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8th "Conference Universities, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in Africa" - call for abstracts


19-20 February 2020


The conference aims to increase knowledge transfer between the private sector and academia especially regarding entrepreneurship in Africa, the support of African and German SMEs in Africa, as well as the formation and acquisition of qualified personnel. Closing date: 15 November 2019

DAAD / Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Sankt Augustin




German University of Cairo PhD and Postdoc Opportunities 2019


The German University of Cairo has openings available for African PhD and Postdoc research scientists focusing on science and technology. This scheme is open to researchers in the fields of:
1. Mechatronics Engineering
2. Medical Micro & Nano Robotics Research
3. Information Engineering and Technology
4. Management Technology


Interested doctoral and postdoctoral candidates are invited to apply through The AAS Grants Management System Ishango.

Closing date: 9 August 2019

African Academy of Sciences and German University in Cairo



DIES/CREST Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities


Presented via the web-based learning management system of Stellenbosch University, the DIES/CREST course offers a flexible study opportunity to academic staff members, particularly novice doctoral supervisors, who are interested in advancing their knowledge, skills and networks in doctoral supervision.


The next two courses run from 13 May to 8 July 2019 and from 14 October to 6 December 2019, with more courses available in 2020.


Closing date for applications for the May session: 31 March 2019


Closing date for applications for the October session: 29 August 2019


CREST / Stellenbosch University




Two PhD Scholarships Available at ICIPE to Work on Tungiasis


The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) is offering two PhD scholarships to Kenyan and Ugandan nationals.  Funded through a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and jointly supervised by scientists from ICIPE, Aga Khan University, Makerere University and University of Berlin, Germany. The scholarships will cover all costs of the PhD programme, including travel, living expenses, medical insurance, university fees and all research and training costs.
The PhD positions are based at ICIPE's Thomas Odhiambo Campus at Mbita, Homa Bay County, South Nyanza, Kenya but with field work in Siaya and Kwale Counties in Kenya and Bugiri in Uganda.


Closing date for applications: 11 March 2019


More information on the project and how to apply, conditions etc here.

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)


Consultancy - Female Participation in Science in African Universities


The Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is looking for a consultant with research experience to conduct studies into factors affecting female participation in science in Africa.


Closing date: 15 February 2019



Association of African Universities


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Call for Papers - Internationalization of Doctoral Education


The International Association of Universities (IAU) acts as the chair of the editorial team for the publication Internationalization of Higher Education - Developments in the European Higher Education Area and Worldwide, by DUZ Academic Publishers. Published 4 times per year, the publication is aimed at practitioners and decision-makers in higher education, and examines internationalisation processes in countries all over the world, with a special focus on the developments in Europe resulting from the Bologna Process.


Each issue focuses on a specific theme, and the last edition in 2019, due for release in December, will focus on Internationalization of Doctoral Education, and contributions are now being sought for this issue.

Abstracts should be submitted by 24 February 2019 and full papers are expected for 30 May 2019.


Detailed information can be found on the Call for Papers.


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Call for PhD Studies at the African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development


The ACE-ESD is seeking to recruit a number of highly motivated research-oriented students in the field of energy with a focus on the renewable energy, electrical power systems and energy economics.


Closing date for applications: 10 December 2018.


More information on their website.

African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development / University of Rwanda




NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellowship Program 2019


NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education exchange, is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellowship Program. The program will support five university leaders from sub-Saharan Africa to help increase their institutional capacity for international education and expand opportunities for partnerships and exchange of expertise.

Each Global Dialogue Fellow will be paired with a U.S.-based partner for ongoing information sharing and will receive support to attend two consecutive NAFSA annual conferences in the United States.


The application deadline is 16 November 2018.

For more information about the program, the list of eligible countries for 2019, and the application, visit www.nafsa.org/globalfellows.

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Support for self-assessment of African Universities: Call for expressions of interest


The Institut de la Francophonie pour la Gouvernance Universitaire (Francophone Institute for University Governance), is looking for higher education institutions in Central Africa, the Great Lakes, West Africa and the Indian Ocean that are members of the AUF and wish to invest in a self-assessment process with the support of the IFGU and partners (in French).


Closing date for applications: 30 November 2018




Appel à candidature 2018: Master régional en Gestion des environnements littoraux et marins - GIELM


Ouvert aux étudiants camerounais, gabonais, ou toute autre nationalité, titulaires des diplômes d’ingénieurs des travaux, de Licences en Mathématiques, Environnement, Physiques, Chimie, Géoscience, Biologie, Géographie, Océanographie, Sciences humaines et sociales, Droit, Biochimie, Gestion de l’eau ou tout autre diplôme admis en équivalence par le Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, la première année se déroulera à l’Université de Douala: 

Aménagement des environnements littoraux et marins : 10 places
Évaluation et Audit des environnements littoraux et marins : 10 places
Conservation des écosystèmes littoraux et marins : 10 places
Recherche et développement dans les environnements littoraux et marins : 10 places

Date limite de dépôt des dossiers : 10 octobre 2018.



