Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme for Africans at Kenyan Universities, 2018

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The Mawazo Institute is currently accepting applications for PhD Scholars programme. This is a one-year, non-residential fellowship aimed at women pursuing PhD studies focused on climate change and energy 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.

The Mawazo Institute is a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya.  We support the next generation of female thought leaders and scholars in Africa and get policymakers and the public engaged with their research.  Our priority research areas are energy and climate change.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Application Deadline: January 26, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarship is available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: The scholarship is focused on climate change and energy at Kenyan universities.
  • Scholarship Award: Mawazo PhD Scholars receive the following benefits:
  • A research grant worth Ksh 500,000 on average (precise value will vary depending on the amount needed for each Scholar’s research)
  • Training in research methods, academic writing, grant writing, public engagement, and the publication process
  • Research and editorial support from the Mawazo staff
  • Travel grants for participation in regional or international conferences
  • Connections to mentors, and industry and government leaders, in their field
  • A dedicated desk at Mawazo’s office at Ikigai, Spring Valley, Nairobi.
  • Nationality: African students are eligible.
  • Number of Scholarships: In 2018, the MawazoPhD. Scholars Programme will support up to six female PhD students at Kenyan universities.
  • Scholarship can be taken at Kenyan universities

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: African students (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants should apply for the Mawazo Ph.D. Scholars programme if you are:

  • A woman under the age of 40 (as of 1 January 2018)
  • A citizen of an African country
  • Enrolled in a Ph.D. programme at a Kenyan university
  • In any department in the social sciences or a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field
  • Studying a topic related to energy or climate change
  • Working on or about to begin working on an academic research project which is intended for publication
  • Currently living in Kenya, or otherwise able to travel to Nairobi at least two times per month for the rest of 2018

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: The application for the 2018 Ph.D. Scholars cohort is now open. Applications must be submitted through our online portal. We will not accept applications submitted via email or in hard copy.

The application includes the following materials:

  • A current CV, including at least two references
  • A letter from the applicant’s university department confirming current enrollment in the Ph.D. programme
  • A letter of support from a supervisor at the Ph.D. programme (emailed directly to the Ph.D. Scholars contact address with the subject line “Letter of Support — [Applicant’s First and Last Name]”)
  • A research proposal of 1000 words or less, including:
    • Brief literature review
    • Description of proposed research design and data collection methods
    • Summary of work completed on the project to date
    • List of next steps and estimated timeline to complete the project
  • A budget for the project
    • Applicants may request up to Ksh 500,000 from Mawazo
    • Mawazo provides a conference travel grant on top of the research funding, so the project budget should not include any expenses related to conference travel
    • Please use Mawazo’s budget template

Online Application

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