“Your talent is a seed; cultivate it, and in no time, you will harvest successMatshona Dhliwayo, Zimbabwean philosopher

A scholarship could be your gateway to your bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the USA. Most colleges and universities offer scholarships to international students, and some of these scholarships are allocated specifically to African students. 

The majority of scholarships are offered by the universities themselves – as such, you will need to look at the information on each university’s website to check what scholarships are offered and the requirements for being awarded that scholarship.  Remember that most scholarships are partial not fully funded (in other words, they cover a certain percentage of tuition). Also, there are many more university scholarships offered at Bachelor degree level than at Master’s level. Don’t forget that many of Seed’s partner universities in the USA have been chosen partly because of their attractive scholarship options.

However, in addition to universities’ own scholarships, there are also institutional and governmental scholarships. The list below presents some of these scholarships for African students to study in the USA. 

Government-funded US scholarships 

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is the most popular government-funded US scholarship for International students. This scholarship is open to young professionals, graduate students, and artists. It is available to eligible students to study in all fields except medicine. Contact your nearest US Embassy for more information.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship program

This is a non-degree program that offers scholarships to experienced professionals who wish to study in the USA. It is part of the Fulbright Exchange Program (see above).

Non-Government US scholarships

#youarewelcomehere Scholarships

This scholarship is accessible to international students studying at many colleges or universities in the USA. For more information on participating institutions, go to https://www.youarewelcomehereusa.org/2021-scholarship

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship program

This scholarship is only for students from select African countries, who would like to acquire their postgraduate masters and phd degrees at a graduate school in the USA. They must have an excellent academic background to attain this sought after graduate scholarship.

The Foundation accepts scholarship applications from nationals for the following African countries: Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, and Mozambique.  More information is available at https://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-foundation/international-scholarship-programme


Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

This leadership program is open to all eligible African students from Sub-Saharan African countries. It is aimed at young Africans between 25 and 35 years of age who have shown outstanding leadership and achieved positive change in their communities. More information can be found at https://www.mandelawashingtonfellowship.org/

  • MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program’s vision is to educate and develop bright yet economically marginalized young African students from developing countries. See https://mastercardfdn.org/all/scholars/ for more information. 

Zawadi Africa Education Fund Undergraduate Scholarship for Women- in Partnership with Google

The Zawadi Africa Education Fund is a scholarship program that provides funding to African women. The women must have a proven excellent academic background from disadvantaged backgrounds. The selected women are eligible to pursue their higher education in the USA, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya. See https://www.zawadiafrica.org/ for more information.

MMMF Scholarship for Women from Developing Countries in the US & Canada

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) provides women who come from developing countries scholarship opportunities. This financial aid aims to help women improve their lives and strengthen their leadership skills.

The MMMF awards grant the selected women approximately $12,000 each. For one to qualify for this scholarship, they must be currently enrolled at an accredited university in the US or Canada. Visit https://www.mmeg.org/ for details.

AAUW International Fellowship for Women

American Association of University Women – AAUW International Fellowships are awarded to students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants for this scholarship must have attained an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30 (the previous year). The said students must have applied to their chosen higher learning institutions by the time of the application.

The scholarship is worth $18,000 for Masters, 20,000$ for PhD and $30,000 for Postdoctoral students. Visit https://www.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/current-opportunities/international/ for more details.

African Palliative Care Nursing Scholarship Fund by Global Partners in Care

The mission of this scholarship is to expand the availability of hospice and palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa. The Global Partners in Care, formerly FHSSA, created the African Palliative Care Nursing Scholarship in 2010. https://globalpartnersincare.org/our-work/research-and-education/scholarships/ has more information.

How to Find Search For Scholarships In The USA

Use the Internet

The list above is just a selection of the institutional and government scholarships that are available. Browse the internet to find out all the information you need on the available scholarships and whether you are eligible to apply. For school scholarships offered directly by individual universities, research their website for information about the options available and, if you need further clarifications, contact the specific university.

Ask Your School

If you are already at university in the USA and are looking for ways to reduce your costs, ask your chosen university about available scholarships. Most universities have a list of scholarship opportunities for their students and some scholarships to study are only awarded by institutions after 1-2 semesters of study as the university wishes to evaluate your academic performance in the USA first.

Study Hard

Good grades improve your chances of obtaining a scholarship. This is the case, whether you study hard in your home country or even after you have started studies in the USA. Remember that, if you have opted to start your Bachelor degree studies at a community college, there are many transfer scholarships available to universities when you are ready to transfer (but only if you have great grades!).

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Eligibility for a scholarship entirely depends on the type of scholarship and nationality the scholarship is available for application. Scholarships vary from foundation to foundation and from university to university. The eligibility requirements and the value of the scholarship vary. Whether you are eligible for a university scholarship in the USA entirely depends on the organization offering the scholarship.

Some scholarships ask for proof of your English language. Some require their students to attain a particular grade to be considered. It is very important to do your research to find out what scholarship is open to you. Remember, there is no such thing as a free scholarship. 

How to Apply for A Scholarship

Check out for the list of requirements and if you qualify for the scholarship, then go ahead and send your personal data to apply. Remember that the conditions are different for each scholarship, so be sure you have the correct information. Other scholarships require a specific written piece of work, while others only require you to fill an application form. At some universities, if you apply to study with them, you will automatically be considered for any available scholarships.

Reasons to study in the U.S.A

Deciding to study in the U.S. is a gateway to more excellent opportunities in both your career and social life.  Universities in the U.S. offer all-rounded education with so many prestigious educational programs to choose from that are pretty impressive. 

It gives you more opportunities in life.

Acquiring an international degree is an outstanding achievement. A university degree from the U.S. presents more career opportunities in life as compared to your peers back home.

U.s degrees have an excellent reputation.

Deciding to study in the U.S. is a gateway to more excellent opportunities in both your career and social life.  American Universities rank among the best institutions of higher learning in the world. An undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the U.S. might land you better jobs in your home country. 

Universities in the U.S. are world-class.

Universities in the U.S. are world-class. The best example is Havard university which tops the list of world-class universities as always. It is the standard by which all research universities are measured.

Universities in the U.S. have earned their place among the very best institutions of higher learning over time. The universities have produced Nobel Laureates and heads of state.

A great example is the University of Michigan, which runs one of the world’s most extensive healthcare facilities. It gives its students first-class computer access, and utilizes a library with over 13 million volumes.


American Universities are culturally diverse.

The U.S. is home to a lot of people from all over the world. American universities welcome a lot of international students to gain from their world-class education system. 

You will get a chance to interact with other students from different backgrounds with different cultures and languages. 

Academic flexibility of U.S. degrees

In many parts of the world, the Education system only allows its students to study one course at a time. The American system is more accomodating to students with extra interests outside their main degrees.

You will also get an opportunity to combine two fields that you love. For example, you may take a bachelor’s degree in marketing as your major and add finance as a minor.

 Variety of degree programs available

In most parts of the world, the education system is only limited to a few courses. On most occasions, students who feel the need to specialize in other areas don’t get the chance to do so. In most cases, most of these students look for options outside their home countries. 

The U.S. offers its wide range of courses to choose from, ranging from medicine to film making.  Campus life at a university in the U.S.A.

American society is known globally for freedom and fun. Students in the U.S. enjoy one of the best campus life experiences. The students not only attend classes but also engage in extracurricular activities. Through activities like Music or drama, you can discover a talent that you never knew you had.

Build a network that lasts a lifetime

The United States is home to students from all over the world. While studying in America, you will get to experience the most vibrant campus life ever. You will interact with scholars from different backgrounds and cultures. You will exchange ideas and grow together throughout your years of study.