2018 Call for Applications: African Union Women in Science Masters and PhD Programs

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The African Union (AU) has issued a call for applications for its program to promote Masters and PhD study by women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The program awards tuition funding for Masters or PhD study at a host university, a US$500 monthly stipend, and US$500 annually for books and travel expenses. Successful applicants will also receive US$1,000 to purchase a computer and accessories and additional travel allowance.


To be eligible for the Scholarship, a candidate must:

  1. Be a Female Citizen of an African Union Member State.
  2. Be under the age of thirty five (35) years for Masters Programs; and under
    forty (40) years for PhD Program.
  3. Be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant field, at the level of Upper Second Class Honors for a Masters’ Program; and a holder of Masters’ Degree in the relevant field for a PhD Program. The degree must be from a reputable University.
  4. Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by academic transcripts, and academic awards if any.
  5. Have proof of admission to undertake a full time Masters or PhD program in a recognized university of an African Union Member State.
  6. 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.


The following fields of study are eligible:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

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


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 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: OlgaA@africa-union.org copied to mwalimunyerere@africa-union.org

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


April 30, 2018

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