Standard Bank Chairman’s Scholarship

Is your dream to become a leader of the future? If so, then the Standard Bank Chairman’s Scholarship is for you – as it plays a critical role in shaping the future of our continent… building a future for Africa, led by Africans.


We offer nine scholarships, which are awarded annually. To be considered for the scholarship, you must first apply for your Masters at the University of Cambridge, LSE, or the University of Oxford through their online process and indicate that you require funding. Once you have been accepted for your Master, you’ll then go through the scholarship section process. If you’re eligible for the Standard Bank Africa Chairman’s Scholarship, you’ll be considered.


The Chairman’s Scholarship is available to students who demonstrate exceptional academic merit, and a passion towards developing Africa.

To apply, you must the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate student who lives in and is a national of one of Standard Bank’s African operating countries
  • Demonstrate an exceptional academic track record
  • Have successfully qualified on your own merit in your application for a one-year Master’s programme at either the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge or the LSE
  • Be intellectually outstanding, and entrepreneurial and demonstrate a natural capacity for business and leadership across disciplines relevant to growing and sustaining Africa.

Our scholarships apply to students studying in the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge or the LSE. The Chairman’s Scholarship covers a one-year Master’s course in the Social Sciences, Humanities or Mathematical or Physical or Life Sciences, at the University of Cambridge, LSE or Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) are excluded.

Preference will be given to students starting a course in any of the following:

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

It’s important to note that you’ll be required to apply for your Masters and indicate you require funding. There is no separate application form for the Chairman’s Scholarship. Application dates vary for each institution. Please refer to your university of choice for application dates.

Applications should be channeled directly through each University website, as follows:

If you’re applying for Cambridge, it’s important that you list Magdalene College as your first preference in order to be considered for the Scholarship.

You can contact the application offices of the above universities directly for help in completing the required documentation. All the forms and contact details you need can be found on their respective websites.