Pan African (African Union) University FULL Scholarships for Postgraduate Africans at Home and in Diaspora

Pan African University: Call for Applications for the 2017/2018 Academic Year

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, phd)
Provider: African Union Commission
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The Pan African University (PAU), the Premier continental University network whose mission is to provide wholesome postgraduate education, invites young qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African Countries and the Diaspora to apply to join Masters’ or PhD degree programmes in ANY of the PAU Institutes listed below.

Candidates with potential, motivation and desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

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

Pan African University

Admission Requirements for Masters’ Programmes:
Candidates must satisfy the following conditions:
  • Undergraduate degree from a recognized university with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field.
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school), National I.D. card and passport personal details page.
  • Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm)
  • Not older than 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants.
  • Candidates may be required to undergo a written/oral examination after preselection.
  • 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).
Admission Requirements for Doctorate Programmes:
Candidates must satisfy the following conditions:
  • A masters degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts, national I.D. card and passport personal details page.
  • Clear coloured passport size photograph (2cmx2cm).
  • Not older than 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants.
Scholarship awardees should be committed to working in Africa after graduation.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY African country
(both those in their home countries and those in the diaspora)

Participating Institutions
The four (4) PAU Institutes are:
  1. Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Juja, Kenya.

  2. Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciences including Health and Agriculture (PAULESI) at the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, Nigeria.

  3. Pan African University Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS) at the University of Yaounde II, Soa, Cameroon.

  4. Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change) (PAUWES) at the University of Tlemcen, Algeria.
Fields of study
Postgraduate masters and PhD level courses in several fields of endeavor

Number of awards
Not specified by providers/sponsors

Sponsorship duration
Successful applicants will have a FULL scholarship to cover the whole duration of their study and training

Scholarship benefits
The Commission of the African Union will offer FULL scholarships to the successful African candidates.

Reasons to join PAU:
  • Excellent programmes taught by world class faculty;
  • A broad network of academic and professional partners on the continent and beyond;
  • Attractive scholarship scheme;
  • Joint degree awards from the Pan African University and its Host Universities;
  • Excellent career prospects in some of the fastest growing industries, with relevant career guidance; and
  • Vibrant, multi-cultural and Pan African learning and research environments
Method of Application
You must be eligible to apply (see 'Eligibility' above). The Application Procedure has been listed out below:
  • Applications should be completed online at; OR
  • Application forms can be downloaded at the following address:
  • Hard copies of completed application forms should be sent by courier to the relevant institute addresses as outlines on the official website.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to start your application and to download the Call for Application Guidelines for complete information on this scholarship.

Closing date for receipt of applications with all supporting documents is 31st May 2017

Applications received after the deadline above shall NOT be considered.

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

Application Deadline: 31 May 2017
Open to International students: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application(2017/2018 Call)

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  1. I am very glad to hear this....I can't wait to apply.THANK YOU!!!

  2. BE CAREFUL....The emails ( & given in the “Pan African University: Call for Applications for the 2016/2017 Academic Year” announcement do not work / do not exist, we are asking if this information published by the AU website and other websites is it a hoax?
    Please provide us additional details, as all emails are not working, they are like those given by scammers.

    1. @Alfa thanks for bringing this to our notice. We will investigate this issue promptly. Regards

    2. @Alfa we have established the following:

      1). the entity that called for this scholarship (i.e. “Pan African University: Call for Applications for the 2016/2017 Academic Year”) is the same entity that have always successfully called for this scholarship in past years;

      2). that this entity is indeed officially recognized by the African Union;

      3). that the email given in this call for further inquiries by applicants is indeed not working (it returns an error message thus: rejected by the server for the recipient domain;

      4). that the current state of affairs does not prevent your successful application to this year's scholarship call (as you are to complete an online application and then send hard copies by courier).

      Please note: we have sent a message to the Technical Unit responsible for maintaining the AU website, and we hope that this glitch will be rectified soon.

  3. Please note, You either apply online or you download print it and fill then send through courier.

    1. @Mosinimu, thanks for the clarification

    2. Am still confused about this online and offline application. Am i to do both or anyone i find convenient with?

    3. @COSMAS you choose which one is most convenient for you- either online OR offline

  4. When will the scholarship result be announced?

  5. When will the result be announced?

  6. When Will the result be announced?

    1. You will be contacted, if successful.

  7. Many Thanks to the site owners. I got the Pan African University Scholarship in 2014 and I got to know about it from this site.

    1. @unknown can you tell us more benefits that you achieved from the scholarship?

  8. @ Ikenna Adimekwe
    You can Check this message for me please?
    Congratuilations on your successful application for a Pan African University Scholarship.
    Get your acceptance letter and fill the confirmation sheet to confirm your acceptance.
    send a 4x4 photo attachment.
    Please send this form to the following addresses: ; /
    Ce formulaire dûment rempli doit être renvoyé/retourné aux adresses;
    from: AUGHSS

  9. Dear is this (2016/17) year's application results announced?

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  11. Plz Ix Union Bank scholarships 2017 list of selected candidate out

  12. It my glade to hear such type of golden scholarship for me. Without spent time, I will apply.
    Thank you!

  13. am trying to make an online application using this link but it keeps saying The requested URL /apply was not found on this server.please help

    1. Hello, use the link provided for you above to visit the official website. And follow the instructions on that website. Best regards

    2. Hello @hazel, I'm sorry the link was broken because the AU did a slight change to their website. However, it's been fixed now, and thanks for calling our attention. You can now apply. Good luck!

  14. Hello, I have been trying to open the link but it keeps bringing up and error message...i can't even download the form. Please help me out. Thank you

    1. Which of the links are you trying to open?

    2. Registration link not opening. Pls help with a new link

  15. To whom shall direct our recommendation letter?

  16. Do you need a passport to apply for the schorlaship?

  17. Do you need a passport to apply?

  18. The website is not working. Can you help me?

  19. Can someone apply using a university completion letter just incase certificates and university transcript not yet ready??

  20. Which link can I use? The ones above bringing out error

  21. The link is not connecting..

  22. Hello, I was trying to open the link given above but it refused to be opened. Please, I need your help..

  23. Hello everyone, we're really sorry about your inability to apply. Unfortunately, the issue is with the web engineers over at African Union, and despite our all our spirited efforts, it doesn't seem they are interested in rectifying whatever is wrong at their end. This is the second time this has happened during this 2017-2018 application season, and there is actually little or nothing we at Study & Scholarships can do, except to continue to send them reminders to rectify the problem on their website.

    1. The only thing you can do is to continue checking back on their website daily in the hope that they will work on this problem.
      Alternatively, you can join us to disturbing them to correct the fault on their website by sending emails to

  24. please i filled all the necessary spaces provided and sumited my documents but its not responding and some times saying your files can not be found my be its deleted so please testify what is wrong with me. i would be delighted seen your respond.
    yours faithful