List of Scholarships in Kenya 2020


If you are joining Undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Kenya, there are several institutions which are offering scholarships for the year 2020.Some of the scholarships will cater for tuition and accommodation while others will cater for tuition only.

Below are institutions offering scholarships for students in Kenya 2020:

  1. Japan Embassy Scholarships for Kenyans

The Japanese Embassy offers scholarships for Kenyans who are willing to study at Masters or PhD level.The most suitable students are those with first class in undergraduate or A plain in high school.

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  1. Daad and JKUAT Scholarship

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Daad in collaboration with JKUAT offers PhD scholarships in various fields. Applications are done via the link provided above.

  1. Ministry of Education Kenya Scholarships

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The Ministry of Education advertises scholarships on regular basis. There are scholarships in Australia, China, Japan, UK, USA and several countries. The scholarships are for high school and university students.

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The Government of Kenya has received Ten (10) scholarships for the Academic Year 2020/2021 from the Government of United Arab Emirates.

The studies will be conducted in the French and English languages as indicated below.

Areas of study include:

  • Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages (French)
  • Bachelor in Economics and Management (French)
  • Bachelor in French Literature (French)
  • Bachelor in Geography and Planning (French)
  • Bachelor in History (French)
  • Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology (French)
  • Bachelor in Law (French)
  • Double Bachelor in Philosophy and Sociology (French)
  • Bachelor in Records Management and Archival Science (English)
  • Bachelor in Physics (English)

The scholarship covers tuition fees, accommodation at the SUAD’s residence, Annual return tickets, Administration fees, 3 meals, Laundry service for 10 months.


Applicants must meet the following conditions:

      Minimal Admission Requirements

  1. High School with a minimum 80% average, or Baccalaureate with an average of 12/20
  2. For Programs Taught in French; French Baccalaureate, OR Level B2 in the French proficiency exams (DELF/TEF/TCF), OR  successfully passing the DU exam at the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
  3. For Programs taught in English; Minimum score of 5.0 on IELTS with a validity of 2 years, or a minimum score of 61 on IBT with a validity of 2 years
  4. Gender equality is mandatory (5 male/ 5 Female)
  5. French Language is mandatory
  6. Passport copy
  7. Transcripts of the last two high school years
  8. A certified copy of High school Diploma or equivalent qualification
  9. Two passport size photos
  10. Personal statement in French( for undergraduate programs)
  11. French Aptitude Test for non- French students (B2 level diplomas: DELF, TEF,TCF, or SELFEE)
  12. English proficiency exam result: TOEFL 500-173 CBT, 61 iBT) or IELTS 5.0 or EmSAT 1100 (only for Bachelor in Physics and Executive Diploma in Sports Management). All exams must be valid for 2 years


All eligible candidates must read and follow the following guidelines strictly:

  1. Obtain preliminary application forms from the Ministry of Education offices at Telposta Towers, 27th Floor, and Room 2702 OR download the same from the Ministry’s website: – under the scholarships theme.
  2. Visit to register for the Scholarship
  3. Completed application forms with attached certified photocopies of ID, academic/professional certificates transcripts, Birth Certificate and/or other testimonials should be sent to:


University Education

Ministry of Education

P O Box 9583 – 00200



Delivered to the Ministry officers at Telposta Towers, 27th Floor, Room 2702.


 email to [email protected]

  1. The preliminary application forms should reach the Ministry not later than 5th of May 2020.
  1. University of Nairobi Alumni Association

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University of Nairobi Alumni association has so far offered scholarships of up to 21 million and supported over 1,000 students.

The amount paid for tuition is Ksh 18,000, boarding costs Ksh7,000 while meals will take up to Ksh 15,000.

  1. Daad Scholarships

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Daad has been supporting Kenyan students especially those enrolling for Master’s course.Every university in Kenya benefits from the scholarships offered by Daad.

Daad Nairobi office contacts:

Regional Office Nairobi

Address: Madison Insurance House, 3rd floor, Upper Hill Close, P.O. Box 14050
00800 Nairobi

Telephone: +254 (733) 92 99 29


  1. Chevening

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Cehevning scholarships will be open in August 2020. Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on achieving your academic goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, grow your network, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

If you have ambition, leadership potential, and a strong academic background, we encourage you to apply during the application window.

