Cambridge Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships Available for African Applicants to Study at the University of Cambridge (October 2017 Entry)

Applications can now be submitted by individuals who would like to study for degrees at the University of Cambridge. For further information regarding the application process, please visit:

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 - 15th October 2016
  • Graduate applications - 7th December 2016 (international applicants only - NOT UK/EU applicants) Do check your specific course deadline, as some are earlier than 7th December 2016. As an example, the deadline for applicants to the LLM is 15th November 2016.

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:

2) Cambridge Trust Scholarships: 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. 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
  • 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 for applying: 12:00 noon (GMT) on Friday 20 January 2017.

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

  • 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)