Global Education Monitoring Report Fellowship – Apply now


The GEM Report Fellowship programme aims to strengthen the evidence base on education, particularly in emerging economies, build research capacity in education, and reinforce the links between research, policy, and practice in education. As such, the fellowships will be open to exceptional individuals who have quantitative research skills, demonstrate a potential for transformational impact in their domain, and share a commitment to provide more people with better educational opportunities.


Applications are wecomed from all nationalities, but preference will be given to applications from low and middle income countries.

The latest call is open until 28 September 2018.

More information here.





Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme


Applications are still being accepted for the Spring 2018 competition of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP). Accredited universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda wishing to host a scholar, or scholars born in Africa living in the United States or Canada and working in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries, can apply online.

Closing date: 6 July at 23h59 EDT

IIE / Carnegie Foundation


The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative


The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a postdoctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI). Training will be at a world class institute, the intramural laboratories of NIH.


• Must be citizens of and currently employed in an academic, research, or government position in an African country;
• Must have a relevant doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS) awarded no more than 15 years earlier;
• Must have less than 5 years of relevant research experience by their entry on duty date at NIH.


More visit the website for more information. Closing date for applications: 11 May 2018


Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)


Kofi Annan University of Guinea seeks a new Rector


Kofi Annan University of Guinea (Université Kofi Annan de Guinée), located in Conakry, Guinea is currently seeking a new Rector. The new Rector will take up function on 1 September 2018 for a term of four years.


Closing date for applications: 27 April 2018. For more information please see the university website (information in French)



Kofi Annan University of Guinea




Africa-America Institute / East African Development Bank STEM Scholarship


The East African Development Bank and the Africa-America Institute are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program.

In partnership with the Africa-America Institute (AAI), the East African Development Bank (EADB) launched the EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program in 2015 to support the capacity of regional faculty teaching in fields (science, technology, engineering and math) which are critical to local employment and the growth of national economies. The fast-track, 12 month scholarships provide experienced teachers and lecturers from EADB member countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda) to earn a Masters’ degree in science, technology, engineering and Math (STEM) at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.


Deadline for applications: 7 March 2018

East African Development Bank / Africa-America Institute




Latest Bibliography on Doctoral Education Released


The latest extraction from IAU's International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB) has just been uploaded. Covering the period 2011-2017, the document presents bibliographic references on publications looking at doctoral education from Africa, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require other bibliographic information or if you have something you wish to be added to the database.


You can also visit HEDBIB at http://hedbib.iau-aiu.net/ where you can carry out your own searches

International Association of Universities


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Call for Expression of Interest (EoI): Partners in the Network for Massive Scale Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa


The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is inviting interested institutions, project/networks, experts and relevant stakeholders to submit an Expression of Interest for participating as a partner in a network for Massive Scale Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the first phase the network will focus on high-quality, but large-scale, programs with a focus on PhD education and for different target groups. Partners are foreseen to bring competencies, expertise and resources that can contribute to the vison and the more specific objectives for the network. No funding is provided for partners; however, fundraising will be a part of the network activity.


Deadline: Friday 23 March 2018

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)


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Africa Evidence Leadership Award 2018


The purpose of the award is to raise awareness of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa and highlight the growing status of evidence amongst decision-makers in Africa.


To be eligible to apply for the award, you must be a member of the AEN. Work in any sector as long as you can motivate your participation in EIDM as an evidence-user, evidence-producer, evidence-broker or any combination of these. Provide proof of citizenship of and/or residence in an African country (as defined by the United Nations). Applicants  must be able and available to travel to and attend all four days of Evidence 2018 on 25 to 28 September 2018 in Pretoria South Africa, and must commit to giving a plenary talk at the event. Lastly, applicants should be willing to their your profile publicised in a journal and on any of the AEN public platforms.


Applications deadline: 1 April 2018



Africa Evidence Network (AEN)


Scholarship in Economics at University of Sussex


Open to nationals of sub-Saharan countries (please visit the website for complete list), the scholarship will start in September 2018 and will waive overseas student fees, as well as offering a maintenance grant of £10,000, and will start in September 2018.


Closing date for applications: 1 May 2018

Scholars Hub / University of Sussex


CODESRIA 2017 Gender Institute: Feminist Scholarship, Universities and Social Transformation in Africa


The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA, invites applications from academics and researchers from African universities and research centers to participate in the 2017 session of the Gender institute, which will take place in Dakar, Senegal from May 14-25, 2018.


Candidates submitting proposals for consideration should be PhD students or early career academics in the social sciences and humanities and those working in the broad field of gender and women's studies. Scholars outside universities but actively engaged in the area of policy process and/or social movements and civil society organizations are also encouraged to apply. The number of places available for laureates of this Institute is only twenty (20). Africa-based academics and non-African scholars who are able to support their participation are also encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.


