West Africa Scholarships

GENES Scholarship For Africans M.Sc and PhD

The GENES Scholarship (mobility grant) is open to all students from any of the partner universities (Target Group 1) and to students from other African universities (Target Group 2). Currently, 10 PhD and 20 MSc scholarships are available.

GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission.

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Application Deadline: 30th May 2018

Target Group 1:

This category includes students enrolled (for M.Sc application) or graduated (for PhD application) from all partner universities as follows:

  1. Ebonyi State University; Nigeria
  2. University of Abomey-Calavi; Benin
  3. Jimma University; Ethiopia
  4. University of Yaunde 1

Target Group 2:

Students from all African countries

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a scholarship (i.e. financial support to third parties), master students as well as doctoral candidates referred to as ‘’students’’ must comply with the criteria below at the time of the application for a scholarship:

a) be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the Intra-Africa Mobility programme of the EACEA, and
b) be registered/admitted in or having obtained a HEI degree (or equivalent) from
(i) one of the HEIs included in the GENES consortium (Target group 1)
(ii) a HEI not included in the GENES consortium but established in an eligible country (Target group 2)


c) have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses in the host countries.
d) NB: students with one-year post B.Sc but not yet admitted or registered in any of the Partner HEIs is also eligible to apply. However, mobility will begin in second year of the study, i.e. sponsorship from GENES will be for research work, only.

Students can only benefit from one scholarship under the Intra-Africa or IntraACP academic mobility scheme (regardless the type of mobility or the funding project).

Students having benefited from scholarship(s) under the previous intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme cannot receive scholarship under the Intra-Africa academic mobility.

How to apply

Admission regulations for Doctoral and MSc Studies are to be found from prospective HEIs website. This application is for GENES Project scholarships only. The Scholarship application form together with other required documents should be sent as a unique PDF attachment to: emails indicated below. You may download the MS Word version of the application form, and complete it before sending. Important also is the student proposal that should be sent together within the application as ONE SINGLE DOCUMENT, preferably PDF.

Other required documents are listed in the application form and include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Scholarship Application form (download from GENES website)
  3. Student proposal (guidelines available from GENES website)
  4. National ID or Copy of Passport Data page
  5. Certificate of degree
  6. Transcript records
  7. Support letter from sending HEIs
  8. Recommendation letter of home supervisor (mandatory for all applicants)
  9. Enrollment proof in degree course from home institution (for MSc applicants)
  10. Curriculum Vitae
  11. Employment certificate (only for staff)
  12. Certificate of English or French language skills
  13. Proof of socio-economic vulnerability (if available)

In order to meet the general selection requirements for MSc Mobility Grant (maximum 12 months’ scholarship mainly for research), the applicant must have completed the first two semesters of a Master of Science course in Agronomy, Biology or any related fields in his home country. Students with Genetics, Biotechnology, and plant breeding background are highly encouraged to apply. It is obligatory that the students have their first year MSc Academic transcripts.

For Academic / Administrative staff, applicants should hold a B.Sc, MSc or PhD degree in Genetics, Biotechnology, Plant breeding, Agronomy, Biology or any related fields. Person with Genetics, Biotechnology, and plant breeding background are highly encouraged to apply.

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