Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme for African Researchers 2024

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 establish academic and research contacts in Europe.

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.In most universities the language of instruction is that of the country itself, but in many universities, it is possible to use English as the working language.

Please note that some Coimbra Group Universities may restrict the eligibility to some Sub-Saharan countries only - to find out if your country is eligible, please refer to the “Remarks” section in the Excel table on page 4.

Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme

Application DeadlineMay 4, 2024
Funding TypeFully Funded
SponsorCoimbra Group(CG)
GenderMen and Women

Benefits of Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme

  • Successful candidates will access excellent academic knowledge in quality facilities.
  • The scholarships include financial support for tuition, living costs, airfares etc

Requirements for Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme

Applicants must fulfil ALL of the following criteria at the same time:

  • Be born on or after 1 January 1979.
  • Be nationals of and current residents in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Be current staff members of a university or an equivalent higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Be preferably of doctoral/postdoctoral or equivalent status.
  • Be in possession of an acceptance letter/email from the tutor/supervisor with whom the work programme will be undertaken in the host institution. This document is mandatory.
  • Use the Coimbra Group Office electronic application process.
  • Apply for one university only. Multiple applications will not be considered valid.
  • Submit all information in English only.

Selection Process

  • The administrative check of applications will be undertaken by the Coimbra Group Office in order to select candidates who meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Candidates must indicate the name and contact details of an academic supervisor at the host university and provide proof of acceptance (a letter or e-mail). Applications which do not fulfil this requirement will not be considered.
  • The selection of candidates will be undertaken directly by the host universities. They may request additional documents. When the 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 by the end of June 2024.

Application Deadline

May 4, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Coimbra Group(CG) on to apply

The online application is available until Friday, 5 April 2024 at midnight (Brussels time) on the Coimbra Group website

Only the universities listed in the Excel table at the bottom of this document (page 4) are taking part in the 2024 edition of this Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme.

The Coimbra Group Office will individually acknowledge each application received. Within two weeks of submitting the online application, candidates should receive an email from the Coimbra Group Office confirming whether their application has been validated or not. This will be the only acknowledgement of receipt. If candidates do not receive the confirmation message it means that their application was not submitted correctly or there was a technical problem. In that case, please contact [email protected] no later than 19 April 2024.

For more details, visit Coimbra Group website.

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