Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai

Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) in partnership with the World Bank has announced a total of 30 Masters Fellowships for the 2018/19 academic year, benefiting female students of eastern and central Africa.

The selected students, including Ugandans, will study full time at any of the 24 African Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) in the priority disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or Industry, Agriculture, Health, Education and Applied Statistics.

The Ugandan candidates who received the award are; Stella Atugonza (Msc in Petroleum Engineering, Eva Mpagi (Msc in Data Science and Nassazi Winfred (MSc Analytical Chemistry). The three will study from Eduardo Mondlane Universitry, University of Rwanda and Moi University respectively.

“We congratulate the successful applicants and extend to them our best wishes for success in their studies. We have no doubt that when they return to their country of origin after completing their studies, they will play meaningful leadership roles at national and regional levels in identified priority science and technology areas for Africa,” said Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai, the Chairperson of the Independent Selection Panel.

On May 4, 2018, IUCEA, called for applications for Masters Fellowships targeting female students in the nine countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique and Malawi.

The aim of the competitive scholarship is to enhance the participation of young African female scientists at postgraduate level, encourage regional student mobility and identify and cultivate future leaders in the region, said IUCEA in a statement.

The Scholarship will cover cost for tuition, stipend, research, visa fees, laptop, books/stationeries and a round trip air ticket between the beneficiary’s home country and the study destination.

IUCEA will announce another 30 scholarships next year.