ECOWAS Fellowship Programme – 2015 Call

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ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters & PhD – 2015 Competition

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) is pleased to announce the 2015 maiden edition of the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters and PhD (EFP) under the sponsorship of the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS). The Programme seeks to promote capacity building within the ECOWAS 15-member countries by providing full fellowships for training and education for nationals of ECOWAS member states in higher education institutions of ECOWAS.
Eligibility: The Programme is open to qualified nationals (including graduate students, researchers, lecturers, and staff) of ECOWAS member states who will be admitted for Masters or PhD degree programme at any one of the following three universities:
(a). University of Lagos, Nigeria
(b). University of Ibadan, Nigeria
(c). Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
A good first degree (at least second class upper division or its equivalent) is required for Masters degree programme. An MPhil degree or its equivalent is required for PhD programme.

Priority will be given to Anglophone nationals who want admission into Francophone institutions, as well as to Francophone nationals who want admission into Anglophone institutions. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Study Disciplines

Applications are invited from all disciplines linked to the fields of strategic importance to the West African region such as:
1.    Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);
2.    Earth and Life Sciences;
3.    Health including maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, etc.;
4.    Agriculture, Food Security and related disciplines
5.    History of Africa
6.    Information technology; and
7.    Gender issues.

Full Scholarship

The ECOWAS Fellowship Programme (EFP) is a full scholarship intended to cater for each fellow’s costs of living, tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. In this respect, ECOWAS will pay the tuition fees directly to the institutions and provide a monthly stipend of US$600 per Masters student and US$800 per PhD student to cover all other expenses for the duration of the degree programme.

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates will be admitted to one of the three institutions mentioned above. Please ensure that the institution that you have selected offers the course you have chosen.  All the three universities provide information about their degree programmes on their websites.

Each application must include the following:
1.    A photocopy of the degree and other certificates.
2.    Most recent curriculum vitae.

Submission

The 2015 Applications are accepted before October 15, 2015 from eligible students from ECOWAS member institutions. Applicants submitting applications in response to the 2015 ECOWAS call are hereby informed that an online application form has been created to facilitate the application process. Those that already emailed their applications should also re-apply using the new instructions. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Open the link from here: http://www.aau.org/ecoapp/
  2. Make sure that you have all the required information ready including your CV and scanned certificates
  3. Each supporting document that you upolad must not exceed 1MB
  4. You need about 45 minutes online to complete the form
  5. Please email the following people if you encounter challenges:
    • Technical Issues with the online form: pymireku@aau.org
    • Queries about the ECOWAS call: ghansen@aau.org
    • Or telephone: +233302774495

We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences caused by this change.

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155 thoughts on “ECOWAS Fellowship Programme – 2015 Call

    Oduyale Sunday said:
    September 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Interesting! I wish to participate in the scholarship programme. I want clarification on where to submit my data, online through email to the email provided or send through courier agent directly to the address supplied.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Please send to the email address provided

    Oduyale Sunday said:
    September 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Please notify me on this.

    Mussa Nanque said:
    September 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Good afternoon dears.
    I’m Mussa Nanque, I’m Jurist, I’m Bissau Guinean, my oficial language is portuguese and I just want now if I can apply? I asked becouse my english is low.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Please apply

    vic said:
    September 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Try to send a mail but got failure notification

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Please try again. And ensure your scanned copies are not excessively large.

    vic said:
    September 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Three times

    Enitan said:
    September 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    please, When I click the link to download the form, its saying page not found. Has anyone been able to download the form.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Its now available. Sincere Apologies

    Abdulkareem Mas-ud said:
    September 15, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Please the application form is not available on the link provided. Kindly help us get the correct link please. Thank you.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Its now available. Sincere Apologies

    Adika said:
    September 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

    The EFP form is available online. Please what do I do?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Its now available. Sincere Apologies

    Adika said:
    September 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

    The EFP form is not available online. Please what do I do?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Its now available. Sincere Apologies

    Oluwadamilola said:
    September 15, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The EFP form is not available on the website, kindly do something about it. Thanks !!

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Its now available. Sincere Apologies

    Oluwadamilola said:
    September 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Once it has been resolved, kindly notify me. Thanks !!!

