Undergraduate Scholarships For African Students

Are you an African student that has a passion to study in another country but you are currently facing financial restraints, then you should opt to apply for scholarships to universities outside your country?

The country you wish to study in is not an issue, whether you want to study in America or the UK, there are undergraduate scholarship programs that are currently obtainable to meet your needs.

This article gives in-depth information about undergraduate scholarship programs the timeline of the application, criteria, processes, and so on.  

There are lots of undergraduate scholarships that have been established for African students to assist them financially.

A lot of Africans that are not financially stable opt for these scholarship programs to help finance their education immediately after high school to pursue their dream courses either in Engineering, Architecture, Medical, Arts and Humanities, Commerce, or Science. In order to meet the educational needs of these students who cannot afford to get a basic education, several institutions, and organizations provides undergraduate scholarships.

These scholarships are been provided to give students some sort of financial freedom, especially those that cannot afford to meet their financial needs, especially in the educational sector

Being on limited funds should not stop you from going to your dream school or pursuing your dream course. Understandably, it can be quite difficult for African students, but the interesting part is that there are lots of scholarship opportunities for African students to study abroad.

Below is a list of undergraduate scholarships that are available for African students that anyone can apply for immediately. 

ASSA and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship 2022/2023 for Study in Southern Africa

The Assa and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship was established for the main purpose of motivating the study of astronomy at the undergraduate level of any southern African University. There is an inclusion of students who provides astronomy courses to other students that are in part-time, or distance learning mode.

The application for this undergraduate scholarship is currently ongoing and the deadline has not been stipulated yet. The scholarship examination placed lace at southern African universities and eligible students that can participate in these exams are those from Southern Africa. 

The Assa and Cooke Astronomy scholarship gives out two different types of scholarships. We have the Assa Scholarship which is sponsored fully by Assa, and then the Cooke Scholarship, which is sponsored by a contribution from the PE Peoples’ Observatory Society (POS).

These scholarships are being offered by them fully towards the cost of books, and also the academic fees that are expected to be paid during the program, but the scholarship is only valid for a year.

Before applying for this scholarship, you have to show interest in astronomy, you are also expected to have a perfect academic history, major priority would be given to candidates who must have previously gotten a scholarship before, has made progress in their studies, and lastly, you aren’t expected to have any other scholarship at that time.

Payment for the tuition fee would be directly made to the university you applied to, the scholarship is given based on a thorough assessment and recommendations from your department. 

How to apply for Assa and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship

  • For consideration of both undergraduate scholarships, you are expected to submit just one application. 
  • The application must include a cover letter that lists your occupational plans, talks about your sudden interest in astronomy
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A statement that includes the course you will want to study, also stating the full details of the courses, modules and what it is cost. 
  • A letter stating that you do not have any other scholarship, or if in a situation whereby you have a scholarship, you should state the source, their conditions and the amount you are being paid. 
  • 1 copy of your results before your years of study. 
  • A letter of recommendation or support from a lecturer. 
  • Any other recommendation letter from a respectable member of your society. 
  • Include your full contact details which are your email address, postal address, residential address and phone numbers. 
  • All applications should be sent to the official email address, and you must cross-check your application to make sure you meet all its requirements before applying. 

Reach Oxford Scholarships 2022/2023 for Undergraduate Students from Developing Countries

Oxford University provides the Reach Oxford Scholarships to support undergraduates from developing African countries to study for their bachelor’s degree in whatever course they deem fit at their institution. There is a stipulated time all applications are expected to be submitted, and the scholarship examinations will be taken at the University of Oxford. 

The University of Oxford, UK offers Reach Oxford Scholarships in full financial opportunities for Undergraduate students from Developing Countries to study for a bachelor’s degree in any course offered at the institution in 2022/2023.

A lot of Oxford-owned colleges provide the reach of oxford scholarships to help students from low-income African countries, who for one reason or the other, whether the political, poor standard of education or financial reasons cannot study in their country.

Accepted scholarship winners at oxford university will study at their school under any course of study of their choice asides from Medicine, this is an exception because of the lengthiness of the course, and it’s expensive it is. It is also important to note that the scholarship covers only tuition fees, one return air ticket every year, and a grant for living expenditures. The duration of your scholarship is solely dependent on how long it takes for you to be done with the course. 

African countries that are eligible for this scholarship are; Angola, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Libya, Guinea, Kenya, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea. 

