About the Intra-ACP Programme

1. What is the objective of the INTRA – ACP Academic Mobility Scheme AFRICA (MWALIMU NYERERE) and the CARIBBEAN & PACIFIC?

The objective of the programme is to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The programme aims to strengthen co-operation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region in view of increasing access to quality education that will encourage and enable African, Caribbean and Pacific students to undertake postgraduate studies, and to promote student retention in the region along with mobility of staff (academic and administrative) while increasing competitiveness and attractiveness of the institutions themselves. More specifically the programme aims to: (a) provide access to higher education for students including those from disadvantaged groups; (b) facilitate cooperation on recognition of studies and qualifications; (c) contribute to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation, and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions; (d) enhance the international cooperation capacity of Higher Education Institutions in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries; (e) promote cooperation between sending and host institutions; (f) enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another country; (g) enhance, in the medium-term, the political, cultural, educational and economical links between the participating countries.

2. Between which geographic band of Higher Education Institutions will co-operation and mobility of students (at masters and doctoral level) and staff take place?

Lot 1 is the African component of the Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme – which aims to support and fully expand the Mwalimu Nyerere Scholarship Scheme of the African Union Commission (AUC);

Lot 1 ACP Countries  
Southern Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Western Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo
Central Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Principe
Eastern Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania
Lot 1 Non-ACP Countries  
Northern Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco

3. What does ARISE offer?

The Africa Regional International Staff / Student Exchange: Food Security and Sustainable Human Wellbeing (ARISE) Programme will offer a total of 86 mobility opportunities: 54 at Masters level, 22 at Doctorate level and 10 staff mobility opportunities.  The programme focusses on the following fields of study: Agriculture, Medical Sciences, Engineering and Energy, following from the commitment by the consortium to develop African capacity in the area of Food Security and Sustainable Human Wellbeing.

This theme was selected in response to the ongoing urgency of meeting the millenium development goals.  Rather than offering a broad spectrum of qualifications, each partner has carefully selected those within the ARISE chosen theme, to equip graduates in the fields of Engineering, Medical Sciences, Energy and Food Security/ Agriculture.

4. Which partners constitute the Consortium?

During application you will be required to select one of the following as either “home” or “host” institution:

Addis Ababa University Ethiopia
University of Cape Town (Coordinating Institution) South Africa
University of Ghana Ghana
Makerere University Uganda
University of Nairobi Kenya
National University of Rwanda Rwanda
Additional non-academic partners:  
University of Leuven (Technical partner) Belgium
IEASA (Associate partner) South Africa

Please refer to the following link for information on the partnership consortium. click here.

5. Which important considerations should be looked at in deciding on my host institution?

  • Ensure that you have mastered the language of tuition or that adequate linguistic support is offered for applicants.
  • Carefully consider the identified programmes and areas of excellence in each partner institution.
  • Ensure that you have the necessary academic background in terms of study areas/degrees before you apply.
  • Be aware of the real cost of living at each partner institution and analyse it, considering the monthly subsistence of the scholarship.
  • Consider the need to adapt to different cultural realities and also the different climate conditions.

6. Does ARISE offer data protection throughout the application and approvals process?

Yes, all personal data (such as names, addresses, CVs, etc.) will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the European Union institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

7. What does each partner institution undertake to do?

Each partner institution undertakes to –

  • Monitor the academic individual progress of each ARISE scholarship holder registered at their institution.
  • Provide the coordinating institution (University of Cape Town – South Africa) with reports from each ARISE scholarship holder every 6 months in the case of masters students and every year in the case of PhD students.
  • Ensure gender-balance (with particular emphasis on the selection of women), equal opportunities and the participation of disadvantaged groups (disabled students, economically disadvantaged students) in the selection process.

Academic Information

1. How do I apply?

Carefully read the ”Before you Apply” section on the website. Please complete the online application.  If you are a first time user, you will need to register; if you are already registered, simply login!

You will also be asked to submit electronic versions of your resume, essay responses, transcripts, and name and email of your references. Please scan your transcripts and resumes into electronic format (PDF format preferred for all requested documents).

2. Distribution of the scholarship?

The distribution per mobility type are in compliance with the percentage indicated in the initial consortium Call for Proposals and tabled below as:

Target Group Masters    Doctorates Staff TOTAL Percentage
Target Group 1 31 6 10 47 55%
Target Group 2 23 16 N/A 39 45%
TOTAL 54 22 10 86  
Distribution per Mobility type 63% 25% 12%    

3. Categories of Scholarship?

Full degree scholarships for Masters students
Students who meet the criteria will be able to apply for full degree scholarship for completion of a Masters degree at one of the Higher Education Institutions in the consortium.

