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Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation Scholarship is offering $500 (E8,600) for need-based undergraduate female African students admitted to a University, College, or institute of higher learning in Africa. This includes female students who are pursuing their STEM degrees in local institutions, who are between the ages of 16-32, have gained Undergraduate admission to a University or College in Africa and are studying a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Maths (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 impacted by HIV.

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

WAAW Foundation was founded in 2007 by Dr. Unoma Okorafor while she was a PhD student, in response to a burning desire to see more women of African descent healthy, educated, and inspired to participate in home and community building. WAAW Foundation recognizes that Female Education and Science and Technology Innovation are the two most crucial components to poverty alleviation and rapid development in Africa. The plight of the African woman against prejudices and huge societal disadvantages in often male dominated communities is still vastly unexposed, and requires a strong and compassionate voice.


Please read the eligibility criteria before you apply. All non-qualifying applications will be automatically deleted. Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Female students of African origin, living and studying in Africa including Eswatini

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program

  • Studying STEM-related courses in a University or college in Africa including Eswatini

  • Demonstrable financial need

  • Excellent Academic Record

  • Proven leadership, volunteering, and community service

  • Below the age of 32 years.

  • Only students in their first and second year are eligible to apply. And also students in their third year of studying a five-year course.

Please note that this scholarship does not fund graduate (masters, MBA, or Ph.D.) programs, second or subsequent degrees, students older than 32 years, non-STEM focused courses, or Diploma degrees and Associate Degrees

WAAW Foundation awards annual scholarships to students who demonstrate need and prove their status as full-time students in a STEM-related course in an African University. Recipients will be required to start a STEM Outreach Chapter at their university.


List of accepted and not accepted courses are Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related courses at any African university, including:

a. All fields of Engineering

b. All computer science

c. Science & Mathematics related fields; Industrial chemistry, environmental sciences

d. Medical courses; Pharmacy / Biomedical, Biochemistry, Zoology

e. Agriculture, Geography, Statistics, etc.

Nursing and paramedics are not eligible for this scholarship.


Stage 1: Fill out the online application form:

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

  • You will be required to write essays on your future career goals and how you expect the WAAW scholarship will assist in fulfilling those goals.

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

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be required to mail current University transcripts directly to WAAW Foundation by January 2024.

Stage 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.

Stage 3: If you are successful at the Skype interview you will be awarded the scholarship which is contingent on you submitting relevant documentation.

Your application will include the following:

  • The application form should be filled out completely.

  • Personal and Contact Information.

  • Educational background and Family Information.

  • A statement of need should describe why scholarship funds are needed and what the funds will be used for if received.

  • Essays are vital criteria in determining candidates who are shortlisted. Responses to essay where to buy modafinil online reddit questions that address career goals and how you expect the WAAW scholarship will assist in your education. Please have your essay responses ready before you begin the application.

  • 1. In 500 words or less, please write an essay on your future career goals and how you expect the WAAW foundation scholarship will assist in fulfilling those goals.

  • 2. In 300 words or less, please describe what you believe about female education in Africa and its impact on research, development, or advancement in African economies. 3. In 500 words or less, what is your proudest achievement to date

  • 4. Describe in ten or fewer sentences why you need a scholarship. Tell us about your need or personal/family/financial situation and how the funds from the WAAW scholarship will assist your education and career plans.

  • Two academic/professional references. Note recommendation letters and transcripts ARE NOT REQUIRED at the time of application. ONLY after a candidate has been shortlisted. However, you must provide the names of 2 references in your application.

ONLY Shortlisted candidates will be required to send the following additional items in order to complete this process.

  • 2 references; one MUST be written by a professor from your institution of study and the other from an academic supervisor/advisor or mentor to be emailed by your referee to us.

  • A copy of a current signed and sealed transcript from your University is to be emailed to

  • A copy of the student’s School identity card must be scanned and emailed to us.

For further information or inquiries please email:

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