Deadline for applications: 15 March 2018





PhD grants offered by the French Embassy in Benin 


The grants, available for the academic year 2018/2018, will be awarded for research in areas deemed as a priority by the Benin Government.


Closing date: 8 March 2018


(Information in French only)



French Embassy in Benin



Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme


The Mawazo Institute is seeking applications for its PhD Scholars Programme. This one-year, non-residential fellowship is aimed at women pursuing PhD studies at Kenyan universities. The goal of this programme is to build a strong pipeline of future researchers who are prepared to ask insightful questions about African development, and effectively communicate their results to both government and industry leaders and the general public. We welcome applications from women in any academic discipline, with a preference for research projects focused on development-related topics, and using social science research methods.


Closing date for applications: 2 February 2018.


The Mawazo Institute




Australia Awards – Africa Post-Doctoral Fellowship


The Australia Awards – Africa program is offering Post-Doctoral Fellowships in partnership with the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN). Applicants must be engaged in research activity in fields including, Agricultural Productivity, Health and/or Science and Technology, and affiliated to the following universities:

• University of Ghana (Ghana)

• University of Nairobi (Kenya)

• University of Pretoria (South Africa)

• University of Cape Town (South Africa)


Closing date for applications: 30 November 2017

Australia Awards




Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Announces New Call for Applications and Innovations


Universities in Africa and African-born academics in the United States and Canada can now apply for funding to take part in joint projects as part of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP). This is an innovative collaboration between the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Institute of International Education, an Advisory Council of prominent African academics, and the United States International University-Africa. The new grant cycle will support approximately 120 collaborative projects in 2018 and 2019, building on the success of the first four years of the program.


Applications are now being accepted - closing date: 8 December 2017.


More informatian can be found here.

IIE / Carnegie Corporation / United States International University - Africa



World Bank Africa Fellowship Programme


Open to Sub-Saharan nationals who are recent PhD graduates, or current doctoral students within a year of completing or graduating from a PhD programme in the following fields: economics, applied statistics and econometrics, impact evaluation, education, health, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, demography, forced displacement, and all relevant development fields, Fellows will be expected to complete a research project or prepare a research paper to present to staff. High-standard papers may be published internally. Specifically, selected participants will:

Gain a better understanding of the World Bank Group's mission and operations;
Access quality data for their research work;
Interact with seasoned experts in the field of development;
Contribute to the World Bank Group's mission;


Closing date for applications: 19 November 2017

World Bank



West and Central African Research and Education Network Conference 2017


The WACREN Conference, entitled Catalyzing Quality Higher Education and Research was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 27-31 March 2017. The presentations are now available online.




South African Higher Education - Open Data


CHET has just published official data on South African university performance data for the period 2009 to 2015; it is vailable on the CHET website and is free to download and reuse.






Call for proposals for the Third Tuning Africa Symposium on Research

Participation is invited from
• All Tuning Africa II project participants
• Academics from the universities which form part of the Tuning Africa consortium.
• Academics and researchers from other African universities


All applicants will be expected to submit their full paper for publication (free of charge) to the Tuning Journal for Higher Education and attend the Symposium.
Successful applicants who are not members of the Tuning Africa II project will have their expenses (accommodation and travel) covered by the project.


Closing date: 25 June 2017


Tuning Africa



Call for PhD Studies at the African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD)


The African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD) is an approved ACE II project center of excellence envisioned to address key economic challenges resulting from low rural energy access, poor adoption of energy technologies in rural areas, and poor inter-state energy trading in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.


The ACE II project is a partnership between the World Bank and the Rwandan Government to strengthen selected institutions of higher education in the country to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the Eastern and Southern Africa sub-region, and Africa as a whole.
The Centre therefore invites interested and highly motivated research-oriented students to submit applications for PhD positions in the field of renewable energy.


Closing date: 30 June 2017





INASP Country Reports on Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe


INASP, an international development charity, recently published online two country reports on research and higher education in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe, and which may be downloaded on the links above.







ADEA Triennale 2017 - papers and videos now available online


Papers from the ADEA Triennale 2017, which took place in March 2017 in Dakar, Senegal are not available on http://www.adeanet.org/triennale-2017/en/documents.
You can also see videos of the highlights and interviews on http://www.adeanet.org/triennale-2017/.




Call for Papers -The 44th Annual International Conference of SASE


The Southern African Society for Education (SASE) in conjunction with the Faculty of Education at the University of Botswana, an IAU Member, has launched a call for abstracts for the 44th annual conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): implications for education policy and practice.


Abstracts to be submitted by 30 July 2017.


More information here.

SASE / University of Botswana


AfricaLics Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme


The scholarship option is open to PhD students from low and lower-middle income countries in Africa whose studies – irrespective of sectoral discipline – focus on innovation and development. Female PhD students are particularly encouraged to apply as AfricaLics endeavors to contribute to increasing the currently low number of female scholars in Innovation and Development research studies in Africa.