Required documents

If you applied before the deadline, but have not yet submitted your English language test results or your unconditional university offer, you must upload them to your application by 16 July 2020. Use the ‘update my application’ button above to upload them.

If you are eventually conditionally selected for a Chevening Scholarship, it is essential that you have submitted these documents in order to remain in the process.

  1. Commonwealth scholarships for Kenyan students

Commonwealth scholarships are for all Kenyans who wish to join UK universities.

What financial support does the plan cover?

The scholarships and fellowships cover most costs associated with your study/time in the UK. This can include, where appropriate, return airfares, tuition fees, personal maintenance costs, study and other allowances.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

The eligibility criteria and application process for each type of scholarship and fellowship vary.

A prospectus giving the eligibility criteria and application guidelines for each programme is available on the CSC Website at:

More information

Visit the CSC website for information about Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in the UK

British Council office [email protected]

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  1. Jomo Kenyatta Foundation

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  1. World Bank

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Who is Eligible to Apply?

Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application.  The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships.
  • On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.

Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. Eligibility criteria WILL NOT change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program differs:


ATTENTION:  The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship to our Preferred Programs is now open until the deadline of April 23, 2020. Guidance for this call for applications, including this call’s: (i) instructions and requirements to submit an application, the eligibility criteria applicants must meet; and the selection process are provided  in the Application Guidelines, FAQs, and the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Preferred (.xlsx) Master Degrees currently offered.  Please read these documents before starting your application.

Once you are familiar with the application requirements and processes, click HERE to apply, and refer to the “Accessing your online application” and “Navigating your online application” to learn how access and navigate the online application.

SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM:  Those seeking a JJ/WBGSP Partner Program scholarship must first apply for admission to one or more of the Partner Master’s Degree Program(s). Announcements from a JJWBGSP Partner Program on when to apply for admission to their program is often posted on the right-side margin of this website. Inquiries on how to submit an admission application to a partner program should be submitted to the respective university.

After reviewing submitted applications, each Partner Master Degree Program will identify a short list of eligible candidates who will then be invited by the JJWBGSP Secretariat to apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship. View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP Partner master degrees offered..

Selection Process

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

  1. Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)
  2. Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
  3. Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
  4. Quality of Education Background (10% weight)

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards
  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender
  • Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application;
  • Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the preferred program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. The finalists for partnership scholarship are presented for approval on a rolling basis throughout the year, matching the JJWBGSP Partner university’s admission cycle. In all cases, winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval.

Scholarship Benefits

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;
  • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Please note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular courses or training;
  • Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;
  • Language training not provided by the graduate program;
  • Additional travel during the course of the study program;
  • Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Educational equipment such as computers.
  • Resident permit fee
  1. Rhodes Scholarship

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  1. Windle Trust International

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  1. Embassy of the Republic of Korea Kenya

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  1. Wells Mountain Initiative

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  1. Higher Education Loans Board(HELB)

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HELB awards partial scholarships to Kenyans pursuing postgraduate programmes (Masters or Doctoral) in local Public or Private Universities recognized by the

Commission for University Education [CUE]. The value of the scholarship award is Kshs.200,000 and Kshs.450,000 for Masters and PhD programmes respectively, tenable for 2 years in respect of the Master’s Programme  and 3 years for the PhD.


  • Letter of Admission into a full or part time program
  • Minimum of Second Class Upper Division.
  • Reporting for 1st year of study
  • Preference will be given to applicants undertaking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and programmes which will directly contribute to the “Big Four Agenda”
  • If HELB loan beneficiary, the applicant MUST be repaying his/her loan or has cleared the same.

The HELB Postgraduate Scholarship application form is accessible from the Student Portal upon registration. The application runs from May-July every year. The applicant is required to correctly  fill in his/her details, print two copies of the application form, appropriately have it duly signed and stamped by the relevant authorities and attach all the necessary documents as indicated on the checklist.

Submit one copy of the form at HELB Student Service Centre, Anniversary Towers and select Huduma Centres. Applicant should retain one copy of the duly filled form for their records.


  • Geographical distribution and gender is considered during the Scholarship Award.
  • Applicants from marginalized regions are highly encouraged to apply.
  • A non-refundable application fee of Kshs.3,000 is to paid directly to HELB Operations A/C NO  1104823047 KCB University Way Branch
  • Do not pay any individual to process your HELB Scholarship Application.
  1. Hillcrest Secondary School

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