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The Olam Scholarship Programme

Olam scholarships: creating a generation of change catalysts for Sub Saharan Africa

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Olam has launched a postgraduate scholarship programme for nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa committed to catalysing change in their home country during their career. The four internationally acclaimed universities are: Harvard Business School, The London School of Economics and Political Science, INSEAD Business School and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Olam first began sourcing cashew in Nigeria 27 years ago. Today we have operations in 24 African countries. This programme is aimed at fostering business management, leadership and governance across the continent by supporting aspiring and capable students to pursue higher education in an esteemed international institution. Through the scholarships and Olam mentoring, we hope to play our part in creating a generation of leaders who will contribute towards economic transformation, provide good governance, and act as change agents in their home country.

The programme will award up to ten scholarships each year to postgraduate students wishing to complete further study in:

Application deadlines for 2019 classes are listed below:

University  Scholarship applications 
London School of Economics Application deadline is July 2018
Harvard Applications accepted August – September 2018
INSEAD Round 1:
Applications open: 23rd April 2018
Deadline: 7th May 2018

Round 2:
Applications open: 11th June 2018
Deadline: 25th June 2018


Candidates must be nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa regardless of their current country of residence, and will need to demonstrate: academic achievement and promise; teamwork as well as personal ownership to deliver; leadership potential and entrepreneurial spirit; and a commitment to contributing to their country or region at the end of the course.

All applications will be assessed on merit by the individual partner universities. Details for each scholarship and deadlines for the application process can be found by clicking through to the respective university web links above.

Please note that candidates cannot apply through Olam. All applications must be made via the standard scholarship programme hosted by the universities.