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Scholarships & Grants

Several scholarships and grants are available for both undergraduates and graduate students who are seeking for financial assistance. The information below is available for those willing to apply for aid.

Rattansi Education Fund
Rattansi Education

This is a scholarship for the undergraduate students

The Rockefeller Foundation scholarships
The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to fostering knowledge and Innovation to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world
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Aga Khan Foundation scholarships
Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation is a non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 15 countries. It is a modern vehicle for traditional philanthropy in the Ismaili Muslim community under the leadership of the Aga Khan.
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Prof Muriuki Schorlaship
University of Nairobi

Prof Muriuki Schorlaship is available for needy students admitted in the University of Nairobi whether postgraduate or Undergraduate students.

Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund Scholarship
Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund Board of Trustees

The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Academy of Society (MGMAS) started a trust fund in 1962; in the name of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund (GSNF) that was to assist in development of higher education in East Africa. Money for this fund mainly came from the Government of India and from the three East African colonies. The money from this fund was used to construct the Gandhi Wing and the Gandhi Memorial Library as well as assisting in the purchase of the land on which the Chiromo Campus is built.

MGMAS decided to use the surplus to help bright needy students registered for various programmes of the University in form of bursaries and partial scholarships to build the capacity of trained personnel in the country. This has remained the tradition since then and many students have benefited from the fund. Currently the bursaries are given to undergraduate students and are managed by the MGMAS while the scholarship is given to postgraduate students registered for both postgraduate Diploma or Masters programmes at the University of Nairobi only and is managed by GSNF.

The fund is run by a Board of Trustees and a secretariat drawn from the University of Nairobi (U.o.N) and the MGMAS. The current Trustees are: -

  • Dr. Manu Chandaria ( MGMAS) - Trustee, Chairman
  • Mr. Mahidra S. Khimasia ( MGMAS) - Trustee
  • Prof. George A. O. Magoha (U.o.N) - Trustee
  • Prof. Lucy W. Irungu (U.o.N) - Trustee

The secretariat is made up of: -

  • Ms. Archna Bulsara - Finance Officer
  • Mrs Adelaide M. Mbithi (U.o.N) - Secretary

How to apply for a scholarship

Prior to the start of each University academic year the GSNF secretariat advertises for the GSNF scholarship through the local print media and through the U.o.N website; the applications are processed and the award of scholarship made on the basis of academic merit. For more information please contact: -

The secretary,
Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund,
Examination Section, Main Campus,
University of Nairobi,
P. O. Box 30197 - 00100 GPO, Nairobi
Telephone - 318262 ext. 28248.

DAAD Scholarships

Find more about DAAD from their website

PHD Scholarship
DADA- Alice Atieno Oluoko
PHD Scholarship
DADA- Alice Atieno Oluoko
Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund - Postgraduate Scholarship: 2010/2011 Academic Year
University of Nairobi

he Gandhi Smarak Nidhi fund will offer a limited number of partial scholarships tenable at the University of Nairobi, for Masters and Postgraduate Diploma studies during the 2010/2011 academic year.

Interested candidates are invited to apply for the scholarship by filling in a formal application/re-application form available in Room A112 Administration Block, Main Campus after presenting a receipt of a non-refundable application fees of Kenya Shillings Five Hundred Only  (KShs. 500.00). This amount should be deposited into the University of Nairobi Account No.03-094-8245531, Barclays Bank of Kenya - Queensway House Branch at any Barclays Bank of Kenya branch. The bank deposit slip should then be taken to the Student Finance Office (Room G4), for receipting.

Applicants must attach to the completed form a letter of offer (Notice of eligibility) to study at the University of Nairobi for a Masters/Postgraduate Diploma (not PhD) course and must have attained at least an Upper Second Class Honours or its equivalent at Bachelors Level.

Completed application forms may be send to the Secretary, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund, University of Nairobi, P. O. Box 30197 – 00100 G.P.O. Nairobi, or delivered to Room A112 Administration Block, Main Campus so as to reach by Friday
August 6, 2010.

Undergraduate Contacts

Contact the The Academic Registrar (Or visit any or any UoN Extra Mural Center) through the following address:
Admissions Office Reception,
University of Nairobi, Main Campus
Administration Block, 1st Floor
Tel: +254-20-318262 Ext. 28285 or 28213,
Fax: +254-20-245566 or

JAB Contacts
JAB website

Board of Postgraduate Studies Contacts

Get in touch with the Board of Postgraduate Studies  through the following contacts

P. O. Box 30197 - 00100 GPO, NAIROBI
Tel: +254-020 -318262 Ext. 28267
Fax: +254-020 -243626

Contacts for Continuing Education

For more information on continuing education and admission contact
University of Nairobi, College of Education and External Studies, Faculty of External studies, Kikuyu
P. O. Box 92 - Kikuyu, Kenya
Telephone:  +254-066-33135; 32017; 32020; 32021; 32029