The World Bank is partnering with eight Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in an innovative project with the aim of improving the quality of training and research in higher education, and reducing the skill gaps in key development priority areas. The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project supports the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia in strengthening selected African Centers of Excellence (ACEs) to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the following priority areas: (i) Industry, (ii) Agriculture, (iii) Health, (iv) Education, and (v) Applied Statistics.
The ACE II Project implements three components, namely (i) strengthening the 24 higher
education institutions into regional ACEs in Eastern and Southern Africa in a set of defined regional priority areas (US$ 140 million); (ii) providing capacity building support to these ACEs through regional activities (US$3 million); and (iii) supporting coordination and management of the implementation of components (i) and (ii) (US$5 million).
To encourage the participation of young African female students at postgraduate level, IUCEA wishes to implement a Fellowships Program aimed at providing competitive Masters Scholarships to academically deserving future talents to promote regional female student mobility. Eligible female applicants who can demonstrate interest and ability in the priority areas are encouraged to apply for the 30 Fellowships available for the 2018/2019 academic year.
In order to be eligible for this Fellowship, the applicant must:
i) be a female national of one of ACE II participating countries ( Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi,
Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) or Burundi
ii) be under the age of thirty five (35) years
iii) be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable university in the relevant field, at the level of Upper Second Class Honours
iv) have been admitted in any of the 24 ACEs to study full-time in any of the priority disciplines
of the ACE II Project:
(i) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or Industry,
(iv) Education, and (v) Applied Statistics;
v) have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by academic transcripts, and academic awards,if any.
The Fellowship Award
The provided financial support for each Fellowship Program will cover:
i) University tuition fees: Approximately USD 3,000 per year (payable directly to the Host University according to an official invoice)
ii) Stipend: USD 800 per month to support living expenses such as housing, food, utilities, local
transportation, medication and settlement expenses
iii) Research: USD 4,800 to support student research, payable upon approval of research proposal
v) Air ticket: A round-trip economy fare for the most direct route between the beneficiary’s home country and the study destination of Host University
Note: Candidates must complete all academic work within the specified period of the programme as the scholarship cannot be extended beyond a maximum of 24 months
Application Process and Procedures
To apply for this Fellowship, interested candidates are advised to fill in the application form found at www.iucea.org or ace2.iucea.org attach all requested documents, and send by e-mail to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]
All applications must be received not later than 5.00 PM East African Time on June4 2018.
For proof of eligibility, an applicant should ensure that the following are provided:
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 one of the host universities (please refer to the attached table on Countries, ACEs and Universities)