s thematic research areas. Projects can be at conceptional stage, mid-term phase or final stage (analyzing data, writing up findings). Fellowships are residential with only shorter absences possible and with only limited funds to support activities such as field work trips. The selection is made by MIASA’s distinguished international Academic Advisory Board. In a strictly merit-based selection process, the individual fellowships are awarded to researchers of top academic quality with an innovative and high-quality research topic. The all-important selection criteria are the academic excellence of the applicant and the fellowship proposal. MIASA is committed to inclusion, gender equality, and family friendliness. The MIASA fellowship program thus aims for gender parity and promotes affirmative action policies.
  • Benefits: The successful applicants become MIASA fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period. For fellows affiliated with a home institution the fellows’ salary or teaching substitution costs are met by MIASA for every full fellowship month on the principle of “no loss, no gain,” and paid directly to his/her home institution. In cases where this is not possible an individual grant based on the candidate’s salary at his/her home institution can be offered. Fellows may be eligible for a post adjustment to compensate for the difference in the cost of living based on a case-by-case justification. Fellows without employment receive an individual monthly grant. For fellows from outside Accra, MIASA provides accommodation (or an equivalent accommodation allowance of up to 1500€/month) and reimburses travel costs. In addition, a contribution to support research undertaken at MIASA can be granted to all MIASA fellows upon application to MIASA directors (max. 250€ per fellow per month). MIASA fellows who come with family members to Accra can receive a family allowance. Fellowships are funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research via the University of Freiburg/FRIAS.
  • The Institute provides its fellows with office space on the University of Ghana campus. Fellows have full access to all library services at the University of Ghana and, electronically, at the University of Freiburg, Germany. For fellows from francophone and lusophone Africa MIASA can offer funding for courses in advanced academic English during the fellowship at the University of Ghana. A full-time presence of fellows at MIASA for the entire fellowship period is required. Periods of leave need to be negotiated with the MIASA directors prior to the signing of the fellowship agreement, and must not exceed a total of more than 1/6 of the fellowship duration.

Duration of Award: 3 to 12 months duration within the period between 1st of June and 31st of August.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted in English and French. The completed application form together with the information indicated below have to be uploaded on the application webpage (here). After submission of the documents, applicants receive an acknowledgement of receipt providing contact details and including a copy of their submission. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

  • Information on the application and selection process (required documents, eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) is provided in the Application Guidelines for Individual Fellowships.

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