Funding Sources

Graduates Holding Diplomas

Below are some potential sources of funding for African students to continue their data science skills learning. Please note that they are not affiliated to DARA Big Data and that deadlines to apply will vary for each one. 

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from least developed, low, and lower middle-income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities. These scholarships are funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

A scholarship fund to support full or part-time graduates who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics in the UK and are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics. The IOP and leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell launched the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund to encourage greater diversity in physics. 

Google PhD Fellowship Program

This was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply. Fellowships are currently offered in Africa, Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, India, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the United States.

Generation Google Scholarship: for women in computer science

The Generation Google Scholarship: for women in computer science was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive a €7000 award (or local equivalent) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's impact on diversity, demonstrated leadership, and academic background. The program is open to qualified students who meet all the minimum qualifications. Women interested in computer science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships

International master’s degree and PhD scholarships for African students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university. Applicants need to have been accepted into the university to be eligible for the Beit Trust scholarship.