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Funding Opportunities for African Scientists Vol. 3

Funding Opportunities for African Scientists Vol. 3

Dr. Daniel Muema

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships for 2020-2021 are now open!


In total, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission offers 800 scholarships annually. A substantial portion of these scholarships go to the support of Master’s training. Specifically for the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships, the candidates first apply to various nominating bodies that are invited every year to submit a specific number of nominations. See links below for the lists of nominating bodies.

  1. National nominating agencies: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/national-nominating-agencies/

  2. Non-governmental and charitable organizations: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/nominating-ngos/

Scope: The scheme’s six main themes are science and technology, health systems, global prosperity, global peace, security and governance, resilience and response to crisis and access, inclusion and opportunity. 

“Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development”

Eligible countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu and Zambia.

Key dates:  Applying for nomination by designated nominating body:Contact the country-specific nominating body for details(Latest submission: 30 October 2019).

Latest date for receiving supporting documents (Proof of citizenship, academic transcripts and two reference letters): 20thNovember 2019.

Deadline for nominating bodies to submit their nominations to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission:18th December 2018.

Other expected calls in late 2019 and early 2020

Below are some of the calls that we should watch out for. We will discuss then in details when they open for applications. Meanwhile, prospective students can check the respective websites for last year’s details (eligibility, requirements etc.) to enable them to prepare. However, keep in mind that the applications procedures could change for the coming year.

  1. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS)



2.  Wellcome Trust International Master’s Fellowships


3.    Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships


4.    Utrecht Excellence Scholarships


5. Research Training Program: Australia


6. The Aga Khan International Scholarship Programme


7.    Fulbright Foreign Student Program


8.    VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships in Belgium



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9.    Science@Leuven Scholarships 


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