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Request for Applications: To Host PhD Programs Financed by the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund

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The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)

Request for Applications: To Host PhD Programs Financed by the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund
Released: June 27, 2016

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology is anPASET Logo2 Africa-led initiative with the objective of strengthening the science, technology and engineering capability in sub-Saharan Africa to further its socio-economic transformation. The PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF)[1] will contribute towards training 10,000 PhD students in the fields of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (ASET) for priority sectors in 10 years, and building the capacity of PhD programs in a core of African universities. The first round RSIF will be implemented through competitively selected Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE), which have the capacity to offer PhD programs in the selected thematic areas. PASET is aligned with the ACE project objective of supporting higher education institutions to deliver quality post-graduate education programs and build research capacity in priority areas. The scholarship will be open to all but priority will be given to faculty members and students will be selected by PASET host institutions. The RSIF is being seeded by contributions from the Governments of Senegal, Rwanda and Ethiopia who have taken the lead in establishing the RSIF.

Regional Scholarship Innovation Fund [RSIF]

RSIF will eventually operate with three-grant windows: PhD training, research, and innovation. This application is related to PhD training only with the first batch of scholars expected to enroll in January 2017. The program will start on a limited scale in the first year and expand in the coming years.as more countries join and start contributing to PASET.  Eighty percent of the first round of scholarships will be reserved for students from the current funding countries, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal, with twenty percent of scholarships open to students from other sub-Saharan African countries.  Due to lack of qualified faculty in many SSA universities, preference in scholarship awards will be given to current faculty members who do not hold PhD. Female candidates will be encouraged to apply and will receive preference if they meet other eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

The World Bank financed Africa Centers of Excellence (both under Phase I in West and Central Africa and under Phase II in Eastern and Southern Africa) are eligible to submit Applications to host PhD students in the thematic areas noted below. Every ACE applicant must have at least one PhD degree program in one of the thematic areas described below and which is offered by the World Bank financed ACE directly. PhD programs offered at a partner or affiliated institution, or even within the same university/ institution but outside of the ACE, will not be eligible. Non-ACE institutions, even if they work in the thematic areas below will not be considered for the first round of host institutions. In future calls, the eligibility is expected to be expanded to non-ACE hosting institutions.

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Appel Aplication: Organise des Programmes de Doctorat Financés par le Fonds Régional de Bourses d’Études et d’Innovation

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Le Partenariat pour le Développement des compétences en Sciences Appliquées, Ingénierie et Technologies (PASET)

Appel Aplication: Organise des Programmes de Doctorat Financés par le Fonds Régional de Bourses d’Études et d’Innovation (RSIF)
Sorti le:  27 Juin 2016

Le Partenariat pour les compétences en Sciences Appliquées, Ingénierie et Technologie PASET Logo2(PASET) est une initiative Africaine  menée dans le but de renforcer les compétences en science, en technologie et en ingénierie en Afrique sub-saharienne pour faire avancer sa transformation socio-économique. Le Fonds Régional de Bourses d’Études et d’Innovation (RSIF) contribuera au programme de Partenariat pour le développement des compétences en sciences appliquées, en ingénierie et en technologie (PASET) dont l’objectif est d’octroyer 10 000 bourses de doctorats sur une période de dix ans afin de soutenir la recherche et l’innovation en matière des sciences appliquées, d’ingénierie et de technologie (ASET) et de  contribuer au renforcement des capacités d’une masse critique d’universités africaines pour fournir ces formations. Le premier tour RSIF sera mis en œuvre par les Universités d’Afrique sub-saharienne sélectionnées centres d’Excellence en Afrique (ACE) sur une base compétitive et qui ont la capacité d’offrir des programmes de doctorat dans les domaines thématiques sélectionnés.  PASET est aligné avec l’objectif du projet ACE de soutenir les établissements d’enseignement supérieur pour offrir des programmes d’enseignement postuniversitaire de qualité et de renforcer les capacités de recherche dans les domaines prioritaires. Membres du corps professoral de la bourse d’études sera ouvert à tous, mais la priorité seront donnée et étudiants sera sélectionné par PASET érudits accueillir centres. Le RSIF a été mis en place grâce aux contributions des gouvernements du Sénégal, du Rwanda et de l’Éthiopie qui ont pris l’initiative de créer le RSIF.

