Scholarships for Tanzanians to Study Domestically and Abroad

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. Tanzania is also culturally very rich with the influence of over 120 tribes converging in their music, art and traditions.

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Tanzania is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in East Africa. The country is probably also one of the oldest known inhabited areas on earth, with fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids being found dating back over two million years. Today, Tanzania has become a home to dozens of beautiful national parks, and the country enjoys a tropical climate – more reasons to consider studying in Tanzania.

To the Tanzanians, education is the key to improving the country’s socio-economic situation and increasing the people’s well-beings. As for that matter, Tanzanian government, higher educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and foundations thrive to provide Tanzanian youths the best education that they can get within or outside the country. One of the methods is by providing financial support for Tanzanian students to pursue higher education. Scholarships in Tanzania are annually offered to Tanzanian students who wish to pursue a degree inside the country and abroad, whether it is a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral / PhD degree.

The Tanzanian government even collaborates with governments from other countries to support the youths’ educational needs. Within their partnership, the governments establish various funding programs for both Tanzanian and the partner countries’ people to study abroad. These programs include scholarships and exchange programs.

  1. Utumishi Scholarship

The President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance (PO-PSMGG) is a Ministry under the President’s Office. Before 2016, it was known as The President’s Office, Public Service Management (PO-PSM). Its role is to assist the Head of the Public Service (the Chief Secretary) in matters of personnel and administration pertaining to Public Service in the entire government system. Its mission is to ensure that the Public Service is effectively and efficiently managed, through improved human resources management, systems and structures. This includes providing services to the people of Tanzania for educational purposes.

The United Republic of Tanzania’s government has built partnerships with the governments of other countries. One of the events that they annually cooperate in is providing scholarships for their citizens.

    • Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Courses: Applications are invited for qualified Tanzanians from Public Sectors to apply for ITEC Training Courses Scholarship in India for the year 2019/2020. The entire costs of training under this scheme, including the return international airfare, visa, tuition fees, accommodation, emergency medical treatment, and study tour will be fully sponsored by the Government of India.
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Completed application forms should be submitted two months before commencement of each training program. Also, remember to give ample time for the processes of permit to travel abroad.

    • Chinese Government Scholarship: Applications are invited from qualified Tanzanians from the Public Sector to apply for Short Courses tenable in China. Support will be applied to the entire costs of these training courses which include return international airfare tickets, tuition fees, and accommodation during the entire period of training. Applications should be submitted a month prior to the date of commencement of the given courses.
  1. MOFCOM Scholarship

Degree Education Programs sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China is designed to foster high-end business officials and managerial personnel for the recipient countries, offering one-year and two-year master programs as well as three-year doctoral programs for the purpose of educating high-end and inter-disciplinary talent working in the applied fields of government, trade, foreign affairs, agriculture, technology, education, culture and health, building intellectual capacity and facilitating the economic and social development of the recipient countries. These programs provide assistance to governmental officials, research fellows, and senior managerial personnel on their master and doctor education in China, which are fully conducted in English. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, relevant working experiences, and decent physical conditions, essential for the high-compact curriculum needed for the degrees.

MOFCOM Scholarship is set up by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China to further strengthen the communication and cooperation between China and other countries as well as to develop talents for developing countries. With the MOFCOM Scholarship, students are exempt from tuition fee, teaching material fee, research and survey fee, allowance of English-taught program, and dissertation guidance fee. They will also receive free on-campus accommodation, monthly stipend of 36,000 RMB per year per master student and 42,000 RMB per year per PhD student, one-off resettlement fee (3,000 RMB per person), free medical insurance for international students, one-time round trip international airfare for all the students and a maximum of “n-1” round-trip international airfares for home visits.

  1. Japanese Embassy in Tanzania Scholarship

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers Tanzanian students 2 types of scholarships to study at Japanese universities or colleges. These scholarships are aimed at research and Japanese Studies students.

Research students are those who are enrolled in a master’s course, a doctoral course, or a professional graduate course at a graduate school, or who are conducting research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department, graduate school, institute attached to a university, etc. without the aim of completing the course, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the university, etc. (excluding Young Leaders’ Program Students or Teacher Training Students).

Applicants should apply for the field of study they majored in at university or ts related field. Moreover, the fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research in graduate courses at Japanese universities.

The scholarship benefits are monthly allowance, education fees (including fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities), traveling expenses, and transportation to and from Japan.

The scholarship recruitment for Japanese Studies Students will be done through the University of Dodoma (UDOM).

  1. Global Education Link Scholarship

Global Education Link Ltd. is an international student recruitment agency in Tanzania. With its various programs, the Agency makes sure that each student excels throughout the entire study abroad process. Global Education Link serves the people through career guidance and counseling, guidance on course and university selection, overseas students loan, global ATM card, travel planning and air ticketing, airport pick-up arrangement, assistance on passport and visa processing, as well as online student portal and monitoring.

To qualify for studying abroad, a student must have completed high school. Most universities and colleges would want to admit a student who has attained grade C-plan and above, for those students who aspire to study at undergraduate degree level.

For those students who already hold an undergraduate degree, universities and colleges abroad will give admission to those students who has attained PASS and above. Students who wish to study at master’s level (graduate study) will need to have cleared their first degree. Those who are willing to take doctorate or PhD must have completed their graduate studies and passed successfully.

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Below is a list of required documents that you must attach to your application for a Global Education Link student loan:

    • A completed pre Loan Assessment form, filled in and signed with the help of the applicant’s parents / guardians / sponsors
    • Passport-sized picture with blue background
    • Birth certificate
    • Academic certificates
    • A letter of commitment from parent / sponsor / guardian

Applications should be submitted through the Global Education Link online system. If you fail to use the online system, send all the required documents via email to

  1. World Bank Scholarships Program

The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must:

    • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country (Tanzanians eligible)
    • Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country
    • Be in good health
    • Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date
    • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree
    • Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JJWBGSP Preferred or Partner Master’s Degree Programs
    • Not be an Executive Director, his or her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group r a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew

The JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

    • Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a USD 500 travel allowance for each trip
    • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university
    • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

All JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

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