Applicants must be enrolled as PhD students at African universities and must have completed their first year of PhD studies by February 2018. A maximum of four visiting scholarships are available for 2018. The visiting scholarship is complementary to the studies of the PhD students and applicants must already have secured basic funding for their PhD studies from other sources (e.g. African governments, other organisations, self-financing).


The programme gives priority to students working on topics related to the research themes identified by the AfricaLics network as important to the future of Africa.


Closing Date: 22 May 2017






Latest bibliography on doctoral education released


The latest extraction from IAU's International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB) has just been uploaded.  Covering the period 2010-2017, the document presents bibliographic references on publications looking at doctoral education from Africa, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean. It can be seen here or downloaded direct here.



Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2017


The second Call for Proposals of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme was launched on 28 January 2017 with a total available budget of EUR 10 million. The deadline for submission of applications is 2 May 2017.
The scheme, which builds upon the positive experience of the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme (2010-2013), was launched in 2016 and offers funding opportunities to African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the organization and implementation of mobility of African students (Master/Doctorate) and university staff within the continent.
The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme is funded under the Pan-African Programme of the European Union and is managed by the EACEA in close collaboration with the African Union Commission.

European Commission - Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency


The French Governemnt is offering PhD grants to support capacity building in Benin, in the sciences and social sciences.


Closing date: 20 March 2017.


Full text (in French here)

The French Embassy in Benin


University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is looking for applications for the Mwangi MBA Scholarship Competition 2017 in conjunction with the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.


The sholarship is open to female Kenyans committed to returning to Kenya upon graduation. More details on the School's website.

Closing date: 6 June 2017

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School


HERB (Higher Education in Russia and Beyond) - Doctoral Education: Challenges and Prospects


The Fall 2016 issue focuses on the challenges of the organization and reform of doctoral education.




MSc/PhD Scholarship Programme in Railway Engineering 2017


African Railway Education and Research Institute (ARERI) is one of African Center of Excellency supported by the World Bank. The aim of the center is to strengthen railway professionals’ development through short term training, MSc and PhD level education, and research in Ethiopian and the region at large. To this effect ARERI is offering scholarships to citizens in African countries to pursue MSc/PhD studies in Railway Engineering for the second semester of 2016 / 2017 academic year.


Application deadline: 10 February 2017

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology / Addis Ababa University


The MasterCard Foundation at RUFORUM Scholarship Award 2017/2018


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University and Egerton University are inviting funding applications for Bachelor- and Master-level studies in africultural disciplines. Closing date for applications: 15 March 2017.



Call for papers for the 3rd International Conference in Devepments in Doctoral Education and Training now open


4th November 2016 - Deadline for the submission of abstracts.


Following the outstandingly successful 2nd International Conference in Developments in Doctoral Education and Training in 2015, the Council are delighted to be able to open the call for papers for the 2017 Conference on 3rd and 4th April in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The 2017 conference will build on the 2015 outcomes, including the opinions expressed in the Oxford Statement, released shortly after the 2015 conference. To submit a paper and for more information about the conference series, please visit the Conference Website here.


UK Council for Graduate Education


Call: Small Grants for Graduate Internships targeting Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Francophone member universities


Deadline 15 August

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has intensified its advocacy for students from African universities to acquire employable skills for the world of work upon graduation from their universities. Through financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the AAU has secured some funds to offer small grants of up to US$600 per person for graduate internships for its member universities.


For more information please click here. 

Association of African Universities


Up-dating the AfricaLics Baseline Survey


AfricaLics is a community of scholars with special interest in how innovation and competence building contribute to economic and socially sustainable development in Africa. AfricaLics is the African regional chapter of Globelics. AfricaLics started in 2012 with support from the Globelics community and Aalborg University.

In 2013, Sida provided a special grant aiming at supporting development of the network. The AfricaLics secretariat is located at the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sida funding has been key to the funding of a range of activities within the AfricaLics network including the AfricaLics conferences in Maputo in 2013 and in Kigali 2015 as well as a total of four AfricaLics PhD academies and the PhD Visiting Fellowship programme. These efforts are key to the overall objective of enhancing research capacity on innovation and development in Africa.

To be able to document results and create a baseline for work to be done in the second phase, AfricaLics is currently updating the baseline survey conducted in 2014. 


To fill out the questionnaire please click on the link below. 



Research Fellowships for West African Scholars


WARA is pleased to join with The MasterCard Foundation to offer the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program for West African doctoral students conducting research on the continent. Doctoral students whose dissertation research focuses on women, technology or entrepreneurship and who are based in West African institutions are invited to apply.


 West African Research Association


PASET RSIF Call for University Selection


The Association of African Universities (AAU) to implement PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund: Launching Call for University Selection

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has entered into an agreement with PASET PASET Logo2to serve as the implementing unit for its flagship initiative, the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF). AAU is now inviting universities that are part of the Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE) program to apply to join the RSIF.

The RSIF is being designed according to the highest standards of scholarship administration and governance, and the AAU was selected to administer the program according to these standards. The first round of RSIF will fund PhD scholarships and focus on degree programs within four thematic areas: Energy; Information & Communications Technology; Food security; and Mining, Minerals and Materials Engineering. The call for proposals will be formally launched on June 27.

