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Financial Aid

Carnegie Mellon University Africa’s graduate student tuition is set by the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering. For the 2017-2018 academic year, CMU's master’s degree program tuition in the College of Engineering is $46,000. However, for African nationals enrolled at our Kigali location, the cost is $16,000 per year through a combined financial aid package from CMU and the Government of Rwanda. However, the total cost of the programs may vary based on a student’s chosen master’s program and the number of semesters the student takes to complete his or her degree requirements.

We realize that meeting the cost for graduate education is a significant investment. There are several forms of financial aid available to students enrolled in our programs, and we have listed them in the table below. The Director or the selection committee will decide on the length of scholarships. There is no financial aid application before admission. All admitted students will be contacted about financial aid.

Since our pool of funding is limited, we are unable to offer financial aid to all students. We encourage students to be proactive in looking for additional sources such as: employer support, private financing through local banks, international scholarships and contacting their local Ministry of Education, or similar authorities for financial support. We can provide supporting documents towards this effort.

Below are some preliminary sources of international scholarships that applicants may be eligible to apply for:

Financial Aid Source

Eligibility

How to Apply

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

 

The Scholars Program at CMU provides a holistic educational experience to students by supporting them through comprehensive scholarships, leadership development, career guidance, community service projects and lifelong engagement through our strong alumni network.

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Have an exceptional academic record
  • Have demonstrated leadership potential
  • Have demonstrated commitment to give back to their community
  • Have demonstrated commitment to transforming Africa
  • Come from a disadvantaged background

CMU’s financial aid form will be sent to students who are admitted to CMU.

 

The Scholars Selection Committee will select awardees in accordance with university policies and procedures.

Smart Africa Scholarship Fund

 

The Smart Africa Scholarship Fund makes CMU’s programs more accessible to Africa's brightest young minds, equipping them with the knowledge and experience to significantly contribute to Africa's technological transformation.

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Be a citizen in one of the Smart Africa member states
  • Have an exceptional academic record

CMU’s financial aid form will be sent to students who are admitted to CMU.

 

The Smart Africa Secretariat will select awardees in accordance with their policies and procedures.

MINDS Scholarship for Leadership Development

 

Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries.

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Be a citizen of an African country, residing in any African country; 
  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential

Online application

Government of Rwanda (GoR) Scholarships

 

The GoR offers a 50% scholarship to qualified students from the East African Community.

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Be a citizen of any country in the East African Community

 

CMU’s financial aid form and Rwanda Education Board application will be sent to students who are admitted to CMU.

Government of Rwanda (GoR) Loans

 

Qualified Rwandan students receive a GoR 50% scholarship and 50% tuition loan. Living stipends are also available under the loan program.

  • Have obtained admission to CMU-Africa
  • Be a citizen of Rwanda

CMU’s financial aid form and Rwanda Education Board application will be sent to students who are admitted to CMU.

Innovators Forward Fellowship Fund (IFFF)

 

IFFF provides financial support for graduate students with an exceptional academic record and demonstrated leadership potential.

  • Have obtained admission to CMU Africa
  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Have an exceptional academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership potential

 

CMU’s financial aid form will be sent to students who are admitted to CMU.

 

The Director of CMU-Africa will determine the amount of the fellowship and will select awardees in accordance with university policies and procedures.