When talking about scholarships, it can be overwhelming because many scholarships are available, but we don’t really know what they are, where to find them, or what are we going to risk or gain from it.
There are also possible barriers such as language, because you may need to learn a specific language, to apply, to study and to communicate in every day life. Another barrier is just that little devil thought which says, “I don’t think I will make it”, or “I think there are many better candidates than me”, or also “I don’t have the criteria for that”. But hey, the only thing we knew when we were born was to cry, pee and poop. So like to eat, we can also learn to get through those opportunities, and even find the best one that fits us like that moment when we figure out our favorite food.
So, here are the five most available and prestigious scholarships and financial aids for Malagasy students.
1- Chevening Scholarship
Have you ever desired to meet the Queen Elizabeth ? Or check the famous Stonehenge one of the must see historical site in the world? Or maybe, you want to revive history through different places and architecture? If so, you may need to consider to study in the United Kingdom.
Chevening Scholarship is available for students who want to pursue in Master’s degree in the United Kingdom. Students have the opportunity to study any field that interests them for one year, in any university of their choice. Fully funded by the FCO, this scholarship awards potential leaders in Madagascar and in other 140 more countries who want to get a push in reaching their objective. Among the criteria to consider are: having the passion and objective to be change-makers in Madagascar, and having at least 2 years of professional experiences, including internships and volunteering. Moreover, the Chevening alumni network allows you to relate within a global network of future leaders.
In 2017, 11 Malagasy students were beneficiaries, while in 2018, 8 new scholars arrive in the UK to live and experiment student life in the country. As it is an English speaking country, knowledge of English will also be part of the requirement. Applications are asked to take IELTS test and reach a minimum of score of 6.5. To apply, visit the link http://www.chevening.org/madagascar.
Madagascar, already has a Chevening Alumni Association, which is there to continue their mission as Cheveners and available for the people who are interested in the scheme. Please visit the link below to get in touch with them:https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Youth-Organization/Chevening-Alumni-Madagascar-552632351836464/
Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open every year from August, so don’t hesitate to check their website.
Some Chevening Scholars from Madagascar, 2017-2018
2- Fulbright Scholarship
If you are still interested in English speaking countries, but more in the “Zamerika side”, wanting to know more about what it likes to study in the “Be kintana’s” country, you can consider the Fulbright scholarship. Unlike the Chevening Scholarship, Fulbright Foreign Student Program lasts 2 years. Eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Be citizens and nationals and currently residing in Madagascar or in the Union of the Comoros
- Hold a “Maîtrise” degree, or an equivalent four-year university degree, the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in his/her field of specialization;
- Have a high enough level of English proficiency to realistically accomplish full-time graduate-level study in the U.S.;
- Have an outstanding academic records, references, and experience in the chosen field;
- Are highly motivates and seriously committed to completing the program and to returning home.
- Have no extensive or recent U.S. experience.
More information can be found here: https://mg.usembassy.gov/education-culture/hubert-h-humphrey-fellowship-program/
3- African Leadership University (ALU)
ALU It aims to produce 3 million young African leaders over the next 50 years. It has two campuses: Mauritius and Rwanda (Kigali). ALU does not provide a full scholarship, but more a financial aid for undergraduate students, allowing them to access a high level of education, to prepare them for a better future as leaders in the African continent. Funding is available for undergraduates in both campuses https://www.alueducation.com/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/financial-aid/.
The program is for young people aged 18 to 23 years old, with academic, leadership potentials, curious and have a passion, motivated, self-driven and willing to fully be engaged in the activities. Students who enter the program should be able to score at an A2 level (high beginner) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Adriana Ramamonjisoa, studies Global Challenge at ALU Rwanda, 2018
More information can be found here: https://www.alueducation.com/scholarship/
Erasmus+ is the European Union (EU) program for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Erasmus+ funds academic mobility and cooperation projects that involve partners from “Program Countries” and “Partner Countries” throughout the world. Erasmus+ supports activities that are closely matched with the EU’s priorities for cooperation policy with partner countries and regions.
This program suggests several awards, so those who are interested should know well what program is better for them. This document contains information about them: https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://ec.europa.eu/assets/eac/erasmus-plus/factsheets/africa/erasmusplus_madagascar_2017.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiWtICOxdHdAhUIJ8AKHU0AB3MQFjAAegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw0Rq7zCSs1TnYegZaCaDni9
5- The Mandela Washington fellowship or RLC
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is YALI’s flagship program, bringing African civic, business, and community leaders for academic coursework, leadership training, and networking at U.S. colleges and universities.
This scheme targets young people aged 25 to 35 years old, who have demonstrated leadership skills in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.
The 2018 application for Mandela Washington Fellowship is open from September 12 to October 10, 2018. More information can be found here https://yali.state.gov/mwf/apply/
YALI also have Regional Leadership Centers across Sub-Saharan Africa, where leadership training programs are offered: Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and Senegal. There are four primary Regional Leadership Centers offering training throughout the year and two satellite campuses offering training at select times of the year. To learn more about the RLCs and apply for a training program, visit here https://yali.state.gov/rlc/
The RLCs are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and other private sector partners. Each center is managed as a public-private partnership.
YALI Madagascar is now a strong network since 2014. Check what they are up to here https://yalimadagascar.wordpress.com
First YALI Fellows, 2014
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