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Top 10 scholarship opportunities you can’t miss in 2017

Whether you live in Malawi or Zambia, advancing your education through a scholarship opportunity can bring the dream of a brighter future closer to reality. Here is a list of 2017 scholarships for university education including masters degree and PhD scholarships.

1. Study in Sweden

The Study in Sweden website is a rich source of scholarships for Africans – whether you are in Zimbabwe or Nigeria, Kenya or Uganda. It even includes 7 steps to studying in Sweden which you will find helpful. Check out their website and apply for a scholarship on this link.

2. Australia Award Scholarship

These scholarships are for professional development funded by the Australian Government. Core beneficiaries are Indonesian leaders. You can read more on the website: http://australiaawardsindo.or.id

3. Unicaf Scholarships

Unicaf has provided scholarships to thousands of students from Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya among others. Check out if you are eligible and apply. It’s worth the try!

Related article: 5 ways you can increase your chances of winning a scholarship

4. Chevening Scholarships

As human beings, we usually give up before we try when a scholarship has too many applicants and competition is stiff. The few who are lucky get what they so desperately need. My advice would be: go for it, try your best and good luck!

Want to give it a try? Check out their website. You could be among the lucky few!

5. The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for African Students

The MasterCard Foundation has pledged to pump in $500 million towards scholarships. This is a lot of money that will go a long way in helping students from Africa who need scholarships to study in the USA. You have chances of studying at many institutions including Duke university. There is also a fellowship programme for African humanities in Tanzania, Uganda and other countries.

6. The Ruth First Educational Trust Scholarship

You could be eligible to study at Durham University in the UK under this scholarship. You will be required to download a scholarship application form as well as two reference forms.

This is typically a scholarship for Africans and is open to students from Lesotho, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to mention a few.

7. The Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Young African Leaders Initiative website has a full description of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Eligibility is for students from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

8. Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship

Whether you are a citizen of Africa or hold dual citizenship, you could be eligible for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship which will enable you to study at the Stanford Global School of Business. Up to 100 finalists will be selected.

9. Kent Law School Taught Masters Scholarships

This taught masters programme could be ideal for you if you think taking an online course is not a viable option. There are two options which include tuition fees at the full overseas rate.

10. Studying in China

There are also opportunities to study in China on scholarship. You can explore a good number of universities in China offering scholarships to African students on the CUCAS website as well as on the Study in Taiwan website.

What if my chances are slim?

If you think your chances are slim, my advice would be give it a try. If it fails, you could explore Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) most of which are free. Universities like Harvard offer these courses with an option of a verified certificate on sites like edX. You could also try Alison – one of the most popular MOOC providers in the world.

Ian C Maliseni
About the Author

Ian C Maliseni is the Founder and Executive Director of Urunji Child-Care Trust. He has worked with several local and international organizations among them World Vision Malawi and Ebenezer Trust in Zambia.

He has an MBA and is also a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). He loves writing articles on job search, volunteering and web designing.

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