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China-Africa Friendship Scholarships (HELSB – Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board)

Closing date: Friday 13th December 2019

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Zambian nationals that meet the minimum requirements outlined here below to contest for scholarships under the China-Africa Friendship Scholarship Scheme for the 2020/2021 Academic Year.

Available are: Fifteen (15) Masters and PhD in the following fields of study: Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Education, Chinese Study and Journalism.


Applicants should:

  • Be Zambian citizens with Green National Registration Cards (NRC)

Master’s Applicants

  • Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree; and

  • Be of maximum age 34 years by September 2020

PhD Applicants

  • Hold a relevant Master’s degree; and

  • Be of maximum age 39 years by September 2020


Candidates should meet own cost towards:

  • Expenses to and from the Airport;

  • Any shortfall not adequately covered by the scholarship.

This is dependent on the programme to be pursued (2 to 4 years). Some may, however, include 1 year of the Chinese language.


Applicants should submit:

  • A typed application letter responding to the advertisement, clearly stating the field of study desired, age and mobile phone number for easy communication;

  • Curriculum Vitae, Certified Photocopies of Educational Certificates, Results Transcripts, NRC, eight (8) colour passport size photos and a colour photocopy of pages 2 and 3 of the passport;

  • Two Letters of Recommendation from Professors or Associate Professors;

  • A study plan or synopsis of summarized details of the preferred course and how the intended course of study will enhance one’s contribution to Zambia’s development (400 words);

  • Employers’ Recommendation letters stating that they would be granted leave to take up offers if selected for those in formal employment.

  • It is a requirement by the host country that all nominated candidates undergo comprehensive medical examinations including the HIV and Hepatitis B tests.

Nominated candidates must note that last-minute withdrawals will attract serious sanctions from HELSB which may include being blacklisted.

Applications should be addressed to:

Chief Executive Officer

Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board

P.O. Box 50464



Hand-delivered to:

Room 23 (Registry)

Maxwell House, Annex Building

Los Angeles Boulevard, Longacres


Closing date: Friday 13th December 2019

For any clarification, contact us on telephone: +260 211-250726,

i. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be considered. Any applicant who would not hear from us by Friday 31st January 2020 should consider his/her application as unsuccessful;

ii. Applicants should apply in only one field of study.

Ireen Nayame Chirwa (Mrs)

Chief Executive Officer


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