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World Bank/ARCE 2020-2021 MSc & PhD Scholarships in Railway Engineering for African Students

African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE) is offering competitive scholarships to citizens in African countries to pursue MSc studies in Railway Engineering specializing in Civil Infrastructure, Rolling Stock and Traction and Train Control for the 2020/21 academic year.

African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE) is one of the African Center of Excellence II projects supported by the World Bank. Through this support from the WB, the center aspires to become sustainable regional hub for training and research in Railway Engineering and Management, capable of leading efforts to address priority development challenges and improve lives in South and Eastern Africa. The aim of the center is to strengthen railway professionals’ development through short-term training, MSc and PhD level education, and research in Ethiopia and the region at large.

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About African Railway Education and Research Institute (ARERI)

Great plan of railway construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures are actively executed in eastern African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti and others. Having huge railway transportation system expansion in terms of both new lines construction and renovation of the old lines in Eastern and Southern Africa, the need for advanced study in the fields of railway system education and research is found fundamental. Hence, under the support of WBG, Addis Ababa University/Addis Ababa Institute of Technology has designed and developed African Railway Education and Resear... read more


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World Bank/ARCE Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of World Bank/ARCE Masters Scholarship

  1. Type A. Full Scholarship: Covers monthly stipend (USD600 for MSc students), tuition fee, health insurance and transportation cost.
  2. Type B. Half Scholarship: Covers monthly stipend (USD250 for MSc) and tuition fee.
  3. Type C. Part Timer Scholarship: Covers tuition fee only.
  4. Type D. Self-Sponsored Students: Student should cover all the expenses.

The scholarship will be initially granted for one semester and may be extended for those who completed the first semester successfully


World Bank/ARCE Masters Scholarship Courses


Requirements for World Bank/ARCE Masters Scholarship Qualification

Applicants have to:-

  1. Have completed their last degree less than Five years ago during the time of application
  2. Be Citizens of African countries
  3. Applicants should have Bachelor’s degree qualification with at least a CGPA of 3.00/4.00 for males and 2.5/4.00 for females (grading shall be converted to 4.00 scale or at the level of Upper Second Class Honors or above).
  4. The applicant should write a personal statement/motivation letter describing the candidate`s interest to join the program.
  5. The applicant should have two letters of recommendations of advisors/ supervisors from previous educational institutions.
  6. All regional(Non Ethiopian Citizens) applicants shall submit a certificate that states English language is a media of instruction in your previous degree issued university
  7. Female candidates and candidates from underprivileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply

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Interview date, Process and Venue for World Bank/ARCE Masters Scholarship

Application Schedule

  1. Deadline of Application:14th of September 2020
  2. Announcement for short listed candidates: 1 st of October 2020
  3. National Students Interview and Written Exam: 12th of October 2020
  4. Regional Students Online Interview: 13th -15th October 2020
  5. AAU Competency exam for all selected candidates: 7 th of November 2020
  6. Final selected student announcement: 10th of November 2020
  7. Registration at Addis Ababa University (for selected candidates) – applicants should fulfill additional requirements expected by university registrar which includes official transcripts and authenticated credentials: 13th of November 2020

Documents Required for Application

  1. Filled ARCE 2010/21 Scholarship form (Link for Application form)
  2. Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF; please use the Europass CV template (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  3. Scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  4. Scanned copies of all university transcripts
  5. Letter of motivation (Maximum 2 pages)
  6. Academic reference from senior lecturer and proof of employment if applicable (scanned copy)
  7. All the documents listed above should be scanned in a single PDF (COMPILED) document. Applications submitted separately will be considered incomplete


Application Deadline

September 14, 2020


How to Apply

Applicants should submit their document in a single PDF (COMPILED) file through email addresses; – [email protected]

The application file name must be [applicantname_Field of Study.Pdf] for example jhon_Rollingstock.pdf and application can only be completed if the
required documents are submitted.

For application form, click here

For more details, visit scholarship form (pdf)



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