FONDS REGIONAL DE BOURSES D’ÉTUDES ET D’INNOVATION [RSIF]
Le champ d’application du RESIF couvrira les trois grands domaines de subvention ci-après : la formation doctorale, la recherche et l’innovation. Cet appel à aplication porte sur la formation doctorale. L’inscription des candidats de la première phase est prévue en Janvier 2017. Le programme commencera à une échelle limitée dans la première année et se développer dans les prochaines années. Comme d’autres pays se joignent et commencer à contribuer à PASET. Quatre-vingt pour cent de la première série de bourses sera réservée aux étudiants des pays actuels de financement, l’Éthiopie, le Rwanda et le Sénégal, Les vingt pour cent restants seront ouverts aux étudiants d’autres pays d’Afrique sub-saharienne. La préférence sera accordée à attribuer des bourses aux membres du corps professoral actuels qui ne sont pas titulaires d’un doctorat en raison du manque de professeurs qualifiés dans de nombreuses universités d’Afrique subsaharienne. Les candidatures féminines seront encouragées à appliquer et recevront la préférence si elles répondent à d’autres critères d’admissibilité.

 Critères D’éligibilité 

La Banque mondiale financé de centres d’Excellence en Afrique (tous deux sous la Phase I en centrale Afrique de l’Ouest et sous Phase II en Est et l’Afrique du Sud) sont admissibles à présenter des demandes hôte aux étudiants au doctorat dans les domaines thématiques ci-dessous. Chaque demandeur ACE doit avoir au moins un doctorat diplôme programme dans un domaine thématiques décrite ci-dessous et qui est offert par la Banque mondiale financé ACE directement (Programmes de doctorat offerts à un partenaire ou affilié institution, ou même au sein de la même Université / institution mais en dehors de l’ACE ne seront pas admissibles). Les institutions non-ACE, même s’ils travaillent dans les domaines thématiques ci-dessous ne seront pas considérées pour le premier tour des établissements d’accueil. Dans les futurs appels, l’admissibilité devrait être élargi aux établissements hébergement non-ACE.

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PASET RSIF Call for University Selection

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) to implement PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund: Launching Call for University Selection

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has entered into an agreement with PASET PASET Logo2to serve as the implementing unit for its flagship initiative, the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF). AAU is now inviting universities that are part of the Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE) program to apply to join the RSIF.

The RSIF is being designed according to the highest standards of scholarship administration and governance, and the AAU was selected to administer the program according to these standards. The first round of RSIF will fund PhD scholarships and focus on degree programs within four thematic areas: Energy; Information & Communications Technology; Food security; and Mining, Minerals and Materials Engineering. The call for proposals will be formally launched on June 27.

RSIF Overview

The RSIF is a PASET initiative seeded by African governments to train a critical mass of PhD scholars in select scientific fields that are crucial for the development of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and to build the capacity of SSA universities to provide high quality PhD programs at international standards.

It plans to contribute towards training 10,000 PhDs in Applied Sciences, Engineering and PASET LogoTechnology for priority sectors in 10 years, and building the capacity of a core of African universities to train these PhDs. RSIF will also build the region’s capacity to sustainably support those PhDs beyond their training as they go into academia, industry, or become entrepreneurs.

Eighty percent of the government-financed scholarships will be reserved for African countries contributing to the Fund (currently Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal). The remaining 20 percent will be open to students from other SSA countries. Due to the dearth of qualified faculty in many SSA universities, scholarship preference will be given to current faculty members who are not PhD holders. Female candidates will also be encouraged to apply.

How will RSIF be implemented?

The RSIF will be implemented through competitively selected African Centers of Excellence that have capacity to offer PhD programs in one of the selected thematic areas. Four to six Centers will be selected to be RSIF hosts in the first round with the goal of adding additional host institutions (not limited to ACEs) in future years.

The selected host institution will invite PhD applications using their own admission criteria and additional RSIF criteria (starting September 2016). The program will be advertised in advance so students can apply for PhD courses in September 2016 for January admission.

RSIF scholarships will support full-time PhD study for a maximum of three to four years, depending on the course of study. Tuition and fees will be paid directly to host universities, while stipends for food and housing will be distributed directly to the scholars.

Selection Process

RSIF host institutions will be selected based on the merit of their proposal. Applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel comprised of experts in the four designated thematic areas, and other individuals with broad knowledge of the four thematic areas and capacity in the SSA region. If selected, universities are expected to carry out their responsibilities consistent with their proposal and not substitute other degree programs for the awarded program. Key dates in the selection process include:

  1. Request for Proposal launch: June 27, 2016
  2. Proposal Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016
  3. Host University Selection Announcement: September 2016
  4. Student Selection: September – December, 2016
  5. Enrollment in PhD Program: January 2017

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