All applicants who wrote the WASSCE in 2020 and have gained admission or have applied for admission into an accredited local tertiary institution are eligible to apply.

Full Guide: How to Apply for Free Tertiary Scholarship Scheme and Requirements in Ghana

The Ghana Scholarships Secretariat following the direction of President Akufo-Addo has officially opened the online scholarship application portal for the first batch of ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’.

President Akufo-Addo directed the Scholarships Secretariat to immediately open the online portal for these free SHS graduates to apply for scholarships for their tertiary education as soon as possible.

This scholarship scheme is for students who obtained excellent grades in the 2020 WASSCE.


All applicants who wrote the WASSCE in 2020 and have gained admission or have applied for admission into an accredited local tertiary institution are eligible to apply.

Speaking at a media encounter, Tuesday, and monitored by, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, Kingsley Agyemang commended the government for making education its priority.

“Beyond offering such an opportunity to all, one of the cardinal imperatives of the policy is to lower the high levels of illiteracy in our society. The bold step taken by President Akufo-Addo will soon yield good fruits and Ghana shall prosper. To make it one of the priority areas in a manifesto is something that needs commendation and to even walk the talk deserves more commendation. Education has proven to be the most effective bridge in closing the gap between the rich and the poor, and requires all the seriousness it deserve, something the Akufo-Addo government has and continues to do.

“This is an opportunity for our cherished 1st beneficiaries of the Free SHS Policy who would be eligible to once again enjoy a Tuition-Free tertiary education in Ghana under H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,” he added.

1. Open the web address
2. Create an account to register
3. Complete the application form and upload academic transcripts, admission letters, and academic certificates.
4. Complete an online aptitude test and be scheduled for a selection interview in your selected district.

Local Tertiary

The Local Tertiary awards are in form payment of Thesis and Bursary grants to Postgraduate Students in the Public Tertiary Institutions in Ghana.

The award also covers payment of Disability Grants to the Physically Challenged Ghanaian Students in Tertiary Institutions and Long Stay Allowance for Medical Science students in Public Tertiary Institutions in the country.

Mode of Application

Application forms are downloaded from the Secretariat’s website ( after a registration code is sent to the various institutions at the beginning of the academic year.

Duly completed application forms must be endorsed by the designated institutional authority and submitted through the Dean of Graduate School to the Scholarships Secretariat. This facility does not apply to a sandwich, part-time, private/fee-paying students in public tertiary institutions.
The documents are vetted by the Secretariat to ensure conformity to eligibility criteria.
For Disability allowance, completed application forms must be accompanied by a medical certificate stating the percentage of disability.

Foreign Tertiary

Foreign tertiary awards cover scholarships at the tertiary level of education in a foreign country. This is based on a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement between the Government of Ghana and the Government of the awarding country.Currently, the countries that fall under this category include:

  • Russia
  • Hungary
  • Algeria
  • China
  • Morocco
  • German Government Doctoral Programme (DAAD)

In addition to the above, the Commonwealth Secretariat also award scholarships to Ghanaian at the postgraduate level based on a multilateral arrangement between Ghana and Commonwealth member countries.

There are other countries awarding scholarships to Ghanaians without a counterpart funding from the Government of Ghana.
These countries are:

  • Australia Government Awards
  • Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships
  • Turkish Government Awards
  • Mauritius Government Scholarship

Mode of Application

All scholarship offers under Bilateral Cooperation Agreements are received through Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. The role of the Secretariat in the administration of these scholarships entails:

  • Publicity on Secretariat’s website and notice board, as well as one newspaper with nationwide circulation
  • Receipt and processing of applications based on eligibility criteria
  • Interviews and selection of applicants by a committee.
  • Submission of selected applicants to an awarding country for further consideration.
  • Communication of awards to successful applicants.

The Ghana Scholarships Secretariat was established in 1960 as an extra- ministerial body under the Office of the President mandated to administer all government scholarships both locally and abroad.

Its main programmes and activities fall under the thematic area;
Human Resource Development, Employment and Productivity under the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) and Goal 4 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically addressing;

  • Provision of quality education
  • Human Capital Development, Productivity and Labour Relations, thus providing for the manpower needs of the country.

The impact of these interventions is found in the areas of increased access to quality training to needy, brilliant and deserving students at the tertiary education level.

The Human Resource deficit in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is been fully acknowledged and strategies have been developed over the years to address the gap in society.


In line with the strategic directive of H. E. the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Secretariat initiated processes aimed at increasing access and ensuring transparency in its scholarship awards and administration processes. This culminated into the piloting of the award processes at the Regional levels in the 2018/2019 academic year and narrowed to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Levels in the 2019/2020 academic year.
The period witnessed significant strides or achievement in the increase of scholarships awarded to Ghanaian students pursuing higher education in the local tertiary institutions both public and private. More than thirty thousand (30,000) Ghanaian students in the locally accredited tertiary institutions benefitted from the scheme in the 2019/2020 academic year.


Leveraging on the decentralized scholarship processes, there was the need to introduce a system for an improved service delivery.
The new Online Scholarship Application and Administration System will help to eliminate the inconvenient experiences of applicants seeking government sponsorships and also help the Secretariat in proper and efficient administration of scholarships in the country, as well as increasing accessibility.

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