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PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) – 2020/2021

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RSIF aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers at selected African universities (‘African Host Universities’) to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA. RSIF also supports the strengthening of research and innovation ecosystems at the African Host Universities by providing funding through competitive grants.

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The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and  Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. RSIF focuses on transformative technologies that have a far-reaching positive impact on society. It is funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea and facilitated by the International  Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.

RSIF supports training, research and innovation in five PASET Priority Thematic Areas: (1) ICT including big data and artificial intelligence, (2) Food security and agri-business, (3) Minerals, mining and materials engineering, (4) Energy including renewables and (5) Climate change.

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PASET REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AND INNOVATION FUND (RSIF) ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for an RSIF PhD Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have a relevant master’s degree in one of the fields of study. The master’s degree must have been completed less than six years before 30 April 2020.
  • Meet the specific admission requirements of the African Host University they are applying to.
  • Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan Africa country.
  • Be willing to enrol full-time in a PhD program at an African Host University in 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Be willing to spend 6-24 months in ‘sandwich’ training at an international partner university, research institute or private company.
  • Demonstrate that their research goals are well aligned to the RSIF Priority Thematic Areas and contribute to Africa’s development.
  • Priority for the scholarships will be given to women and existing young academic faculty who do not have a PhD.
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PASET REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AND INNOVATION FUND (RSIF) APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The application must include:

  • Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before 15th June 2020 at 5:00 pm (East Africa Time; UTC+3), will be considered.
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