Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Scholarships for Females in Africa 2021

The African Center for Technology Studies invites applications for the Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Females in Sub-Saharan Africa and Students from Low-Income Countries in 2021.

This grant is made available through the partnership of ACTS with the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

ACTS’ vision is knowledge for better livelihoods. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity and policies of African countries and institutions to harness science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development.

This scholarship is for women and students from low-income countries who are not endowed with universities that can offer a Ph.D. in AI and might be disadvantaged to access Ph.D. education in AI. The applicants in this category should have completed MSc in areas relevant to AI and wishing to pursue Ph.D. studies in AI.
Such candidates can only pursue Ph.D. in other well-endowed African countries. Successful candidates will work with senior professors.
4 Women scholars will benefit from this scheme, 1 per region (southern, eastern, western, and central Africa), while an additional 4 students from low-income countries will be supported, each for 30 months.

Worth of Award

Each successful student of the Artificial Intelligence for Development Scholarships will work under a professor who will receive a grant of up to US$ 45,500 which will cover the following:
  • Tuition fees for Ph.D. student (US$ 6000)
  • Living allowance for Ph.D. student (for 30 months=US$15,000)
  • Two return Air tickets to study country (US$ 750 return per trip= US$1500)
  • Research activities (US$ 17,000)
  • Traveling support for the supervisors (US$ 6,000)
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  • Each applicant must have successfully completed a Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines; AI, Computer Science, IT, IS, Electronic Engineering, or a related field.
  • All applicants should have competent academic credentials and demonstrate motivation and commitment to pursue an academic career.
  • All applicants should have a thorough knowledge of the language of instruction within their host university of choice (English, French or Portuguese).
  • All applicants must be nationals or permanent residents of any sub-Saharan country.
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How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

Deadline: May 3, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply