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Call for Applications: EAC Scholarship Program 2021/2022


IUCEA hereby invites suitably qualified nationals of the East African Community (EAC) to apply for cohort 3 of the KfW- funded Scholarships, to pursue Master’s studies in the EAC Partner State other than their own.

Opening date: August 27th 2021

Closing date: September 17th, 2021 not later than 17:00 hours, East African Time Thematic areas: 

  • Mathematics 3) Informatics            5) Technology
  • Engineering 4) Science                   6)  Business Science

Eligible applicants: Young nationals (aged below 35 years) of the EAC Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda).

Duration of the Scholarship: 2 years


The EAC Scholarship Programme is an initiative of the East African Community (EAC) and the Federal Republic of Germany. The project began in 2018 when the EAC Secretariat and Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KfW (German Development Bank) geared towards the training of students within the EAC Region. This Project aims at creating future change agents, who identify themselves with the integration agenda of the EAC and are willing to share economic and development-oriented expert knowledge.

The goal of this initiative is to contribute towards training leaders that will foster the EAC Regional integration. This goal will be partly achieved through the establishment of academic collaboration between universities/institutions within the EAC Region, by encouraging students to study in countries other than their own. In order to achieve these impacts, the project offers a comprehensive package including scholarships for Master’s programmes, internships, mentoring, networking events and further leadership training activities. The scholarship will support Master’s students in i) Mathematics, ii) Engineering, iii) Informatics, iv) Science, v) Technology and vi) Business Science programmes.

The students are required to apply to study in another EAC country (not their country of origin).

Women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This Programme will include a minimum of 30% female students and special consideration will be given to Burundian and South Sudanese female applicants.


Up to 63 scholarships are available in the 2021/2022 academic year.

The scholarship covers the following:

  1. Return economy air ticket between the candidate’s home and host countries
  2. University tuition fees: payable directly to the university against official invoice;
  3. Stipend: EUR380 per month to support living expenses including housing, food, utilities, local transportation and settlement expenses;
  4. Allowances for study materials and research:        EUR 1,500 one-off allowance;
  5. Medical insurance; and
  6. Extracurricular events: at least one event per year.


 Students will apply to pursue their studies in the following programmes. Please ensure that you have applied for a programme in a university outside your country of origin.


# Programmes Thematic Area University/ Institution Country
1 Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Engineering Engineering  



Dedan Kimathi

University of


















2 Master of Science in Leather Technology Technology
3 Master of Science in Food Science & Technology Technology
4 Master of Science in Geothermal Energy Technology Technology
5 Master of Science in Physics Science  





Kenyatta University

6 Master of Science in Biotechnology Science
7 Master of Science in Crop Protection (Plant Pathology) Science
8 Master of Science in Integrated Soil Fertility


9 Master of Science in Applied Mathematics Mathematics


10 Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Business Science Kenya
11 Master of Business Administration with I.T Business Science  




Kibabii University

12 Master of Science in Human Resource Management Business Science
13 Master of Business Administration Business Science
14 Master of Science in ICT Informatics
15 Master of Science in Meteorology Science University of Nairobi
16 Master of Art in Microfinance Business Science  

INES- Ruhengeri



17 Master of science in Taxation Business Science
18 Master of Science in Conservation and Natural Resources Management Science  


Kyambogo University









19 Master of Science in Physics Science
20 Master of Public Infrastructures Management Business Science  




Makerere University

21 Master of Science in Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Science Science
22 Master of Science in Statistics Business Science
23 Master of Science in Technology, Innovation and Industrial Development Technology
24 Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Engineering
25 Master of Science in Quantitative Economics Business Science
26 Master of Science in Biology Science Mbarara University of Science & Technology
27 Master of Science in Chemistry Science
28 Master of Science in Medical Lab science Science
29 Master of Business Management Business Science Moshi Co-operative















30 Master of Arts in Cooperative and Community Development Business Science
31 Master of Arts in Procurement and Supply Management Business Science
32 Master of Science in Irrigation Engineering and Management Engineering Sokoine University of Agriculture
33 Master of Science in Information Technology Informatics University of Dodoma
34 Master of Science in Mathematics Mathematics
35 Master of Science in Chemistry Science
36 Master of Science in Petroleum GeoSciences Science
  1. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA The minimum requirements for qualification into the Programme are:
  2. Be a national of a partner state of the East African Community;
  3. Be below 35 years of age at the time of application
  4. Possess at least an equivalent of Upper Second-Class Honours or  “Distinction” as applicable;
  1. Have obtained an admission from a university in another country of the EAC Region other than their own.
  2. Submit a motivation letter in English (with not more than 500 words) as follows:
    • Well written (grammatically and professionally)
    • Demonstrates a convincing motivation for wanting to pursue the Master’s Programme chosen
    • Adequately demonstrates the applicant’s foreseen professional engagement in EAC Integration agenda after completing the Master’s Programme
    • Demonstrates how they expect to apply the acquired skills and knowledge from the Master’s Programme to contribute to the EAC Integration Agenda
    • Demonstrates where they anticipate seeing themselves professionally and academically in 5 and 10 years.

Note: This has to be one typed letter for each programme and converted to PDF.


The application process is two-fold and each MUST be completed separately

  • Application for admission to the university;

Step 1: Identify the programme and University of their choice from section 4 above that contains Eligible Programmes;

Step 2: Fill the application form for admission to the university of choice (this can be found on the university website).  Ensure you pay the University application fee.

Step 3: Submit the completed university application form and its supporting documents to the university indicating that you intend to apply for the EAC Scholarship Programme.

Notes: (1)  Candidates may apply to more than one University.

(2) Candidates may apply for more than one programme; however,  each programme should have its own application form and attachments.                                                                                                   

  • Application for the EAC Scholarship

Step 4: Register online for the EAC scholarship (

Step 5: Download the scholarship application form from the IUCEA website ( under Scholarships and fill it.

Step 6: Submit the filled application form in step 5 and supporting documents in pdf format as one zipped folder electronically to;

  • and
  • indicating the subject line as; YOUR NAME, PROGRAMME APPLIED FOR AND UNIVERSITY e.g. Tsavo Simba, MBA at

Adroit University

Supporting Documents are;

  1. A letter of motivation for applying for the scholarship (find the structure of the letter in Section 4-e above)
  2. Signed curriculum vitae
  3. Certified copies of all university degree certificates and transcripts.
  4. A copy of the university Application Form and its attachments.
  5. A recent passport photograph in colour of your full head and upper shoulders.
  6. Evidence of Nationality of a Partner State in the East African Community such as copy of national identity card/ passport/birth certificate.
  7. Any other form of evidence required in the application form e.g. medical reports, photos and letters of reference.

Note: (1) Applicants with academic qualifications obtained from foreign institutions must be equated by the National Council/ Commission for Higher Education in their respective countries.

(2) Applicants with supporting documents (transcripts, certificates among others) in languages other than English are required to submit both the originals and copies translated to the English language by an accredited language translations provider.

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