African Trans-Regional Cooperation through Academic Mobility (ACADEMY) Consortium Scholarships 2019 for Young Africans (Fully Funded)

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DEADLINE: 30 April, 2019

The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa. The scheme aims to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.

The programme’s objective is to improve the skills and competences of students and staff through enhanced mobility between African countries. Strengthening cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa will increase access to quality education and will encourage and enable African students to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for all types of scholarships must:

  • Be nationals and residents in any of the eligible African countries.
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction of courses in the host country.
  • Fulfill the criteria of one of the target groups below:

Students having previously benefited from a scholarship under the Intra-ACP or the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Schemes are NOT eligible.

Target Group 1 (TG1)

  • For Master and PhD credit-seeking mobility applicants: Students must be registered in one of the five partner universities: Université de Tlemcen (Algeria), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), Kenyatta University (Kenya), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).
  • For staff: Staff must be working in one of the five partner
  • universities.

Target Group 2 (TG2)

  • For credit-seeking mobility applicants: Students must be registered in any African Higher Education Institution.

SCHOLARSHIP COVERAGE
The Scholarship covers:
 Monthly subsistence allowance for the entire mobility period
 Extra allowance per academic year to female students (for mobility equal to or
longer than two academic years)
 Settling in allowance (for students only)
 Roundtrip flight ticket and visa costs – for mobility equal to or longer than two academic
years, two roundtrip tickets will be provided (arranged by the coordinating
institution on behalf of students)
 Comprehensive insurance (Health, Accident and Travel) (arranged by the coordinating
institution on behalf of students)
 Participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where
applicable (paid directly to the hosting institutions)
 Research costs for students on mobility for 10 months or more (based on actual research
needs and dependent on a request submitted by the students).

Required documents

  • Photo (mandatory for all types of scholarships).
  • Video (optional).
  • Formal Identity Card (mandatory for all types of scholarships) – Must be issued by a national authority otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be immediately excluded. In case your country does not issue such document it is mandatory to upload a copy of your passport.
  • Passport (optional when a formal identity document has been uploaded).
  • Certificate proving the previously obtained degree (mandatory for Master mobility, PhD mobility, and Staff mobility)– Must be issued by a university, dated, signed and stamped, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be immediately excluded. In the case of having achieved more than one academic degree, the uploaded file must contain the scan of all documents. It is not necessary to certificate the diploma through the apostille stamp.
  • Transcript of Records (mandatory for Master mobility and PhD mobility): must be issued by the home university, stating in detail all courses taken and grades obtained. This document must be dated, signed and stamped by the institution, or have an official digital certification, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be immediately excluded.

    Important: The Transcript of Records is the one of the course the students are currently enrolled.

  • Statement of the Home Institution (partner) with a brief description of the applicant’s main activity (Mandatory for Academic and Administrative Staff)This document must be dated, signed and stamped by the institution, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be immediately excluded. The declaration should be written in the language of the host University or, in case of choosing several host Universities, in English, by the responsible person for the applicants’ activities/project at the home institution.
  • Statement of support from the University of origin (Mandatory for Target Group 1, TG1)- This document must be issued by a professor or by the respective academic department of the applicant. It must be dated, signed and stamped by the home institution, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be immediately excluded. This document is mandatory for all exchange applicants (non-degree seeking mobility) and staff members. Other applicants are advised to include this statement of support but such document is not mandatory.
  • Statement issued by the home institution confirming the applicant’s enrollment in the degree course (mandatory for Master mobility and PhD mobility).
  • Certificate of language skills (mandatory for all types of scholarships)- This document must be dated, signed and stamped by the issuing institution. If the host institution you’re applying to demands the presentation of a language certificate (eg. French or English), the document is mandatory. If this document is not uploaded, the application will be immediately excluded from the project without possibility of appeal. In other cases when institutions do not require it, it is optional ( So as to know whether the certificate is mandatory, please check the academic offer in the “Courses” section in the website).
  • Declaration of Honour from the applicant – This document must be dated and signed (mandatory for all types of mobility and the document is available in the application form for downloading).
  • Document that specifically proves your actual status of physical disability (if applicable).
  • Document that specifically proves your vulnerable socio-economic situation (if applicable). This document must be dated, signed and stamped by the issuing entity. In case you fail to do so we will not consider you as a candidate in particularly vulnerable socio-economic situation.
  • Motivation Letter
  • Other documents relevant for the application that you may consider.

Selection

After the application deadline, first the local Academic Evaluation Committee and then the Consortium Management Group (endorsing recommendations made by the Consortium Selection Committee) will review all received applications. Only complete applications will be considered for selection. Your application is complete if you have uploaded all the requested documents and filled in the form completely. The home and host universities of the consortium will work together to evaluate the applications based upon the following criteria:

  • Academic merit.
  • Motivation for the mobility period.
  • Language skills.
  • Research Project (for PhD).
  • Research/Teaching/Working Plan (for academic and administrative staff).
  • Scientific Production/Previous experience (for academic and administrative staff).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Website of the ACADEMY Consortium Scholarships

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