Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship
Course(s) Offered: MBA
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: Stanford GSB
Country to Study in: USA
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 pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately US $170,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB.
Within two years of graduation from Stanford GSB, Stanford Africa MBA Fellows are required to return to Africa to work for at least two years in a professional role that contributes to the continent’s development.
You must demonstrate strong ties to Africa, including the following:
- 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. Residents of an African country who do not have citizenship in an African country are ineligible.
- You must have completed, or be in the final year of completing, your university studies. If you studied at an undergraduate or graduate institution in Africa, we especially encourage you to consider applying for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program. African citizens who studied in countries outside of Africa are also eligible for the fellowship.
- 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.
For the complete requirements and qualities we seek in candidates, see the official website.
If you are not selected as a Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship finalist, you remain welcome to apply to the Stanford MBA Program in any application round and you will remain eligible to receive other forms of financial aid.
Citizens of ANY African country
Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB), Stanford University, Stanford, California; USA
Fields of study
Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Number of awards
Up to 100 finalists will be selected for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship, and notified. Stanford will award up to 8 Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships annually
Throughout the two-year course of study
Stanford Africa MBA Fellows receive financial support for the cost of Stanford MBA tuition and associated fees. At minimum, the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship covers two years of tuition at the Stanford MBA Program, plus all associated fees (approximately $170,000).
Stanford GSB also contributes to room, board, and other living expenses if you have additional financial need demonstrated in your financial aid application. Please read the Financial Need section on the official website for more details.
Method of Application
To be considered for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship, you must apply to the Stanford MBA Program in either Round 1 or Round 2. We cannot consider you for the fellowship in Round 3. If you have already been admitted to the GSB and have deferred enrollment, you must apply to the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship the year prior to your enrollment. Requirements to apply to this fellowship differ from the requirements for the Stanford MBA Program application.
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 (listed below). You must submit the essay with your complete MBA Program application by the appropriate application deadline. Suggested essay length is 250 words. See essay template.
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.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this fellowship program.
Stanford Africa Fellowship Program finalists must prepare and submit Stanford MBA application (which includes a separate essay for the Stanford Africa Fellowship) by Round 1 (TBD) or Round 2 (TBD) deadlines. NOTE: For 2018-2019, Stanford MBA applications should be by 18 September 2018 (for round 1) and 10 January 2018 (for round 2)
Stanford University will assist you in the visa process once you are admitted to the Stanford MBA Program. The first step will be to determine which visa is right for you. Almost all MBA students in the United States study under the F-1 visa; a very small number study under the J-1 visa. You will receive detailed information about visa support upon your admission to the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Application Deadline: 18 Sept 2018 || 10 Jan 2019
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)