Carnegie Mellon Africa: Fully Funded Scholarships 2022/2023

Carnegie Mellon University Africa has been ranked as one of the top universities in Africa to study engineering. It is mother institution is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has campuses in Africa Australia and Qatar CMU Africa is located in Kigali, Rwanda. With a mission to “produce creative and technically strong engineers, who have been trained in the African context, and prepared to make a transformative impact in their communities and the world”.

Carnegie Mellon Africa: Fully Funded Scholarships 2022/2023

This school was brought into existence through the partnership of Carnegie Mellon University and the Rwandan government to give attention to the lack of high quality and well-trained engineers in Africa. CMU Africa only offer these masters programs

Scholarships offered by Carnegie Mellon Africa

CMU Africa offers over seven scholarship and financial aid programs to students to reduce the cost of education. However, only two of these scholarships are fully funded. The others however may offer 50% financial aid or other forms of scholarship. Students must first apply to CMU Africa as there are no financial aid applications before admission. All admitted students will be considered for financial aid, the sponsoring institution, director of CMU-Africa or the scholarships selection committee will decide on the duration and amount of the scholarships.

  • Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – Fully funded
  • Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)- Partial or Full Scholarship depending on a scholarship awarded.
  • Government of Rwanda (GoR) Scholarships- 50% Scholarship for only East African Students
  • Government of Rwanda (GoR) Loans-  50% scholarship and 50% tuition loan
  • Innovators Forward Fellowship Fund (IFFF)
  • College of Engineering Dean Fellowship- Full Funding

Mastercard Foundation Scholars program

This program was birthed from a partnership between Carnegie Mellon University’s and Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. It is aimed to benefit 425 academically talented but economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Students are not only trained academically  but receive leadership development training, involved in community projects and career guidance support

Host Schools

  • Carnegie Mellon University.

Level of Study

  • Postgraduate (Masters) only

Award value

Fully funded

Target group

Economically disadvantaged African Students

Eligibility Criteria

Scholars come from economically disadvantaged communities and have demonstrated the following attributes

  • Scholars value learning and have the drive to complete their education with an exceptional past academic record
  • Must have demonstrated commitment to giving back and improving their communities.
  • Have been admitted into CMU-Africa
  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential, become role models, change-makers and mentors
  • Scholars have demonstrated commitment to transforming Africa

Application Process

  • Carnegie Mellons application form will be automatically sent to students who are admitted into the University.
  • The Scholars Selection Committee will select awardees in accordance with University policies and procedures.

Scholarship Website

Official Scholarship Website: https://www.africa.engineering.cmu.edu/mastercard-scholars/index.html

Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue postgraduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries. MINDS Scholarships apply to full-time studies of a one or two-year Honors or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions. MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

Award Value

The Scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation and meals
  • One return ticket per duration of studies
  • A fixed stipend

Target Group

African citizens residing in Africa

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a MINDS Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country
  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s outside of your country of citizenship and/ or residency
  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year
  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study
  • Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential guided by the questions/ requirements set out in the application form
  • Submit a complete online application form with the required supporting documentation.

List of Documents Needed

If you are eligible, submit these documents here: https://scholarship.minds-africa.org/login.php

  • A copy of the data/ bio page of the passport.
  • A certified academic transcript/ results slip of the last two years of study.
  • A copy of the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter must:
    • Be addressed to the applicant.
    • State the degree which the applicant has been accepted to study.
    • State the academic year at which the degree will commence.
    • State the duration of the course (e.g. one year).
  • A copy of a valid study permit or visa OR proof of application. (Optional)
  • A detailed CV/ Resume of not more than four (4) single-sided pages.
  • Two reference letters (of not more than 3 pages each) addressing the applicant’s demonstration of integrity, their competency and/or potential as a leader and their commitment to the development of the African continent.

Scholarship Website

For more information and application guidelines, visit the Official Scholarship Website: https://minds-africa.org/scholarship-program-for-leadership-development/

Government of Rwanda (GoR) Scholarships

The GoR offers a 50% scholarship to qualified students from the East African Community.

Award Value

  • 50% scholarship

Target Group

  • Applicants from the East African Community.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Be a citizen of any country in the East African Community

Application process

CMU’s financial aid form and Rwanda Education Board application will be sent to students who are admitted to CMU.

Government of Rwanda (GoR) Loans

Qualified Rwandan students receive a GoR 50% scholarship and a 50% tuition loan. Living stipends are also available under the loan program.

Award Value

  • 50% scholarship and 50% tuition

Target Group

  • Applicants from Rwanda only.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Must be a citizen of Rwanda

Application process

CMU’s financial aid form and Rwanda Education Board application will be sent to Rwandan students who are admitted to CMU.

Innovators Forward Fellowship Fund (IFFF)

Innovators Forward Fellowship Funds (IFFF) provides financial support for graduate students with an exceptional academic record and demonstrated leadership potential. 

Award Value

  • Not specified

Target Group

  • African students

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Must be a citizen of an African country
  • Have an exceptional academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership potential

Application process

CMU’s financial aid form will be sent to students who are admitted to CMU. The Director of CMU-Africa will determine the amount of the fellowship and will select awardees in accordance with university policies and procedures.

References

Carnegie Mellon University Africa https://www.africa.engineering.cmu.edu/about/index.html

Master card Foundation Scholars Program https://www.africa.engineering.cmu.edu/mastercard-scholars/index.html

Scholarship Program for leadership Development https://minds-africa.org/scholarship-program-for-leadership-development/

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