2015 List of Scholarships for African women and Developing Countries

A number of organisations encourage women empowerment through education at different levels by offering specific scholarships for African women from Africa and developing countries. Although women looking for scholarships can as well apply for other scholarship programmes that are non-gender specific, there are sponsorship programmes that reduce the competition by offering their scholarship programmes solely for women. From the archives of AfterschoolAfrica, below is an updated list of scholarships (undergraduate, Masters, MBA and PhD) that are open for women from African and developing countries. Some of these scholarships are for international students but are also open for the said demography.
Please note that application deadlines and other information provided on this site can change at any time. You are therefore advised to visit the recommended scholarship organisation website.Scholarships for African Women
MasterCard Foundation Scholarships Program at Wellesley College, USA
As part of the Scholars Program, Wellesley will provide nine (9) African women with comprehensive support that includes scholarships, mentoring, counseling, and internship opportunities. Scholars at Wellesley will build experiences, values, and competencies that are critical to success in the global economy, and that enable them to give back to their communities and home countries.
Previous Deadline March 1
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships for Women in Africa, Europe and the Middle East
Google offers The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for women in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to study in the field of computing and technology for Bachelors, Masters or PhD degrees.
Previous Deadline 1 February
VLIR- UOS Masters & Training Scholarships in Belgium for African and Developing Countries
VLIR-UOS offers 180 Masters & 70 training Scholarships in Belgium for students from Developing countries – 50% of scholarships will be offered to African students and almost 50% for Women. The eligible training or master programmes are taught in English.
Previous Deadline 1 February
MMMF Scholarship for Women from Developing Countries in US & Canada
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) scholarship applications for female students from Developing Countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada
Previous Deadline: January 9th
MMMF Grants for Women Studying in South Africa
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) grants will be offered for female students from developing countries who are currently studying in South Africa at the University of Pretoria, the University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch or the University of Witwatersrand
Previous Deadline 19 August
NWAG Scholarship for Nigerian Women
Each year the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia -NWAG- offers undergraduate Scholarships for 37 Nigerian female students (one per state of origin) in Nigerian universities on any course of study, in the amount of fifty thousand Naira (N50,000)
Previous deadline: May 30
SG Conference MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for Africa, Latin America and Asia – 50% for Women
In the spirit of fostering a diverse learning environment, Oxfam America has signed a contract with the MasterCard Foundation to award partial scholarships for travel to the SG 2013 Savings Groups Conference. Women are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
Previous Deadline March 4 & 5th
MILEAD Empowerment and Leadership Fellowship for Young African Women
The MILEAD Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole.
Previous Deadline March 15
Wangari Maathai Scholarship Funds for Kenyan Women– Undergraduate
The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund is an environmental innovations fund set up in memory of Prof. Wangari Maathai that is aimed at developing action-oriented young people with strong values and commitment to the conservation of the physical and social environment in Kenya. In this first year, the tertiary education scholarship will be awarded to a young woman aged 18 to 25 years, who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation.
Previous Deadline 30th November
JAUW International Fellowships Programme for Women
The Japanese Association of University Women currently announced its International Fellowships Programme for women who are carrying out or would like to carry out independent research or advanced study at postgraduate level in Japan.
Previous Deadline April 10
AAUW International Fellowship for Women, Masters & Doctoral program in USA
AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.
Previous deadline December 1
WAAW Foundation Scholarship for African Women
The Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) foundation aim to increase the pipeline of African women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related disciplines, and work to ensure that this talent is engaged in African innovation. WAAW Foundation offers Annual Scholarship program for Undergraduate African female students.
Previous deadline 30 October
Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship Grant for Women from Developing countries
The Faculty of the Future Leader offers PhD & PostDoctoral Fellowship for Women from Developing Countries and emerging economies sponsored by the Schlumberger Foundation.
Application Deadline November 16
Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarships, USA
The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies.
Previous deadline October 16
Women in Aviation Scholarships for International Students
To be eligible to apply for the Women in Aviation scholarship, scholarship applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International.
Previous Deadline November 12
Makerere University offers Undergraduate Scholarships for Female Students, Uganda
The Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) was launched in November 2010 as a continuation of the Makerere University Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI).
Previous deadline 17 August
International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Human Rights Fellowships for women in Any Country
The Conchita Poncini Jimenez Human Rights Fellowship for women by the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) will be awarded for advanced research, an internship or study related to the use of human rights instruments and agreements for the advancement of women.
Previous deadline June 30
Switzerland- Nestle MBA Scholarships for Women Developing Countries
The Nestlé Scholarship for Women was first awarded in 1997 and was initiated by a group of IMD- Switzerland- MBA (Masters in Business Administration) participants who desired to encourage women to take the MBA courses. Preference are given to women from developing countries.
Previous deadline 30 September
UNESCO-L’OREAL International Fellowships for Women from Developing Countries in Life Sciences
UNESCO -L’OREAL international Fellowships Programme for Young Women from Developing Countries  in research developments in the field of life sciences: biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology in France and abroad.
Previous deadline 15 July
ESMT Germany African Scholarships for Full MBA Applicants
ESMT is offering a number of merit-based scholarships for applicants to the Full-time MBA program commencing January and the Executive MBA program beginning October.
Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDC
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