The Shakira Choonara Young African Scholarship Award is an investment in young people a thriving Africa and African excellence. The first awardee, Ms Goitsemodimo Ditsele graduated with a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the University of Botswana in 2022.
The Shakira Choonara Young African Scholarship Award will be awarded each year to a deserving final year student at either the undergraduate or postgraduate level (Honors, Masters, PhD). The scholarship supports final year tuition fees for a disadvantaged student.
Youth between the ages of 21-35 years-old
The applicant must be a citizen of any of the 54 African states
The applicant must be in the final year of studies (undergraduate or postgraduate) at an African university
Demonstrate financial need i.e. require the scholarship to settle final year tuition fees in order to complete their academic degree
A proven track record of academic excellence
We strongly encourage young women and youth from marginalized populations to apply. Only online applications will be accepted, incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The student must be pursuing a university degree and have a track record of academic excellence (70% or more in the current and previous years of study). Studies in the broader development field will be supported, desirable fields include health sciences and gender studies.
The scholarship supports final year tuition fees for a disadvantaged student.
Application procedure and deadline
Applications can be completed through the online portal. Application deadline is September 5, 2023.