The right to education for women

Several organizations encourage women empowerment through education at different levels by offering specific undergraduate, masters and PhD scholarships for women from developing countries especially women from Africa. Other scholarships may target a specific field to incentivize women to study it. For example, there are scholarships for women in STEM, business, nursing, and beyond.

Unless a scholarship has criteria that say otherwise, both men and women might apply. But some providers want to award aid for women and girls only. Female scholarships thus restrict applicants to persons who identify with the female gender.

There are sponsorship programmes that reduce the competition by offering African women scholarships.

Below is an updated list of scholarships (undergraduate, Masters, MBA and PhD) that are open for women from African and developing countries.

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

Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program for Young Women in STEM Research

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.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

Power Africa Leadership Training Programme

Are you a young woman working or involved in the African energy ecosystem? Do you want to improve your career and take off? Then apply to the Power Africa program of the Regional Leadership Center YALI open yearly.

Columbia University Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program

This call for applications is open to African grassroots women activists working broadly on the issue of peace and security.

Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Young African Women

Across Africa there are many talented and academically gifted girl students who are unable to complete their schooling due to a variety of social, economic and/or cultural reasons. Key among these is a lack of financial support. In her lifetime Margaret Sanders was a keen supporter of girls’ education.

Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship for Female Undergraduate Students in STEM Fields 

To bring more gender diversity to the technology industry, Adobe is pleased to invite applications to the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship.

Facebook Grace Hopper Women in Computing Scholarship (Funded to Conference in Texas, USA)

This unique scholarship program will be awarded to 50 women excelling in Computer Science. Each recipient will have the opportunity not only to attend the Celebration, but to spend valuable days before the conference with Facebook engineers learning, collaborating, and preparing for the conference.

FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies

Applications are welcomed for FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship from female citizens of all countries who are enrolled in a post-graduate program at a university accredited by the national or international body approved for that purpose in the country where the university is situated.

Saïd Business School Diploma in Strategic Management Scholarships for Women 

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, UK is offering scholarships to three outstanding females for the Oxford Diploma in Strategic Management Program.

Cass Business School Global Women’s Leadership Scholarships 

The Cass Global Women’s Leadership Programme through the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation, seeks to inspire, equip and connect women who are, or want to become resilient, inclusive, ambitious, brave, confident, responsible, authentic and thriving leaders.

Learn Africa Fully-funded Graduate Scholarships for African Women to Study in Spain

This program, promoted by the Women for Africa Foundation, aims to promote the transfer of knowledge, exchange and training of African women undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships in Spanish universities that collaborate in this initiative.

Henley Business School Women in Leadership MBA Scholarship

The Henley Business School of the University of Reading is delighted to announce the Women in Leadership MBA Scholarship, a prestigious MBA Scholarship competition.

African Leadership Centre (ALC) Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women 

The Fellowships bring together African women in the early stages of their careers to undertake a carefully designed training programme in conflict, security and development.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

LSE Pauline Graham Undergraduate Scholarship for African Women

The Pauline Graham scholarship is available for women from Africa who desire to undertake undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

BHW Group Women in STEM Academic Scholarship for Study in USA 

Women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics during the 2018 school year are eligible to apply for the Women in STEM academic scholarship.

Oprah Winfrey’s African Women’s Public Service Fellowship at NYU

African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, sponsored by Oprah Winfrey, seeks to prepare African women with experience working on issues facing Africa for public service careers in their home countries.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

University of Michigan Centre for the Education of Women (CEW) Scholarships for Women

The CEW Scholarship Program, which today serves women and nontraditional students, was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted and to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academic Scholarship for Girls

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls is seeking to admit young African female students for the special learning school.

Mwangi MBA Scholarship for Kenyan Female Students

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Mwangi MBA Scholarship Competition in conjunction with the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) Scholarships

The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who will be in their third year of doctoral studies or part time equivalent at the time when the awards are given out n October/November of each year.

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.

Women Techmakers (Formerly Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship) Scholars Programme for Women in Africa

Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Programme – formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Programme – Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field of computing and technology for Bachelors, Masters or PhD degrees.

Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

Queensland University of Technology Research Scholarship for International Women

QUT awards a limited number of scholarships every year to students who provide clear evidence of exceptional research potential and who are undertaking, or applying to undertake, a higher degree by research. QUT research scholarships provide funding to women researchers.


United Nation’s Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp for Young African Girls

Join other girls from around the world for a unique educational opportunity and rich cross-cultural experience at the 2018 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp held in Namibia from June 17 – June 29, 2018. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics.

See more Scholarships for African women HERE

Call for Applications: Harvard University International Women’s Research in Religion Studies

Each year Harvard Divinity School selects five candidates for full-time Research Associate and Visiting Faculty positions in its Women’s Studies in Religion Program. Proposals for book-length research projects using both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed.

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.

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (Formerly Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund) Scholarships for Women from Developing Countries

The Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing

Academic Excellence Scholarships at the University of Newcastle Australia

University of Newcastle
Application Deadline: Open
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Bavarian Government and DAAD Scholarships for International Students at Hochschule Hof in Germany, 2020

DAAD and University of Applied Sciences Hof
Application Deadline: November 15th, 2020
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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, 2021-2022

Swiss Government
Application Deadline: Varies from country to country
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Entrance Undergraduate International Scholarship at University of Waikato in New Zealand, 2021

University of Waikato
Application Deadline: December 15, 2020
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Future Leaders funding for International Students at RMIT University, 2020

RMIT University
Application Deadline: Open
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International Student Success Award at Eastern Oregon University, USA

Eastern Oregon University
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2021
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President’s Entrance International Awards at Ryerson University in Canada

Ryerson University
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
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Clarke Merit International Awards in the USA

Clarke University
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
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Brigham Young University Undergraduate Financial aid for International Students in USA, 2021

Brigham Young University
Application Deadline: December 15, 2020
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ARES Masters Programmes for Developing Countries in Belgium, 2021

Application Deadline: February 5, 2021
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Merit-Based Funds for International Students at Villanova University in USA, 2021-2022

Villanova University
Application Deadline: November 15, 2020
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Merit-Based Scholarships for International Students at Gordon College, USA

Gordon College
Application Deadline: December 1.
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NSU International Awards in the United States

Nova Southeastern University
Application Deadline: March 1
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Friedrich Ebert Foundation Funding for International Students in Germany, 2021

Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Application Deadline: Applications for the award may be submitted at any time
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