APPLY: Full MSc and PhD Scholarships at the Pan African University (Don’t miss this!)


APPLY: Full MSc and PhD Scholarships at the Pan African University (Don’t miss this!)

Deadline: June 15, 2017


Scholarship Information

The Pan African University is a scholarship awarding institution to students in Africa and the African diaspora. The proposed stipends and tuition fees are based on analysis of existing scholarship rates that are managed by the Commission of the African Union, namely:

  1. The Nyerere Scholarship Scheme
  2. The Expanded Nyerere programme (Intra-ACP Academic Mobility)
   Monthly Stipend in US$ Medical Insurance

Monthly Rate

Annual Tuition Fee in US$
Master’s PhD Master’s PhD Master’s PhD
Nyerere Scholarship 500 500 4,000 4,000
Intra-ACP Mobility 750

(600 Euro)


(900 Euro)

75 Euro 75 Euro 4,375

(3,500 Euro)


(4,000 Euro)


Note: 1EURO is assumed to be equivalent to 1.25 US$. Tuition fees in African Universities vary significantly across disciplines, and from one country to another, ranging from below 1000 US$ to over 7000 US$ per year. So an average annual tuition fee of 4000 US$ is estimated for the Nyerere Scholarship.




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Pan African University Scholarship Rates

  1. It is noted that the Nyerere rate was determined in 2006, and is due for an upward review, while the Intra-ACP rate was determined in 2010 following an extensive study of salaries and cost of living in African Universities. Based on this, the rate of stipends for the PAU is proposed to be 750 US$ for Master’s and 1,100 US$ for PhD
  2. The tuition fee for the PAU is determined by making an average of the Nyerere scholarship scheme and the Intra-ACP academic mobility. Accordingly, the annual tuition fee is proposed to be 4200 US$ for Master’s and 4,800US$ for PhD.
  3. Each PAU institute will ensure that students’ medical insurance is covered from disbursed stipends.  So there will be no extra payment for medical insurance.
Proposed Rates for PAU Scholarship
Monthly Stipend in US$ Annual Tuition Fee in US$
Master’s PhD Master’s PhD
750 1,100 4,200 4,800



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 pre-   selection.

*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.


The African Union Commission will offer full scholarships to the successful African candidates.

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


Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya:

  • Masters (MSc):
    1. Master Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
    2. Master Mathematics (Financial option)
    3. Master Mathematics (Computational option)
    4. Master Mathematics (Statistics option)
    5. Master Civil Engineering (Structural option)
    6. Master Civil Engineering (Arid and Semi-Arid Land option)
    7. Master Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications option)
    8. Master Electrical Engineering (Power Systems option)
    9. Master Mechatronic Engineering
    10. Master Mechanical Engineering


  • PhD:
    1. PhD Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
    2. PhD Mathematics (Financial option)
    3. PhD Mathematics (Computational option)
    4. PhD Mathematics (Statistics option)
    5. PhD Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications option)
    6. PhD Electrical Engineering (Power Systems option)


Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciences- including Health and Agriculture (PAULESI), at the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria:

  • Masters (MSc):
    1. Master Geosciences (Mineral Exploration option)
    2. Master Geosciences (Petroleum Geosciences option)
    3. Master Health Sciences (Reproductive Health option)
    4. Master Health Sciences (Reproductive Biology option)
    5. Master Plant Breeding
    6. Master Environmental Management
    7. Master Phytochemistry & Medicinal plants
    8. Master Sports Sciences
    9. Master Veterinary medicine (avian medicine option )
    10. Master Veterinary medicine (vaccine production & Management option )



    1. PhD Geosciences (Mineral Exploration option)
    2. PhD Geosciences (Petroleum Geosciences option)
    3. PhD Health Sciences (Reproductive Health option)
    4. PhD Health Sciences (Reproductive Biology option)
    5. PhD Plant Breeding
    6. PhD Environmental Management


Pan African University Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS), at the University of Yaounde II, and the University of Buea, Cameroon:

  • Masters (MSc):
    1. Master Governance and Regional Integration
    2. Master Trans Border languages (Kiswahili option)
    3. Master Conference Interpreting
    4. Master Translation



    1. PhD Governance and Regional Integration
    2. PhD Translation


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  • Masters (MSc):
    1. Master Water (Engineering option)
    2. Master Water (Policy option)
    3. Master Energy (Engineering option)
    4. Master Energy (Policy option)



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Application Procedure

PAU student admission and enrollment are done on a competitive basis. Calls for scholarship applications are issued and widely disseminated by the Rectorate and students apply online. The second stage of the process is handled at the level of the Institutes who establish juries of local, regional and international experts to select students. The Institute Boards submit the final list of selected students to the Rectorate, and the Senate makes recommendations on student admissions to the Council.

Students are admitted from all African countries with no more than 20% from the Host Country and gender balance in the percentage of students admitted is an important consideration. Each PAU student signs a scholarship agreement with the AUC, obliging the beneficiaries to work in Africa upon the completion of their studies. Students receive a monthly stipend to cover their living expenses for the entire duration of their study, including tuition, research and transport fees. Students are awarded joint degrees of PAU and the Host Universities.


  • The candidate should register on the site as a member before he can access the Application Form : Register Here
  • Applications should be completed online at
  • Closing date for receipt of applications with all supporting documents : 31 May 2017.
  • Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered.


Further enquiries can be made through :


Application form



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  1. KASIM GEMACHU 3 months ago May 21, 2017

    my name is Kasim Gemachu from ethiopia and i am gradiuated from jimma university, ETHIOPIA in sport science with GPA3.82. i want learn Mdc program by your chance of scholarships.

    • Kunlere Idowu 3 months ago May 28, 2017

      Hello Kasim Gemachu,

      Trust Ethiopia is fine as always?

      Use this link to navigate to the application page:

      Choose MSc Sport Science at the Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciences- including Health and Agriculture (PAULESI), at the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria.

      Application now closes on June 16, 2017.

      If you have any further questions, do send us a mail and we will reply you.

      All the best to you.

      • Ajani Oluwaseun 2 months ago June 16, 2017

        I am Ajani Oluwaseun, a prospective student of Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciences- including Health and Agriculture (PAULESI), at the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria. Since I am a Nigerian, I will like to know if choosing Nigeria university is okay?

        • Kunlere Idowu 2 months ago June 16, 2017

          Of course, you can. But I am afraid your mail came in late. Application for the PAU Scholarship closed yesterday. But you may still try sending in your application though.

          You should consider applying for it next year, or to other scholarships… We wish you the best.


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