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Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme 2020 for African Women

Melody.com.ng Team

Last updated on October 17, 2019

Mawazo’s 2020 PhD Scholars Programme is now open for applications! The PhD Scholars Programme is a one-year, non-residential fellowship open to all African women pursuing PhDs in East Africa.

The PhD Scholars Programme is a one-year, non-residential fellowship where PhD Scholars receive a research grant worth up to $5000 to support their research, a travel grant worth up to $2000 for conference travel, and a training grant worth up to $500 for ongoing training.

Scholars also benefit from professional and leadership skills training provided by Mawazo and our partners, research and editorial support, as well as mentor-ship and networking opportunities.

This programme is designed to amplify our Scholars’ research and position them as the next generation of leading experts, thinkers, and innovators who are finding homegrown solutions to local development challenges.

The call for applications for the 2020 cohort of Mawazo PhD Scholars will be open from October 14th 2019 to November 22nd 2019. Eligible applicants are invited to apply following the instructions below.

  • Application Deadline: 22nd November 2019 at 11.59 pm EAT
  • Offered annually? Yes
  • Eligible Countries: Citizens from any African country
  • To be taken at (country): Kenya
  • Field of Study: Any field of study, at the PhD level
  • Type: PhD
  • Duration of Scholarship: One year

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Selection/Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be women below the age of 40 as at 1st January 2020
  • Be citizens of an African country
  • Be enrolled for their PhD at an accredited university in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda
  • Have completed their course work if applicable and passed their departmental proposal defense (i.e. in the dissertation phase of their PhD)
  • Demonstrate that their research project is related to African development and is relevant to a global, regional, national or sub-national policy priority
  • Demonstrate potential for leadership both within and outside academia, and a strong passion to leverage their expertise for impact in society
  • De available to fully participate in the programme in 2020-2021

Selection:

All applications will be reviewed by the Mawazo Institute staff and a panel of external expert reviewers. Successful applicants will demonstrate that they can do the following:

  • Meet all eligibility requirements
  • Identify a problem which has important implications for African development and is linked to a global, regional, national or sub-national policy priority
  • Demonstrate that their research is academically rigorous and addresses a unique and important gap in the field
  • Propose a research project which has clear objectives, is appropriately designed for the question being asked, and can be feasibly executed with the financial resources available and within a one- to two-year timeline.
  • Write a summary of their project which is clear, concrete, and accessible to scholars outside their own field

The Mawazo Institute is committed to non-discrimination in the application review process.

Value of Scholarship:

Mawazo PhD Scholars will receive the following benefits:

  • A research grant of up to $5000
  • A travel grant worth up to $2000 for participation in regional or international conferences
  • A training grant worth up to $500 for field specific training not offered by Mawazo
  • A stipend worth $500 for discretionary use
  • Participation in Mawazo’s in-house professional development and leadership training programme, comprised of a mix of in-person and virtual training modules
  • Research and editorial support from the Mawazo staff and our partners
  • Connections to mentors, as well as exposure to leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors
  • Visibility via Mawazo digital platforms and events

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates are required to fill in and submit their applications via our online application portal. Applications will not be accepted by email or in hard copy. Applications will be considered complete when the following are provided:

  • A completed online application form
  • A current 2-page CV
  • A letter confirming current enrollment in an accredited PhD programme
  • A letter confirming that you have completed your course work (if applicable) and passed your departmental defense
  • A recommendation letter from your PhD supervisor
  • A recommendation letter from a second referee
  • A completed budget and timeline for the project (Please download the template here)
  • A completed budget narrative of 500 words or less

For instructions on how to use our online platform, complete your application and meet all the requirements required for consideration please download the application guidelines here. Visit the Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme 2020 for African Women program website for details


  1. Musa Abiodun Musa Abiodun

    Comment:This is a good one and I congratulate those women who are fortunate enough to be in this phd programm and am also happy that women are been celebrated this time.

  2. Ovoke Samuel Ovoke Samuel

    For sure, it is a good opportunity for our African mothers. Education is good though matter your age and level, you need to be educated. My recommendation goes to the sponsors, its a nice work.

  3. Udoka Stephen Udoka Stephen

    This a nice one, woman empowerment is very essential, we tend to ignore the women in the society, congratulations to the choosing ones, and for the sponsors, weldone to you guys, more of this

  4. Elisha Jethro Elisha Jethro

    Educate the woman, you educate the nation, good move….. Hope the women seize the opportunity to advance their educational career

  5. CHUKWUEMEKA AKUJOBI CHUKWUEMEKA AKUJOBI

    Congratulations to all of the African women who have the opportunity to participate in this program and also help the younger ones in return

  6. Divine Maduekwe Divine Maduekwe

    Congratulation to women of afriacn..for such opportunity to be brought to them.. At lest it would reduce the level of prostitution and more market women

  7. AYANGBADE SEMIU AYANGBADE SEMIU

    Glory be to Almighty God for the opportunity given to our women.may Almighty God continue to provide more opportunities to them

  8. Awokunle Gideon oluwaferanmi Awokunle Gideon oluwaferanmi

    Scholars also benefit from professional and leadership skills training provided by Mawazo and our partners, research and editorial support, as well as mentor-ship and networking opportunities.

  9. Abdulazeez Oladimeji Abdulazeez Oladimeji

    The Women of African has the Lucky chance to partake in this Wamazo scholar program. Congratulations to our woman who qualified for the scholars eligibility. This is what we need in African as a whole to grow the education level of the continent.

