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Pan African (African Union) University 2020-2021 (Masters & PhD) Scholarships for young Africans

The Pan African University is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa.

Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below. Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

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About African Union

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). The main objectives of the OAU were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation... read more


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AU PanAfrican University Masters & PhD Scholarships for young Africans


Aim and Benefits of AU PanAfrican University Masters & PhD Scholarships for young Africans

The African Union Commission will offer full scholarships to the successful African candidates.

Scholarship awardees should be committed to working in Africa after graduation.


Requirements for AU PanAfrican University Masters & PhD Scholarships for young Africans Qualification

Candidates must satisfy the following conditions

  1. Maximum age of 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants
  2. Undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field

Candidates for PhD must meet the following;

  1. Maximum age of 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants;
  2. A Master’s degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university

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Interview date, Process and Venue for AU PanAfrican University Masters & PhD Scholarships for young Africans

  1. Candidates may be required to undergo a written/oral examination after pre-   selection.
  2. Candidates for the Master in Conference Interpreting and Translation programmes are required to have excellent knowledge of at least two of the African Union’s official languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese).

Documents Required for Application

Required documents for masters students;

  1. Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school)
  2. Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page)
  3. Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm)
  4. Detail CV
  5. Recommendation letter from ONE of his/her former University lecturers
  6. Names of 3 Reference University lecturers (with email adress and whatsapp number) (*Mandatory)

Required documents for PhD students;

  1. Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts
  2. Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page);
  3. Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm);
  4. Detail CV;
  5. Recommendation letters from 2 Professors;
  6. A 3 to 4 page Research Concept Note (tentaive title, research questions, objectives, significance of the research etc…);
  7. Names of 3 Reference University Teachers (with email adress and whatsapp number);(Mandatory);


Application Deadline

September 10, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African Union on www.au-pau.org to apply

Applications should be completed online.

Steps to apply:

  1. After reading the conditions, Click on ‘Register’
  2. Provide a valid  username and your email
  3. Check your inbox to confirm the registration by clicking on the confirmation link (Please check the spams as well)
  4. Provide a valid password
  5. Login using your credentials
  6. Open the ‘Application’ page and provide all your data
  7. Click on Save button and after finishing click on FINISH button

If you didn’t finish the application, you can come back later and “Login” again using your email and password

Closing date for the submission of applications with all supporting documents

10 September 2020. Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered.

For the full list of Institutions and scholarship programmes, click here

Further enquiries can be made through: [email protected]

For more details, visit PanAfrican University website



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