100 PhDs for Africa Scholarships

100 PhDs for Africa Scholarships

100 PhDs for Africa Scholarships

As part of the EPFL–UM6P’s Excellence in Africa initiative, the EXAF centre has launched a call for proposals of the ‘100 PhDs for Africa’ programme.

Outstanding students, who wish to benefit from this fellowship to complete a PhD at an African institution, are encouraged to apply.

UM6P and EPFL have launched the Excellence in Africa initiative (EXAF) to support the rise of the next generation of researchers in Africa.

This ground-breaking initiative aims to enhance their research skills through collaboration with EPFL professors.

It is based on the premise that it will contribute to building their career and enable them to heighten their economic and societal impact in Africa.

The programme ‘100 PhDs for Africa’ is one of three pillars of the EXAF initiative.

It is designed to fund science and engineering graduates intending to complete a PhD at an African higher education institution.

The PhD candidates benefiting from this programme will be jointly supervised by a professor of an African institution and by an EPFL professor.

They will conduct their doctoral studies and their thesis research at their home institution, and they will spend short periods of time at EPFL and at UM6P (summer and spring schools, workshops, conferences).

Their degree will be awarded by their institution in Africa.

100 PhDs for Africa Scholarships - Eligibility Criteria

  • To be a national of an African country
  • To hold a Master’s degree awarded after the 1st of January 2018 or to be enrolled in the final year of the master study
  • To have an outstanding academic track record
  • To be enrolled in an African academic institution and reside in an African country for the duration of the PhD
  • To have the endorsement of a professor of an African institution willing to supervise the doctoral thesis for its full duration.

    100 PhDs for Africa Scholarships - Benefits

    Funding

    The programme awards funding of a maximum of 80’000 Swiss francs in total for a period of at most 54 months. Eligible costs include and are limited to:

    Living Allowance

    A living allowance for the PhD fellow, which must be in line with the standard documented practices of the home institution

    Tuition Fees

    Tuition costs may be included in the budget if there is written confirmation from the home institution that tuition fees apply for all PhD candidates.

    Research Costs

  • Consumables and direct costs for the use of infrastructure at the home institution or at EPFL
  • Open science costs: costs for data storage and for granting access to data (open research data) and open access publication costs

    Colloquia

  • Conference, summer school and workshop costs for the PhD fellow, namely travel (economy class airfares, public ground transportation), lodging, visa, vaccinations, meals, and (if applicable) conference registration fees
  • During the fellowship, the PhD fellow must participate in two summer schools organised by UM6P at Ben Guerir Campus in Morocco. Travel costs for these summer schools will also have to be included.

    Costs Related to Joint Supervision

  • Travel costs for the PhD fellow to and from EPFL (economy class airfares, public ground transportation)
  • A supplementary living allowance for stay(s) at EPFL
  • Travel costs to and from the African home institution and EPFL for the supervisor and co-supervisor of the PhD fellow (economy class airfares, public ground transportation, lodging, and meals)
  • Other costs incurred by the joint supervision (e.g., joint participation in a conference, other costs related to stays at EPFL)

  • Outstanding science and engineering African graduates, who wish to complete a PhD at an African higher education institution in one of the EPFL research domains are strongly encouraged to apply.

    100 PhDs for Africa Scholarships - How to Apply

    Applicants must submit their application with all required documents via the on-line submission platform.

    Apply by 20th April.

    For more information and application details, see; 100 PhDs for Africa Scholarships

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