Sandwich PhD mobilities

Students who are already enrolled for a PHD at their home institution will be able to apply for an 11 month period of supervised research at a host university that is one of the Higher Education Institutions in the consortium.

Academic and administrative staff mobilities

Staff employed by the Higher Education Institutions of the consortium will be able to apply for short term mobility opportunities which could include benchmarking exercises, sabbatical research periods, guest lecturing, curriculum development, knowledge and resource sharing trips etc. on the basis that both institutions support the trip.

Exchange opportunities (Masters and PHD)
Students registered as full-degree students at one of the partner universities comprising the consortium, spend a short period (10 months and less) at one of the other institutions in the consortium and return to their home institution after the exchange period to complete their degree at the home institution. Exchange students will spend their period at the host university as researchers mainly, being engaged in literature reviews, specialised theoretical or methodological training, or field studies and they will closely co-operate with their African (host) and African (home) supervisors.

4. Which credit recognition system will be used during my studies with ARISE?

For the ARISE Programme, study credit recognition and transfer will be regulated according to the principles of the Bologna process. As there is no current international African credit transfer system comparable to the ECTS system,  the ARISE partners will all use the ECTS grading scale in this context, as a commonly shared conversion scale which brings the different national credit systems into alignment. In recognition of different credit recognition system amongst ARISE partners, each Partner agrees to

  • To consider the study period abroad of each ARISE scholarship holder as an integral part of the study /research programme.
  • To guarantee the full academic recognition (including exams and other forms of evaluation) of the study/research period undertaken at the ARISE partner institution, through the signature of the Individual Student Learning Agreements.

With regards to transcripts each partner institution undertakes:

  • To provide the incoming student as well as the sending partner institution with a transcript of study results confirming that the programme has been completed.
  • To issue transcripts to ARISE scholarships holders in accordance with regulations at its own institution (for example which department can issue them, who signs them off and to issue transcripts) for both full degree and partial mobility.

5. Which study fields does this geographical window allow?

ARISE allows study within;
(a) Agriculture
(b) Energy
(c) Medical Sciences
(d) Engineering

Please click on the relevant scholarship to browse through host institution programme offerings for your study opportunity abroad.

6. Which data may I be requested to submit as part of my application?

You may be expected to submit (but not limited to); Personal contact information of the candidate, year of birth, CV, fulfillment with the eligibility criteria for a scholarship (proof of nationality, relevant requirements for different target groups and type of mobility, proof of sufficient knowledge of the tuition language at the host institution), choice of courses and/or study programme and preferred ARISE host institutions.

7. What defines a Target Group?

Upon application you will be required to select the target group you belong to –

Target Group 1 (TG1) can be defined as:
African nationals and/ or residents registered in one of the Higher Education Institutions that is member of the consortium. In order to be considered eligible for TG1, applicants have to receive formal support letter (letter of recommendation signed by a senior lecturer or Dean) of the home institution.

Target Group 2 (TG 2) can be defined as:
African nationals and residents (students) registered in a Higher Education Insitutions of African countries not included in the partnership, or whom have obtained a Higher Education Institution degree or equivalent from an institution of these countries. This allows for providing mobility opportunities to students working in public administration, public and private enterprises.

8. What determines eligibility?

Applications from Students:

There are two target groups for students. To be eligible, master students as well as doctoral candidates referred as “students” must:

(a) Be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the relevant lot; and
(b) Be registered/admitted at one of the Higher Education Institutions within the Partnership at the time of the application for a scholarship (Target Group I) or be registered/admitted in a Higher Education Institutions (not included in the Partnership) of a country of the lot or having obtained a Higher Education Institution degree (or equivalent) by an institution of a country concerned by the lot (Target Group 2); and
(c) Have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses in the host countries.

Applications from Staff

In order to be eligible, academic and administrative staff, hereafter referred as "staff", must:
(a) Be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the relevant lot; and
(b) Work in or be associated with a Higher Education Institution within the Partnership.

In addition mobility assignments must be based on agreements between the members of the Partnership. The home and host Higher Education Institution and the individual staff must agree on the programme of lectures to be delivered by the visiting staff (for academic staff), on the research activities, on the type of training to be followed or on type of administrative cooperation to develop.
(c) Have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses in the host countries.

