UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs for Africa Scholarship Programme 2021/2022

Applications are open for qualified Africans into the UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs for the 2021/22 academic session.


The UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs program is one of the pillars of the Excellence in Africa Initiative, designed to fund science and engineering graduates intending to complete a Ph.D. at an African institution.

The program awards funding of a maximum of 80’000 Swiss francs in total for a period of at most 54 months.

The candidates will be jointly supervised by a professor in an African home institution and by an EPFL professor. Qualified Africans are encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. scholarship opportunity.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), UM6P, EXAF

Scholarship Type: Full Scholarships

Host Institution(s): Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Scholarship Worth: See Scholarship benefits (below

Number of Awards: 100

Study Level: PhD

Nationality: Africans

UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs for Africa Details

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs for Africa you need to meet the following:

  • Applicants must be a national of an African country
  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree awarded after the 1st of January 2018 or be enrolled in the final year of the master study
  • Must have an outstanding academic track record
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an African academic institution when the fellowship will start, and reside in an African country for the duration of the PhD
  • Applicants must have the endorsement of a professor of an African institution willing to supervise the doctoral thesis for its full duration.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Awards funding of a maximum of 80’000 Swiss francs
  • Provision of living allowance
  • Covers tuition fees as applicable
  • Consumables and direct costs for the use of infrastructure at the home institution or at EPFL
  • Open science costs: costs for data storage and for granting access to data (open research data) and open access publication costs

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs for Africa must submit their application with all required documents via the online submission platform before the submission deadline.

Application Deadline: 20 April 2021 (17:00 CET)

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