Apply for Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarships

Scholarship: 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-African mobility of students.

The Scholarship Scheme is intended to enable young Africans to study in leading 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, Mathematics and Education Science (STEME), the Commission of the African Union is offering  the second Special Call for Scholarship Applications (For Female Applicants Only) to study in reputable African Universities.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Special 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
iv. Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by
v. Have proof of admission to undertake a full time Masters or PhD programme

vi. Be willing to commit to work in an African Union Member State on completion

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.
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  academic transcripts, and academic awards if any in a recognized university of an African Union Member State of studies for at least three (3) years.

Eligible Fields of Study

The following fields of study are eligible:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Education Science

The Masters programme should be of two years duration; while the PhD programme should be of three years duration.

How to apply for the scholarship
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 web-site:
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 three 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 recognized 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 development.

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
Education Division
Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology
African Union Commission
P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

CLOSING DATE: 31st May 2014

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