9. What is the scholarship selection based on?

  • Selection decisions are assessed and evaluated at the respective institutions and eligible candidates then recommended to the Consortium Management Group as award recipients.
  • The Consortium Selection Committee  shall evaluate applications taking into consideration transparency of the process, gender, brain drain prevention and disadvantaged groupings and make such recommendations to the Consortium Management Group for endorsement and implementation.
  • Finally the Consortium Management Group oversees equal distribution of obligations, rights and tasks to all Consortium Members as well as awarding scholarships taking into consideration transparency, gender equality, brain drain prevention and representation of disadvantaged groupings. 

10. When will I know the outcome of my application?

All regretted and accepted applicants will be notified immediately after the ARISE Scholarship Selection Committee decision has been finalised.

Logistical Matters

1. What do I need to consider when planning my trip?

ARISE recommends that students and staff liaise with home and host institution co-ordinators for more specific requirements.

  • It is advisable to photocopy all your essential documents (personal and academic), retain a set of copies for yourself, storing it in a safe place separately from the originals, and to leave another set of copies with a family member or friend.
  • Should you need to apply for a study permit, ensure that it is valid for studies at the institution you will be studying at.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your studies. You will need it to open a bank account. In most countries, a passport is the recognised form of identification for international students / staff.
  • If you are bringing a laptop, please make sure that the computer can operate on the voltage of the country you will be studying in and that you have the necessary transformer for the current.  You may also need to purchase an adapter plug that enables you to plug your computer into an outlet.  (If you are bringing a lap-top or other electronic equipment please ensure that it is adequately insured against loss or theft and be vigilant in protecting your property at all times).
  • Medication; If you take a prescription drug on a regular basis remember to keep the prescription and to retain original packaging.
  • Sleeping bag (if you want to go camping).
  • Raincoat with hood.
  • Shoes for hiking or all-day walks.
  • Camera.
  • Other electronic equipment; If you intend to bring electronic equipment (e.g. hairdryer) please make sure that it can operate on the voltage available for the country.
  • Cell phone and International Calling Cards
  • Cash in local currency for emergencies.

2. What about housing at the host university?

According to the rules of the ARISE programme, the host universities are required to assist students and staff members to find suitable housing on or near campus.

3. Will I participate in orientation?

Yes, upon arrival you will receive your information and orientation pack with information on orientation and the campus of your choice. Please read through the information carefully and ensure that you participate in the scheduled orientation and registration sessions.

During orientation week the host institution will officially welcome you and give informative useful to your academic and social wellbeing. Each session will equip you to identify and utilize the necessary resources and smooth your transition into Higher Education in a different African region and at the relevant host institution.

Money Matters

1. Is this programme funded through the European Development Fund (EDF)?

Yes. This programme builds on the African Union’s Mwalimu Nyerere programme for Africa, granting additional funding, and setting up a similar scheme for the Caribbean and Pacific regions.

The European Commission, in partnership with ACP Secretariat, oversees the management of the Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme. It manages the budget and sets priorities, targets and criteria for the Programme. Furthermore, it guides and monitors the general implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the Programme.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), with the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) will be in charge of the implementation and follow-up this programme (phase one).  

2. What does the scholarship cover?

The Scholarship covers –

  • One roundtrip flight ticket and visa costs (using a preferred travel agent and calculated against direct linear distance)
  • Direct participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where applicable
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance (Health, Accident and Travel)
  • A monthly subsistence allowance for the mobility period to the equivalent of:
Type of Mobility Subsistence Allowance Durations
Master €600 Max 24 months
Doctorates €900 Max 48 months
Staff €1000 Max 6 months

3. What about Health and Travel insurance?

The coordinating institution will provide comprehensive health, travel and personal accidents insurance directly to each scholarship holder which is valid in the host country and in line with European Union Requirements. The insurance will cover all worldwide travel required for the participation in the ARISE action. Reasons for travel may be: departure to the destination where the action will take place, travel between the participating higher education institutions, return trip home following completion of the action or during the academic breaks within the specific eligibility period of the action, preparatory meetings, mid-term evaluation meetings, final evaluation meeting, courses, conferences, seminars, research, cultural and intercultural sessions.

In the event of a return trip home during the period covered by his/her scholarship; the participants shall also receive cover for medical costs and urgent dental care. This coverage will be guaranteed for periods up to 4 weeks.

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