 The Association of African Universities and the World Bank


Expression of interest for PhD and Post-Doctoral research at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya (deadline: 13th June 2016)


icipe request expressions of interest from suitable candidates for the following projects on infectious diseases/neglected tropical diseases for PhD and Post-Doctoral research at icipe LINK.

Please send a statement of interest and a current CV (Europass CV Format) by Monday 13th June to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Selected candidates will be invited by icipe to submit an application (based on their chosen icipe project area) to the PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme run by THRiVE, a DELTAS Africa consortium of East African Universities and Research Institutes, which includes icipe (THRiVE Fellowships).

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)


Call for Abstracts: Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions


We are happy to announce that the higher education conference organized by the Workgroup “Higher Education and Society in Africa” will take place at Bayreuth nternational Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth on 3–4 November 2016. The theme of the conference will be: “Higher Education Partnership rends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions” Trends in institutional partnership in higher education have shown tremendous growth in the past three decades. These trends in higher education are manifested through the growing initiatives of joint programs that promote student and staff mobility, joint curriculum developments and course delivery, research collaboration, joint bidding for research projects and benchmarking. Partnerships in higher education have been used not only as instrument for institutional development through a wide range of strategic alliances but also as essential ways of introducing new voices to the operations of the universities by initiating new paradigms that bring new perspectives and bear competitive advantage on the partners. As the trend of partnership in higher education grew, scholars in higher education studies have also engaged in conceptualizing higher education partnership from academic venture providing perspectives, analyzing trends and developing models of higher education collaborations. This conference aims to stimulate academic discussion on trends and key issues in higher education cooperation between European and African universities pointing to pressing important policy and practical issues. Are there patterns of higher education partnership among African and European universities and how do such patterns evolve overtime? What are the current debates on internationalization strategies between Africa and Europe and the circulation of  nowledge in individual and institutional partnerships between the continents?
Which insights can be drawn from various case studies of higher education partnerships schemes?


For more information click here.


The PASET Regional Benchmarking Initiative to Strengthen African Universities


The main objectives of the Regional Benchmarking Initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Association of
African Universities in November 2015, are to:
1. Enroll and train participating African institutions in effectively using the results of benchmarking to assess and improve their performance;
2. Partner with leaders in interested universities, national tertiary education agencies and sub-regional organizations, and support them to build capacity to regularly guide  enchmarking in institutions under their purview.
3. Create the capacity within an interested African institution (university, Pan-African institution or national tertiary education agency), to lead and support future benchmarking exercises and related training and technical assistance at the regional level (see Box 2).
Under the initiative, an internationally recognized methodology developed in partnership with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Center for World-Class Universities is being  dapted to the African context in close consultations with relevant regional and national stakeholders.


For more information click here. 

World Bank


African Union Research Grants II Open Call for Proposals 2016 Edition


Deadline 17 August 2016

The African Union Commission launches Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union.
This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on Human development of the EU-Africa partnership. The call supports research on: Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Sustainable Intensification.

The African Union Research Grant (AURG) is one of the programmes initiated within the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (DHRST) to support a Pan African research and development through grants and direct funding. The programme provides the needed opportunity to use Science and Technology (S&T) as a tool for sustainable development, building and strengthening Africa’s S&T capacities.

The Commission through the support of the European Union secured a sum of 17.5 million euro under the EU Pan-African Programme to launch 2 calls for research proposals in Africa in 2016 and 2017.

African Union


Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellowship


Deadline 31 July

The University Council has established several Rhodes University Postdoctoral Fellowships across all faculties which may be awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal.


The Fellowships are intended to foster existing research and scholarly or creative activities within Rhodes University departments and institutes. Ideally a Fellow's proposed work will closely complement existing programmes in the host department.


Although there is no age restriction, potential Fellows must hold a doctoral degree, awarded within the last five years, preferably from an institution other than Rhodes University and recognized as appropriate to the discipline for which the Fellowship is sought. Successful candidates must be of exceptional merit as evidenced by the quality and corpus of publications or other recognized forms of achievement relevant to the Fellow's discipline. The Fellowship will be awarded strictly on merit.

An applicant who has not completed his/her PhD at the time the Fellowship is offered must have submitted the PhD thesis by the end of 2016. In these circumstances the Research Office will require written assurance from the applicant's supervisor that there is a reasonable expectation that the doctoral degree will be awarded.

Rhodes University


Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - Research Fellowship Programme


Deadline 14 September 2016


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, named after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to 'blue-sky' science, are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development.

In addition to generous research funding, scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.

European Commission


Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers


Deadline 25 May 2016

Iso Lomso Fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow.

Iso Lomso Fellows will enjoy:

a three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme;
the possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere;
funding to attend up to three international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world;
support to convene a workshop with collaborators at STIAS;
lecturer replacement subsidy for the fellow’s home institution during residency periods.
The programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding eight years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. Preference will be given to candidates who have established a research programme and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship. All disciplines are considered.

