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List of Scholarships for Zimbabwean Students

August 15, 2016 Leave a comment

1008px-Flag_of_Zimbabwe.svgBelow is a list of scholarships available to Zimbabweans. Please contact the scholarship provider, zimdev is not involved in the awarding of any scholarships.

Girl Child Network (GCN)

  • Headquartered in the township of Chitungwiza, just outside Harare
  • Over 300 Girls Clubs with a membership of over 20,000 girls between the ages of 5-16, living in both rural and urban areas throughout the country.
  • provides school fees to girls whose families cannot afford to send them to school, and membership in the Girls Clubs where counseling, peer-to-peer support, leadership training, and HIV/AIDS prevention education take place.

Joshua Nkomo Scholarship

  • In line with its community social investment program, Econet has established the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship Fund (JNSF), a pan-African scholarship fund for academically gifted Zimbabweans to pursue their high and tertiary studies at local secondary schools and universities. Ten deserving students from each province will receive the scholarships annually, and half of these scholarships will be reserved for women. Award of the scholarships will be irrespective of race or financial background. Prospective applicants must take note of the following: 100 scholarships per year will be awarded – ten per province. They are warded to students at two levels of the education system: Lower Sixth (post ‘O’ Level) 50 scholarships and First Year University (post ‘A’ Level) – 50 Scholarships.


Phoenix Fund for Zimbabwe

  • To provide a source of financial assistance for Zimbabwean exiles in the UK who wish to pursue professional development courses or vocational training that will equip them to participate in rebuilding the economy and institutions of Zimbabwe when circumstances allow them to return home.


Czech Government Scholarships – Developing Countries


  • The Government of the Czech Republic offers scholarships within the framework of its Foreign Development Assistance in support of the study of foreign nationals from developing countries at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic.

Study Options

  1. Bachelor/Master/Doctoral study programs plus one-year preparatory course of the Czech language
  2. Follow-up Master study programs or Doctoral study programs in the English language.

What does the scholarship cover?

  • The scholarship covers all necessary costs related to stay and study in the CR.
  • The scholarship amount is regularly amended. Currently the amount paid to students of a Bachelor’s, Master’s or follow-up Master’s study program stands at CZK 14,000 per month, whereas the amount paid to students of a Doctoral study program stands at CZK 15,000 per month.
  • The above scholarship amount includes an amount designated for the payment of accommodation costs.
  • Travel expenses for traveling to the Czech Republic and back to the student’s homeland are paid by the party that has nominated the student to study in the CR

Libertas Support Fund

  • Assist politically engaged students who for political reasons have been prevented from studying in their countries of origin to continue their studies in the Netherlands.
  • The Fund provides financial help to students who want to follow a bachelor’s or master’s programme in the Netherlands. Study can include research and/or practical training.
  • Suitable candidates are politically/socially engaged students who are personally active in efforts to improve political or social conditions in their country of origin and because of this have encountered problems in continuing their studies.
  • You can submit an application for a Libertas Support Fund scholarship if you are a Zimbabwean national, meet all the conditions set by the Fund, and belong to the scholarship programme’s target group.
  • If you think you belong to the Libertas Support Fund’s target group, you should contact the Dutch embassy in Harare by sending an e-mail to explaining in a few sentences why you believe you belong to the scholarship programme’s target group. You will immediately receive confirmation of receipt of your e-mail.


  • Our goal is to raise transformational leaders to influence change on the African Continent. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST provides academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Ghana and Africa with access to quality and relevant university education.  It embodies an array of mentoring and cultural transition services to ensure student academic success, community engagement and transition to employment opportunities which will further social and economic change for Africa.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University

  • Full Tuition for Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
  • The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with Michigan State University to provide full tuition scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Through financial, academic, social and post-graduation support, The Scholars Program will ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.

York University

  • International Scholarship Program for Africa (4). VALUE: $100,000 ($25,000 x 4 years). Must be citizen of an African country. To renew — maintain high academic standing (7.8 on a 9-point York scale) in each academic year at York.


The Crosby Scholarship Fund

  • for Theological Education in Zimbabwe provides an opportunity for donors to make contributions to a permanent fund that will allow the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe to grant scholarship support for students studying for the ministry. The first priority for the use of distributions from the Crosby Scholarship Fund is to provide support for UCCZ students studying for the ministry at the United Theological College in Zimbabwe. Second priority is to use the distributions to support their ministerial students studying in other institutions of theological education in Africa.


Clutton-Brock Scholarship For Zimbabwe

  • The object of this scholarship scheme is to establish scholarships at postgraduate level in the University of Cambridge for the benefit of students from Zimbabwe. The Scholarships are open to citizens of Zimbabwe, normally under the age of 35 and normally resident in Zimbabwe, who already have, or expect to obtain before 1 October 2008, a first class or high second class degree or its equivalent from a recognised University.

Canon Collins Trust

  • provides scholarships to students who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree (mainly Master’s degrees of one or two years) in either the United Kingdom or South Africa.

KAAD Scholarship Program – Germany

  • is addressed to post-graduates and to academics who already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany. This program is administered by regional partner committees, staffed by university professors and church representatives. Normally documents are submitted to the committee of the applicant’s home country.


  • A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford. After election to a Scholarship the successful candidate has still, however, to obtain admission to the University of Oxford and one of its constituent Colleges. There is no guarantee of a place and the award of the Scholarship is not confirmed by the Rhodes Trustees until the Scholarelect has obtained such admission. The Scholarship once confirmed may be held for one or, more normally, two years and may, at the discretion of the Trustees be extended for a third year.

Sloan African Scholarship

  • The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust – African Scholarship. The scholarship is open to all successful applicants on the Sloan Fellowship who are African nationals and reside in Africa.