Criteria for applying for this scholarship

  • Must be a student from a developing African country
  • You must be at your highest academic proficiency, with good examination results
  • You should hope to return to your country following the end of their studies

Application processes for Reach Oxford Scholarships

  • You are expected to create an application and direct it to the University of Oxford for an undergraduate program via UCAS, and endeavour to be successful in attaining a place. 
  • If you have successfully been given a place at the University of Oxford to study an undergraduate program, you are expected to study the guidance notes, and use them to complete the undergraduate scholarship application form that is available online. 
  • Endeavour to submit all applications before the deadline
  • After 2 months, all applicants will be informed about the aftermath of their application. 
  • You can visit the official website of the university for further questions. 

It is important to note that your application will most likely not be considered if you haven’t been given a place at Oxford University yet.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

It is not all the universities abroad that have collaborated with the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program, but some universities in America like the  Arizona State University, Duke University, Wellesley College, and Stanford University have. 

Therefore, if you are considering studying in any of the universities that were earlier started, then you might be lucky enough to gain from the MasterCard scholarship program.

This foundation has contributed immensely to the growth and development of education across the world, and they do it just to help African Students from different parts of the world.

This MasterCard Foundation Scholarship program does not only offer financial assistance in the form of fees payment, but it also covers accommodation, books, and other important student handouts that are needed. 

Foreign Fulbright Student Program

The foreign Fulbright student scholarship program is restricted to just African students who wish to further their education in America. The scholarship is mainly for undergraduates thereby it excludes students that to carry out a postgraduate program in Medical research.

Their terms and conditions differ depending on the country you choose to study in.

If you would like to get more information about this scholarship program, then you should visit their official website. Applications are accepted by students from any African country. And the scholarship covers tuition fees, health insurance, living expenses, flight tickets, and many more. 

Durham University Hatfield Lioness Scholarship for Female Students from Developing Countries 2022

Hatfield College wishes to give out their lioness undergraduate scholarship to people that have a good academic background, and personal qualities, which would help them to finish and profit from an undergraduate course, and also to anyone who will act as a good ambassador for their country in Durham, putting their improved knowledge and skills that was achieved from the scholarship program to good use, for the benefit and interest of their society when they get back home. 

The scholarship program was established to help women from developing African countries, and also to celebrate their 30 years of female students at the college of Hatfield, at the University of Durham.

This scholarship scheme is sponsored entirely by alumni, friends of the college, and other supportive sources that are interested in building other women. 

International Leader of Tomorrow Undergraduate Scholarships at University of British Columbia

The Canada international leader of tomorrow award at The University of British Columbia recognizes students who have strong academic performance, good leadership skills, serious involvement in the affairs of students, and community service.

They also reward scholarship programs to students that are good in performing arts, sports, creative writing, debate, or other outside academic competitions carried out by the school. African undergraduates are free to apply for this scholarship because there are restrictions on them 

Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at the University of British Columbia

This scholarship is specifically meant for undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia, and African students and other international students can also apply.

The Karen Mckellin international leader of tomorrow scholarship is given based on merit, as well as other important factors. The significance of the scholarship is assessed depending on the financial capacity of the student in question.

And most of the time, the scholarship is usually given to students based on their academic performance in the previous years, as well as their leadership and community skills. All interested candidates are expected to pick an application form on their official website and apply for the scholarship. 

McGill University MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for African Students

This scholarship is in partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and Mcgill University, and it was established in the year 2013. This scholarship program is usually rewarded to students who have performed exceptionally well in their academics over the years and are from sub-Saharan Africa.

The main goal of this scholarship program is to give over 90 students a stipulated amount of time to study at this well-known university. 

Ontario Scholarships – University of Toronto 

Ontario scholarship is available and offered to students at the University of Toronto, Queens University, and other universities across the world and Africa.

This scholarship program is provided for both international students. The particular value of the scholarship, its duration, and every other important information that is needed to know will be stated in the letter of scholarship given to the winners.

In other to get the full information concerning this scholarship like the date of application and when it ends, their criteria and requirements, then you can head on to their official website. There you would find out everything there is to be known about the scholarship program. 


Are you a student from Africa and you have been in search of a good scholarship program to study abroad, whether in Canada, the USA, the UK, or any country of your choice, then this article is for you because you may most likely discover one or two scholarships that are available for Africans.

A lot of countries in Africa are been regarded as developing countries so the scholarship programs listed above are issued and funded by the government, private organizations, commonwealth scholarships, and even universities just to help African students achieve their academic goals and aspirations.