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study


New Master Programmes at the University of Geneva in International Higher Education and Research

Acquérir les connaissances scientifiques et compétences nécessaires pour travailler efficacement dans les contextes économiques, politiques, culturels et sociaux complexes influençant l’éducation, l’enseignement et l’apprentissage dans différentes régions du monde
Comprendre les tendances globales et les approches diverses en matière de pratique d’enseignement
Développer les compétences méthodologiques propres à mener des recherches et des projets en classe et dans le domaine de la coopération

University of Geneva


Between Europe and the Orient - A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus


Deadline 15 June 2016

Within the frame of topically defined specific calls for proposals, the Volkswagen Foundation supports cooperative research projects involving significant participation on the part of scholars and scientists from the target region which combine the training and advancement of young researchers. The initiative encompasses preparatory workshops to first explore the feasibility of international cooperation. The results of these workshops form the basis for theme-based calls.


Call for proposals for the preparation of structured doctoral programs

The Foundation is planning to advance the establishment of structured doctoral programs at universities in Central Asia and South Caucasus, in coordination with local funding organizations. It is intended to publish the respective funding offer in the winter of 2016/17. To facilitate the conceptualization of such projects and the preparation of proposals, funds may be requested within this call to develop concepts and to establish an organizational and administrative framework for structured doctoral training.

Volkswagen Foundation


PhD full time and sandwich and Postdoctoral opportunities - TWAS

TWAS will accept applications for the 2016 session of fellowships from April 2016 to October 2016 for placements to commence in 2017 for new applications.

The TWAS Fellowships programme with over 470 PhD and 150 postdoctoral fellowships available annually in 10 developing countries with 19 programme partners is said to be the largest programme of its kind worldwide.

The 2016 TWAS Fellowships call for applications in all fields of the Natural Sciences is now open for majority of the programmes. A new fellowship specifically for Mathematics has also just been launched. See here

For more details on eligibility criteria and to download the guidelines and application forms, click here. 




Matasa Fellows Network - 10 Fellowships

There is an increasing need to connect the work of new PhD students at post graduate research training programmes to the policy and dynamics of policy processes. To address the important gap The MasterCard Foundation and Institute of Development Studies have joined forces to launch the Matasa Fellows Network. This initiative will equip young African researchers with the skills and commitment to bring their research into policy processes that address the challenges of young people and employment in Africa.

Each Matasa Fellow will receive academic support and a small bursary to produce a high quality synthesis paper and related policy brief relating to the broad theme of youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa.



Call for Applications, CARTA PhD Fellowships 2016/2017

During the 2016/2017 academic year, the CARTA program is planning to offer up to 25 PhD fellowships. The Fellowship, which is tenable at one of the participating African universities, includes the cost of fellows’ participation in the advanced seminars; a modest monthly stipend; small grants for research activities; a laptop loaded with relevant software; funds for travel to conferences, as well as costs for participating in joint program activities. The fellowship runs for a maximum of four years. Fellowships cover tuition fees, medical insurance, and other university fees in special circumstances only. Partner institutions have committed to continue paying Fellows’ salaries (or equivalent) and to modify workloads for the fellows to enable them to fully participate in CARTA organized activities pertaining to their PhD program and also to concentrate on their PhD studies. Fellows are encouraged to seek supplemental funding to cover additional costs of their doctoral program.



Globelics Conference 2016: Innovation, Creativity and Development: Strategies for Inclusiveness & Sustainability - Call for papers

Deadline May 16

We encourage scholars at scientific institutions, universities, enterprises and public sector institutions to take this opportunity to present their work to leading scholars in the field of innovation and development. We especially encourage young researchers to submit papers. Papers for oral presentations and poster presentation must be written in English, and the selected ones must be presented at the conference in English. Submission of full paper (in PDF) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) should be made via the online submission form available at the Conference website: http://2016.globelics.org. Papers must be submitted before May 16, 2016.

The selection of the papers is based on a peer review process that focuses on relevance,
academic quality and originality. Globelics reserves the right to use available software to control for plagiarism and to take appropriate action in such cases.
PhD students are welcome to enter the PhD students’ paper competition. Winners will be announced during the Conference. 


It is possible to apply for travel support if you are a PhD student/young scholar from a low income or lower middle income country.


For more information about the conference click here. 


15 PhD fellowships in Product, Energy and Resource Recovery from Wastewater

Application deadline: 15 May 2016

SuPER-W is a "European Joint Doctorate" programme for highly motivated young scientists, combining state-of-the-art research with a comprehensive joint training programme on Resource, Product and Energy Recovery from Wastewater with a strong collaboration between academic and private partners.


Calls for applications NORPART

Application deadline five-year projects: 5 September at 15:00 Norwegian time (CET)

The call is open to long-term project cooperation with a project period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021. The applications should be prepared jointly by the main partner institution in Norway and the other partner institution(s).The total funds made available in this call are approximately NOK 90 million.


