The Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Psychology offer the PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund PhD scholarships for the 2021/22 academic year.

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 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.


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.

The specific objectives of RSIF are to:

  • Create a stock of highly skilled scientists, professionals, and innovators in ASET areas.
  • Identify and nurture young talented Africans who wish to further their studies in ASET fields where expertise is needed most.
  •  Address imbalances in the number of women and disadvantaged groups in ASET fields in Africa.
  • Build African university capacity to provide relevant ASET training and to ensure continued investment in scaling up the ASET education and workforce.

Worth of Award

The RSIF PhD Scholarship covers

  • university tuition and related fees,
  • competitive stipend to cover living expenses,
  • travel,
  • medical insurance, and
  • research costs.

Graduates will have access to RSIF competitive research grants upon completion of their PhD


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

  • have a relevant master’s degree in one of the fields of study.
  • meet the specific admission requirements of the RSIF African Host University where they would like to pursue a PhD.
  • be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country.
  • be willing to enroll full-time in a PhD program at an RSIF African Host University in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • not be holding another PhD scholarship, or currently be enrolled in any PhD Program when applying to the RSIF PhD scholarship.
  • be willing to spend 6-24 months in a ‘sandwich’ research placement at an international partner institute.
  • demonstrate that their research goals are well aligned to the Priority Thematic Areas and contribute to Africa’s development.

Note that preference will be given to applicants who are 35 years of age and below.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through this online application platform: Applications submitted by email or in hardcopy will not be accepted.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted no later than September 30th, 2021 at 5:00 pm (East Africa Time; UTC+3). 


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