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APPLY: 2022 Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa AI4D Africa Scholarship Program

AI4D Africa Scholarship Program – The African Centre for Technology Studies has received a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

The research work within this program must be within AI and centred on STEM disciplines that attempt to address any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The award of the scholarships shall strive to achieve uniform distribution of beneficiaries across Francophone and Lusophone sub-Saharan Africa. There will also be effort to achieve fair distribution in terms of gender and region. The supported studies MUST adhere to responsible AI.

Scholarship Details:

The award of the scholarships shall strive to achieve uniform distribution of beneficiaries across Francophone and Lusophone sub-Saharan Africa. There will also be effort to achieve fair distribution in terms of gender and region. The supported studies MUST adhere to responsible AI.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Togo.

The 2nd call of the AI4D Africa Scholarship Program has been designed to target the following 3 categories of beneficiaries;

Category 1 – Registered PhD students
Category 3 – Early Career Academics
Category 4 – Post-Doctoral Fellows
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Category 1 - Registered PhD Students.

Invitation will target candidates who are already registered for PhD, have finished course work as well as research proposals. This will be open to all universities offering PhD in AI (or any of its derivatives). Scholarships will be given for a period of two years. Selection will be based purely on the quality of the candidates and proposals.

Eligibility:

  • All applicants must be already registered in an AI study (machine learning, expert system, natural language processing, intelligent robotics etc.) under a supervisor, have finished coursework as well as research proposal. The applicant must attach a letter of support by their supervisor, and a copy of the PhD study admission letter.
  • All applicants should have competent academic credentials and demonstrate motivation and commitment to pursue an academic career.
  • All applicants should have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction within their host university. (French or Portuguese).
  • All applicants must be nationals or permanent residents of an eligible sub-Saharan country.

Each successful student will receive a partial scholarship of up to US $ 27,000 distributed as shown below

  • Tuition fees for two years up to $ 4000
  • Research activities up to $ 17,000
  • Supervisor travel support up to $ 6,000

Category 3 - Early Career Academics

This will mainly target those ECA who have capacity to supervise PhD and MSc students.
Eligibility
  • Each applicant must have held a PhD in AI and ML, for the last 3 – 5 years as at application.
  • All applicants should have competent academic credentials and demonstrate motivation and commitment to pursue an academic career.
  • All applicants must be nationals or permanent residents of an eligible sub-Saharan country.

Each successful ECA will receive a scholarship of up to US$ 68,000. This will cover:

  • Tuition fees for one PhD student for two years up to $ 4000.
  • Tuition fees for two MSc students up to $4000.
  • Research costs up to $ 25,000.
  • Research infrastructure up to $ 30,000.
  • Traveling costs up to $ 5,000.

Funding would be for 2 years.

Category 4 - Post-doctoral Fellows.

The programme will support post-doctoral fellows to build capacities for AI research and training in their universities. The program will support each successful post-doctoral candidate with 4 MSc positions.
Eligibility
  • Each applicant must have held a PhD in AI and ML, for not more than 2 years as at application.
  • All applicants should have competent academic credentials and demonstrate motivation and commitment to pursue an academic career.
  • All applicants must be nationals or permanent residents of an eligible sub-Saharan country.
Each successful candidate will receive a scholarship of up to US$ 63,000:
  • Tuition fee for 4 MSc students up to $ 8,000.
  • Research activities up to $ 20,000.
  • Research infrastructure up to $ 30000.
  • Traveling cost up to $ 5,000.
Funding would be for 2 years.

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should apply into the category of their choices using the linke below. 

Deadline: February 17, 2022

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