The University of Dar es Salaam is pleased to announce 62 merit-based scholarships, 52 for undergraduate and 10 for postgraduate students (at the Master’s Level) for the 2020/2021 academic year. Successful candidates will register for studies at the University of Dar es Salaam and her constituent’s colleges (the Dar es Salaam University College of Education [DUCE] and Mkwawa University College of Education [MUCE]).


​​​​​​The applicant:

  1. must be Tanzanian,
  2. must have outstanding/excellent performance at the Ordinary (‘O’) Level of Secondary Education and with at least 12 points in THREE subjects at the Advanced (‘A’) level of Secondary Education or equivalent (Note: A = 5; B = 4; C = 3; D = 2; E = 1; S = 0.5 and F = 0 point),
  3. must be admitted to the University of Dar es Salaam,
  4. must not be older than 25 years at the time of application,
  5. Candidates applying for the UDSM Merit scholarships are encouraged to simultaneously apply for bursaries through the Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB). However, scholarship awardees will be required to relinquish the HESLB support, and
  6. The scholarship award is tenable for one academic year and renewable for successive academic years on condition the recipient maintains a minimum GPA of 3.8.

Required Application Documents

  1. Copies of Secondary education certificates for both the ‘O’ and  ‘A’ levels (pdf),
  2. Copy of birth certificate or National ID (pdf).

Scope of Scholarship

The scholarship will cover tuition fees, meals and accommodation. All the Merit Scholarship awardees are guaranteed accommodation at the UDSM’s hostels throughout their Scholarship period. Special requirements and final year projects will also be supported as specified in their respective programmes.



 Application Requirements

The Applicant must meet programme specific admission requirements as found in the Postgraduate Prospectus 2020/2021 on the UDSM website. In addition, the applicant must:

  1. be a citizen of Tanzania,
  2. be a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam,
  3. have obtained admission to an appropriate Master’s programme, 
  4. not be older than 30 years at the time of application,
  5. be prepared to accept duties as a postgraduate teaching assistant,
  6. have completed his/her first degree within two years before applying for the scholarship, and
  7. have an undergraduate degree GPA of 3.8 (on a 5-point scale) or higher. 

How to apply:

Applicants must submit applications online at  


Required Application Documents

  1. Copies of university degree certificate and transcript (pdf),
  2. A copy of birth certificate (pdf),
  3. One recommendation letter from persons familiar with your academic achievements, character and personality, and
  4. A one page motivation letter. 

Scope of Scholarship

The scholarship will cover tuition fee, stipend, books and stationery as well as research costs as stipulated in the University of Dar es Salaam Fee Structure. 


Applications for the Merit Scholarships will be open from 20th October to 15th November 2020.

Selection and awarding outcomes will be communicated within one week after the application deadline.



It is an offense to submit false information when applying for a scholarship. Applicants discovered to have submitted forged certificates or any other falsified information will not be considered and appropriate legal action will be taken against them.

Issued by

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

University of Dar es Salaam


UDSM is an “Equal-Opportunity” institution of higher learning, committed to a policy of student admission regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender or physical disability.

Details on the attached pdf below.

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