    Taibou Sonko said:
    September 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Thank you, I wish to apply for the offer

    RAJI. MICHAEL said:
    September 15, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Wao ! This is a piece of good news. I would love to apply.. My area of interest is development and my Research focus is unemployment issues and challenges in Nigerian: a policy recommendation. Please I need further clarification to help in my Ph D programme. Thanks

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Please just apply

    eric fordjour said:
    September 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Is it permitted to select the same institution as the first and second choice indicated in number 13 of the application form?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

      No please select different institutions as your 1 and 2

    Joseph Deema said:
    September 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I am humbly appreciative to ECOWAS and the different institutions that are behind this resounding and hallmark initiative that will pay so much to the people in the sub-region whose sons and daughters are benefiting from said undertakings.

    I am elated and will take seriously this opportunity that has come forth; and the knowledge that will be gained will be used optimally to benefit West Africans in particular and the African Continent in general.

    […] Visit the Official Webpage of the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters and PhD […]

    Emmanuel said:
    September 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Do I need to print the EFP form, fill it manually and submit it by scanning it to the email provided

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Please type into the form. Save and email all your application documents to the indicated email address

    Okhaifo Daniel O said:
    September 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    When do I have to supply my documents/information, is it after I have been offered admission or when?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:15 am

      You submit immediately. Then the admission issues will be sorted in collaboration with AAU if you are selected for the fellowship

    Andrew N, Ngolloe said:
    September 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I appreciate highly this ECOWAS initiative, this proofs that we African can do things for ourselves.
    I can wait to apply.
    Andrew Ngolloe

    William said:
    September 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Am I supposed to print the EFP form, fill it manually then upload the scanned copy as attachment

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Please type. Save and email all your application documents to the indicated email address

    Kamal said:
    September 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    please what do you mean by a photocopy of the degree and other certificates? what other certificates? thank you.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:07 am

      All copies of your degrees awarded

    Omorogbe Anne said:
    September 15, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    would be eligible to apply next year or two, does this scholarship program go on annually? if yes, what time of the year?

    Darlington said:
    September 15, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you so much.But do I need to fill the downloaded form with ink,then scan and send or what ? Is there any need to sign on the back of the passport since we are sending it electronically.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Please type. Save and email all your application documents to the indicated email address

    Fagbemi Fisayo said:
    September 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I am really interested in this. I already registered for my PHD in University of Ibadan and I have been admitted. Can I still apply or this is strictly for fresh applicants. Thank you.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Please apply

    Olalekan Olawale said:
    September 16, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Sir, my name is Olalekan Olawale Jubril, a Masster in Agriculture (M.Agric) graduate of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. I have been looking forward to an opportunity like this to pursue my PhD programme in Plant breeding. Sir, can we print the form to fill and then scan to submit or should we fill it in the word format and scan our signature on it? Also sir, can I apply using my M. Agric Attestation letter as my certificate is not yet ready? thank you in anticipation of your response sir.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Please download the form. Type into it and email your package. yes submit the M Agric Attestation letter

    Lafat Sunday said:
    September 16, 2015 at 3:03 am

    That is a beautiful innovative synergy from ECOWAS on regional stride for African brotherliness. Education is Power.

    jamiu Oladigbolu said:
    September 16, 2015 at 6:53 am

    thanks for that clarification..!

    jamiu Oladigbolu said:
    September 16, 2015 at 6:54 am

    thanks for that clarification

    Syb said:
    September 16, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Can someone who has not already gained admission into the above mentioned universities apply?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Yes you send your documents to AAU then AAU will liaise with your selected university

    Chioma G. said:
    September 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Will there be any entrance examination?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I am not aware of an entrance exam

    Sadiya Ali said:
    September 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Am I to print the downloaded EPF application form and fill it with my handwriting or it should be typed?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Please type. Save and email all your application documents to the indicated email address

    Olalekan Olawale said:
    September 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Sir, thank you for your encouraging response. Sir , it is only University of Ibadan that is only doing my course (plant breeding and genetics) and you said we should choose University outside our official language, you said also that the choice of university must be two and different from each other. Can you please advise me on what to do sir? Thank you.

    Francis said:
    September 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I have tried to submit through the provided email but its not going through.

