Apply: $170,000 Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship


The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for the tuition and associated fees (approximately US $170,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Stanford will award up to six (6) Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships annually. For those who are applying and make less than US$20,000, the Stanford Graduate School of Business Admissions will waive the application fee.

Within two years of graduation from Stanford GSB, Stanford Africa MBA Fellows are required to return to Africa to work for at least two years in a professional role that contributes positively to the continent’s development; thus fellows must live and work in Africa for at least two years by the time they are four years out of the Stanford MBA Program.

Fellowship Eligibility

You must demonstrate strong ties to Africa, including the following:

  • You must be a citizen of an African country. Dual citizens are eligible for the fellowship as long as you hold citizenship in an African nation. Residents of an African country who do not have citizenship in an African country are ineligible.
  • You must have completed, or be in the final year of completing, your university studies. If you studied at an undergraduate or graduate institution in Africa, we especially encourage you to consider applying for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program. African citizens who studied in countries outside of Africa are also eligible for the fellowship.

Essay Topic

  • Tell us about your strong ties and commitment to Africa, including how you plan to make an impact (250 words).

Evaluation Criteria

  • Commitment to developing Africa: In addition to being a citizen of an African nation (including dual citizens), you must show commitment to developing Africa. This includes returning to work in Africa within two years of graduation, for a period of at least two years.
  • Demonstrated financial need is preferred, as assessed through the Stanford GSB financial aid process.
  • Merit, determined by the three criteria used to consider candidates: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions that will add to the class. To learn more about the requirements and qualities we seek in candidates in the Admission section of our website.

DEADLINE: Round 1 ( September 18, 2018) or Round 2 (January 10, 2019)

Apply here: Stanford Africa 










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