Pan African University Masters and PhD scholarships for African students

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The Pan African University is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa.

Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below. Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.



Admission Requirements for Masters Programmes *

Candidates must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Undergraduate degree from a recognized university,with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field;
  2. Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school), national I.D. card and passport personal details page;
  3. Recommendation letters from 2 Professors
  4. Clear colored passport size photograph(2cmx2cm);
  5. 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:

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


The African Union Commission will offer full scholarships to the successful African candidates.

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


Admission Procedure

PAU student admission and enrollment are done on a competitive basis. Calls for scholarship applications are issued and widely disseminated by the Rectorate and students apply online. The second stage of the process is handled at the level of the Institutes who establish juries of local, regional and international experts to select students. The Institute Boards submit the final list of selected students to the Rectorate, and the Senate makes recommendations on student admissions to the Council.

Students are admitted from all African countries with no more than 20% from the Host Country and gender balance in the percentage of students admitted is an important consideration. Each PAU student signs a scholarship agreement with the AUC, obliging the beneficiaries to work in Africa upon the completion of their studies. Students receive a monthly stipend to cover their living expenses for the entire duration of their study, including tuition, research and transport fees. Students are awarded joint degrees of PAU and the Host Universities.

Application Procedure

  • The candidate should register on the site as a member before he/she can access the Application Form : Register Here
  • Applications should be completed online at
  • Closing date for receipt of applications with all supporting documents : 31 May 2017.
  • Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered “Application portal will be closed COB 31 May, 2017“

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