Higher education opportunities for Africans worldwide

The opportunities for African students to study abroad are increasing. Universities worldwide are interested in investing in African students due to their lack of opportunities and funding available on the African continent. There is a growing demographic of Africans studying abroad and it is becoming fashionable to offer some of the brightest minds in Africa an opportunity to study in Europe, America and even Asia. These prospects include scholarships, fellowships and transfer programs.

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The KAAD Scholarship offers post-graduate students an opportunity to study in Germany. The deadline submission for the scholarship is June 30, 2014 and it is preferred that Catholic academics from developing countries apply. The choice of subject-matter is the students preference, but the determining factor is relative to the amount of impact that the applicants research will make in their home country. The committee tends to lean towards “development-orientated” studies and the scholarship covers your entire duration of tuition fees. You can visit: http://kaad.de/

For Sub-Saharan Africans, the DRD Scholarship awards post-graduate students monthly allowances of 650-900 Euros. The scholarship deadline is 31 July, 2014 and is hosted by the University of the Western Cape and Rurh-University in Germany. It is strictly catered for students of academic excellence only.


The scholarship is presented to full-time students studying MA and M Econ in Development Studies, Master in Public Administration, MA in Development Management, and various PhD projects. While studying abroad in Germany applicants can attend Summer school at Rurh-University and complete an internship with a German organization. For scholarship information: http://www.drd-sa.org/

One of the trending academic fields to study nowadays is climate change. The EEU in Sweden is offering PhD scholarships to participate in the programme called Global Change and Climate Economics. The application deadline is April 1, 2014 and the African countries who are allowed to participate are Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.


The programme offers a roundtrip airfare and a decent monthly stipend of 16,000SEK. ($2,473.00) There are only six scholarships available and a higher preference is given to economic majors, environmentalists and women. The universities that are involved in the research project are the University of Gotherburg and the Beijer Institude of Ecological Economics. Go to http://www.economics.handels.gu.se/ for more information.

Another way to academically excel is by participating in Fellowship programs. UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) is offering the opportunity for young professionals and PhD students to participate in a Research Fellow in New Technologies.


The application deadline is April 10, 2014 and candidates must have a background in New Technologies, ICT’s and New Technology for Development. Women and members of UNECA states are preferable applicants. The program awards fellows a $3,000 monthly stipend, a round trip airfare and provides real UNECA work experience and familiarity with the institutions programs. Visit http://www.uneca.org/pages/vacancies.

The UK is a prestigious location for post-graduate studies and the deadline for the Ferguson Scholarship for African students is May 1, 2014. The funding is coordinated by Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable trust and for students conducting research in the fields of African Studies, International Studies and Diplomacy, and Social Anthropology of Development SOAS . There is a total of four scholarships to the value of 20,619 Pounds ($12, 376.00)for 1 year of tuition and maintenance. The conditions for acceptance are according to academic excellence and is carried out at the University of London. To apply visit: http://www.soas.ac.uk/ Useful Links: www.scholars4dev.comwww.opportunitiesforafricans.com

by Tijana Huysamen

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Sources: Scholarships for Development and Opportunities for Africans

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