Government of Iran Masters and PhD Scholarships for African Students (Fully-funded)

Call for Applications for Scholarship Tenable at Various Universities in the Republic of Iran

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Graduate (Masters, PhD)
Provider: Iranian Govt
Country to Study in: Iran

Scholarship Description
The Government of Iran has made scholarship offers to the African Union Commission, through the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, to enable African students study in Iran in the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

The Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission has the role to ensure the coordination of AU programmes on human resource development matters. It also has the mandate to promote science and technology in the continent. The Department encourages and provides technical support to Member States in the implementation of policies and programmes in the fields below. It promotes research and publication on science and technology, promotes cooperation among Member States on education and training as well as youth participation in the integration of the continent; and acts as the Secretariat for the Scientific Council for Africa.

The scholarships are open to ALL qualified African Nationals who meet the admission requirements set forth below.

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

Candidates applying for MSc programmes must satisfy the following requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field.
  • Maximum age of 26 years.
Selection Criteria:
Candidates may be required to undergo a written/oral examination after pre-selection.

Candidates applying for PhD programmes must satisfy the following requirements:
  • A Masters degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university
  • Maximum age of 31 years.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL African countries

Participating Institutions
All accredited universities in the Republic of Iran

Fields of study
The scholarships are intended for studies leading to the award of Masters (MSc), or Doctorate (PhD) degrees in the following Engineering, Science and Mathematics fields:
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science (Hardware Engineering)
  • Computer Science (Software Engineering)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geo Sciences (Mineral Exploration)
  • Geo Sciences (Petroleum Geo Sciences)
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Space Sciences
  • Statistics
Number of awards
Several awards are to be granted by the Government of Iran

Sponsorship duration
Covers the whole duration of the programme

Scholarship benefits
Fully-funded. Tuition waiver, accommodation, stipend, medical insurance

Method of Application
Applications must be submitted with a cover letter stating motivations for applying. Applications must also be accompanied with the following:
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts, and personal details page of national passport (at least six month valid)
  • Clear colored passport size photograph (3*4)
  • Recommendations from 3 Professors
  • Health Certificate
  • Completed Application Form
  • Applicants for PhD programmes are required to send in a 3 to 5 page research concept note
Applications should be sent by email to

Applications for this scholarship begin 26th August, 2016. The deadline for applying is 9th September, 2016

Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered.

The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of 54 countries in Africa. The AU was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa, with the aim of replacing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The AU's secretariat, the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa.

Iran is an Islamic republic on the Persian Gulf with historical sites dating to the Persian Empire. Extensive marble ruins mark Persepolis, the empire’s capital founded by Darius I in the 6th century B.C. The modern capital, Tehran, is home to opulent Golestan Palace, seat of the Qajar Dynasty (1794–1925), plus modern landmarks such as the 435m-high Milad Tower.

Application Deadline: 9 September 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes (ONLY Africans)

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