Invitation for 2023 Rsif Scholarship Application for Rwanda and Nigeria Nationals

Invitation for 2023 Rsif Scholarship Application for Rwanda and Nigeria Nationals

Invitation for 2023 Rsif Scholarship Application for Rwanda and Nigeria Nationals

Invitation for 2023 Rsif Scholarship Application for Rwanda and Nigeria Nationals

The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is a program that offers scholarships to students from Rwanda and Nigeria who are concerned about pursuing PhD studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The scholarship is granted by the African Development Bank and is established to enhance innovation and research in Africa. The program is a part of the bank’s effort to address the shortage of skilled researchers and scientists in Africa.

The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, and research costs for up to four years of PhD studies. In addition to financial support, recipients of the scholarship will have access to research facilities and mentoring opportunities.

Rsif aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA.

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Eligibility for the 2023 Rsif Scholarship Application:

In order to be eligible for the Rsif Ph.D. Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Rwanda and Nigeria.
  • Have a relevant master’s degree in one of the fields of study.
  • Meet the specific admission requirements of the Rsif African Host University where they would like to pursue a PhD.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are 35 years of age and below.
  • Be willing to enroll full-time in a PhD program at a Rsif AHU in the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Should not be holding another PhD scholarship when applying to the Rsif PhD scholarship.
  • Be willing to spend 6-12 months in a ‘sandwich’ training at an international partner university, research institute, or private company.
  • Demonstrate that their research goals are well aligned to the Rsif Priority Thematic Areas and contribute to Africa’s development.

Eligible Countries: Rwanda and Nigeria

Type: PhD

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Duration of Scholarship: The duration of the PhD Scholarship is 3 to 4 years, including 6-12 months in a ‘sandwich’ training placement at an international partner university, research institute, or private company. Priority for the scholarships will be given to women and existing young academic faculty who do not have a PhDs. The Rsif scholarships will be awarded in July 2023.

Value of Scholarship: Rsif PhD Scholars will receive the following benefits:

  • The Rsif PhD Scholarship covers university tuition and related fees, a competitive stipend to cover living expenses, travel, medical insurance, and research costs.
  • Rsif PhD scholars will be supported to spend 6 -12 months in a ‘sandwich’ training at an international partner university, research institute or private company.
  • Rsif PhD scholars become part of a growing network of emerging leaders in ASET fields in SSA.
  • Rsif PhD scholars will have access to Rsif competitive research grants upon completion of their PhD.

Method of Application: Applications are accepted through icipe’s online application platform. Applications submitted by email or in hard copy will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: 26th May 2023 at 5:00 pm (East Africa Time; UTC+3)

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Invitation for 2023 Rsif Scholarship Application for Rwanda and Nigeria Nationals

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