ELbM Scholarships for African Students in South Africa

  •  Master, PhD
  •  31-Mar-2023
  •   South Africa
  • $$  Full scholarship

Applications are invited from African nationals for scholarships in the fields of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, and Biomaterials/ Biomedical Engineering.


This project has been funded by the Intra- Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the European Union. ELbM scholarships are jointly administered by four African partner institutions, where selected students and staff will be able to engage in postgraduate studies, research, teaching, or training.

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Nice offer for African students.Education for Laser-based Manufacturing (ELbM) is a project that will capacitate partner institutions in teaching and research programs related to Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering. The project is funded with support from the European Commission.

Why apply to this program? The program allows for providing mobility opportunities to students working in public administration, and public and private enterprises. The program will in general offer training opportunities for partner academic staff and Post Graduate supervision in laser-based manufacturing.

Universiteit Stellenbosch Information

Universiteit Stellenbosch Grants

ELbM Scholarships for African Students in South Africa Established in 1918, Universiteit Stellenbosch (University of Stellenbosch) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Stellenbosch (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Western Cape. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Tygerberg, Bellville, Saldanha. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, Universiteit Stellenbosch is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universiteit Stellenbosch offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 101 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Countries: Regions of Africa Countries as the following:
  • Central: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Principe
  • Eastern: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania
  • Northern: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco
  • Southern: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • Western: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded for master’s and PhD study in the fields of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, and Biomaterials/Biomedical Engineering in one of the following partner institutes:
  • Botswana International University of Science & Technology, (BIUST), Botswana
  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, (FUPRE), Nigeria
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT), Kenya
  • Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • Each student target group has its own eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants for degree-seeking scholarships at Stellenbosch must apply to both the university and the Department of Industrial Engineering between 1st March to 31st August of each year of application
  • Stellenbosch University requires all degree-seeking scholarship applicants to pass the entrance examination prior to admission.
  • All credit-seeking scholarship applicants, in consultation with supervisors from both home and host institutions, must provide a detailed research plan/study plan and budget for approval in the host institution to ensure that the required work can be undertaken.
  • All applicants for staff scholarships, in consultation with the host institution’s collaborator, must provide a detailed research plan and budget prior to arrival for approval to ensure that the required work can be undertaken.
  • Target Group 1 (TG1) can be defined as African nationals and/or residents registered or having obtained a degree in one of the Higher Education Institutions that is a member of the ELbM consortium.
  • Target Group 2 (TG2) can be defined as African nationals and residents (students) registered in Higher Education Institutions of African countries not included in the partnership, or who have obtained a Higher Education Institution degree or equivalent from an institution of these countries.

Offered Benefits

  • The ELbM consortium is committed to offering 50% of its scholarship to women and disadvantaged or marginalized groups.
  • In this ELbM scholarship call, a total of 22 scholarships comprising 12 Masters (9 credit seeking and 3 degree-seeking), 4 PhDs (3 credit seeking and 1 degree-seeking), and 6 Staff scholarships are available.
  • The ELbM scholarship includes a round trip-air ticket and visa costs, participation costs such as tuition fees, registration and service fees, Insurance (Health, accident, travel), settling-in allowance, monthly subsistence allowance, and a contribution towards the research costs associated with student mobility of 10 months or longer.

Master Scholarships:

  • Participation Costs (per academic year): €3,500
  • Subsistence Allowance (per month): €600
  • Research Costs (per academic year): €600
  • Insurance costs (per month): €75
  • Duration: Max 24 months

PhD Scholarships:

  • Participation Costs (per academic year): €2,000
  • Subsistence Allowance (per month): €900
  • Research Costs (per academic year): €600
  • Insurance costs (per month): €75
  • Duration: Max 24 months

Staff Scholarships:

  • Subsistence Allowance (per month): €1200
  • Insurance costs (per month): €75
  • Duration: Max 24 months

Application Process

  • How to Apply: In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must apply for admission into one of the partner institutes. Applicants can apply for scholarships by completing an online application.
  • Supporting Documents: Applicants must submit all the documents as required by the host Institutions.
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants can visit the host Institutions to meet the admission criteria.
  • Language Requirement: Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses in the host Institutions.
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