Scholarships & Opportunities

  • Research Funds: RIF Round-3 Call For Proposals


    The Government of the Republic of Uganda has committed a special Research and Innovation Fund (RIF) to Makerere University to the tune of 30Billion Uganda Shillings per year to support the implementation of high impact Research and Innovations that contribute substantially to accelerating national development. In line with this, Makerere University anticipates to receive more funding in the next financial year (2021/2022).

    This communication serves to launch the call for proposals for the RIF Round 3, Track 1: New Research & Innovation Agenda-based Grants. The Round 3, Track 1 Grants will specifically target research and innovation ideas that align with priority thematic issues in the RIF’s instructive Research Agenda that arose from the Grants Management Committee’s consultation of stakeholders from all key sectors in Uganda’s economy.

    The call officially opens at midday, Thursday 1st April, 2021 and will run until 11.59pm, Sunday 2nd May, 2021. The grant guidelines and application form are available at the RIF Portal: Please refer to the detailed grant guidelines for the timeline of key activities related to this grant call, which includes various researcher support activities. Questions and clarifications can be sent to the RIF Secretariat through the email:

  • 2022 Fulbright and Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholar program announcements

    1)      *2022 Fulbright Foreign Student Program* –

    This program awards grants to Ugandan university faculty and others to pursue advanced degrees (master’s, doctorates), non-degree, or research programs in the United States.  Although core exchanges are universities, candidates who are affiliated with other educational, cultural, or professional institutions may apply.

    *Application deadline: March 25, 2021.*

    2)      *Fulbright African Research Scholar Program* -

    This award funds African university faculty, administrators, and research institute professionals to conduct postdoctoral research or curriculum development and research at a U.S. academic or research institution.

    *Application deadline: May 7, 2021*

    3)      *The Study of U.S. Institute for Scholars* --

    SUSI for Scholars is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours that provides foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United States’ society, culture, and institutions. The six competitive Institutes are American Culture and Values, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, U.S. Economics and Business, U.S. Foreign Policy and Workforce Development.

    *Application deadline: May 3, 2021.*

  • BERGEN:Online PHD Research School

    Attention: Members of Staff and PhD Coordinators at MakTAG: BERGEN SUMMER RESEARCH: ONLINE PHD RESEARCH SCHOOL JUNE 7–17, 2021How can the biosphere, society and the economy contribute towardsstrengthening the partnership for the sustainable development?Six parallel courses will focus on key global challenges, includingreproductive health, the internationalisation of higher education,socio-economic inequality, psychological and social science perspectiveson climate change, the sustainable development of life below water, andthe regulation and governance of corruption.In addition, there will be training in methods that facilitateinterdisciplinary collaboration and problem solving. Together withcross-cutting keynotes and virtual social events, BSRS will help 100 PhDcandidates to develop skills to create actionable knowledge.Application deadline: February 1, 2021For details, please follow this link: note that the Poster Bergen Summer Research School 2021 isherewith attached for your reference. 

  • DRGT Call for applications for PhD Thesis Completion funds; Deadline: Friday 13th Nov 2020

    From the University's budget appropriate FY 2020/21, the DRGT will
    provide the PhD Thesis Completion Fund to support doctoral candidates in
    their final year. The fund is meant to enable the candidates in all
    disciplines to focus full-time on research and writing and hopefully
    enable them to finalize and submit their thesis within 6-months upon
    receipt of the funds.
    We now invited applications for this scheme, please find the call
    details attached (Ref. doc)
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 13th November 2020; 5.00pm E.A time

  • TUM SEED Center Symposium 8 - 10 Dec: Sustainable Energies, Entrepreneurship and Development

    8-10, DECEMBER 2020, 2h30 each day

    It is with great pleasure that the TUM SEED Center announces the
    first time the International Virtual Symposium "Sustainable Energies,
    Entrepreneurship and Development". This year we are looking for top
    students from all over the world to learn and discuss the potential of
    renewable energies and the current efforts to serve communities of
    developing countries.

    This year's symposium will bring together representatives of research
    institutes, private actors, governmental and non-governmental
    organizations, who will share their state of the art research and work
    on the nexus of sustainable development, renewable energies, and
    entrepreneurial venturing, with a regional focus on the Global South. We
    will host a 3-day virtual symposium, 2h30 each day. More than 20
    speakers and students from all over the world will be able to share
    insights about their field research, network and discuss potential
    collaboration for their future research and projects. Here you can
    register for the event.

    We ask for your support in bringing the TUM S.E.E.D. Center Symposium to
    the attention of many motivated and talented students. Please share this
    appeal in your networks, via newsletter and/or social media and feel
    free to forward our email directly. PLEASE ATTACHED THE OFFICIAL

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    Best regards,

    TUM SEED Center Team

  • Call for Papers - Special Issue of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal (East Africa)


    Call for Papers - Special Issue of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal
    (East Africa)

    Through support of the IEEE Africa Committee, a Special Issue of the
    Africa Research Journal will be released with articles from East Africa.
    The SAIEE Africa Research Journal of the South African Institute of
    Electrical Engineers is an accredited peer reviewed research journal
    published quarterly, covering research in all fields of electrical
    engineering. The journal initiated as the Transactions of the SAIEE
    Journal in 1909 and is indexed by IEEE Xplore as of January 2019. It
    publishes research, surveys, and expository contributions in the fields
    of electrical, electronic, computer, information and communications

    The first Special Issue is already available: SAIEE Africa Research
    Journal - Issue 3 (East Africa), Sept. 2020, and is accessible online at

    We call upon researchers from the East African region, or whose work is
    based on East Africa as a case study, to consider the SAIEE Africa
    Research Journal as a medium for publishing their novel scholarly
    research. In this way, they will contribute to the body of published
    knowledge and reach a large audience through this open access journal.
    For further information, contact the Guest Editors.

