Award for Young African Scholars in 2023: Shakira Choonara

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The Shakira Choonara Young African Scholar Award application deadline is: 15 September 15, 2023

All final-year bachelor’s, honors, master’s, and doctoral students who require tuition assistance for 2023 are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is an investment in young people, a vibrant Africa, and African brilliance. Ms. Goitsemodimo Ditsele, the inaugural awardee, graduated from the University of Botswana in 2022 with a Master of Arts in Development Studies. Every year, the Shakira Choonara Young African Scholarship Award will be given to an outstanding final-year undergraduate or postgraduate student (Honors, Masters, or PhD). The scholarship supports the final year tuition fee for a  student with difficult circumstances. Students must be pursuing higher education and have an excellent academic record  (70% or more in current and previous academic years). Research in the broader development sector will be supported, with desired areas including health sciences and gender studies.

Criteria For Application

  • Youth from 21 to 35 years old
  • The applicant must be a citizen of one of the 54 African countries
  • The applicant must be in the final year  (undergraduate or graduate) at a university in Africa.
  • Demonstrate financial need, i.e., request a final year tuition-paying scholarship to complete an undergraduate degree.
  • A proven track record of academic excellence
  • We strongly encourage young women and youth from disadvantaged populations to apply. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated; only online applications will be accepted. Due to the enormous number of applications received, only those who have been shortlisted will be notified.

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