Top 12 Scholarships Available To International Students Planning To Study In Australia, Canada, US, and The UK

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Every year, thousands of international students migrate from their countries to other parts of the world in a bid to get more knowledge or better education. Africa and Asia cover the highest percentage of these upwardly mobile students as there is always a large migration of students in both undergraduate and postgraduate level who seek more knowledge in foreign lands especially Europe and North America. While some of these students leave with the aim of being responsible for their welfare, a large chunk of students migrating are on scholarships or applying for awards.

Below is a list of scholarships that international students can apply for to study in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

United States of America

  1. Stanford MBA Fellowship

The Stanford MBA Fellowship scholarships for Africans wishing to study at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business on the MBA program. Applicants should show commitment to the development of their home country.

Eligibility and Application Process

You must be an African residing in Africa.

Stanford Africa MBA Fellows must first be selected as finalists through the fellowship application process. Stanford will select up to 100 Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship finalists based on:

If you are not selected as a Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship finalist, you remain welcome to apply to the Stanford MBA Program in any application round and you will remain eligible to receive other forms of financial aid.

To apply, applicants would have to send:

  1. One page curriculum vitae or resume
  2. 250-word essay on how you plan to make an impact on the continent
  3. Individual financial information
  4. Awards which could be either academic, personal or professional
  5. Finalists would be required to submit unofficial copies in the MBA application and upon admission would have to submit official copies
  6. You may also submit the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and/or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if available. These are optional at the fellowship application stage. If you are selected as a finalist, you’ll be required to take one of these exams as part of your application to the Stanford MBA Program.

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  1. Zawadi Africa Education Fund For Young African Women

The Zawadi Africa Education Fund For Young African Women is a scholarship program for female students from Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya to study in the Us.

Eligibility and Application Process

For the African student to be eligible;

  1. She must have completed her secondary school education
  2. Most likely she must be from marginalized areas and must have performed excellently in her education in spite of the odds before her
  3. She must clearly be in need of finance and must be from a humble background
  4. She must have leadership qualities and must have shown that in a position or number of positions
  5. She must have overcomes challenges such as financial needs and socio-cultural practices such female genital-mutilation or early marriage

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  1. 7up Harvard Business School Scholarship

The 7up Harvard Business School Scholarship is a program for only Nigerian students who would want to study at the Harvard Business School in the USA. It is strictly an MBA program.

Eligibility and Application Process

For one to be eligible to apply for this program he/she must have secured admission to study for the 2-year MBA program at the Harvard Business School. After successfully securing admission, the applicant should their letter to the board. All eligible applicants (Nigerian citizens resident in Nigeria who have gained admission to HBS) would then be invited for multiple rounds of interviews with SevenUp Bottling Company Executives to determine their fit with SBC’s vision for the scholarship. It is important to note that the Harvard Business School MBA application process is separate. Seven-Up only assesses candidates after they have successfully navigated the entire HBS MBA application process on their own.

United Kingdom

  1. Ruth First Scholarship

Ruth First Scholarship is a scholarship program that is designed to enable southern African students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Durham. Southern Africa is defined for this purpose as comprising the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Eligibility and Application Process

The candidate must be a citizen of one the South African countries mentioned above and must be in need of financial assistance as well as come from historically disadvantaged background.

To apply, candidate must;

  1. Hold a relevant degree of sufficient standard to be able to gain admission to study the course of his choice
  2. Must not have obtained a previous master’s degree or studied in any university outside the shores of South Africa previously
  3. Have leadership qualities and should have evidence that proves so
  4. Have the desire to improve the lot of his country and must be committed to such desire.

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  1. African Postgraduate Scholarships

African Postgraduate Scholarships are for Students living in Africa at the time of application and are self-funding their course are eligible. The scholarship is worth £3000 for entry onto a full time postgraduate programme (both taught and research). The number of scholarships is limited and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligibility and Application process

African students who are self-funding their course and are not receiving discounted tuition fees from partner universities are eligible.

Application is simple; Students who are domiciled in Africa at the time of application and are made an offer to a full-time postgraduate programme will automatically be considered for the scholarship and informed of their eligibility – there is no additional application process for this scholarship.

The number of scholarships is limited. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis to students who hold an unconditional offer to their Masters programme and have made their £3500 deposit payment towards their fees.

The scholarship amount will be shown on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter Edinburgh Napier will issue you for your Tier 4 Student Visa application.

  1. The African London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund

The Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund is a scholarship fund set up to support African scientists to undertake a Master’s degree in a subject relevant to the control of infectious disease in Africa.

The awards will support a candidate to undertake an MSc at either the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan or at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK. Up to four awards will be made each year for the period 2010 to 2017. Successful applicants will receive a maximum of US$50,000 each to cover tuition fees, travel and living expenses.

An award will only be made on condition that the candidate meets the criteria set for entry on the course for which they have applied.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates should only apply to the university of their choice when they have been awarded a scholarship

Candidates applying for an Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) MSc scholarship must meet the following criteria.

