Joshua Nkomo Scholarships for Zimbabwean students, 2018-2019



Higherlife Foundation is offering Joshua Nkomo Scholarships for Zimbabwean students. Scholarships are awarded to pursue the undergraduate degree in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). The Joshua Nkomo scholarship is offered to the best students in the final 2 to 3 years of high school, and top university and college students in their first and straight Masters degrees.

About Higherlife Foundation

Higherlife Foundation is an Africa-based social impact organisation committed to investing in the future of children through Education. The Foundation is working to scale its impact across Africa by raising 2 million African leaders by 2020. The Foundation targets orphans and vulnerable children, as well as students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and focuses its work on education on the three key areas of Providing Access to education, Improving Quality of education and Providing Lifelong Development.

About Joshua Nkomo Scholarship

The Joshua Nkomo Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship programme that focuses on identifying young Zimbabwean talent through a rigorous selection process and creating the opportunity for them to get the best and most relevant education at world-class local and overseas tertiary learning institutions. The scholarships are available to Zimbabwean citizens who are under the age of 21 at the time of applying.

Education in Zimbabawe

Zimbabwe considers human capital investment via education a major tool for sustainable development. Education is recognized as a fundamental human right and necessary for the development of the people in society.

Zimbabwe’s education sector has suffered from several challenges that have deteriorated its quality. These include poor physical infrastructure, brain drain, and declining standards in school performance.

The vision of the Education Sector Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is to “be the leading provider of inclusive, quality education for socio-economic transformation by 2020.” The plan includes four pillars:

  1. Access for all, including providing adequate infrastructure, opportunity for non-formal education, early identification of children at risk of not entering the system, dropping out or falling behind, and strategies to support those unable to meet education fees.
  2. Quality and relevant learning with the introduction of a competency-based curriculum that includes ICT, STEAM/STEM, education for sustainable development and life skills.
  3. Focus on learners by building, developing, monitoring and upgrading the professional skills of teachers already in the profession and by developing a responsive pre-service curricula.
  4. Strong leadership, management and monitoring providing efficient and effective service delivery within an institution that has the right structural framework.

Responding to these pillars, five core programs have been identified:

  • Introduction, monitoring and adjustment of new curricula at all levels
  • Enhancing infrastructure to meet population growth needs, and ensure learning environments are inclusive and age appropriate
  • Introduction of a teacher quality improvement program, to build professional skills and competencies, and formalize professional standards
  • Establishing a capacity development program, in order to manage institutional change for a modern and progressive education system
  • Development of a Center for education research, innovation and development, and building the country’s capacity to provide and analyze data that will inform its policies.

In order to monitor implementation of the ESSP, Zimbabwe has identified performance indicators for outputs, outcomes and processes, which will be disaggregated by gender, location, and socio-economic status and reviewed during annual reviews.

Level/Field of study:

Scholarships are awarded to study undergraduate and postgraduate programme for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) studies, and also for other disciplines.

Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by Higherlife Foundation Africa, Zimbabawe.

Eligible Nationality:

Scholarship is open to Zimbabwean students.

Scholarship Benefits:

70% of the scholarships will be for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) studies, whilst 30% is reserved for other disciplines. The programme includes leadership training and mentorship through internships, community involvement and life-long engagement through an active alumni network.

Scholarship Number:

The number of offers was not specified.


  • Academic Merit as determined by applicant performance in public examinations (mainly ZIMSEC and Cambridge)
  • For A-Level applications, a minimum of SEVEN (7) “A” grade passes is required
  • For University applications, a minimum of TEN (10) points for females and TWELVE (12) points for males is required
  1. Where there are ties, extra criterion is applied as follows:
    • Leadership Potential as demonstrated by levels of responsibility and office bearing in the School and surrounding
    • Communities, as well as confirmed indications of Community Engagements and extra-curricular activity
    • Personal Integrity as deduced from School Reports and reports from other responsible authorities

    Documentation Required

    • Academic certificates/public exam results
    • Birth Certificate
    • National ID
    • Character Reference Form (Download Here)
    • Character Reference Form to be hand delivered to any Higherlife Foundation office

    NB: Scholarships are for Zimbabwean public institutions only.

Application Procedure:

All Applications are to be made online at the scholarship official site.

For more information on How/when to on this.

Application Deadline:

Currently, this scholarship is unavailable but we shall keep you posted on the new date

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  1. My name is Tricia Tembo and I obtained 12 points at A Level.I would love to study further under Human Resources Management or Tourism and Hospitality.I did Ndebele, History and Geography at A level.

  2. Hello, I’m currently looking for a fully funded scholarship while I wait for the joshua nkomo scholarship to be open do you have any recommendations for me, my subjects are Biology, geography and agriculture

  3. Halloo..
    My name is Leeroy, I obtained 4As, 5Bs, 2Cs, I am looking a fully funded scholarship to go for A level because my parents are both unemployed ..

  4. His I’m Thandanani I came up with 5as,1b and 2cs and I’m looking for fully funding scholarship so that I can go strait to College and do Electrical power engineering ,my parents are un employed plz help me ,I finished O level 2017 and I stayed home


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