  10. Awokunle Gideon oluwaferanmi Awokunle Gideon oluwaferanmi

    This programme is designed to amplify our Scholars’ research and position them as the next generation of leading experts, thinkers, and innovators who are finding homegrown solutions to local development challenges.

  11. Abdulazeez Oladimeji Abdulazeez Oladimeji

    Congratulations to our woman who qualified for the scholars eligibility. This is what we need in African as a whole to grow the education level of the continent. Thanks to Wamazo

  12. Sunday Adeleke Sunday Adeleke

    So its only women all these one see abii..why dem no fit include men abi na only men dem born for hustle for dia eyes. Anyways sha…they have tried their best sha. My people how una dey?

  13. Abdulyakini Isah Abdulyakini Isah

    Mawazo’s 2020 PhD Scholars Programme is now open for applications! The PhD Scholars Programme is a one-year, non-residential i think is a good ideal for people that has interested.

  14. akinode kehinde akinode kehinde

    Comment:this wamazo scholar programme have really done good to African women, at least it will reduce laziness out there

  15. Adesida Adeyemi Adesida Adeyemi

    This is also another fantastic way of encouraging African woman to go further in acquiring more knowledge congratulations to those that will be going for it

  16. Adewale Ayanbunmi Adewale Ayanbunmi

    This is a great opportunity for we Young ones, and some have been looking for this type of opportunity and they no get.

  17. Ethel Clara Ethel Clara

    It is indeed a good opportunity for African women pursuing PhD’s. I believe it will take off some burden and help all lot of our women who have been searching for an opportunity like this.

  18. Franca Emeruom Franca Emeruom

    This is massive to all African women at that level. it impress me when I was going through the process and requirements to qualify for this. Congratulations to Women in education.

  19. Abdulazeez Oladimeji Abdulazeez Oladimeji

    Let say this is an empowerment for the women in African. Mawazo is actually doing a good things to help the African women out of their excuses of scholarship.

  20. YAHAYA SAHEED YAHAYA SAHEED

    THESE SCHOLARSHIPS OF A THING,PEOPLE WERE REALLY HELPING PEOPLE ON IT,WE THANK YOU ALL AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE CANDIDATES THAT WERE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND EMERGE AS A WINNER.

  21. TIJANI RABIU TIJANI RABIU

    I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND GOD SHOULD CONTINUE PROTECTING YOU SO THAT WE WILL BE SEEING AND HEARING THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION, THANKS.

  22. Lukman Bidemi Lukman Bidemi

    This is well great with us may God bless Africa all the efforts of all coordinators sar succeeded in the name of Almighty God

  23. Josephat Uchechukwu Josephat Uchechukwu

    Days are gone when females education was in the kitchen. Women are not just going to school now but researchers. May God give them more knowledge to discovering.

  24. Muyiwa Olalekan Muyiwa Olalekan

    This is good but the scholarship it’s meant for the women in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. What about the rest of African women.

  25. Awokunle Gideon oluwaferanmi Awokunle Gideon oluwaferanmi

    or instructions on how to use our online platform, complete your application and meet all the requirements required for consideration please download the application guidelines here

  26. ABDULAZEEZ BOLAJI ABDULAZEEZ BOLAJI

    This programme is really increasing the rate of female guru in education and wisdom, just that it’s designed for only women

  27. RAIFU LATIFAT RAIFU LATIFAT

    MAWAZO SCHOLARSHIP, WE THANK YOU ALL THE SPONSORED OF THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, THIS IS A KIND OF PROGRAM WE NEEDS TO ASSIST THE KESS PRIVILEGE PEOPLE OF OUR SOCIETY. MAY GOD INCREASE GREASE IN YOUR ELBOW.

  28. Diepriye Daniel Diepriye Daniel

    Wow this is very good for the African women, they’ll have a chance and opportunity to go for this program congratulations

  29. SANDRA ECHEGIRI SANDRA ECHEGIRI

    Good news to all of the African women who have the opportunity to participate in this program and also help the younger ones

  30. Azeezat Nihinlola Azeezat Nihinlola

    This a nice one, woman empowerment is very essential, we tend to ignore the women in the society, congratulations to the choosing ones, and for the sponsors, weldone to you guys, more of this

  31. Udoka Stephen Udoka Stephen

    Its always a good thing see women in -higher places, sometimes we tend to forget how important it is to have women in our midst, thanks to the organizers of this program.

  32. dauda jafar dauda jafar

    They are trying not to let the woman or girls left behind that is a very nice one continue this will make people in Nigeria happy.

  33. Ugwu Shedrack Ugwu Shedrack

    Its a very good thing to make your brain more sharp and to develop there intrece and to change there situetion may god help the government

  34. Muibat Agbeke Muibat Agbeke

    The east Africa scholarship is sweet as stated here that include money and it make senses. Scholarship is every where now all over the Europe and Africa

  35. Elijah Aborisade Elijah Aborisade

    I am really happy seeing different opportunities for the women. This would make us have more leaders with great minds and creativity.

    • Solomon Michael Solomon Michael

      Those are good scholarship opportunity, I wish i am eligible as a man, and i wish my Sister too is eligible for this too.

  36. Kaffy Kaffy

    Wow! This is great opportunity for women in Africa , this is nice, good job. Keep it up at least Africa women benefit from it. Thanks to you.

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