2022 Learn Africa Program

Introduction

The admission of applications is CLOSED.

The Learn Africa program was launched in 2013 with the aim of promoting knowledge transfer, exchange and capacity building for female African university students through scholarships offered by Spanish universities.

To date, 630 scholarships have been awarded to African women from 42 different countries through the Learn Africa program. This has been possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of a wide network of (more than) 50 partners, including universities, educational centers and donors.

For the past two years, the Learn Africa program had to focus almost exclusively on the online training modality due to the travel and gathering restrictions imposed worldwide to curtail the spread of the pandemic. Coinciding with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Women for Africa Foundation, the program is now back with a training offer broader than ever, combining three different training modalities: face-to-face, online and blended (hybrid), thus allowing female African students to choose the training model that best suits their personal circumstances.

 

Enrollment period

The admission of applications is CLOSED.

The application deadline has been extended for those scholarships that have not yet been filled. The registration period will remain open until May 3, 2022 2 at 11:59 p.m. (Madrid).

Only applications received through the website will be accepted.

General requirements

  • Be a woman, and have nationality and residence in an African country.
  • Be enrolled in an African university or have a university degree issued in an African country. For Postgraduate scholarships, a Bachelor’s degree is required. The degree required may vary depending on the scholarship applied for (see detailed information on each scholarship).
  • Meet the specific requirements of the scholarship you are applying for.
  • Only one application per person will be accepted.

Technical and academic requirements

  • It is important to read carefully the information showed in the description of the studies you want to take, as well as on the University website (link attached to each scholarship), regarding the academic requirements.
  • The beneficiary agrees to provide the host University with duly legalized, certified and translated copies of her university degree, academic record or any other required documentation. If you are selected, we recommend that you start the administrative process at the time you accept the scholarship, as the procedures you will need to take at the Embassy/Consulate and/or at the Ministries of Education or Foreign Affairs of your country may take long time.
  • The beneficiary must also present a certificate issued by her University certifying that she has a degree that enables her to pursue the requested studies.
  • If you apply for an online scholarship, you must have a computer properly equipped to follow online courses, taking into account the following aspects: Internet connection, web browser, operating system, desktop applications, webcam, Zoom/Microsoft Teams applications etc.

Language requirements

  • Before applying, make sure you have the required language skills. A high level of the language in which the training is delivered will always be required (B2 or C1 depending on the host University). You must prove your language level through the presentation of an official language certificate or through a telephone interview with the University. 
  • If you are selected, you will receive a phone call from the Women for Africa Foundation to inform you personally. You will be requested to communicate with the foundation’s staff in the language of the scholarship you have applied for.

Required documents

To apply for a scholarship you will need to attach the following documents:

  • National identity document
  • Photo
  • CV
  • Diploma / certificate / university degree (as required)
  • Academic record
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference or motivation letter(s)
  • Official language certificate (if required)
  • Project (if required)

Scholarships 2022-2023

All the scholarships offered in this call will begin during the 2022-2023 academic year and may unfold over several years, depending on the scholarship applied for.

Scholarship Coverage

  • Online scholarships cover only tuition fees.
  • Face-to-face scholarships cover the following costs:
    • Tuition fees
    • Round trip
    • Accommodation and meals (either in a University Hall or through the provision of a monthly allowance)
    • Health insurance

IT IS NOT guaranteed that scholarships will cover other expenses such as:

  • Re-enrollment fees for subjects failed at the ordinary or extraordinary exams.
  • Internet connection for online scholarships.
  • Costs associated to the issuance of the visa to travel to Spain.
  • The legalization, recognition and translation of university degrees and academic records (the host University will require these documents).
  • The issuance of the certificate once the studies in Spain have been sucessfully completed.
  • Any other daily expenses including, but not limited to, local transport.

Evaluation criteria

A specialised comittee will make a first evaluation of all the applications based on the following documents:

  • CV
  • Reference letter
  • Motivation letter
  • Language Skills
  • Project (if required)

The final selection of candidates will be agreed upon with each of the partner universities and the outcome will be made public on our website in June (www.mujeresporafrica.es). Selected candidates will also receive a personal notification through e-mail (to the e-mail address provided in the application form).

The final outcome will not be personally communicated to unsuccessful candidates.

Scholarship acceptance

Once the outcome of the process has been made public and the selected candidates have been notified by e-mail, they will have 7 working days to accept the scholarship. Failure to express acceptance within the established period implies the loss of the scholarship and its reassignment to another applicant according to the order established on a reserve list.

 

 

Beneficary commitment

Once the studies for which the scholarship was requested have been completed, beneficiaries agree to:

  • Provide the Women for Africa Foundation a brief report on their academic and personal experience lived.
  • Fill in a survey so that the Women for Africa Foundation can carry out an evaluation of the scholarship programme results and, where appropriate, introduce modifications and improvements to it.
  • Beneficiaries will become part of the Learn Africa program alumnae network and will be invited to participate in follow-up, exchange and training activities (mentoring, coaching, peer support, etc.) that will be organized through an online platform designed for this purpose.
  • The Women for Africa Foundation and the partner universities may make total or partial use of the content included in the reports delivered by beneficiaries upon completion of their scholarships, either on their website or in any of their publications. In this regard, the Women for Africa Foundation may mention the name of the report’s author.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

IMPORTANT REMINDER!

  • Only one application per person will be accepted.
  • Before applying for a scholarship, make sure you meet the general requirements as well as the specific requirements listed in the description of the scholarship you want to apply for.
  • If you are interested in an online scholarship, make sure you have a good Internet connection to be able to follow the courses remotely.
  • There are expenses associated with the scholarship that may be covered by the beneficiary (visa, translation and legalization of academic degrees, issuance of certificates, etc.). Check these in the scholarship coverage section
  • Prepare in advance each and every document required to apply for the scholarship (Required documents).
  • Check your email daily (the one you provided in your application) to find out if you have been selected. Remember that if you are selected, you will have 7 calendar days to accept the scholarship after receiving the notification.

The outcome of the process will be published on our website in June (www.mujeresporafrica.es). In addition, selected candidates will be personally notified through email. Unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted.

No, we will not. You should regularly check your email as well as our website (www.mujeresporafrica.es), where we will publish the list of selected cantidates.

No, you cannot. Before applying for a scholarship, make sure you have all the required documents to attach (see Required documents section).

You will receive a confirmation email. Make sure that you check all the folders in your email, including the Spam folder.

You do not need to do anything, just wait until the results of the call are published on our website. If you are selected, we will contact you personally.

In general terms, scholarships cover:

  • Online scholarships only cover tuition fees.
  • Face-to-face scholarships cover the following costs:
    • Tuition fees
    • Round trip
    • Accommodation and meals (either in a University Hall or through the provision of a monthly allowance)
    • Health insurance.

Check these in the scholarship coverage section.

If you apply for an online scholarship, you must have a computer properly equipped to follow online courses, taking into account the following aspects: Internet connection, web browser, operating system, desktop applications, webcam, Zoom/Microsoft Teams applications, etc.

They depend on the academic program you have selected. In general terms, academic courses will be usually delivered between September 2022 and July 2023.

Yes, you can. Both the offer of scholarships and the requirements change from year to year. If you have applied for a scholarship in previous calls and you have not been selected, you can always try again.

No, you cannot. Only applications received throught the website will be accepted and evaluated.

Contact

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact the Women for Africa Foundation at: learnafrica@mujeresporafrica.es

It is strongly recommended that you read carefully the FAQ section where your questions could be clearly explained.


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