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Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Important Information for the Applicant

The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

The AMAS (Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development) Project, is a Project of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme which supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa. The scheme aims to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.The programme’s objective is to improve the skills and competencies of students and staff through enhanced mobility between African countries. Strengthening cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa will increase access to quality education and will encourage and enable African students to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent. Furthermore, mobility of staff (academic and administrative) will enhance the international cooperation capacity of HEIs in Africa. More precisely, the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme aims to:
• contribute to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions;
• enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another African country.
The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme is set up under the Pan-African Programme and is based on the experience of the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA); an Agency of the European Commission, is responsible for managing this programme, in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), and under the supervision of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission. More details about the Scheme are available at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/intra-africa_en

The AMAS Project Partnership

Given the present advances in communication, globalization and the speed of knowledge creation, mobility by the academia through projects such as “Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development” (AMAS), are instrumental in creating the stage for contextual and evidence-based development for Africa with effective knowledge exchange between five Universities in four distinct regions of the continent. The Partner Universities (PUs) in the AMAS Project are: Moi University (MU), Kenya; Université Mohammed V de Rabat (UM5R), Morocco; Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia; Université d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Mozambique and Universität Bayreuth (UBT), Germany. Moi University (MU) is the Project Coordinating University and Universität Bayreuth (UBT), Germany, is the Technical Partner (TP)to the Project. The AMAS project mobility flows shall occur across the five (5) partner universities (including Moi University; the Project Coordinating University), but NOT the Technical University (UniversitätBayreuth (UBT), Germany). This is partly because the project is designed to serve as an Intra-Africa academic mobility. The Project aims at facilitating Master and PhD students’ academic mobility and exchange across the 5 African Universities to study in selected academic programmes within the broad discipline of Social Sciences and Governance. In addition, the AMAS Project has a component of Staff mobility; described at detail in the staff selection criteria. Details about the AMAS Project are available at http://amasproject.org

The Master and Doctoral Mobility

The AMAS thematic field of study is Social Sciences and Governance.Mobility flows only happen in accredited high quality Master courses and Doctoral programmes offered by the partner universities in the field of study; Social Sciences and Governance. The starting date of the planned first cohort of AMAS mobility flow is ideally by 31stDecember 2017, however, the AMAS mobility will start on varied dates ranging between July 2017 and March 2018, in order to accommodate varied semester periods for all the five PUs. The second cohort mobility flow will be by 31st December 2018, and the final third cohort mobility flow will be by 31st December 2019. The AMAS mobility will entail the organisation and implementation of student and staff mobility in high quality Master and Doctoral programmes as well as the provision of education/training and other services to foreign students, teaching/training, research assignments and other services to staff from the countries covered by the project. The Master and Doctoral mobility programmes are listed on document “Doc T1-Table of Mobility Courses”, found onthe AMAS website at http://amasproject.org

Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Master and Doctorate Student Beneficiaries

Details of the Call for Applications for both Master and Doctoral mobilities, including the selection criteria are available on the AMAS website at http://amasproject.org
Specifically, the important documents for the applicant are loaded on the call application page on the website. These are:
1. Doc IA1- Information for Applicants (this particular document);
2. Doc T1-Table of Mobility Courses;
3. Doc EC1- Eligibility Criteria;
4. Doc ADP1-Application Details and Procedure;
5. Doc AF1-Application Form

The details about applications for the mobility are also readily available at open public notice boards and at offices of Focal Persons at partner universities (as shown on the Call poster);

However, the information below, concerning eligibility and selection is important to the applicant:

To be eligible for a scholarship, as Target Group I, Master students as well as Doctoral candidates referred to as “students” must comply with the below criteria:

Target Group I-
a) Be a national and resident in the respective country of the partner university.
b) At the time of the application for a scholarship, be registered/admitted in or having obtained a HEI degree (at least an upper second class honors degree for Master applicants and a Master degree for Doctorate applicants), or equivalent from:

one of the Universities /HEIs included in the partnership as a partner university. We consider such as Target Group I (See the 5 partner universities above and on the AMAS website- http://amasproject.org

or
Target Group II-
Applicant from a university/ HEI not included in the partnership as a partner university, but established in an eligible country. We refer to such as Target Group II (For eligible countries under Target Group II, refer to the website- https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/intra-africa_en)
Target Group I Participantsare studentsregistered in or having obtained a degree from one of the HEIs that is a partner of the project (including the applicant/coordinating institution), for both Master and Doctorate. Target Group II Participants are studentsregistered in or having obtained a degree (or equivalent) from a HEI not included in the partnership as a partner but established in an eligible country (refer- https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/intra-africa_en).

