PASET RSIF PhD Scholarships at African Host Universities in sub-Saharan Africa 2020.


PASET RSIF PhD Scholarships application process at African Host Universities in Africa. Learn the best way to apply for the PASET RSIF PhD Scholarships for the academic year 2020/2021, via African Host Universities Scholarship Portal.

If you are reading this, it means you have heard about the PASET RSIF PhD Scholarships 2020.

In this article, we are going to systematically outline the right way to apply for the PASET RSIF PhD Scholarships for interested and qualified applicants.

Scholarship Description

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led ingenuity with the aim of reinforcing skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (ASET) to advance social and economic change in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the leading program of PASET. RSIF concentrates on transformative technologies with a far-reaching progressive influence on the community. It is financed by donations from the World Bank, African governments and the Government of Korea and enabled by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya. RSIF plans to train quality post-doctoral researchers and PhD students at selected African universities (henceforth referred to as ‘African Host Universities’) to look into the human resource gap of greatly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to add to improving innovation and research capacities in those fields in Sub-Sahara Africa. RSIF also aids the reinforcement of innovation and research ecosystems at the African Host Universities by making available financing via competitive grants.

RSIF aids training, innovation and research in five (5) PASET Priority Thematic Areas:

  • Food security and agri-business,
  • ICT including big data and artificial intelligence,
  • Energy including renewables
  • Mining, minerals and materials engineering, and
  • Climate change.

The precise aims of RSIF are to:

  • Produce a stock of greatly skilled scientists, innovators and professionals in ASET disciplines.
  • Recognize and develop young skilled Africans who desire to further their studies in ASET areas where the know-how is needed most.
  • Address imbalances in the number of women and underprivileged groups in ASET areas in Africa.
  • Build African university capacity to make available appropriate ASET training and to guarantee continued investment in scaling up the ASET workforce and education.

About the PASET-RSIF PhD Scholarship Program

  • RSIF PhD Scholarship awards are available to applicants interested in getting international-quality PhD training.
  • Candidates apply for a scholarship award conducting PhD research in a PASET Priority Thematic field at one of the African Host Universities.
  • Independent selection committee will assess applications to choose applicants for scholarship awards.
  • Once scholarship awards are granted, successful applicants will be instructed to register with their chosen African Host University. Further details will then be provided at this time.
  • The period of the PhD Scholarship award is three (3) to four (4) years, including a 6-24 month ‘sandwich’ placement at any international partner research institute, university or private company.
  • RSIF PhD scholarship awards will be granted in September 2020.

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Available Subjects

All courses offered at the university.

Eligible Nationalities and Benefits

This scholarship is only open to students in Sub-Saharan Africa.

RSIF PhD recipients will get the following benefits:

  • The RSIF PhD Scholarship award covers university tuition and related fees, competitive stipend to cover living costs, medical insurance, travel and research expenses.
  • RSIF PhD recipients will be assisted to spend 6-24 months on ‘sandwich’ training at any international partner research institute, university or private company.
  • RSIF PhD recipients will become part of a growing network of emerging leaders in ASET areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • RSIF PhD recipients will have access to RSIF competitive research funds once they complete their PhD.


To be eligible for a RSIF PhD Scholarship award, candidates must:

  • Hold an appropriate master’s degree in one of the areas of study. The master’s degree must have been gotten less than six (6) years before 30 April 2020.
  • Fulfil the precise admission criteria of the African Host University they are applying to study in.
  • Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan Africa nation.
  • Be keen to enrolling full-time in a PhD program at an African Host University in the 2020/2021 academic session.
  • Be keen to spending 6-24 months in ‘sandwich’ training at any international partner research institute, university or private company.
  • Exhibit that their research objectives are well aligned to the RSIF Priority Thematic Fields and add to Africa’s development.
  • Priority for the scholarship awards will be given to women and existing young academic faculty who do not hold a PhD.

How to Apply

Filled/completed application forms and required accompanying supporting documents must be submitted ONLINE through the following website

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The deadline for the scholarship award application is 15th June 2020 at 5:00 pm (East Africa time; UTC+3). Applicants should ensure they submit their applications on or before the specified date/time.