Study at Cambridge (Scholarships)

Information for Africans Applying to Study at the University of Cambridge 

Applications can  be submitted by individuals who would like to study for degrees at the University of Cambridge. For further information regarding the courses available and the application process, read through this handy brochure about Admissions and Funding for African Students.

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Note: Charge for access the graduate application form

There is an application charge of (GBP sterling) £50 per application, unless you are from a country which is eligible for fee waiver. A list of other eligible courses and further information can be found at You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to a secure server when you submit your online application. Apparently, there are alternatives to the credit card payment, and this is available on request from the Graduate Admissions Office, if people come from countries where credit cards are not used.

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:

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

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)