2018 Scholarships Available for African Applicants to Study at the University of Cambridge

By | July 5, 2018

2018 Scholarships Available for African Applicants to Study at the University of Cambridge

To be considered for funding from the main scholarship providers, you must complete the funding section of the relevant application form (undergraduate or graduate) and submit to the University of Cambridge by the following deadlines:

  • Undergraduate applications – Deadline to be announced but usually in early October 
  • Graduate applications – Best to check specific course deadlines. Search the course directory (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses) for more information. Some deadlines are as early as mid-November (LLM Law) and there will be two general course deadlines in December 2018 and  January 2019.

The list below has been compiled to help African applicants identify scholarships at the University of Cambridge that they are eligible to apply for.

1) Gates Cambridge Scholarships: https://www.gatescambridge.org/apply

2) Cambridge Trust Scholarships: https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarshipsDo note that there is a searchable facility on this website that can help to narrow down available scholarships by country, degree level, subject and the Cambridge College, etc.

3) Various Cambridge College bursaries (see examples below)

Examples of scholarships that are specific to applicants from Africa:

Cambridge-Africa Scholarship (sub-Saharan Africa, PhD). There are five scholarships available. Preference will be given to sub-Saharan African applicants who are linked to African universities/research institutions and working on projects that are of priority to their countries. To be considered for funding, complete the standard University Graduate Students’ Application Form and complete the ‘funding’ section. You can then be considered for all scholarships you are eligible to apply for. The deadline for Cambridge-Trust scholarships is usually the first week in December. View profiles of the current scholars here.


David & Elaine Potter Cambridge Scholarship (Africa)

BP Cambridge Scholarship for Egypt

Wolfson OCS Kenya Scholarship

Beacon Scholarship at Cambridge (Kenya)

Beit Cambridge Scholarship (Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

Rwanda Cambridge Scholarship (Masters or PhD)

CSIR South Africa Cambridge Scholarship

Skye Cambridge Scholarship (South Africa)

Mandela Magdalene College Scholarship (South Africa – offered by Magdalene College, Cambridge)

Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships (MPhil programme, Magdalene College; various African countries: see http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/standard-bank-derek-cooper-scholarships-2016)

Guy Clutton-Brock Cambridge Scholarship (Zimbabwe – offered by Magdalene College, Cambridge)

Trinity College Bursary: Up to two scholarships for students from any African country who wish to take a taught post-graduate course at the University of Cambridge, leading to the MASt, the MPhil or the LLM degree. For more information, and to apply, visit https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/graduate-funding-awards

Examples of scholarships that are available to applicants of many nationalities, including Africans:

Cambridge International Scholarship (PhD)

Yousef Jameel Scholarship (PhD)

Commonwealth Scholarship and Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (Masters and PhD)

Chevening/Cambridge Scholarship (Masters)

IDB Cambridge Scholarship (PhD)

John Stanley Gardiner Trust Fund studentship in the Department of Zoology (open to any British subject or Commonwealth citizen who is ordinarily resident outside Europe but within the Commonwealth of Nations. Visit https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/intranet/research-support/trust-funds/john-stanley-gardiner for more information)

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