World Bank ACE II Masters Scholarship Program 2018 for young African Female students (Fully Funded)


The World Bank is partnering with eight Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in an innovative project with the aim of improving the quality of training and research in higher education, and reducing the skill gaps in key development priority areas. The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project supports the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia in strengthening selected African Centers of Excellence (ACEs) to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the following priority areas: (i) Industry, (ii) Agriculture, (iii) Health, (iv) Education, and (v) Applied Statistics.

The ACE II Project implements three components, namely (i) strengthening the 24 higher
education institutions into regional ACEs in Eastern and Southern Africa in a set of defined regional priority areas (US$ 140 million); (ii) providing capacity building support to these ACEs through regional activities (US$3 million); and (iii) supporting coordination and management of the implementation of components (i) and (ii) (US$5 million).

To encourage the participation of young African female students at postgraduate level, IUCEA wishes to implement a Fellowships Program aimed at providing competitive Masters Scholarships to academically deserving future talents to promote regional female student mobility. Eligible female applicants who can demonstrate interest and ability in the priority areas are encouraged to apply for the 30 Fellowships available for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible for this Fellowship, the applicant must:

i) be a female national of one of ACE II participating countries ( Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi,

Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) or Burundi

ii) be under the age of thirty five (35) years

iii) be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable university in the relevant field, at the level of Upper Second Class Honours

iv) have been admitted in any of the 24 ACEs to study full-time in any of the priority disciplines

of the ACE II Project:

(i) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or Industry,
(ii) Agriculture,
(iii) Health,
(iv) Education, and (v) Applied Statistics;

v) have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by academic transcripts, and academic awards,if any.

The Fellowship Award

The provided financial support for each Fellowship Program will cover:

i) University tuition fees: Approximately USD 3,000 per year (payable directly to the Host University according to an official invoice)

ii) Stipend: USD 800 per month to support living expenses such as housing, food, utilities, local

transportation, medication and settlement expenses

iii) Research: USD 4,800 to support student research, payable upon approval of research proposal

iv) Allowance: USD 2,000 one-off allowance to cover visa, laptop andbooks

v) Air ticket: A round-trip economy fare for the most direct route between the beneficiary’s home country and the study destination of Host University

Note: Candidates must complete all academic work within the specified period of the programme as the scholarship cannot be extended beyond a maximum of 24 months

Application Process and Procedures

  • To apply for this Fellowship, interested candidates are advised to fill in the application form found at or attach all requested documents, and send by e-mail to with a copy to
  • All applications must be received not later than 5.00 PM East African Time on June4 2018.
  • For proof of eligibility, an applicant should ensure that the following are provided:

i) Completed application form

ii) Recent passport-size photograph

iii) Summarized CV with names and contacts of two referees

iv) Certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts

v) Certified copies of passport or national identity card indicating citizenship

vi) Copy of admission letter from one of the host universities (please refer to the attached table on Countries, ACEs and Universities)

Application Deadline: June 4th 2018

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the World Bank ACE II Scholarship Program 2018