Beit Trust

  • The Beit Trust offers annually a small number of Scholarships abroad for postgraduate studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the beneficial area).  Scholarships are taken up at a university in the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area.

Crosby Scholarship Fund for Theological Students

  • The Crosby Scholarship Fund for Theological Education in Zimbabwe provides an opportunity for donors to make contributions to a permanent fund that will allow the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe to grant scholarship support for students studying for the ministry. The principal of the Crosby Scholarship Fund is invested and 100 percent of the distributions from the Crosby Scholarship Fund will be disbursed to the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe.

Phoenix Fund for Zimbabwe Professional Development/Vocational Training

  • Phoenix Zimbabwe provides a source of financial assistance for Zimbabwean exiles in the UK who wish to pursue courses of professional development or vocational training that will equip them to participate in the rebuilding the economy and institutions of Zimbabwe when circumstances allow them to return home.

Other Great Links to Scholarship Opportunities:


Canadian Undergraduate International Student Scholarships

  • Canadian Universities offer a world class education and generous scholarships to international students. Here’s our list of the best opportunities.

U.S. Undergraduate International Student Scholarships

  • Numerous US Universities offer scholarships for international students. We list only the best opportunities here.

TOP 10 Undergraduate Scholarships

  • We’ve examined scholarship opportunities from 100’s of schools and only these make our TOP 10 list.

TOP 10 Graduate Scholarships

  • Looking for the best scholarships offered for Graduate study. Here’s our TOP 10 list of best choices.

Please contact the scholarship provider, zimdev is not involved in the awarding of any scholarships.


Worrying Death Toll on Zimbabwe Roads

June 4, 2016 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I lost a high school friend in a horrific car accident. She was driving from Victoria Falls to Hwange, a road that many know to be notorious for causing accidents. Last week a friend lost her sister in an accident in which 15 people passed on. Today the newspapers are reporting another 15 people have died in another horrific accident. Each week, such accidents are making headlines setting 2016 up to become one of the worst years in terms of accident fatalities.


Twelve people died on the spot and three of them on their way to Chitungwiza Central Hospital after a head-on collission which involved a commutter omnibus and a Mazda pick up truck near Dzandura village in Seke on Thursday night.-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

The State of the Roads,

The state of our roads is a major contributing factor on why we have so many road accidents. Many of our highways need to be dualised as these single carriageways are causing a lot of accidents. The state of the roads is appalling especially for busy roads such as the Harare Beitbridge Road.


Legislation is a very good way of changing behaviour. The penalty for accidents whether there are any casualties or not should be so strict as to deter people from committing such offenses. In the West, road penalties are so hefty that drivers ensure that they obey road rules. In Zimbabwe, pedestrians have got no rights and motorists just drive brazenly causing injury and death without any real consequences. In the West, one can cross the road by the pedestrian crossing and be assured that motorists will give you your right of way. This is because running over a pedestrian at a designated crossing carries such stiff penalties, it will ruin the rest of your life.

Deterrent penalties like having licenses revoked are very good at causing good behavior on the road. Our unlimited licenses that are never revoked give drivers a false sense of security so they drive anyhow. If stock theft courts a minimum sentence of seven years imprisonment, why should a driver killer be fined a $100 and get away with murder?



When the only way to get a license is to buy one, we have ourselves a situation where poor drivers are being allowed to drive. The mshikashika drivers are a menace and one wonders how they passed a test at the VID. When a poor driver buys a license and doesn’t understand the gravity of their responsibility on the road, the result is road carnage.

Bad policing

While policemen are busy looking for reflectors on cars, unfit drivers and cars flood our roads. All with reflectors, fire extinguishers and spare tyres. When one has violated a rule of the road, there is no meaningful penalty as the policemen will only require a bribe. Those who break rules get away with it by bribing policemen. While policemen are visible on our roads, the reason they are there is not to deter bad drivers or bad driving, but to make money out of motorists. Policemen should be on the roads to ensure road regulations are followed. Not just money making regulations like ticketing for driving on an amber traffic light, but real policing that improves road safety.

VID and Japenese cars

With the increase in Japanese cars on the roads, the VID needs to formulate policy that will allow for these cars to be inspected and certified roadworthy. Maybe like other countries have done, the simplest solution is to ban the importation of Japanese cars. There have been several reports about the tyres on Japanese cars being unsuitable for our roads, then maybe the VID or licensing department need to ensure that tyres have been changes before a car is licensed.

Accident Investigation and Research

I am currently enrolled on an accident investigation course, although it is an aviation course, I have realised that in aviation we take accidents seriously and study and learn from accidents. We do not just wish them away and we continue to develop and improve our workforce and equipment in order to ensure that mistakes are not repeated. Many developed countries have accident investigation organisations that feed into all modes of transport in order to make transportation safer. Until we know for sure what is the cause of these accidents, we cannot reduce the number of accidents on our roads. For us to find why these accidents are increasing, we need targeted research and an active accident investigation department.


They do say ignorance is bliss. I have travelled to South Africa by coach and am shocked to find the attitudes of certain passengers. Conversations normally go like, ‘ driver so and so of bus so and so can move, you will get to Harare very quickly’. Like the saying goes, arrive alive. The important thing is to arrive alive, yet some passengers are impressed by driver who speed. Drivers who speed put their passengers and other road users at risk and they should not be encouraged.

There are various other reasons for the surge in road accidents some of which are vehicle  maintenance and congestion in our cities.

Finding solutions to the death toll is not to point fingers at any organisation or institution, but is to create a safe transport system. In my view, there are many reasons why the road accidents are increasing, but it finding the underlying factors will lead to resolution of the problems.

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