Organisation of doctoral programmes and partnerships


The Finnish programmes for institutional cooperation, North-South-South (for student and teacher exchange) and HEI ICI (capacity building of the HEIs in developing countries), include various collaboration projects between Finnish and African partner universities. These are not doctoral programmes, but may offer possibilities for doctoral students of the partner universities. The duration of the particular collaboration projects is normally from two to three years, and more information can be found on the general web pages of these programmes.


Natural Product Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa

The German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and NAPRECA have been implementing a postgraduate scholarship scheme since 1988/89. The programme aims at providing support to staff development efforts of universities and research institutions in the sub-region. DAAD provides scholarship funds annually to five new candidates through NAPRECA. Nominees for the scholarship will pursue postgraduate studies leading to M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and related fields. Applicants are selected from among young research or teaching assistants/demonstrators in universities or research institutes of NAPRECA member countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and DR Congo, Cameroon) or affiliate countries. Successful candidates shall pursue postgraduate studies in universities in NAPRECA member countries other than their home country.


The South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) has since 1997, been financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SANPAD has facilitated and financed research projects, search capacity building and research support activities over the past ten years. This Programme Document explains how the SANPAD Phase 3 (2008-2013) programme will contribute to the South African National research and development goals and agenda, the goals of the South African Higher Education Sector and the goals of the Royal Netherlands Embassy (herein after referred to as the Embassy) on research and development.


Norwegian higher education has been reformed in accordance with agreements reached through the Bologna process. There is a three-year bachelor’s degree, a two-year master’s and three-year doctorate (PhD). The credit system and grading scale conform to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund allocates grants and loans to Norwegian students studying at Norwegian higher education institutions or abroad. The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) is the official agency for international programmes and measures related to education and training. SIU promotes Norway as a destination for study and research, and provides advisory services within the field of internationalisation.
Development Cooperation programmes (SIU)
o The NUCOOP Programme (Norwegian University Cooperation Programme for Capacity Development in Sudan) is a cooperation programme between higher education institutions in Sudan and Norway. The programme supports cooperation projects focusing on capacity building, research and infrastructure.
• Quota Scheme
o The main objective of the Quota Scheme is to contribute to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return. The Quota Scheme is also intended to strengthen relations between Norway and the selected countries and thus contribute to internationalisation at Norwegian institutions of higher education. Most universities and university colleges in Norway participate in the Quota scheme. The institutions involved are allocated a certain number of students under the programme each year. The scheme normally includes courses at Master’s and Ph.D. level in addition to certain professional/Bachelor’s degrees. Most of the Norwegian institutions offer courses and educational programmes in English.

Africa Network Norway

Africa Network Norway was established in 2005, as the result of an agreement between NTNU, NORAD, and the Norwegian Research Council. The network aims to facilitate and enhance communication and cooperation between different research and teaching institutions. We will also provide information and encourage dialogue with a wider public, including governmental and non-governmental organisations with an interest in Africa, the business community, and the media.


Sida-SAREC funding
The Swedish International Development Agency finances a certain number of “sandwich candidates” from developing countries each year. These candidates will, however, not be associated with a university in Europe. They are then expected to do half of their PhD at their host university in Europe and half of their PhD in their home university. Furthermore, they should go back and forth every year, so six months in Europe and six months in their home university every year. The reason for this is that the candidate is expected to continuously develop their home research facility and to avoid brain drain.

United Kingdom

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships support one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country, under the joint supervision of a home country and UK supervisor.
Key features
• Applicants should be registered for a PhD at their home country university. The final qualification obtained will be from the home country university, rather than the UK university.
• The 12 months in the UK can be taken at any stage during the doctoral study (providing this is justified in the study plan), and can be divided into two or more periods.
• A Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship covers full tuition fees for one year at the UK host university, stipend for up to one year in the UK, return airfare, and other allowances. The scholarship does not support the period of study at the home country university.
• Applications are accepted directly from nominating agencies and certain developing country universities.


Each year, the « Eugen Ionescu » program intends to welcome, in Romanian higher education institutions,around 70 Ph.D candidates and post-docs. The program offers incoming fellowships.

Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

AUF 1 - Horizons francophones (partial funding)
The general objective of the support project « Horizons francophones » is to structure and to develop a regional space of training to research for the benefit of the teaching body of the developing countries. It intends also to constitute a network of universities between developed and devloping countries – universities which are also member of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). Accordingly, it is also intended to develop sustainable scientific partnerships by offering the opportunity to teacher and teacher-researcher of universities from developing countries to facilitate their reintegration to their university of origin.
The target groups: The teaching body in universities, the PhD candidates who do have a teaching activity or an activity supporting teaching as well as Ph.D candidates who intend to be teacher in higher education institutions.
AUF’s regional offices :
o Bureau Maghreb :
o Bureau Afrique de l’Ouest :
o Bureau Afrique centrale et des Grands Lacs :
o Bureau Océan indien :

AUF 2- PhD Grants : call for proposals at the regional level (partial funding)

The doctoral mobilities are allowed within the network of higher education institutions of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). Regarding her/his thesis, francophone student or teacher-researcher benefits from an international mobility allowing for a research period of several months following the priorities of AUF’s regional priorities. These mobilities should :
- be useful for the devolpment both of universities and developing countries
- be justified by the director(s) of thesis of the candidate,
Co-direction is prefered.

AUF’s regional offices :
o Bureau Maghreb :
o Bureau Afrique de l’Ouest :
o Bureau Afrique centrale et des Grands Lacs :
o Bureau Océan indien :