Sub-Saharan Regional Fellowships Foundation l'Oréal-UNESCO

Deadline: 29th April 2016

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships aims to promote and encourage young African women in science. This program identifies and rewards talented young female scientists in the field of Life Sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology and ethology) as well as Physical Sciences (such as physics, chemistry, petroleum engineering, mathematics, engineering sciences, information sciences, and earth and universe sciences).




Programme Officer at IAU in Paris

IAU seeks a Programme Officer to work full time in the IAU offices in Paris. The Programme Officer will contribute to the development of IAU programmes and projects in in higher education-related topics such as Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development, issues of ethics and values in higher education and others. Work includes desktop research and analysis, on-going development of the IAU Global Portal on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD): www.iau-hesd.net as well as other parts of the IAU website. The Programme Officer will also assist with the elaboration and editing of IAU Horizons, the Association’s magazine.

The Programme Officer needs to be fluent in English and have strong capacity in French. He/she will join a highly inter-cultural staff at the IAU secretariat and work with a large international network of experts and IAU contacts in higher education institutions and organizations around the world. Conctact: Ms. Angella NINO, Manager Finance and Administration. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


More information can be found here.

Internatioal Association of Universities


2016: Doctoral and masters research proposal writing workshop

The College of Human Sciences invites all masters and doctoral students registered for the research proposal module to attend the M&D research proposal writing workshops.


University of South Africa


Mobility to Enhance Training of Engineering Graduates in Africa


Call for Application. Deadline 24 April


Mobility to Enhance Training of Engineering Graduates in Africa (METEGA) is one of the Intra-ACP Mobility Scheme supported projects with 12 partner universities in Eastern, Central, Southern and Western Africa. Applications are invited for METEGA mobility scholarships. METEGA is designed to provide resources and opportunities for students mobility from four regions of Africa, offering support for Master and Doctoral studies as well as staff exchange among the consortium partners.



6th Call for Applications APPEAR


Deadline for submission is 31 May 2016.

The call is open for the following funding instruments:

  1. Academic Partnership
  2. Advanced Academic Partnership
  3. Preparatory Funding
  4. PhD scholarship



TWAS Research Grants - Deadline 31 May


TWAS funds several programmes that provide grants to researchers in some developing countries for specialized equipment, consumable supplies and Master of Science students. Grants are awarded to individual scientists, research groups and consortia.



Call for Applications: 2016 Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing


Deadline 30th April 2016

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the twenty-seventh session of its Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing. The grants serve as part of the Council’s contribution to the development of the social sciences in Africa, and the continuous renewal and strengthening of research capacities in African universities, through the funding of primary research conducted by postgraduate students. Hence, candidates whose applications are successful are encouraged to use the resources provided under the grants to cover the cost of their fieldwork, the acquisition of books and documents, the processing of data which they have collected and the printing of their dissertations. As the Council is strongly committed to encouraging African researchers to engage one another on a sustained basis, recipients of the small grants will also be supported to order books and journals produced by African scholarly publishers, including CODESRIA itself. They will also be encouraged to apply for participation in CODESRIA research training workshops.



Small Grants Call for Applications


Call for Applications: Small Grants for Post Graduate Theses & Dissertations (Issued March 2016 ) Deadline: 30th June, 2016



The AAU is pleased to announce the 2016 session of its Small Grants for Theses and Dissertations Programme. In line with the Association’s aim of promoting the core functions of higher education institutions, the Small Grants Programme aims to facilitate timely completion of post graduate research.



Applicants should be post graduate students enrolled in AAU member institutions that are in good standing on payment of their annual subscriptions. Post graduate students who are lecturers in AAU member institutions, and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Research topics should fall within any of the following broad themes:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Conflict, Peace and Security
  • Environment and Climate
  • Health
  • Higher Education

Association of African Universities



Scholarships available: Entreprenariat, Ressources, Management, Innovation et Technologies


ERMIT is an initiative of 16 public African universities within the five regions of the continent. In accordance with the objectives of Intra-ACP program Ermit focuses on the curriculum and professional mobility of teachers and students of Master, Engineer and PhD level in engineering, governance and social sciences.




PhD Fellowship


Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South
The Fellowship is offered to women scientists to pursue postgraduate research in a field of the natural sciences. Deadline for applications: 31 May 2016.

Programme Details

This fellowship programme is for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence in the South outside their own country.
Please read the following information carefully before applying.
Only women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and/or one of the Least Developed Countries can apply.
Host institutions must be located in a developing country.
Applications that are incomplete or illegible cannot be considered. Please make sure all the requested enclosures are submitted together with your application.

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World



Launch of the first Call for Proposals of the new "Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme"

The first Call for Proposals of the new "Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme" has been launched on 9 March 2016 with a total available budget of EUR 10 million.

The new scheme, which builds upon the positive experience of the "Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme" (2010-2013), offers funding opportunities to African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the organization and implementation of mobility of staff and students (Master/Doctorate) within the continent.

