Pan African University: Apply and receive a scholarship to study

The Pan African University (PAU) is the culmination of continental initiatives of the  Commission of the African Union to revitalize higher education and research in Africa, under the  Second Decade of Education for Africa and the consolidated  Plan of Action of Science and Technology for Africa. It will exemplify excellence, enhance the attractiveness and global competitiveness of African higher education and research and establish the African University at the core of Africa’s development. 

The PAU will greatly boost the population and retention of high-level human resources and quality knowledge outputs and be able to attract the best intellectual capacity from all over the world. Africa acknowledges the fact that social and economic development is not possible without substantive investment in higher education and research. The PAU was launched as the African Union (AU) undertook the evaluation of the  Second Decade of Education for Africa. 

The African Union Commission identified critical themes within the five institutes of the Pan African University, as key to the development of Africa and attainment of the vision of the African Union. These are hosted in the different PAU Institutes as follows:

  • Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES, Algeria);
  • Basic Science, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI, Kenya); 
  • Life and Earth Sciences (including Health and Agriculture) (PAULESI, Nigeria);
  • Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS, Cameroon);
  • and Space Sciences (PAUSS, South Africa).

The PAU Rectorate is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

SCHOLARSHIPS

In the scholarship agreement, PAU Students are required to

  • make an undertaking to serve any African Union Member State for a period equal to at least the duration of the scholarship after the successful completion of their studies
  • not to engage in any income generating activities that will interfere with their academic programmes
  • additionally, student engagement in income generating activities shall be approved by the PAU Rectorate, only if such activities will not interfere with the student’s academic programme.

Each PAU institute will ensure that students’ medical insurance is covered from disbursed stipends. The PAU offers full scholarships (covering tuition and living expenses) for all successful applicants in all its institutes. 

PREREQUISITES TO APPLY

Academic programms include high qualified masters and doctorates aimed to postgraduates students who want to undergo further studies. The African Union Commission will offer full  scholarships  to the successful African candidates. All students must fulfill the following admission requirements.

Admission requirements for Master students

Candidates must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field;
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school), national I.D. card and passport personal details page;
  • Recommendation letters from 2 Professors;
  • Clear colored passport size photograph(2cmx2cm);
  • Maximum age of 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants.
  • Candidates may be required to undergo a written/oral examination after pre-selection.
  • Candidates for the Master in Conference Interpreting and Translation programmes are required to have excellent knowledge of at least two of the African Union’s official languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese).

 Admission Requirements for Doctoral Programmes

Candidates must satisfy the following conditions:

  • A Masters degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university;
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts, national I.D. card and passport personal details page;
  • A 3 to 4 page research concept note (tentative title, research questions, objectives, significance of the research etc…);
  • Recommendation letters from 2 Professors;
  • Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm); and 
  • Maximum age of 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants.

Scholarship awardees should be committed to working in Africa after graduation.

Applications should be completed online at https://www.au-pau.org/submission/

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