Before submitting your application, read through the instructions below and familiarize yourself with the student categories and target groups. 

Applicants are advised to carefully research and select the host institution and study programme of choice, prior to submitting the application. 

The project particularly invites applications from female candidates and disadvantaged groups.

In order to submit your application, create a new user and then fill in the online application form and attach the required documents. Once the form is completed, make sure you have submitted it within the deadline and that you have received an email confirming the submission is concluded.

If an applicant submits more than one application, the system will automatically consider the most recent one.

In order to increase the chances of being selected, it is recommended that applicants choose different Partners Higher Education Institutions. The number of options depends on the subject area and the academic offer made available by each partner. It is possible that for a specific field of studies, only 1 or 2 courses may be offered by the entire partnership. In this case you can either chose a different, yet related, field or you can choose the only offer/offers available. However, 2nd and 3rd choice institutions may decide not to evaluate these applications depending on the total number of received applications.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for all types of scholarships must:

  • Be nationals and residents in any of the eligible African countries.
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction of courses in the host country.
  • Fulfill the criteria of one of the target groups below:


Students having previously benefitted from a scholarship under the Intra-ACP or the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Schemes are NOT eligible.


Target Group 1 (TG1)

  • For credit-seeking mobility applicants: Students must be registered in one of the five partner universities: Université de Tlemcen (Algeria), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), Kenyatta University (Kenya), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).
  • For degree-seeking applicants: Students must have graduated from one of the five partner universities.
  • For staff: Staff must be working in one of the five partner universities.

Target Group 2 (TG2)  

  • For credit-seeking mobility applicants: Students must be registered in any African Higher Education Institution.
  • For degree-seeking mobility applicants: Students must have graduated from any African Higher Education Institution.


Required documents

  • National ID or Copy of Passport Data page.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Proof of employment from home university (for staff only)
  • Motivation letter.
  • Recommendation letter.
  • Transcript of records.
  • Proof of registration from home institution (for credit-seeking mobility applicants).
  • Certificate of degree from an African university (for degree-seeking applicants).
  • Declaration of honor
  • Support from home university (for TG1 applicants)



After the application deadline, first the local Academic Evaluation Committee and then the Consortium Management Group (endorsing recommendations made by the Consortium Selection Committee) will review all received applications. Only complete applications will be considered for selection. Your application is complete if you have uploaded all the requested documentsand filled in the form completely. The home and host universities of the consortium will work together to evaluate the applications based upon the following criteria:

  • Academic merit.
  • Motivation for the mobility period.
  • Research/Teaching Plan (for PhD and academic staff).


In addition to these academic criteria, the following administrative criteria will be taken into account:

  • Relevance of the mobility for both the host university and the home university.
  • Equal geographic representation of the partner universities in the mobility scheme.
  • Equity considerations for designated groups (Female, candidates with disabilities or in social/political vulnerable situation, …).


If you have given incorrect or misguiding information in your application, this will be a reason to withdraw your grant.



Notifications of application outcome to students are done as follows:

  • All applicants will be notified via e-mail.
  • All applicants not selected for the programme are notified immediately after the selection decision has been made. Notification will include:
    • The results of the selection.
    • The procedure to follow for an appeal to the selection decision.


For the selected candidates the notification will include:

  • Instructions for further steps (visa guidelines, etc.).
  • A model of the Student Agreement.
  • Other relevant information.


Academic support

Each partner institution undertakes to provide academic support to ACADEMY scholarship holders at their institution by:

  • Setting up agreements with students on an individual work programme and on the workload required to pass any examinations or other forms of assessment (i.e. student agreements, learning agreements).
  • Assuring ACADEMY scholarship holder (all types of mobility) benefits of the same working conditions and the same health and security protection levels similar to the local students and members of the academic community.
  • Providing mentoring for ACADEMY scholarship holders.
  • Keeping student records of ACADEMY scholarship holders.
  • Arranging supervisors for research students.
  • Arranging field trips for research students where necessary.
  • Providing counselling for future career and work placements.
  • Providing linguistic support.
  • Awarding degrees to ACADEMY scholarship holders upon successful completion of the degree programme (for degree-seeking students).