In particular, the programme funds partnerships between HEIs from different countries in Africa and grants scholarships for students and academics to carry out studies, research or teaching in another African country.

The "Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme" is funded under the Pan-African Programme of the European Union and is managed by the EACEA in close collaboration with the African Union Commission.


For more information about the Programme, please consult the webpage: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/intra-africa_en


Information on the Call of proposals and on modalities of submission of applications are available at:



For additional information you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that the deadline for submission of applications is 15 June 2016.

Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


337 Receive Phd Masters And Postdoctoral Sida Scholarships

Thanks to the new Swedish Government-Makerere University Agreement, 337 Ugandan university staff will receive PhD, Masters and Postdoctoral Scholarships through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Phase 2015-2020.

Sida-Makerere University


The International Science Programme calls for Provision of Training of PhD Supervisors at University of Rwanda


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is engaged in a
bilateral support program with University of Rwanda (UR; http://www.ur.ac.rw/ ;
http://sida.ur.ac.rw/), involving cooperation with a range of universities in Sweden.
The International Science Programme at Uppsala University is contributing to the
coordination of the program, and now calls for quotations until 15 April 2016
regarding a training activity for University of Rwanda (UR) PhD supervisors. The
training activities should preferably be carried out before 31 May 2016.

International Science Programme


Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

The funding initiative is open to all disciplines and aims at the development and sustainable reinforcement of research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Research projects, developed and carried out by African scholars and scientists in close cooperation with their German partners, shall provide junior researchers in Africa with an opportunity to enhance their skills and academic qualifications. Special emphasis is put on the development, reinforcement, and extension of academic networks inside Africa beyond existing language barriers.

Call for Pre-Proposals for Postdoctoral Fellowships on Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change. Deadline for application is April 6, 2016.


More information can be found here. 

Volkswagen Foundation


Launch of the first Call for Proposals of the new "Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme"

Launch of the first Call for Proposals of the new "Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme"

The first Call for Proposals of the new "Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme" has been launched on 9 March 2016 with a total available budget of EUR 10 million.
The new scheme, which builds upon the positive experience of the "Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme" (2010-2013), offers funding opportunities to African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the organization and implementation of mobility of staff and students (Master/Doctorate) within the continent.
In particular, the programme funds partnerships between HEIs from different countries in Africa and grants scholarships for students and academics to carry out studies, research or teaching in another African country.
The "Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme" is funded under the Pan-African Programme of the European Union and is managed by the EACEA in close collaboration with the African Union Commission.



Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Academic Grants 2016


Deadline: 15 April 2016

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is currently inviting applicants from ACU member universities for its Early Career Academic Grants 2016.

Applications will be strengthened by the applicant providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organisers.


Call for Papers: 2nd Annual World Conference on Women’s Studies 2016

Deadline: 5 April 2016 The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) is seeking applications for its 2nd Annual World Conference on Women’s Studies (WCWS) 2016 that will be held on 5-6 May 2016 in Sri Lanka.


Nominations Open for 2016 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education!


Deadline: 20 April 2016 Nominations are open for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2016 with a motive to improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.



Call for Students Pan African University

Third Call for Students of the Pan African University (PAU) Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) - PAUWES. Young and talented undergraduates from African Union member states and the Diaspora are encouraged to apply to join our two Master programmes:

Master of Science in Water and
Master of Science in Energy
In each of the programmes, two tracks are available: engineering and policy. Both are full-time two-year Master programmes taught in English. We provide a competitive scholarship package that covers the tuition fees and all living expenses of all accepted candidates. Young scholars with the potential, motivation and desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, policy makers, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please do note that all applicants must complete the application online. The deadline for applications is March 20th, 2016. A printable flyer with the call for students, containing the academic requirements and application procedure, can be downloaded here. We would particularly appreciate if you could share the flyer, in printed and/or electronic form, with those in your network and institutions potentially interested in applying.

Pan African University


‘Calls for proposals from DELTAS Africa funded programmes’


Masters, PhD and postdoctoral fellowships on offer
The UVRI Centre of Excellence for Infection and Immunity Research and Training (MUII-plus) is inviting applications for its masters, PhD and postdoctoral fellowships. Applicants must complete forms available on the website www.muii.org.ug.

Fellowships to develop a research programme
The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is offering five fellowships to African mid-career postdoctoral researchers to develop a research programme in health sciences.

PhD fellowships in non-communicable and infectious diseases
The West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP-DELTAS) programme is offering PhD fellowships to aspiring African scientists who want to research on non-communicable and infectious diseases.


Doctoral Education in South Africa


Providing in-depth data and analysis on issues that affect the growth, efficiency, quality and transformation of the doctorate in South Africa, the book draws on studies conducted by the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) over the past decade.

the doctorate cover 2015

African Leaders endorse a Science Funding Platform

In a key milestone for scientific and health research in Africa, the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, endorsed the establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) - a platform created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency.



Full details here 

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