Major scholarship opportunity for African scientists

Press Release

26 June 2019

Major scholarship opportunity for African scientists

PASET-RSIF, Africa’s most innovative doctoral training initiative, announces Call for PhD funding

African scientists interested in pursuing doctoral training in applied sciences, engineering and technology (ASET), have a chance to access fully funded scholarships, tenable in selected African universities in collaboration with highly recognised international institutions.

This opportunity is provided by the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), the flagship programme of the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). An initiative by African governments, PASET aims to address fundamental gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long-term, sustained economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

RSIF aims to support PhD training, research and innovation, towards creating much needed technical and scientific capacity for the advancement and use of transformative technologies for development in Africa. The initiative is currently funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea; with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) serving as the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU).

In a call for applications announced on 14 June 2019 with a closing date of 22 July 2019, RSIF is availing 45 scholarships in five thematic areas identified by PASET as priority economic sectors for growth and development in Africa: information communication technologies (ICTs), including big data and artificial intelligence; food security and agribusiness; minerals, mining and materials engineering; energy including renewables; and climate change.

Scholars will be enrolled in one of the following 10 competitively chosen African institutions:

ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence 

  • University of Gaston Berger, Senegal (Africa Center of Excellence for Mathematics, Informatics, and ICT);
  • University of Rwanda (Africa Center of Excellence in Internet of Things – ACEIoT).

Food security and agribusiness

  • University of Ghana (Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness);
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (Africa Center of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans & Animals in Southern & Eastern Africa -SACIDS).

Minerals, mining and materials engineering

  • Kenyatta University, Kenya (Department of Physics);
  • Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania (Africa Centre of Excellent in Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures – WISE-Futures).

Energy including renewables

  • University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria (Africa Center of Excellence in Oilfield Chemicals Research – ACE-CEFOR);
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya (Department of Physics).

Climate change

  • University Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte D’ivoire (Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Change Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture);
  • Bayero University, Nigeria (Africa Centre of Excellence in Dryland Agriculture)

In addition, the scholars will conduct part of their research in international organisations, where they will collaborate and be mentored by leading global experts in their fields of study. 

Complete details regarding the RSIF scholarships are available at: http://www.icipe.org/content/rsif-phd-scholarships


Notes for Editors

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)

is an Africa-led initiative with the objective of strengthening the science, technology and engineering capability in sub-Saharan Africa to further its socio-economic transformation. Led by African governments, PASET champions a regional approach which complements individual country efforts. It functions as a convening platform by bringing together African governments, the private sector, and new partners, such as Brazil, China, India, and Korea, to invest in Africa. Overall, PASET focuses on maximizing investment in key sectors, while increasing the capacity of universities, research centers and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) centers to generate knowledge and create skilled workforces, researchers and innovators relevant to Africa’s development challenges. Further information: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/paset

The Regional Scholarship Innovation Fund (RSIF), the flagship initiative of PASET, aims to respond to prevailing opportunities and challenges in SSA by reinforcing doctoral training in ASET through a virtuous circle that will increase the number of PhD graduates and the quality of higher education through stronger faculty. A competitive grants scheme, RSIF has two components: (i) a general fund, which supports PhD training, research and innovation projects and (ii) a permanent or endowment fund, whose proceeds will be channeled into the general fund. Further information: https://www.rsif-paset.org/

As the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of RSIF, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (www.icipe.org), has a mandate that includes overall coordination planning, monitoring and evaluation of RSIF activities. Specifically, icipe  manages the two RSIF funds; strengthens the capacity of universities and partnering institutions to train PhDs, and to facilitates research and innovation in the PASET priority sectors.Further information: http://www.icipe.org/news/icipe-manage-regional-doctoral-training-research-and-innovation-fund

Contacts

The Manager, RSIF RCU

International Centre of Physiology and Ecology (icipe) P.O. Box 30772-00100, Nairobi, Kenya; Tel +254 (20) 8632000. Email: rsif@icipe.org www.icipe.org | www.rsif-paset.org

@PasetRsif, @icipe

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