Pan African University Masters and PhD Scholarship for African Students 2017


Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below. The African Union Commission will offer full scholarships to the successful African candidates. 

Eligible Countries: African countries and Africans in other countries

To be taken at (countries): 

  1. Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya
  2. Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciencesincluding Health and Agriculture (PAULESI), at the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria
  3. Pan African University Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS), at the University of Yaounde IIand the University of Buea, Cameroon.
  4. Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences – including climate change (PAUWES), at the University of Tlemcen, Algeria

Fields of Study: All fields of study are available from the scholarship webpage link below

About the Award: The Pan African University is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa.

Type: Masters, PhD

Eligibility: Scholarship awardees should be committed to working in Africa after graduation.

Selection Criteria: Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Program: The African Union Commission will offer full scholarships to the successful African candidates.

How to Apply: Applications should be completed online at Application forms should be downloaded at the following address:

Admission Requirements for Masters Programmes: Candidates must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Undergraduate degree from a recognized university,with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field;
  2. Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school), national I.D. card and passport personal details page;
  3. Recommendation letters from 2 Professors
  4. Clear colored passport size photograph(2cmx2cm);
  5. Maximum age of 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants.

Candidates may be required to undergo a written/oral examination after preselection.

Candidates for the Master in Conference Interpreting and Translation programmes are required to have excellent knowledge of at least two of the African Union’s official languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese).

Admission Requirements for Doctoral Programmes Candidates must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. A Masters degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university;
  2. Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts, national I.D. card and passport personal details page;
  3. A 3 to 4 page research concept note (tentaive title, research questions, objectives, significance of the research etc…)
  4. Recommendation letters from 2 Professors
  5. Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm);
  6. Maximum age of 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants.

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: The African Union Commission.

Application Deadline:  31st May 2017

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  2. Dear Sir/ Madam
    First of all, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all who prepare these opportunities and acknowledge you for offering such educational opportunities for developing countries, especially for Sub Saharan Africa. My name is Bizat Bitre Keta from Ethiopia. I have been got my BSC degree in Nov/ 14, 2014 from Dilla University on the field of plant science with cumulative G.P.A of 3.02. Currently, I’m working in Ethiopia institute of Hawassa University as senior technical assistant (Graduate assistant) in Agronomy laboratory. I am eager to continue my master’s program in plant science and related fields. But, due to financial incapability still, I couldn’t attend my advanced study to update my skills and knowledge. Now I’m seeking a full scholarship to attend my master’s program. So I am kindly requesting you to help to get the chance and I am looking your prompt response.
    With Best regards
    Bizat Bitre Keta
    Mobile: +251930758651


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