For the benefit of qualified students from ECOWAS member states active in the energy sector, the EU-ECOWAS Scholarship program offers scholarships for master’s degrees in the sustainable energy sector at specialized universities in West Africa (Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo).
The program aims to increase access to high-quality training in the sustainable energy sector in West Africa by enabling university graduates, with a focus on young professionals (speaking English, French, and Portuguese) in the member states of ECOWAS, to develop the profile necessary to meet the rising demand for experts at the highest level in the field of sustainable energy and to support good governance of the sector in the area.
The two types of scholarships available on the programme are:
- Mobile Scholarships: Scholars are selected to complete their master’s programme in higher education institutions located outside their country of residence. The scholarship will provide funding for tuition, subsistence, travel, research grant, insurance and visa.
- Stationary Scholarships: Scholars are selected to complete their master’s programme in higher education institutions located in their country of residence. The scholarship will take care of scholars’ tuition and research grant. A small stipend to contribute towards travel and subsistence will also be provided.
- Be nationals of a member state of ECOWAS or Mauritania and being resident in ECOWAS’ region or Mauritania;
- Have at least a bachelor’s degree with First Class or Second Class (Upper Division);
- Have undertaken studies at least at bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy and environment (including renewable energy and energy efficiency), law, economics, finance and planning as deemed by the entry requirements of the chosen university;
- Work experience in the energy sector in West Africa will be an added advantage;
- Hold (at least) provisional admission into an approved course of study at the time of scholarship approval;
- Scholarship is open to working and non-working candidates. Working candidates are required to provide letter of release from their employer to complete the course for the duration of the programme;
- Commitment to publish at least 1 practice-oriented research before the end of the programme;
- Commitment to start internships within the course of study.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. If more candidates match the selection criteria than there are places available, they will be ranked according to the results of their last year of study and professional experience.
Shortlisted Universities & Available Masters’ Degree Courses
You can ONLY apply for relevant courses in Higher Education Institution(s) which have been opened to receive applications:
- Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB)
- Course available: Specialised Master’s in Renewable Energies (Mastère Spécialisé en Energies Renouvelables)
- Universite de Lome
- Courses available:
- Research master’s in advanced Materials for Electricity (Master recherche en matériaux avancés pour l’électricité)
- Professional Engineer master’s in electrical engineering (Master ingénieur professionnel en ingénierie électrique)
- Research Engineer master’s in electrical engineering (Master ingénieur recherche en ingénierie électrique)
- Courses available:
The application form will request all applicants to state their local language and any other languages they can speak fluently and may be asked to communicate with it during the interview and validation of documents.
Other information to be collected through the application form include applicant’s biodata, geographical location, education, work experience and commitments. Applicants selected will be required to complete a validation process by providing relevant documents to support the information given in the form. Inability to validate this information within the specified period will result in disqualification and replacement by candidates who are on the waiting list.
Therefore, all applicants are advised to prepare all relevant documents needed for validation immediately after their application has been submitted.
Successful applicants will be required to provide the following documents for validation:
- Identification cards such as an international passport or a national identity card
- Proof of residency in an ECOWAS country or Mauritania
- A copy of the provisional admission letter from a shortlisted university
- Academic transcripts or certificate obtained, and
- Any other documents to validate information provided in the application form.