Standard Bank Africa Young Africans Scholarship Fund

The Standard Bank Africa young Africans scholarship fund is designed for graduates who are resident in any African countries which the Standard Bank branches are situated. The prospective students must have evidence of exceptional academic track record and they will need to have applied and successfully qualified on merit for a 1 year Master’s Programme at the following partnering Universities

– Oxford University
– Cambridge University
– London School of Economics and Political Science

Standard Bank has firmly rooted itself in the African soil for over 150 years growing, thriving and adapting at pace along with the continent itself. Together, Standard Bank and Africa have transcended humble beginnings to meet international prominence among our global peers.

The Standard Bank Africa young Africans scholarship fund is to mark the culmination of over 30 years of direction, vision and action attributed to Derek Cooper (a man who has achieved remarkable accomplishments during his tenure as Chairman of Standard Bank.

Derek Cooper was at the core in co-leading the Standard Bank Group through the complex process of introducing a Chinese strategic partner and 20% shareholder.), a true South African business leader and former Chairman of the Standard Bank Group.

Standard Bank Africa Young Africans Scholarship Fund

This led to a massive influx of foreign investment that still resonates across the African economic landscape. In order to trace the success of Mr Cooper, one needs to look at his career in a more holistic manner.

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About the Standard Bank Africa Young Africans Scholarship Fund

Nine students will be selected to complete their post-graduate studies at the prestigious institutions of Cambridge, Oxford and The London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.

Each specialising in their unique areas of ability. These students will represent the best and brightest Africa has to offer, introducing thoughtful challenge among their peers as they grow in courage, fair-mindedness and integrity.

Their stay and studies will be fully funded and backed by Standard Bank as part of our commitment to enable and empower them to become effective leaders in Africa.

How to apply: Preference will be given to students commencing a course of study in one of the following programmes:

The University of Oxford

– MSC programme provided by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities divisions at the University.

The London School of Economics and Political Science

– MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change
– MSc Public Management and Governance
– MSc Finance
– MSc Risk and Finance
– MSc Finance and Private Equity
– MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance

– MSc African Development
– MSc Law and Accounting
– MSc in Economics and Management
– MSc Management Information Systems and Digital Innovation
– MSc Management and Strategy
– MSc Financial Mathematics
– MSc in Economics and Philosophy
– MSc Environment and Development

The University of Cambridge

– MPhil in Economics
– Mphil in Education
– MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development
– Mphil in Finance
– Mphil in Management

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The Standard Bank Africa young Africans scholarship fund will cover the tuition and college fee in full, and a maintenance grant (i.e. living costs incurred in the college such as rental of college accommodation, food is taken in college, etc.) commensurate to the national minimum doctoral stipend of the UK Research Councils. The scholarships will be awarded annually, and the selection process will be managed through the University application process.

Please be advised that you will be required to apply for your programme of choice as well as funding. Application dates vary for each institution. Please, therefore, refer to your University of choice for application dates.

Standard bank Africa young Africans scholarship fund should be channelled directly through each University website, as follows:

– Oxford applications Details
– London School of Economics and Political Science applications Details
– Cambridge applications Details

The application offices of the above universities can be contacted directly for help in completing the documentation required. The prerequisite forms and contact details can all be found on their respective websites.

If you are applying for Cambridge, it is important that you list Magdalene College as your first preference to be considered for the Scholarship.

Students will be required to complete the Standard Bank Africa, Derek Cooper application form which can be obtained through the Graduate Tutor’s assistant via

Before you can become an innovator, a leader or an entrepreneur you must become part of a diverse African Alumnus. A network of peers that share a vision and determination for Africa, who are committed to driving Africa’s growth.

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