  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Scholarship

Candidates applying for a Scholarship at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine must:

  1. Be of African nationality and normally be resident in Africa
  2. Be fluent in English. If the applicant’s first language is not English or if the studies at university have not been conducted wholly in the medium of English candidates must take and pass one of the approved internet-based tests (IELTS, TOEFL or a Pearson Test of English). The standard of English needed to pass the tests is high and is in line with the level of English required by the UK Border Authority in order to issue a student visa. Click here for the prospectus
  3. Have a first or upper second class BSc degree or equivalent from an established university in a relevant area of science (a medical degree is not essential),
  4. Usually have had at least two years’ prior research experience in an area relevant to the study of infectious diseases, and
  5. Have the support of the head of their institution for undertaking their chosen course.


  1. Algonquin College Undergraduate Scholarship for International Students 

The Algonquin College Undergraduate Scholarship for International Students is an annual scholarship program designed for first year, first term post-secondary international students which, is wholly based on merit. To be awarded this scholarship, the student must be well above average and must be proficient in English Language.


To be eligible for the award of this scholarship, the candidate must:

  1. Be paying full international student fees absent of any other form of financial support in form of scholarship or bursaries.
  2. Be an international student
  3. Have completed all registration procedures for the upcoming semester after being accepted into the university
  4. Submitted a completed international student application package which must include; transcripts, a 500-word essay on the purpose for studying the chosen course, copies of academic transcript and scores for IELTS and TOEFL for students whose countries do not speak English as lingua franca.

To be selected, candidates would have better chances of being awarded if they have already been admitted and have met all conditions as it concerns registration and travelling.

  1. Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship is an award designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students who would contribute to the Canadian brand as an entity with global excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarship is awarded to students in the fields of natural science, engineering, social sciences and health. The scholarship is available to both Canadian and international PhD students.


To be eligible for the award of this scholarship, a candidate must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident in Canada or an international student
  2. Have been nominated by one Canadian university with Vanier Canadian Graduate allocation
  3. Be pursuing first doctoral degree
  4. Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent

The selection criteria into the program are mostly based on:

  1. Academic excellence of the candidate.
  2. Leadership abilities
  3. Relevance of the proposed course of study to the development of their country or society
  4. Civic engagement
  5. Involvement of the candidate in educational life
  6. Personal achievement

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  1. Nelson Mandela Leader Of Tomorrow Scholarship

The Nelson Mandela Leaders Of Tomorrow scholarship named after the great former South African president is designed for young students who would become leaders in public policy and administration. The annual scholarship is awarded to students in public administration, public finances and public policy with two components; academic and professional.


To be eligible for this scholarship, the candidate must:

  1. Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan country, as well as must be a permanent resident in the country
  2. Be proficient in English or French
  3. Be between 22 and 35 years old during the duration of the program
  4. Have worked full-time for a minimum and maximum of two and five years respectively
  5. Have met all the requirements it takes to gain admission into a master’s degree programme in Canada

Selection Criteria

After completion of their academic files, candidates would be assessed based on:

  1. Academic excellence
  2. Potential contribution of the proposed course of study to the candidate’s country
  3. Professional experience
  4. Recommendation letters from notable entities
  5. Demonstrated leadership abilities
  6. Relevance and merit of the course of study

Application Procedure

  1. The candidate would have to complete the online application form
  2. The candidate would also submit an abstract for a case study
  3. The candidate would also have to write a 500 to 700 essay on why he/she intends to study their chosen courses and how it would contribute to the growth of public policy and public administration in their country
  4. The candidate would also submit three reference letters; two academic and one professional
  5. The candidate would provide a copy of valid passport and national identity card
  6. The candidate would also need to provide results of language tests if they have studied in English or French.

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  1. University of British Columbia International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT) Undergraduate Scholarships

The University of British Columbia International Leader of Tomorrow is a scholarship awarded to international students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, recognized achievement in fields of endeavour such as the performing arts, sports, debating or creative writing, or external academic competitions and examinations.


To be eligible for the scholarship, a candidate must:

  1. The candidate must be nominated by their current school, the one they just graduated from or the university they are transferring from.
  2. Be applying for their first undergraduate degree
  3. Have an excellent academic graduate degree
  4. Have financial challenge that would have prevented them from achieving their academic pursuit
  5. An international student; not a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada
  1. Be admissible to the first choice program they are applying to, including meeting UBC’s English Language Admission Standard
  2. Be entering a UBC undergraduate degree program from a recognized secondary school, college or other university

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Australia Awards Africa is an Australian government scholarship for Africans to gain funding to study in Australia on a professional training course or master’s degree. The programme is aimed at developing capacity and leadership skills so that those who are privileged to be awarded would apply would go back and be able to contribute to the development of their country. The scholarship is usually awarded to Africans who are not privileged enough to finance their education and there are three types of awards which are awarded to three different groups of applicants; Australia Awards Scholarships, Short Courses and Australia Award Fellowships.

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