    Author Guidelines:
    The deadline for receiving submissions is November 30, 2020. More
    details about the journal, including a submission link, can be found at:

    Important Dates:
    Papers Due:                     November 30, 2020
    Final Accepted Papers:          March 31, 2021
    Publication Date:               September 2021

    Guest Editors
    Drs. Dorothy K. Okello, Edwin Mugume, and Moise Busogi
    Guest Editors, SAIEE Africa Research Journal (Special Issue for East

  • Funding Call - Alliance for African Partnerships MSU announces its Call for Partnership Grants on Youth, Africa/Asia, Early Career Researchers, and the African Diaspora

    The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), a consortium of ten leading
    African universities and Michigan State University
    ( [1]),
    is inviting proposals for its Partnerships for Innovative Research in
    Africa (PIRA) grants.

    The PIRA grants are a tiered funding opportunity designed to cultivate
    and support multidirectional and trans-regional research partnerships at
    any stage of their development, whether it be initiatives to explore and
    create new relationships or scale existing ones.

    AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITIES. Proposals may also include partners
    from other institutions globally. Teams are encouraged to include
    partners from the private sector, governments, civil society
    organizations, and Pan-African/global institutions.

    The detailed call for proposals is available at: [2] and the deadline is on FRIDAY,
    NOVEMBER 27TH AT 11:59 PM EST. Grants range from $50K - $200K. Q&A
    session on October 14th, details will be posted on the AAP website or
    AAP fb page.

    AAP will be able to help teams to identify partners in each of the grant
    categories; please write to us at

    Looking forward to receiving many applications!




    José Jackson-Malete, PhD


    Alliance for African Partnership

    Michigan State University

    International Center

    427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 100

    East Lansing, MI  48824-1035

    517-884-8587 / 353-1700 [3]

  • International Climate Protection Fellowships - Application deadline: 1 March 2021



      The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 15 International
    Climate Protection Fellowships to prospective leaders and up to five to
    postdoctoral researchers from non-European transition or developing
    countries, who are active in any of the following areas: scientific,
    engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of
    climate change. The young climate experts will come to Germany for 12-24
    months to work alongside a host of their own choosing on a
    research-related project.


      ·         A monthly fellowship of between €2,170 and €2,670,
    depending on career stage

      ·         Individual mentoring during the stay in Germany

      ·         Additional financial support for items such as family
    allowances, travel expenses or a German language course

      ·         A three-week introductory phase, during which fellows will
    have the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection
    fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events
    in Germany

      ·         Extensive alumni sponsorship, especially support for
    networking with collaborative partners in Germany during the fellow's
    entire professional career


      ·         Citizenship of a non-European transition or developing
    country which is also the applicant’s habitual residence and place of

      ·         Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less
    than twelve years ago

      ·         Extensive professional experience or a successfully
    completed doctorate in climate protection or climate-related resource

      ·         A mentoring agreement signed by a host in Germany

      ·         A proposal which candidates must draw up on their own and
    coordinate with their host.

      ·         Clearly visible leadership potential

      Further information, a list of all application requirements and a link
    to the online application form are available at


      If you have any questions regarding the International Climate
    Protection Fellowship Programme or would like individual guidance,
    please contact us at INFO@AVH.DE.

      Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Jean-Paul-Straße 12
    53173 Bonn
    GERMANY [3]



  • Call for Scholarship Applications 2021 In-Country/In-Region Scholarship now open!!

    It is my pleasure to inform you that the call for Applications for the
    2021 In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme for Eastern Africa is
    now open!

    This programme is open to individual Master and PhD students in the
    Sub-Saharan Africa region who wish to study either in their home
    countries or at selected host institutions in other African countries.
    The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic
    Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the
    first line, without neglecting the public sector demand for academically
    trained personnel.

    For the Eastern African region, the scholarship is open to citizens and
    permanent residents of sub-Saharan Africa to study in selected
    institutions in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan. More
    details on the scholarship can be found here [1].

    The deadline for application is 15 December 2020.

    For further information, one can contact the In-Country/In-Region team
    on  or per telephone on 0733 929 929.

    We will be conducting Web seminars from Thursday, 29 October 2020 and
    the very final one on 09 December 2020 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EAT. The
    links to join in the Web seminars for next couple of weeks can be found

    Thursday, 29 October 2020 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm EAT:

    Tuesday, 03 November 2020 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm EAT:

    Thursday, 05 November 2020 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm EAT:

    Please see the attached flyer for the event schedule of the web

    Also, we still offer virtual visiting hours every Thursday from 10 am -
    11 am EAT.  To visit, please register at [2].

    Kindly share this information with your networks.

    Thank you; do have a great week ahead!

    Best regards,

    The IC-IR team

    On behalf of

    Beate Schindler-Kovats

    Director Regional Office for Africa

    Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

    Madison Insurance House- Upper Hill Close Road, community area, Nairobi,

    Tel: +254 -733-929 929


    Website: [3]



  • DRGT calls for application to train in Scholarly Writing and Qualitative Research methods

    DRGT, Makerere University observed that our PhD students find themselves in a highly diverse and competitive research landscape. To successfully navigate their career paths, transferable skills in the areas of communication, (self)-organisation, and interpersonal relationships are essential. We believe that these skills can be acquired and, furthermore, developed. We now call for applications of the two modules that will enable the students to productively deal with challenges related to the writing skills and interpersonal aspects of the studies. Actually, the cross-cutting modules provide a new model of postgraduate training. They retain the depth, rigour and focus of a conventional PhD while also providing a broader training experience. Nb: The other Course in Information Competency & Management is currently ongoing in the Main Library attended by over 50 participants (in-person and online).