APPLY: EU-ECOWAS launches postgraduate scholarship program on sustainable energy

The European Union (EU), in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has launched a postgraduate scholarship program on sustainable energy.

The program, intended for nationals of West African countries and Mauritania, offers scholarships at specialized universities in Nigeria, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Togo. The British Council implements the programme.

Applications to universities in Nigeria, Senegal and Cape Verde are now open until November 29, 2022 at 6:00 PM WAT.

Speaking at the physical launch of the program on Tuesday at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said the scholarship was part of efforts to ensure people in the region have access to clean and sustainable energy.

“At the African Union-Europe summit earlier this year, we launched the Africa Global Gateway investment programme,” she said.

“It brings 150 billion euros of investment in Africa to consolidate existing investments and launch new ones.

“Under the EU’s new 2021-2027 multiannual indicative program for sub-Saharan Africa, we plan to allocate €600 million in grants to the sustainable energy sector in West Africa alone. .

“As this program shows, the EU is also available to support the human capital development that accompanies this transition.”

Alex Lambert, British Council country director in Senegal and senior fellowship program manager, said nine higher education institutions had been selected, taking into account the course curriculum, infrastructure and ability to receive international students. .

“The opportunity is open to all citizens of ECOWAS and Mauritania holding a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy and environment, law, economics, finance and planning,” he said.

“Seventy-five candidates will be selected under the program. They can apply to any of the nine institutions in any of the six countries and special consideration will be given to female applicants.

“I am delighted to share that to date, three calls for applications have been launched, starting with a university in Togo, one in Côte d’Ivoire and one in Ghana last month. Some academics have already started their studies.

Universities to apply to in Nigeria include Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ibadan, and University of Nigeria.

Part of the eligibility requirements include a bachelor’s degree with first class or second class (upper division) in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy and environment (including renewable energy and energy efficiency), law, economics, finance and planning, depending on the entry requirements of the chosen university.

Work experience in the energy sector in West Africa will be an added advantage.

The scholarships will be mobile (applicants will be selected to follow the program outside their country of residence) and fixed (programmes in the country of residence).

Sediko Douka, ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization, commended the EU for its contribution to sustainable energy growth in the region.

He asked the British Council to be fair to all applicants in the selection process and not to prioritize “cost savings”.

More information, including the application form, can be found here.

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