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Deadline Extended: African Union (Pan African University) Masters & PhD Scholarships 2020 for African Students


Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply for scholarships to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below.

Application Deadline: Extended to 25th September 2020 (from 10th September 2020).

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken at (country): Various African countries (To see the list of the institutes and programs please check the page “Institutes & programs”)

About the Award: 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.


Type: Masters, PhD


Masters: Candidates must satisfy the following conditions

  1. Maximum age of 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants
  2. Undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field;
  3. Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school)
  4. Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page)
  5. Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm)
  6. Detail CV
  7. Recommendation letter from ONE of his/her former University lecturers
  8. Names of 3 Reference University lecturers (with email adress and whatsapp number) (*Mandatory)

PhD: Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maximum age of 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants;
  2. A Master’s degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university;
  3. Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts
  4. Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page);
  5. Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm);
  6. Detail CV;
  7. Recommendation letters from 2 Professors;
  8. A 3 to 4 page Research Concept Note (tentaive title, research questions, objectives, significance of the research etc…);
  9. Names of 3 Reference University Teachers (with email adress and whatsapp number);(Mandatory);
  • 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).

Selection Criteria: Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The African Union Commission will offer full scholarships to the successful African candidates.

Duration of Programme: Fulltime

How to Apply: Closing date for the submission of applications with all supporting documents is 10 September 2020. Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered.

Below are the Steps to apply:

  1. After reading the conditions, Click on ‘Register’
  2. Provide a valid  username and your email
  3. Check your inbox to confirm the registration by clicking on the confirmation link (Please check the spams as well)
  4. Provide a valid password
  5. Login using your credentials
  6. Open the ‘Application’ page and provide all your data
  7. Click on Save button and after finishing click on FINISH button

* If you didn’t finish the application, you can come back later and “Login” again using your email and password *

For more information please download the call document by clicking – English version / French version


Visit Programme Webpage for Details

  1. mohamed abdurahman says

    I am an academic student and i want to get master scholarship becouse I am an african garduated person

  2. Ben Boys says

    This is an excellent initiative to make Africa great by enhancing its capacity to grow significantly in all spheres of our, African endeavour and to emancipate Africa from the yoke of dependency.
    We have an abundance of natural resources but lack human resources. Education based on African needs and values is the answer.
    I’m an African, a PhD holder.

  3. Ketema Negesse says

    I have a full interest to join this program

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