Learn Africa, the academic mobility programme for African women par excellence, celebrates this year its tenth anniversary, leaving behind a trail of 293 alumnae from 34 different countries, many of whom have successfully completed their studies in Spain or Morocco and have managed to successfully enter the labour market in their countries, with the resulting improvement in their socio-economic situation and that of their families – as shown by a study carried out by the foundation in the last quarter of 2022.
After several years of pandemic in which the online modality had an important weight in the programme, the Women for Africa Foundation and its collaborators have made great efforts to offer the maximum number of face-to-face scholarships in the upcoming call for applications, as it has been demonstrated that young African women make better use of in-person scholarships than online ones at all levels. Furthermore, since one of the objectives of Learn Africa is to break down the gender stereotypes that persist in the world of work and academia globally, this year special emphasis has been placed on postgraduate studies in STEM fields, many of them taught in English.
In total, this new edition of Learn Africa offers 77 new scholarships and 27 continuation scholarships, which would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment of the programme’s 50 collaborators, including universities, educational centres and private funders such as GMV and the ASISA Foundation. These latter have been joined this year by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which will be supporting the programme by financing an internship at Pfizer’s headquarters in Madrid for a PhD student in Biomedicine.
Also new this year, the call for applications includes two research scholarships funded by the ANESVAD foundation, which aim to study skin-associated Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) from a gender perspective.
The registration period will remain open until April 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (Madrid).
Only applications received through the website will be accepted.
Technical and academic requirements
IMPORTANT: The files with the required documentation must meet the following requirements:
If the files do not meet these requirements, your documents will not be uploaded and your application will not be valid.
To apply for a scholarship you will need to attach the following documents:
All the scholarships offered in this call will begin during the 2023-2024 academic year and may unfold over several years, depending on the scholarship applied for.
IT IS NOT guaranteed that scholarships will cover other expenses such as:
A specialised comittee will make a first evaluation of all the applications based on the following documents:
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.
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.
Once the studies for which the scholarship was requested have been completed, beneficiaries agree to:
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).
Check that all required files are attached to your application. Otherwise, your application will not be valid.
You will receive a confirmation email. Make sure that you check all the folders in your email, including the Spam folder.
No, under no circumstances should you pre-enrol for the academic programme you have applied for or contact the university until you are sure that you have been selected for that scholarship.
The Foundation will contact the selected candidate and will give her instructions on the steps to follow.
The pre-enrolment and access to the requested study programme should only be carried out by the selected candidate
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:
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 2023 and July 2024. In case of failure to pass in July, the extraordinary exams could take place in September 2024.
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.
Yes, you can reapply for a Learn Africa Scholarship. Your academic record from your first Learn Africa scholarship will be taken into consideration when evaluating your application.
No, you cannot. Only applications received throught the website will be accepted and evaluated.
If you finish your university studies in this academic year (May, June or July 2023) and you do not have your academic certificate yet, you must attach the transcript with all the records you have obtained in the degree/bachelor’s/master’s degree you are currently studying. Furthermore, in the motivation letter, you must indicate that you are about to finish your studies. Please note that if you are selected for a scholarship, the host university will require your degree certificate at the time of enrollment (or a proof of payment for the degree certificate).
Yes, it is advisable to bring some money with you to Spain, or to have a credit card, especially for the first few days of your stay since you may have unexpected expenses.
No. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, you must have taken at least part of your undergraduate studies in an African country.
No, Learn Africa scholarships are intended for young African university students who have their permanent residence in a country on the African continent. If you have migrated to Spain and are currently residing here, you are not eligible for any scholarship within this program.
No, Learn Africa scholarships are associated with a specific list of postgraduate programmes that we publish in an annual call for applications (see Scholarships 2023-2024 section). Learn Africa does not fund any postgraduate programme that is not included in the annual call for applications.
If you have any questions, it is very important that you check carefully the Frequently asked questions section.
IMPORTANT: We will not answer questions that are already answered in this section.
For truly urgent questions that are not answered in the previous section, you can send an email to:
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