Are you an ambitious student from sub-Saharan Africa looking to advance your career in science, engineering, or technology?

Have you been dreaming of pursuing a PhD but are worried about the financial burden? Look no further!

The Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (PASET) is offering scholarships to outstanding sub-Saharan African students to pursue PhD studies in science, engineering, and technology through the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) program.


PASET is a partnership between African governments, private sector, and academia to improve the quality and relevance of science, engineering, and technology education in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is one of the flagship programs of PASET, established to support PhD training and research in priority fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology.

Who is eligible for the scholarship?

The RSIF scholarship is open to sub-Saharan African students who have completed a master’s degree in a relevant field of study and are willing to pursue a PhD program in a priority field of applied sciences, engineering, and technology.

The scholarship is highly competitive, and applicants will be selected based on their academic excellence, research potential, and leadership qualities.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

The RSIF scholarship covers tuition fees, research costs, and a stipend for living expenses for up to four years of PhD study.

The scholarship also offers opportunities for international research collaborations and networking with industry and academic partners. As a RSIF scholar, you will also benefit from mentoring and career guidance from experienced researchers and practitioners in your field of study.

How to apply for the scholarship?

To apply for the RSIF scholarship, you need to first secure admission to a PhD program in a priority field of applied sciences, engineering, and technology at one of the RSIF African Host Universities. Once you have secured admission, you can apply for the RSIF scholarship through the RSIF online application portal. The application process is highly competitive, and you will need to submit a detailed research proposal, academic transcripts, recommendation letters, and other supporting documents.

What are the priority fields of study?

The RSIF scholarship supports PhD studies in the following priority fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology:

  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Food security and agribusiness
  • Energy, including renewables
  • Materials science and nanotechnology
  • Climate change
  • Mining, minerals, and materials engineering
  • Water and sanitation
  • Applied statistics

What are the African Host Universities?

The RSIF scholarship is available at 24 African Host Universities in sub-Saharan Africa. These universities have been selected based on their track record of excellence in research and teaching in priority fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology. The African Host Universities are:

  • Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
  • Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia)
  • University of Botswana (Botswana)
  • University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
  • Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • University of Ibadan (Nigeria)
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya)
  • Kenyatta University (Kenya)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
  • University of Lagos (Nigeria)
  • University of Malawi (Malawi)
  • University of Mauritius (Mauritius)
  • University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria)
  • University of Rwanda (Rwanda)



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