Universities of the Coimbra Group offer short-term visits (generally 1 to maximum 3 months) to young African researchers from higher education institutions from Sub-Saharan Africa. The main aim of this scholarship programme is to enable scholars to undertake research in which they are engaged in their home institution and to help them to establish academic and research contacts. The scholarships are financially supported by the Coimbra Group member universities participating in this programme, while the Coimbra Group Office is in charge of the administrative management of the applications.
The following Coimbra Group universities are participating in the 2017 edition of the scheme:
University of Barcelona (Spain)
Eötvös Loránd University Budapest (Hungary)
University of Granada (Spain)
University of Graz (Austria)
University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland)
KU Leuven (Belgium)
University of Padova (Italy)
University of Pavia (Italy)
University of Poitiers (France)
University of Salamanca (Spain)
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017
Eligibility Criteria Applicants should be:
under the age of 45
nationals of and current residents in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa
current staff members of a university or an equivalent higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa
of doctoral/postdoctoral or equivalent status.
A limited number of grants are available for technical/administrative staff from African universities (please see the requirements of each individual university).
In most universities the language of instruction is that of the country itself, but in most universities it is possible to use English as the working language.
Application Procedure Online application form: www.coimbra-group.eu/activities/scholarships
Applicants must fill in the on-line application form before 31 March 2017.
Candidates will be able to select one university only. Multiple applications will not be considered valid.
Applicants should identify a research supervisor in the host university and provide his/her contact details in the application form. Applicants are expected to take contact with their research supervisor at the university of their choice and submit a letter/e-mail of acceptance together with their application form which proves that the candidate has been accepted to carry out research under his/her supervision.
Applications which do not fulfil this requirement will not be considered.
Information should be submitted in English. Applicants will receive a confirmation message from the Coimbra Group Office within 2 weeks following the submission of their application. If you do not receive this confirmation message, you must notify our office by sending an email to Cristina Tanase firstname.lastname@example.org no later than one week following the deadline of 31 March.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply and will be prioritised.
The administrative check of applications will be undertaken by the Coimbra Group Office in order to select candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The selection of candidates will be undertaken by the host universities. When selection has been agreed upon, the host university may send a letter of invitation directly to the successful candidate. The Coimbra Group Office will contact all candidates and inform them about the result of their application. Successful candidates currently employed by a University are responsible for ensuring that their home institution will grant them leave of absence to undertake the proposed visit.