Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (Rsif) 2023-2024 PhD Scholarships Call for Rwanda and Nigeria Nationals

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The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2023-2024 PhD Scholarship program for Rwandan and Nigerian nationals. This program is designed to support outstanding Rwandan and Nigerian students in pursuing their doctoral studies at leading universities in Sub-Saharan Africa.


To be eligible for the RSIF PhD Scholarship program, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Rwanda or Nigeria
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Be enrolled in or admitted to a full-time PhD program at a recognized university in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Have a strong research proposal with a focus on one of RSIF’s priority areas, including:
    • Agriculture and food security
    • Climate change and sustainable development
    • Health and well-being
    • Infrastructure and economic development
    • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
  • Be proficient in English, both written and spoken

Scholarship Coverage

The RSIF PhD Scholarship program will cover the following:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend of EUR 1,000
  • Research allowance of EUR 1,000 per year
  • Travel costs (up to a maximum of EUR 2,000)
  • Health insurance
  • Access to RSIF’s network of scholars and researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond

Application Process

The application deadline for the RSIF PhD Scholarship program is April 15, 2023. Applicants can submit their applications online.

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by a panel of experts based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record
  • Research proposal
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Interview performance

Notification of Results

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by June 2023.

Benefits of RSIF PhD Scholarship Program

The RSIF PhD Scholarship program offers a number of benefits, including:

  • The opportunity to pursue doctoral studies at a leading university in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Financial support to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and travel costs
  • Access to a vibrant research community and mentorship from renowned scholars
  • Exposure to a global network of researchers and industry partners
  • Potential for career advancement and leadership opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond
  • The chance to make a significant contribution to the development of Rwanda and Nigeria


The RSIF PhD Scholarship program is a valuable opportunity for outstanding Rwandan and Nigerian students to pursue their doctoral studies and make a significant contribution to their countries’ development. This program provides students with the financial support, resources, and mentorship they need to succeed in their research and make a positive impact on society.

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