20 Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships for African Women

Christiana S. Kallon January 20, 2017

Don’t let finances stop you from pursuing your educational goals. I know how frustrating it can be to receive acceptance into a bachelor’s or master’s program, and not be able to afford it. But like my mother always says, “when there is a will, there is a way and what God has in store for you, no one can take away”.

Using my insights from working in college admissions as well as my own personal experience applying for graduate scholarships, I’ve compiled a list of scholarships out there for African women (sorry, fellas). Most of them are in the United States and Canada, but some are in other regions. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but hopefully it’s a good start.

Raising money requires hard work and advanced planning. But it’s possible! In 2015, I received both the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship and the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O) International Peace Scholarship to finance my graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. With patience, persistence, and prayer, you too can achieve your dreams.

Please comment if you have any questions. Good luck, ladies!

  1. American Association for University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship
  2. Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O) International Peace Scholarship
  3. MasterCard Foundation Scholarships Program at Wellesley College, USA
  4. Oprah Winfrey’s African Women’s Public Service Fellowship at New York University
  5. Margaret McNamara Educational Grants Scholarships for Women from Developing Countries
  6. Google Women Techmakers Scholars Programme for Women in Africa
  7. Zawadi Africa Education Fund Undergraduate Scholarship for Women
  8. Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) The Morning Star Scholarship for Nigerian Women
  9. Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships for African Women
  10. MSFS Full-tuition Scholarship at Georgetown University for Students from Africa
  11. Harvard University International Women’s Research in Religion Studies
  12. Penn-UNESCO Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  13. Visiola Foundation STEM Scholarships for African Girls
  14. Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in Developing Nations
  15. Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship
  16. Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
  17. HEC Paris-Forté Foundation for International Women Scholars
  18. Global Change Leaders Programme for Women in Developing Countries
  19. African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowships
  20. Huawei-She Leads Africa Fellowship Program



Last Edited by:Sandra Appiah Updated: September 15, 2018


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