2019 Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarships for Refugees and Displaced Persons in Africa


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Applications are now open for Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarships 2019 For Refugees and Displaced Persons in Africa. The scholarships are available Only for Masters Programmes in Natural Sciences, Agriculture, Health, Education, Engineering, and Social Sciences.

The Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarships were launched in 2007 with the aim to contribute in the production and retention of high level African human resources 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.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarships, a candidate must:

i. Be a Citizen of an African Union Member State.

ii. Be a formally registered refugee/displaced person with a UNHCR registration number or be able to demonstrate confirmed refugee status in an African Union Member State.

iii. Be under the age of thirty five (35) years.

iv. Be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant field, at least at the level of Upper Second Class Honours. The degree must be from a recognised University.

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

vi. Have proof of admission to undertake a full time Masters programme in a recognised university in an African Union Member State.

vii. 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, and an official registration as a refugee or displaced person.


The scholarship award covers the following:

Tuition Fees: According to an official invoice from the Host University.

Stipend: 500 US$ monthly, to support living expenses such as housing, food, utilities, local transportation and medication.

Book Allowance: An allowance of 500 US$ per year for the purchase of books. Air ticket: A round-trip economy fare (as applicable).

Travel Allowance:

• One-off payment of 250 US$ to contribute towards ground transportation and settling-in costs

• One-off payment of 350 US$ to assist with shipping and other terminal expenses; upon departure from the host Institution after successful completion of the study.

Computer Allowance: One-off payment of 1,000 US$ for the purchase of laptop computer and accessories.

Note: Candidates must complete their study within the specified period of the programme as the scholarship cannot be extended.

How to apply

Interested candidates can apply on-line using the link www.edu-au.org/scholarship

They can submit their applications by post after completing the Scholarship Application Form, which is available on the Africa Union website: www.au.int/en/scholarship

The application documents should include the following:

i. Completed application form

ii. A proof of refugee/displaced person status, indicating citizenship

iii. Recent passport-size photograph

iv. CV indicating applicant’s academic background and work experience

v. Certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts

vi. Copy of admission letter from a recognised African University

vii. Two (2) Reference Letters with contact addresses and telephone numbers.

viii. A Letter of Motivation of not more than 500 words (maximum 2 pages) that explains why the candidate has chosen the particular field of study and its importance to Africa’s development

Applicants applying on-line should produce electronic copies of the above documents and submit as attachments.

Applicants who submit their applications by post should make two (2) sets of hard copies of all the above documents. The Application must be sent to the address below.

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

CLOSING DATE: 30th April 2019

Listing ID: 2035c6561993ef49

February 14, 2019 14:40

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