Duration of the mobilities
For Master mobilities, a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 24 months. Such students may apply for a short time to seek credits or apply for the maximum duration to seek a Master degree. For Doctorate mobilities, a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 48 months. Such students will apply for any duration within the 6 – 48 months mostly to seek credits and engage in research, but may not apply for a full PhD engagement. Target Group I must represent at least 40 % of the individual mobility flows covered by the project.

Credit and Degree Seeking Mobility

Mobility of students can be of short term (credit-seeking mobility – leading to the academic recognition of the study period spent abroad) or for a complete course of an academic programme (degree-seeking mobility – leading to the award of a degree after the successful completion of their studies). Credit-seeking mobilityis ashort-term mobility leading to the recognition by the home university of the study period spent at the host / recipient university: i.e. the educational components taken abroad by the student are recognised upon return as integrated part of the degree programme at the home institution (either the credits awarded by the host / recipient institution are recognised and transcribed by the home institution or the home institution recognises the learning outcomes achieved by the student as compatible for the award of the home degree). Degree-seeking mobility is mobility for a complete course of an academic programme, leading to the award of a degree by the host / recipient university after the successful completion of the study period.

Gender balance
The selection of candidates will ensure gender balance, for both students and staff (selected and reserve / pending lists). Successful female candidates shall enjoy an added sponsorship benefit.

Sponsorship

Support for the implementation of individual mobility of students and staff will contribute to cover the subsistence allowances, insurance costs, travel and visa expenses, and, where applicable, participation (tuition fee) and research costs for mobile students.

The table below summarises the unit costs per type of mobility, with the exception of the additional allowances for female scholarship holders and the travel and visa costs:

Type of mobility

 

Subsistence allowance (per month) Participation costs (per academic year) Research costs (per academic year) Insurance costs (per month) Duration

 

Maximum allowance

 

Master

 

600 €

 

3.500 €

 

600 €

 

75 €

 

Max 24 months 25.000 €

 

Doctorates

 

900 €

 

4.000 €

 

2.000 €

 

75 € Max 48 months 71.700 €

 

Staff

 

1.200 €

 

—– —– 75 € Max 6 months 7.650 €

 

Research costs and participation costs: only eligible for mobility of ten (10) months or more. The unit costs are per student and per academic year (see Glossary).

The minimum duration of the mobility is six (6) months for master students and doctoral candidates (i.e. one academic semester) and one month for staff.

The maximum allowance in the table includes one extra monthly allowance as settling-in allowance of EUR 600 for master students and EUR 900 for doctoral candidates. However, it does not include the additional allowances for female scholarship holders nor the travel and visa costs.

 

Correspondences

Contact Persons

Contact Person Contacts
Prof. Dr. Anne Nangulu

(AMAS Project Coordinator& Focal Person (FP) Moi University- MU), Kenya

Tel: +254(0)733870502, +254(0)5343093

Department of History, Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, Moi University: P.O. Box 3900 – 30100,Eldoret, Kenya.

email- anangulu@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Omar Egesah

(AMAS Project Contact Person &

Moi University- MU), Kenya

Tel: +254(0)714416408, +254(0)5343093

Department of Anthropology, Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, Moi University: P.O. Box 3900 – 30100,Eldoret, Kenya. email- omagesa@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Brook Lemma-Mamaru (AMAS FP Addis Ababa University- AAU), Ethiopia Tel: 00251 (0)910 88 08 22, 00251 (0)111 54 40 03

email- brklmm2008@gmail.com&brook.lemma@aau.edu.et

Prof. Dr. Yamina El Kirat El Allame

(AMAS FP Mohammed V University in Rabat. Morocco- UM5), Morocco

Tel: 00212 (0) 537 623 074, 00212 (0) 661 824 647

email- yelkirat39@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Dodji Amouzouvi (AMAS FP University of Abomey-Calavi- UAC) Tel: +229(0)66674860

email- dodji1975@yahoo.fr

Prof. Dr. Gregório Firmino

(AMAS FP Eduardo Mondlane University- UEM), Mozambique

Tel: +258(0)21430239, +258(0)21430239

email- gregoriofirmino@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Dymitr Ibriszimow

(AMAS FP Technical Partner University of Bayreuth- UBT), Germany

 

Tel: 0049/(0)921/553581, 0049/(0)151/70172566

email- Dymitr.Ibriszimow@uni-bayreuth.de

 

Important website links

 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

 

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.