The World Bank ACE II Masters Fellowship for Young Talented Female Scientists from Eastern and Sout


The World Bank is partnering with eight Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in an innovative project with the aim of improving the quality of training and research in higher education, and reducing the skill gaps in key development priority areas. The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project supports the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia in strengthening selected African Centers of Excellence (ACEs) to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity


(i) Industry,

(ii) Agriculture,

(iii) Health,

(iv) Education,

(v) Applied Statistics

(vi) (i) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)


In order to be eligible for this Fellowship, the applicant must:

i) be a female national of one of ACE II participating countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) or Burundi

ii) be under the age of thirty five (35) years

iii) be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable university in the relevant field, at the level of Upper Second Class Honors

iv) have been admitted in any of the 24 ACEs to study full-time in any of the priority disciplines of the ACE II


The provided financial support for each Fellowship Program will cover:

i) University tuition fees: Approximately USD 3,000 per year (payable directly to the Host University according to an official invoice)

ii) Stipend: USD 800 per month to support living expenses such as housing, food, utilities, local transportation, medication and settlement expenses

iii) Research: USD 4,800 to support student research, payable upon approval of research proposal

iv) Allowance: USD 2,000 one-off allowance to cover visa, laptop and books

v) Air ticket: A round-trip economy fare for the most direct route between the beneficiary’s home country and the study destination of Host University