Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme for Young Sub-Saharan Africans

Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (phd, postdoc)
Provider: Coimbra Group
Country to Study in: European counties

Scholarship Description
The Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme for young African researchers aims to enable scholars to undertake research for a short research period and to help them establish academic and research contacts.

During this period (generally 1 to maximum 3 months) they are engaged in their home institution, at a selected Coimbra Group university.

The Coimbra Group, which was set up in 1987, is an association of 38 traditional European universities. It aims to increase co-operation amongst its members by enhancing special academic and cultural ties, and creating channels of information and exchange. Its areas of interest and involvement include central and eastern Europe as well as countries in Latin America and Africa.

The scheme is intended for young academics (normally those under the age of 45). Applicants should be current staff members of a university or an equivalent higher education institution, and, in most cases, should be of postdoctoral or equivalent status.

A limited number of grants are available for technical/administrative staff from African universities (please see the requirement of each individual university).

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

Eligible groups
Citizens of Sub Saharan African countries

Participating Institutions
The following Coimbra Group universities are participating in the 2011-2012 edition of the scheme:
  • University of Aarhus (Denmark)
  • University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • University of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • University of Granada (Spain)
  • University of Graz (Austria)
  • University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Padova (Italy)
  • University of Poitiers (France)
  • University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • University of Siena (Italy)
  • University of Turku (Finland)
Further details about the universities taking part in the Scholarship programme for young African researchers may be found by viewing their own web site at the addresses included in the Annex.

Fields of study
All courses offered at the participating universities/schools

Number of awards
Varies according to the University. Together as a group, many awards are given

Sponsorship duration
Short period of time (generally 1 to maximum 3 months)

Scholarship benefits
Financial support is awarded to each successful applicant monthly for this program.
The specific amount of funds offered depends on the individual school, therefore, visit the Coimbra Group website to confirm the specific amount of financial support from each University.

Method of Application
Applicants must fill in the on-line application form before the deadline date below.

Candidates will be able to select one university only. Applicants should identify a research supervisor in the host university and provide his/her contact details in the application form.

It would be desirable if applicants took contact with their research supervisor before submitting their application (please note that some universities require a letter of acceptance by your supervisor in your host university – see the list for details).

Information should be submitted in English. After submitting the on-line application a confirmation message will automatically be sent to the e-mail address provided by the candidate. This will be your acknowledgement of receipt. The Coimbra Group Office will not individually acknowledge each application received.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply and will be prioritised.

When selection has been agreed, the host university may send a letter of invitation directly to the successful candidate. The Coimbra Group Office will contact candidates who are not successful in obtaining a place under the scheme.

Successful candidates who are currently employed by a University are responsible for ensuring that their home institution will grant them leave of absence to undertake the proposed visit.

You may want to download Information Guide on Short Stay Scholarship Programme for young researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa (pdf).

The deadline date for this current call is 15 March 2011

For further information please contact Anna Quici via email (

More information about the Coimbra Group can be found on the association’s website (link to it is below).

Application Deadline: 15 March 2011
Open to International students: Yes

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