Scholarship Programme for Young African Researchers

Coimbra Group Universities have been providing, since 2008, young researchers from universities in Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to spend a short period (generally 1 to 3 months) at a Coimbra Group University to carry out part of their research there.


Eligibility criteria and list of participating universities

Eligible countries: all African countries except Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia (applicants from these countries are eligible under the Scholarship Programme for Young Researchers from the European Neighbourhood).

Deadline for applications: 16 March 2018 midnight (Brussels time)



1 - Applicants should provide the name and contact details of an academic supervisor in the receiving Coimbra Group University who will supervise their work during their stay abroad. If you do not have any contacts, we suggest you visit the website of your chosen institution or get in touch with the contact person whose email address is indicated in the brochure. The Coimbra Group Office is not in the position to provide assistance in this.

2 - All applicants are requested to provide a letter/e-mail of acceptance (to be submitted together with your application) written by the academic supervisor or the administrative unit of the host university where you would like to carry out the proposed working plan. The letter should state that the supervisor is willing to work with you in case you obtain a Coimbra Group Scholarship.

3 - Applicants can select one institution only. Multiple applications from the same candidate will be rejected.

4 - Please fill in your application form only when you have all the data available (i.e. name of and letter of acceptance by supervisor at Coimbra Group University, etc.). Incomplete applications will be rejected, no exceptions will be made.

5 - The dates of your stay should be agreed upon between the applicant and the academic supervisor at the Coimbra Group University. Typically this will be during the academic year 2018/2019.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award three US$5,000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years.

  • To be considered for a BAM Scholarship, you must:
  • Be a high-school senior of African descent (for example, African American, African, or Ethiopian).
  • Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation.
  • Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing).
  • Demonstrate a passion for technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.
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DAAD/IPSS scholarships for PhD candidates

The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students und researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organization of its kind.

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) is proud to announce that it has won four PhD scholarships in the framework of the DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Ethiopia. The Institute is now accepting applications to two PhD programmes: Regular Programme in Peace and Security Studies and Joint Programme in Global and Area Studies (with a special emphasis in peace and security studies).

The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students und researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organization of its kind. The In-Country/In-Region Scholarships for Eastern Africa are designed to increase student mobility in a country/region and increase the number of knowledge sharing between universities in one country/region.

Application requirements:
Applicants must provide the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarships:
  • A signed curriculum vitae
  • A recommendation letter from university lecturer
  • Letter of admission from AAU
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates (including transcript)s
  • Letter of motivation
  • Detailed and precise PhD proposal, including detailed work and timetable (if applicable: mention the planned research stay in Germany)
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Special considerations are applicable to female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions.
Click here to download the call for applications.

Application procedure and deadline:
The required documents should be sent to Dr. Fana Gebresenbet ([email protected]) no later than 23 February 2018.

Direct any queries to Dr. Fana Gebresenbet ([email protected]).


Dalhousie University: General Entrance Award for prospective undergraduate students

General Entrance Award program (Deadline: March 1)

For full consideration for entrance awards, students admitted to Dalhousie directly from high school must apply for the general entrance award program. By completing this single application, students are considered for the large majority of our entrance scholarships and bursaries. A select number of available awards still require separate application (see below).

Volunteer: Office & Finance Manager for Maasai School in rural Tanzania (with stipend)

Red Sweater Project is accepting applications for an Office & Finance Manager to manage the financial, administrative and human resource operations of the organization and The Mungere School. The Office & Finance Manager coordinates the daily functions of the organizational office in Tanzania, while liaising with operations in the United States, and provide support for administrative and school operations.

Job Periods:
May 15 - December 15, 2018 (7 months)* OR
November 1, 2018 - June 15, 2019 (7 months)*

*7-month minimum commitment, 1 yr+ preferred; ability to combine terms to extend service
Stipend USD $300 per month living stipend + free accommodation, orientation and training

Volunteer: Biology Teacher for Maasai School in rural Tanzania

Red Sweater Project is accepting applications for a Biology Teacher to instruct beginning, intermediate and advanced Biology science courses to Forms I - V at The Mungere School.

Mungere students live in a remote community, where English is rarely spoken and primary school is taught in the local language of Swahili. Yet, Tanzanian secondary school curriculum is in English medium and the language barrier can be a significant obstacle to learning. Teachers engage students to actively participate in Biology classes and extra-curricular activities designed to broaden skills.

Volunteer: Farm Manager & Researcher for Maasai School in rural Tanzania

Red Sweater Project collaborates with developing communities in the creation of affordable, accessible and advanced educational opportunities for children in rural Tanzania. The organization operates the Mungere School near the town of Mto wa Mbu in the northern Arusha Region.

Farm Manager & Researcher

As a rural institution, the Mungere School manages its own on-campus farm to provide a sustainable and nutritious meal program for students. The program currently serves over 240 meals daily and will grow to serve over 650 meals daily at full capacity. The position will supervise one assistant, coordinate work parties, research local practices while exploring both modern and proven farming techniques, and manage the 21,000 square foot farm.

