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WAAW Foundation Scholarship 2022/2023 – Studentship

Working to advance STEM education for African women WAAW Foundation is pleased to announce its 2022/2023 scholarships, offering $500 to both merit- and need-based African female students admitted to a University, College or institute for higher education in Africa.

WAAW Foundation is a US-based non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the pipeline of African girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS) related fields, and work to ensure that this female talent is engaged in technology innovation for Africa’s development.


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Female students of African origin living in Africa, aged 16-32, have gained undergraduate admission to a University or College in Africa and are studying a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) related degree course.

Candidates must demonstrate financial need and an excellent academic record.

Special consideration is given to underprivileged students such as orphans and girls affected by HIV.

Eligible courses are: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related courses

  • All fields of Engineering
  • All computer science
  • Science & Mathematics related fields; Industrial chemistry, environmental sciences, Agriculture, Geography, zoology, Statistics, etc
  • Pharmacy / BioMedical, Biochemistry.
  • Courses not eligible to apply: CORE MEDICAL COURSES like Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Optometry, Arts, Mass Communication, Social Sciences, Accountancy, Business Administration, Economics etc.

Please note that WAAW does not fund diploma, polytechnic and graduate (masters, MBA or Ph.D.) programs, students over 32 years of age or non-STEM focused courses.


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Benefits: Scholarship recipients receive an award of $500 equivalent in their country’s local currency for the 2023 academic year.

Application process

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The Application Process: WAAW Foundation will accept online applications from 07 September 2022 by November 12, 2022.

Applications submitted before this date will not be received or reviewed, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Scholarship applications are reviewed by the WAAW Foundation Scholarship Committee, and awards are announced by February 2023.

  • Application opens: September 7, 2022
  • Application includes: 12 November 2022 23:59 West African Time.

How to apply

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  1. Complete the online application form:

    Please note that applications submitted outside this window will not be considered.

    You will be required to write essays about your future career goals and how you expect the WAAW Scholarship to help you achieve those goals.

    We also require two letters of recommendation if we are shortlisted for the scholarship.

    Only shortlisted candidates must mail current University transcripts directly to the WAAW Foundation by January 2023.

  2. If you are shortlisted;

    You will be invited for a Skype/Zoom interview. You are required to submit 2 reference letters from your Head of Department and Lecturer academic mentors.

    You are required to submit recent academic transcripts.

  3. Attend the Skype Fair

    If you are successful in the Skype interview, you will receive the scholarship which is dependent on the submission of relevant documentation.

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