Opportunity: The Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship For Women In STEM

Deadline: 30th April 2018

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-Africa mobility of students. The Scholarship Scheme is intended to enable young Africans to study in reputable 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 and Mathematics (STEM), the African Union Commission is offering a Call for Scholarship Applications (For Female Applicants Only).


To be eligible for the 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 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

iv. Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by academic transcripts, and academic awards if any.

v. Have proof of admission to undertake a full time Masters or PhD programme in a recognized university of an African Union Member State.

vi. 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. 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:


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

For more information on what the scholarship covers and what’s required before submitting your application, visit HERE.


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4 Comments on "Opportunity: The Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship For Women In STEM"

  1. Cherotich Damali | June 26, 2018 at 6:58 am | Reply

    this is awesome and great opportunity for women in Africa. I probably have a question that i will leave here,when are the next applications taking place?

    • Hi Cherotich. Yes it’s a great opportunity. So far, there is no information on when to apply next
      but we will put a post when they open the next round of applications.

  2. Where do we check the list of the successful applicants for 2019?

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