Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship 2019

Deadline: 18 September 2018

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) at University of Stanford offers the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program to eligible Africans to pursue a Masters in Business Administration at the GSB. The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program covers tuition fees and associated fees for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Six Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships are offered annually.

The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program allows you the flexibility to gain experience and knowledge anywhere in the world after graduation from Stanford GSB. Within two years, however, you must return to Africa in a professional role that contributes positively to the continent’s development; thus, by the time you are four years out of the Stanford MBA Program, you must have worked in Africa for at least two such years. If you do not fulfil this requirement, you would then be required to repay what the fellowship covered.


Why the Stanford MBA?

Because you need a business education that will both challenge you to become a better leader and teach you how. You are ready to discover new ways of thinking about your career and your life. And you would thrive as part of a community of leaders who are reimagining their industries and impacting the world.

Because you are looking for a transformational master’s degree program where you end up with so much more than a master’s degree.


Eligibility criteria

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.

You must have completed, or be in the final stages of completing your undergraduate studies, preferably at an institution in Africa.

African citizens who studied in countries outside of Africa are also eligible for the fellowship.

You must return to work in Africa within two years of graduation, and remain employed in your country of origin for two years.

You must show attributes worthy of a Stanford MBA Fellow, including leadership potential, intellectual prowess, and personal qualities that contribute positively to the class.

You must commit to using the leadership and management skills learned at Stanford to improve the African economy.

You must demonstrate financial need based on the personal financial information you put in your application.


Evaluation Criteria

To be considered for the Stanford Africa MBA fellowship, you must have;

Commitment to developing Africa: In addition to being 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.


How to apply

To be considered for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship, you must apply to the Stanford MBA Program in either Round 1 (September 18, 2018) or Round 2 (January 10, 2019). We cannot consider you for the fellowship in Round 3. If you have already been admitted to the GSB and have deferred enrolment, you must apply to the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship the year prior to your enrolment.

In the MBA application, you will indicate that you are applying for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship; doing so will trigger a prompt for an additional essay. The essay title is; Tell us about your strong ties and commitment to Africa, including how you plan to make an impact (250 words). You must submit the essay with your complete MBA Program application by the appropriate application deadline.

The fee to apply to the Stanford MBA Program is US$275. Please note that the application fee will be waived for applicants who are making a salary that is equal to or less than US$20,000.


Required documents

You will be asked to provide the following with your scholarship application;

  • Educational history – An unofficial transcript from your university will suffice. You may also submit results of the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) at this stage.
  • Any awards and honours (academic, personal or professional)
  • Employment history – Although letters of recommendation are not necessary at this stage, you will need two of them for your MBA application.
  • A one-page resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A 250-word essay addressing how you intend to make an impact in Africa
  • Individual financial information

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On-going Opportunities

  • The Mandela Institute for Development Studies Scholarship Program. Deadline: Ongoing. Link;




  • The University of Sydney International Scholarships (USydIS). Deadline: 31 July 2018. Link;





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