Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program 2017/2018 for Africans to study at Stanford University, USA (Fully Funded)


Application Deadline: 7 June 2017 (5:00pm Pacific Time)

The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately US $160,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Stanford will award up to eight Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships annually.

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.

Fellowship Eligibility and Requirements

Stanford Africa MBA Fellows must first be selected as finalists through the fellowship application process. Stanford will select up to 100 Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship finalists based on:


Stanford evaluate three criteria when considering candidates for both the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship and the MBA Program: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions that will add to the class. To learn more about the requirements and qualities we seek in candidates in the Admission section of our website.

Commitment to Developing Africa

You must be a citizen of an African country. Dual citizens are eligible for the fellowship as long as you hold citizenship of an African nation. Residents of an African country who do not have citizenship belonging to an African country are ineligible at this time.

  • 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.


  • At minimum, the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship covers two years of tuition at the Stanford MBA Program, plus all associated fees (approximately $160,000).
  • Stanford GSB also contributes to room, board, and other living expenses if you have additional financial need demonstrated in your financial aid application.

Application Process and Timeline

1. Apply to the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program
(by 7 June 2017)

You will be asked to provide:

Educational history

  • Official transcripts are not considered at this stage. Finalists will be required to submit an unofficial copy of your transcripts in the MBA Application and will submit official copies upon admission to the MBA Program.
  • You may also submit the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and/or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if available. These are optional at the fellowship application stage. If you are selected as a finalist, you’ll be required to take one of these exams as part of your application to the Stanford MBA Program.

Awards and honors (academic, professional, or personal)

Employment history

  • Letters of recommendation are not considered at this stage. Finalists will be required to submit two Letters of Recommendation in the MBA Application.

One-page resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

250-word essay addressing how you plan to make an impact in Africa

Individual financial information

2. Finalists notified
(30 July 2017)

Up to 100 finalists will be selected for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship.

3. Finalists apply to Stanford MBA Program
(Round 1: 19 Sept 2017, Round 2: 10 Jan 2018)

Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship finalists must apply to the Stanford MBA Program in either round one or round two to be eligible for the fellowship. However, we strongly encourage you to apply in round one. Over the last few years, the number of applications we receive in round two has increased, making it more competitive. Submitting in round one also gives you more time to prepare and plan for the program, including completing the visa application process.

Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship finalists must submit the Stanford MBA Program application, including GMAT or GRE scores, and if applicable, one of the English language tests (IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL). Finalists may request up to one voucher to cover the cost of either the GMAT or GRE test. The MBA application fee will be waived for finalists.

4. Receive an offer of admission
(Round 1: 14 Dec 2017, Round 2: 29 March 2018)

Stanford GSB will select up to eight Stanford Africa MBA Fellows each year from among the finalists.

5. Enroll in two-year Stanford MBA Program
(September 2018)

6. Successfully complete the two-year Stanford MBA Program
(June 2020)

7. Within two years of graduation from the Stanford MBA Program, return to Africa
(June 2022)

Work in Africa – in a business, government, or non-profit organization – for at least two consecutive years.

Important Dates

24 April – 7 June 2017 Stanford Africa Fellowship Program application available online
7 June 2017
(5:00pm Pacific Time)
Stanford Africa Fellowship Program application submission deadline
30 June 2017 Stanford Africa Fellowship Program finalists notified
Round 1 (19 Sept 2017) or Round 2 (10 Jan 2018) Stanford Africa Fellowship Program finalists prepare and submit Stanford MBA application
Round 1 (14 Dec 2017) or Round 2 (29 March 2018) Stanford releases admission decisions, including those for Stanford Africa Fellows
September 2018 Stanford Africa Fellows matriculate in Stanford MBA Program

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program 2017/2018


  1. I am Masika W. William a Uganda citizen, I am happy to have got this contact which aims at helping continuing students who need help.

    I have finished my second year offering Bachelors of Information Technology and would look forward
    to joining you to further my studies.

    i will keep in contact please.

  2. Hi I am Draper C. Tolborh a. Liberian citizen that is very delighted to come across such a orportunity. I am a prospective BA candidate in the area on Mass Communication..

  3. Hi,what a great opportunity for the African people.I would be glad to be among the qualifiers,currently am almost done with my undergraduate degree and am looking foward to further my studies.Thank you.


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