Learn Africa 2019

Final list of select candidates

We will launch a new call for scholarships in 2020

What does the Learn Africa scholarship program consist of?

This program, promoted by the Women for Africa Foundation, aims to promote the transfer of knowledge, exchange and training of African women undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships in Spanish universities that collaborate in this initiative. Thanks to these scholarships, the selected students can complement their university education in our country, and then invest what has been learned to benefit their communities, thus contributing to the progress of African societies.

The scholarships are funded mostly by the universities participating in the program – all of them, members of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) – and cover round trips, tuition and fees, accommodation and food, and medical insurance

Most of the scholarships offered are postgraduate programs.

Scholarships Duration

The scholarships have a variable duration depending on the modality agreed with each of the host universities and the training program offered, comprising of periods ranging from short stays, as is the case of some research projects, or to four years for those aiming to Master and Doctorate.

Each year new vacancies are offered through a public announcement. The last call ended on April the 7th. New grants are expected to be announced in March 2020.

Who can apply for a scholarship? (General requirements)

In general, any person who meets the following requirements:

  • Be a woman and have the nationality of an African country.
  • Be enrolled in an African university or have a university degree issued in an African country. For Postgraduate Scholarships, the Degree title is required. The required degree can vary depending on the requested scholarship (See details of each scholarship).
  • Meet the specific requirements of each type of scholarship.
  • Only one application per person

When can a scholarship be applied for?

Scholarships can be requested in the indicated period each year through this website. Only online applications are accepted.

Selection Process and Results

A committee of experts makes a first evaluation of all applications on the basis of documents attached by the applicants:

  • CV (academic record, previous education, languages spoken, professional experience)
  • Reference letters
  • Personal motivation letter
  • Language Requirement
  • Research Project (necessary only in the case of doctoral student scholarships)

The final selection will be agreed with each of the participating universities, the results of the selection process will be available at the end of June on the Foundation’s website and will be personally communicated to each of the selected applicants.

Those not selected are not personally informed of the decision.

Scholarship Acceptance

Once the award of the scholarships has been published, the applicants will have 7 working days to accept. Failure to express acceptance within the established period implies resigning the scholarship and its reassignment to another applicant according to the order established on a reserve list.

What are the selected women committed to?

Once the scholarship has been completed, they are committed to returning to their place of residence and to providing a report on their personal and academic experience – on the basis provided by the Women for Africa Foundation – so that an evaluation of the outcomes can be carried out and, if necessary, make changes in the scholarship program wherever appropriate.

Likewise, The Foundation and the Spanish universities of destination may make full or partial use, on their website or in some of their publications, regarding the content of the report prepared by the scholarship holders after their stay in Spain. In this case, the Women for Africa Foundation may mention the author (s) of said content.

A few aspects to take into account:

In order to know the language in which the master’s or course you wish to apply is taught, it is important that you read carefully the information that appears in the description of the master’s or course you are interested in. Before applying, make sure you know the language level requirement, additional requirements or other documentation.

For scholarships where Spanish is the main language, a strong command of the language is required. This high level of Spanish is to be proven by submitting an internationally recognized certificate or through a phone conversation.

The student must remember that certain administrative procedures require payment at her country of origin (visa, certificate/records ratification and translation, etc.)

The student must be aware that she is expected to submit a copy of her university degree duly attested by her country’s ministry. This must be completed before her arrival to Spain. We recommend beginning the process the moment the student is accepted to the program.

The scholarship includes one roundtrip ticket to and from the student’s country of origin, university fees, health insurance, accommodation and food.

It is important to note that the scholarship coverage for other extra expenses, such as the cost of opening a bank account, transport in the city and pocket money, is not guaranteed.

We do not recommend to come accompanied by family members, given that the coverage of the scholarship does not include them and does not guarantee them financial, logistical, and administrative support.

To apply you will need the following documents:

  • Passport or Identity Card
  • Photo
  • CV
  • University diploma or certificate
  • Academic records
  • Personal motivation letter
  • Reference letters
  • Language Level Required
  • Research Project (necessary only in the case of doctoral student scholarships)

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact the Foundation at:


On The Women for Africa Foundation

The Women for Africa Foundation is a private entity founded in 2012 by former vice president of the Government of Spain, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, with the aim of contributing to the development of Africa through its women. Since then, the Foundation has launched a dozen projects in the areas of education, economic development, health, knowledge and women empowerment.

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