    Francis said:
    September 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I have tried submitting like thrice but i keep getting the mailer- daemon message that server wasnt found. How do you advice i best submit?

    richard said:
    September 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    kindly help me out,i am from Ghana and you want me to choose a university outside my language block meanwhile the courses i prefer are only in Nigerian universities. secondly,what is the difference between the first point to fill and point 11? are they the same?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Read the call carefully and respond using the perimeters allowed in the call

      Kindly take time to understand the form and respond to it as per each question

      Best Wishes

    francis Amekorgbe said:
    September 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    thank you sir iam second class lower degree holder can i also apply

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Please apply

    Iweibo Oluwanisola said:
    September 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    What should be the subject of the mail please. Also i have to print the form to sign on it and i also have to print the form to tick the specified categories where it is required. Is it ok for me to just print fill it and then scan and mail it?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Subject of the email can be your full names.

      Send the application form in electronic format, CV and degree copy to AAU. The admission to the university will be negotiated if you are selected for the fellowship

    Joseph Deema said:
    September 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Sir, do i have to file in my credentials to the selected institution where I am anticipating to pursue my studies since I have not gotten admission at said institution? As a foreign student, besides filling in the form and attaching my previous degree, what do I need to do?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Send the application form, CV and degree copy to AAU. The admission to the university will be negotiated if you are selected for the fellowship

    Alimamy Dumbuya said:
    September 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    What should I enter in this first space provided in the form. Is it my first degree or the course I want to apply for?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      I dont understand your query.

    Olanrewaju said:
    September 16, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I am glad about this initiative in assisting ecowas sons and daughters. Pls,can those that have applied to other institutions apart from University of Ibadan & Unilag and awaiting admission letter still apply for this offer at the same time? and ignore the former if this is granted.
    Secondly, how do we make our choice for those of us that have only one institution offering our programme out of the 3 designated institutions.
    Thanks.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 17, 2015 at 7:51 am

      The call is considering the three indicated universities at this time

      If its one choice put the one choice

    Olalekan Olawale said:
    September 16, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Sir, thank you for your encouraging response. Sir , it is only University of Ibadan that is only doing my course (plant breeding and genetics) and you said we should choose University outside our official language, you said also that the choice of university must be two and different from each other. Can you please advise me on what to do sir? Thank you.

    Iskeel said:
    September 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I have an issue here. I recently had a change in one of my names, and i have all legal proof and publications as regards this. Would i need to attach this to the application too? As i now uses the new names in all applications.

    Also, i would like to know if it doesn’t matter if I still apply to the same school and department where i finished my first degree from.

    Thanks.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 17, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Send proof that you changed names

      Apply to the department of your choice

    bakare erick said:
    September 16, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Please how do I attach my passport photo on d form and likewise my signature

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 17, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Type into the form
      Print the form
      Sign the form
      Scan the signed form
      But if you had a scanned signature you could paste it into the e-form
      Attach your scanned passport picture to the email

    Jenneh F. Bebeley said:
    September 17, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Sir,the website of the University in Senegal is in French. How do i know that the course i want to offer is offered by the University when i can not speake french? Is the course going to be taught in french?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 17, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Please email ecowas@aau.org with your questions.

      Also get a friend to help with the French translation.

    Obi said:
    September 17, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Sir, I have already gained admission into the University of Ibadan, and currently in my second year of study. Can I still apply?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 17, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Please apply and mention this in your application.

    Alabi Shittu said:
    September 17, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Sir am a fresh graduate my certificate is not yet ready now, can I send my last semester result and attestation letter for application, can I also apply

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 22, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Do apply and send attestation letter.

    Alimamy Dumbuya said:
    September 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    What should I put in the first space provided in the electronic form, that asks the degree applying for? Should I put my first degree or my intended master’s program.

    Alimamy Dumbuya said:
    September 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Should I also include my diploma and other training certificates over the years.

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      If you think they are necessary please do.

    Toyin_Ajayi said:
    September 17, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Hi, I am a fresh graduate without certificate for now, but I do have my statement of result available. Can I use that for the application pending the time my certificate will be ready?

      aaublog67 responded:
      September 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Send your statement of results for now.

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