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Cambridge Trust Africa Changemakers Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, UK 2024

Application is now open for the Cambridge Trust Africa Changemakers Scholarship at the University of Cambridge. Interested applicants are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About the University of Cambridge and Scholarship

Situated in the historic city of Cambridge, England, the University of Cambridge stands as a venerable institution with a legacy dating back to 1209, making it the world’s third-oldest university in continuous operation. Its inception was marked by the arrival of scholars who migrated from the University of Oxford to Cambridge following a dispute with local townspeople. Despite being sometimes characterized as rivals, the two ancient English universities, Oxford and Cambridge, commonly known as Oxbridge, share many common features.

In 1231, a mere 22 years after its establishment, the University of Cambridge received royal recognition through a charter granted by King Henry III, solidifying its status as a revered seat of learning. The university’s rich tapestry comprises 31 semi-autonomous constituent colleges and over 150 academic departments, faculties, and other institutions organized into six schools. Each college operates as a self-governing entity within the university, managing its personnel and policies. Students are required to have a college affiliation, fostering a sense of community and belonging.


Undergraduate education at Cambridge is uniquely centered around weekly small-group supervision in colleges. Lectures, seminars, laboratory work, and occasional central university faculty supervision complement this personalized approach. The university’s commitment to excellence and innovation is reflected in its routine inclusion among the world’s top five universities and occasional recognition as the world’s best.

As of 2023, the QS Rankings position the University of Cambridge as the second-best university globally, following MIT, and the top university in Europe. The ARWU ranks it as the fourth-best university globally, while Times Higher Education places it as the third-best in the world, tied with Stanford, trailing Oxford and Harvard.

In April 2022, QS Rankings acknowledged the outstanding quality of Cambridge’s programs, with Arts and Humanities ranking second-best globally, Engineering and Technology securing the second position, Life Sciences and Medicine ranking fourth, Natural Sciences standing third, and Social Sciences and Management claiming the fourth spot worldwide.

Within this esteemed academic landscape, the Cambridge Africa Changemakers Scholarship emerges as a beacon of opportunity for Ph.D. students from any African country. This program, covering full costs, aims to support talented individuals requiring financial assistance to pursue their academic journey at the University of Cambridge. Priority is given to those whose research aligns with the development of the African continent, contributing to climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa and the world. The scholarship embodies the university’s commitment to fostering global leaders and impactful research that addresses pressing challenges on the African continent and beyond.

This scholarship is closely affiliated with the Mastercard Foundation scholars program.


  • The study field must support the advancement of the African continent as well as the creation of sustainable, climate-resilient futures for both Africa and the rest of the globe, to be eligible for this scholarship.

Details about Cambridge Trust Africa Changemakers Scholarship at the University of Cambridge:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Cambridge, UK

Scholarship Value: Full Cost

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD

Host Institution(s): University of Cambridge, UK

Aim and Benefits of Cambridge Africa Changemakers Scholarship

  • Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Visa
  • Travel and research costs
  • University tuition fee
  • Annual stipend (sufficient for a single person)

Eligibility Criteria for Cambridge Trust Africa Changemakers Scholarship

Ph.D. programs in any field, accepting applications from African nations.

Application Process for Cambridge Trust Africa Changemakers Scholarship

There is just one application needed for this scholarship, which is the University of Cambridge application for admission, which needs to be turned in before the funding deadline for your program (please see the Postgraduate Course Directory). Please see About the school’s postgraduate scholarships for further details.

The Application Deadline is: Not Specified

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