Volunteer Period

July 15 - December 9, 2018 (4 months)

  • Supervise, direct and coordinate worker activities, such as planting, irrigation, fertilizer application, harvesting and record-keeping
  • Analyze program need and conditions to determine crop and acreage allocations and coordinate growing activities
  • Conduct research and liaise with local agricultural institutions to determine best practices
  • Maintain records information, such as production, farm management practices, and parent stock, and prepare financial and operational reports
  • Determine procedural changes in allocation, product use and storage for greater efficiency and accuracy
  • Analyze soil to determine type and quantity of fertilizer required for maximum production
  • Purchase equipment and supplies, and inspect and maintain equipment to ensure proper functioning
  • Enforce safety regulations
  • 2+ years of work experience with demonstrated passion for agricultural development
  • Agricultural research and/or farming experience; apiary skills a plus
  • Strong data analysis skills including Excel
  • Experience traveling, living abroad preferred
  • Interest in East Africa’s indigenous cultures and traditions
  • Ability to live in a developing community
  • Flexibility to work individually and as part of a diverse team
  • Humility. We require individuals joining our growing institution combine leadership skills with good humor, patience and a humble approach to service
How We Pitch In:
  • We pick you up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transport you to your new home
  • We arrange and furnish housing (communal)
  • We provide orientation, familiarizing you with life in Tanzania and office operations
  • We do NOT charge volunteer program fees
  • We provide a computer (but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own)
  • We provide assistance with travel planning and arrangements
  • We welcome your input and value your suggestions
How You Pitch In:
  • You use your passion and experience to the benefit of students
  • You cover your living expenses (US$200-300/month average)
  • You pay for airfare, visas (between US$200-800), and immunizations
  • You pay for your health insurance and medical expenses (if any)
  • You agree to follow our volunteer conduct and safety policy
Work, with a side of Adventure

As you experience life in a remote Maasai community and explore Tanzania's scenery and wildlife, it is difficult not to fall in love with Tanzania and its people.

Mungere Village is nestled in Africa's Great Rift Valley, a short distance from Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti Plains and other unique destinations.

Travel further from the village to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro or relax on the beaches of Zanzibar Island.

To learn more, visit


Training Provided
Housing Available
Language/Cultural Support Available

International Volunteers

Email current resumé/CV and cover letter detailing relevant experience to [email protected]

Volunteer: Communications & Media Manager for School/NGO in rural Tanzania, With Stipend

Working alongside the Development Director and Executive Director, the Communications & Media Manager will assist in telling the story of Red Sweater Project and The Mungere School through the lens of a local presence in Tanzania. Critical in being the eyes and ears on the ground, the position will be an important part in helping breathe life into the stories and success of the program.

The position’s main focus is content generation and stories, creating and managing a body of content that can be effectively leveraged and shared to a broader support network of the Red Sweater Project using multiple platforms including e-newsletters, websites and social media. This position is best suited for an outgoing personality; a candidate who will get to know closely students, staff, volunteers and local community members.

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager at Pathfinder International – Tanzania

Pathfinder Tanzania is looking for a person with excellent technical skills in monitoring and evaluation of reproductive health, family, family planning, gender-based violence and violence against children and integrated PHE projects. He/she will manage a medium-sized team tasked with performance monitoring, assessments, evaluations, implementation science and research. He/she will support project managers in data analysis, and data use for decision making at Pathfinder. He/she will work with other business units globally to develop and institutionalize standards, guidelines, processes, procedures and protocols for conducting MEL activities. He/she will develop tools for data collection and tools for communicating results and impact.

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Black Panther’ is fiction, but characters have a lot in common with these real-life people: T’Challa — Julius Nyerere

Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa; Julius Nyerere Marvel Studios; Associated Press/IMDb; AP
In T’Challa, actor Chadwick Boseman plays a classic hero role as the young, aspirational and reluctant ruler of Wakanda who assumes the thrown after his father’s assassination in a previous Marvel movie.

The superpowers bestowed to T’Challa from his country’s sacred heart-shaped herb and high-tech suit don’t make him anywhere near as strong as, say, the Hulk, but he doesn’t need the extra strength. T’Challa’s already worth more than $90 trillion and is easily the wealthiest character in any comic book, including Iron Man himself, Tony Stark, and DC Comics’ brooding billionaire Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. That hefty net worth comes from his country’s unlimited supply of the extremely rare and fictional precious metal, Vibranium (it’s the stuff used to make Captain America’s unbreakable shield).

With advanced degrees in physics, engineering and economics, T’Challa’s intelligence rivals the smartest people in the Marvel universe and, like Batman, he has mastered pretty much every martial art on the planet.

In his Wakandan homeland, however, the Black Panther selflessly rules a staunchly independent, hidden nation that’s based entirely on African tradition and culture. Carr said that sounds a lot like what the late president Julius Nyerere tried to do when he helped found the east African nation of Tanzania in 1964.

The region formerly known as Tanganyika was previously colonized by Germany before the end of WWII. Afterward, the United Nations took control of the country and delegated sovereignty to the British.

Around that time, the Democratic ideals of the UN made colonialism a shameful geo-political taboo. Black and brown people around the globe more fiercely demanded their countries’ independence. Nyerere, then a political leader, was one of them.

He helped his country’s nationalists found the Tanganyika African National Union in 1954. He used his diplomatic skills to negotiate the union of Tanganyika and the neighboring island of Zanzibar to form the multi-racial republic now known as Tanzania.

Like T’Challa’s ancestors in Black Panther, Nyerere united the varying political factions of his nation to form one political party under the principle of “Ujamaa,” a form of socialism that translates to “familyhood” in English.

Unlike Wakanda, however, today Tanzania ranks among the world’s least developed countries, with rampant food instability and poverty, in addition to environmental and health challenges.

These problems stem largely from the country’s long history of political corruption, despite its founding dignitary’s esteemed international reputation for unquestionable integrity, according to Carr.

Unlike many post-colonial African leaders, Nyerere voluntarily ended his role as prime minister of Tanzania after 21 years in 1985. He died in 1999.

“The closest notion you may get for a real-life Wakanda today was what they tried to do in Tanzania,” Carr said. “Nyerere believed African culture had the answer to solve Africa’s political problems. He tried to make that real in a country. He was incorruptible. That’s the reason he was universally beloved.”

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