Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program 2021-2022 for Young African Leaders

Last Updated on February 6, 2021

Applications are invited for the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program 2021. The mission of the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program is to build a fellowship of globally-educated young leaders in Africa with the capacity to transform their communities and accelerate growth in their country.

The program selects the most talented high school graduates, helps them earn scholarships to study abroad, and equips them to launch their careers back in Africa. Since 2011, Bridge2Rwanda has helped 262 African students from Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan earn over $64 million in scholarships to 84 of the top universities around the world.

Program Details

For the first 16 months of the program, Scholars immerse themselves in B2R’s rigorous Leadership Academy located at the B2R Training Center on the campus of the University of Rwanda – College of Business and Economics in Kigali. Scholars are required to make a full-time commitment to the Leadership Academy without any guarantee they will be awarded a university scholarship.

In addition, they sign a written commitment that if they are awarded an international scholarship they will return to work in Africa after their university graduation. In addition to academic performance and English language skills, the selection process considers leadership potential, people skills and the student’s desire to make a difference in his or her country.


  • Bridge2Rwanda only accepts recent high school graduates who are 21 years old or younger.
  • They currently accept students from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.
  • Because of the abbreviated program, only students with exceptional English proficiency will qualify and be considered to join the program this year.


The application period closes Sunday, April 18, 2021.

For more information, see FAQs and visit Bridge2Rwanda.

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