MWALIMU NYERERE AFRICAN UNION SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
2018 Call for Scholarship Applications
For Female Applicants Only
For Masters and PhD Programmes in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
CLOSING DATE: 30th April 2018
The Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme was launched in 2007 with
the aim of contributing to the production and retention of high caliber African human
capital for sustainable development of the continent in critical development areas, while
promoting regional integration through intra-Africa mobility of students. The Scholarship
Scheme is intended to enable young Africans to study in reputable African Universities
with a binding agreement that beneficiaries will work in any African country for at least
the same duration of scholarship period after graduation.
To encourage the participation of young African female students at postgraduate level,
for Masters and PhD programmes in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM), the African Union Commission is offering a Call for Scholarship
Applications (For Female Applicants Only).
To be eligible for the Scholarship, a candidate must:
i. Be a Female Citizen of an African Union Member State
ii. Be under the age of thirty five (35) years for Masters Programmes; and under
forty (40) years for PhD Programmes.
iii. Be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant field, at the level of Upper
Second Class Honours for a Masters’ Programme; and a holder of Masters’
Degree in the relevant field for a PhD Programme. The degree must be from
a reputable University
iv. Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by
academic transcripts, and academic awards if any.
v. Have proof of admission to undertake a full time Masters or PhD programme
in a recognized university of an African Union Member State.
vi. Be willing to commit to work in an African Union Member State on completion
of studies for at least three (3) years.
No application will be considered without an admission letter from a university.
Note: In order to promote, intra-Africa student mobility, candidates are encouraged to
seek admission to universities in countries other than their own.
ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF STUDY
The following fields of study are eligible:
The Masters programme should be of two years duration; while the PhD programme
should be of three years duration.
THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The scholarship award covers the following:
Tuition Fees: According to an official invoice from the Host University.
Stipend: 500 US$ monthly, to support living expenses such as housing, food, utilities,
local transportation and medication.
Book Allowance: An allowance of 500 US$ per year for the purchase of books.
Air ticket: A round-trip economy fare for the most direct route between the
beneficiary’s home country and the study destination of host Institute.
One-off payment of 250 US$ to contribute towards ground transportation from
airport and settling-in costs
One-off payment of 350 US$ to assist with shipping and other terminal
expenses; upon departure from the host Institution after successful
completion of the study.
Computer Allowance: One-off payment of 1,000 US$ for the purchase of laptop
computer and accessories.
Note: Candidates must complete all academic work within the specified period
of the programme as the scholarship cannot be extended.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Interested candidates should complete the Application Form in PDF format as well as
the EXCEL Applicants’ Data Sheet, which are available on the Africa Union website:
The applicants should submit their formal application which should include the following:
i. Completed application form
ii. Recent passport-size photograph
iii. Summarized CV with names and contacts of two referees.
iv. Certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts
v. Certified copies of Passport or national Identity Card indicating citizenship
vi. Copy of admission letter from a reputable African University
vii. Two (2) Reference Letters with contact addresses.
viii. An essay of not more than 500 words that explains why the candidate has
chosen her particular field of study and its importance to Africa’s
Note that Electronic Copies of all the above documents should be submitted.
Applicants must scan and produce electronic copies of all the above documents
(converted to PDF format) and send to the following e-mail address.
In addition two (2) sets of hard copies of the above documents must be sent by post to
the address below.
Mwalimu Nyerere Scholarship Programme
Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology
African Union Commission
P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
CLOSING DATE: 30th April 2018
Note: PDF of the bursary information is also available for download here.