The Mwalimu Nyerere Programme is the Africa component of the new Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme that supports the development of high level human resources in Africa, as well as the Caribbean and Pacific regions. It provides funding on a competitive basis to consortia of higher education institutions (HEIs) to arrange mobility for masters and doctoral students and university staff to other HEIs in the respective regions, and to provide scholarships to selected students and staff. At least 3 HEIs are required to partner in the proposal (maximum of 12 partners).
The objective of the programme is to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The programme aims to strengthen cooperation between HEIs in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region in view of increasing access to quality education that will encourage and enable African, Caribbean and Pacific students to undertake postgraduate studies, and to promote student retention in the region along with mobility of staff (academic and administrative) while increasing competitiveness and attractiveness of the institutions themselves.
More specifically the programme aims to:
a. provide access to higher education for students including those from disadvantaged groups;
b. facilitate cooperation on recognition of studies and qualifications;
c. contribute to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation, and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions;
d. enhance the international cooperation capacity of HEIs in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries;
e. promote cooperation between sending and host institutions;
f. enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another country;
g. enhance, in the medium-term, the political, cultural, educational and economical links between the participating countries.
Lot 1 is the African component of the scheme - which aims to support and fully expand the Mwalimu Nyerere Scholarship Scheme of the African Union Commission (AUC) in the context of which academic mobility will take place within Africa. South Africa is an eligible country for inclusion in this lot.
This geographical window is open only to these fields of study (see annex 3 to full guidelines for a complete list of fields of study):
a. (01) Agriculture sciences (Agriculture),
b. (05) Education teacher training (Management and education),
c. (06) Engineering, technology (Engineering),
d. (12) Medical sciences (Medicine),
e. (13) Natural sciences (Science and technology subjects),
f. (15) Communication and information sciences (ICT).
The planned duration of a project (including organization of mobility and its implementation) and the eligible period must be 54 months maximum and in duly justified cases up to a maximum of 60 months. Eligible activities, including preparatory activities, may start as from 1st August 2011 provided that agreement has been signed.
The grants awarded under this scheme will normally fall between a minimum of 2 million € and a maximum of 2.33 million €. Total available for lot 1 is 7 million €.
Deadline: 6 May 2011
For further information see: Intra-ACP mobility scheme - Fundings for Higher Education Institutions - Call for proposals: EACEA/35/2010 | EACEA (http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/intra_acp_mobility/funding/2011/call_eacea_35_10_en.php)