What is MOUNAF?

The MOUNAF intra-african academic mobility project is a consortium of 6 academic higher education institutions in Africa. The consortium provides scholarships to up to 72 postgraduate (doctoral and master) students and to 28 staff members in Africa.

Through the support of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the European Commission working through the African Union, the funds for this mobility scheme will be disbursed over a period of 5 years. Potential candidates cross national and study boundaries, to address the challenges of agriculture, health, environment, renewable energies, education and sustainable development through the internationalization of African academic offer and the harmonization of assessment tools and recognition systems.

MOUNAF consortium will ensure a balanced and transparent selection procedures.

MOUNAF adopts a strategy of gender balance and inclusion of people with disabilities. Girls and Women are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities will get special consideration during the selection procedure.

Who are the partners involved in the consortium?

The academic institutions at which the MOUNAF scholarships are tenable are the Université Moulay Ismail (Morocco), Jimma University (Ethiopia), University of Limpopo (South Africa), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), Université Cadi Ayyad (Morocco), Université de Kisangani (DR Congo).

For more information about the consortium, please click on Partners

Do I qualify for the scholarship – what are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for the Scholarship, masters and doctoral students must:

  1. Be a national and / resident of any of the eligible African countries
  2. Target group 1 students must be registered / admitted in or having obtained a degree from one of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) comprising the consortium at the time of application for the scholarship.  Eligible students must therefore be registered/ admitted in or having obtained a degree from the Université Moulay Ismail (Morocco), Jimma University (Ethiopia), University of Limpopo (South Africa), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), Université Cadi Ayyad (Morocco), Université de Kisangani (DR Congo).
  3. Target group 2 students must be registered / admitted in or having obtained a degree from a Higher Education Institution in one of the eligible African countries identified in the Intra-Africa call.
  4. Students are also required to have sufficient knowledge of the language in which courses are offered at the host HEI.

For staff to be eligible for Intra-Africa scholarships, they need to comply with the following criteria:

  1. Be a national and resident of the countries covered by the scholarship
  2. Work at or be associated with a Higher Education Institution member of the MOUNAF consortium
  3. The assignment of mobility of a staff member must be based on the agreement between partner institutions.
  4. There must be an agreement between the home and host HEI regarding the modules to be taught by the visiting lecturer, the type of research to be conducted, the type of training to be followed or the administrative tasks to be undertaken.
  5. Staff mobility may take the form of a direct post-to-post exchange or a one way flow of mobility to or from an eligible country.

What are the different target groups?

Target Group 1 refers to nationals and residents registered at one of the institutions comprising the MOUNAF consortium.  Target Group 1 therefore comprises staff and students registered at or having obtained a degree from Université Moulay Ismail (Morocco), Jimma University (Ethiopia), University of Limpopo (South Africa), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), Université Cadi Ayyad (Morocco), Université de Kisangani (DR Congo).

Target Group 2 refers to nationals and residents of other African countries not represented by the MOUNAF consortium and who are studying at or have received a Higher Education Degree and equivalent in one of these countries. Target Group 2 students may therefore be employed in the public service or at public and private enterprises.

What are the programmes I may apply for?

Study fields are dependent on the institution for which you apply. A detailed list of the available programmes can be found under the section ‘Programmes.

About financial aspects of the scholarship

What does the scholarship cover?

The MOUNAF individual scholarships cover one roundtrip flight ticket, visa costs, participation costs (which may include tuition fees, registration fees and service fees), comprehensive insurance coverage (health, accident and travel), research costs (to contribute to research activities) and a monthly subsistence allowance including a settling-in allowance from which scholarship recipients are also to cover accommodation expenses. The monthly subsistence allowance is calculated per mobility option (and can be viewed under the section ‘Scholarships’).

Female master students and doctoral candidates receive an extra allowance corresponding to the monthly subsistence allowance’s amount in case their mobility covers a period equal or longer than two academic years.

Full details on the financial conditions of the scholarship can also be found under the section ‘Scholarships’.

As agreed between all partners, all selected students and staff will be waived the tuition fees in any university of the MOUNAF consortium.

What are the participation and travelling costs involved?

For mobilities equal or longer than 10 months, a unit cost for master and doctorate students is awarded per academic year to the partnership to cover the costs related to the student’s research activities (research costs) and to cover the participation costs.

The research costs are meant to contribute to the research activities of master and doctorate students and shall be used to cover costs such as laboratory consumable costs, field research costs, registration for online research platforms, etc.

The participation costs may cover tuition and/or registration fees, additional library, student unions, laboratory consumable costs, permit residence, language courses costs, etc. For mobilities of less than 10 months, the beneficiary jost institution must apply a fee-waver and students will continue to pay their tuition and/or registration fees in their home institution.

Travel and visa costs are managed by the partnership. The location of origin can either be the location of the home institution (target group 1) or the place of origin (target group 2). The destination is always the location of the host institution. For selected students whose mobility is equal to or longer than two academic years, an additional return ticket is provided.

The partnership must cover costs related to the visa delivery for the selected scholarship holders. These may include the costs of translation of documents, obligatory travel insurance for visa, travel to the responsible Consulates, etc.

About logistical aspects of the scholarship

What is the duration of the scholarship?

Applications can be submitted for either the pursuit of a full-degree or a short exchange – at both Masters and Doctoral levels. The scholarship covers the entire study period for which candidates have applied and have been selected.

The minimum duration of the mobility is 6 months for master students (max. 24 months) and doctoral candidates (max. 36 months) and one month for staff.

What are full-degree studies?

Students enrol as either full-time masters or full-time PhD students at one of the partner institutions for the full duration of their studies.  They receive their degree from the host institution after successful completion of the study period.

For strong partnerships between involved universities, Mobility for short-term Master studies (1 year or 1 semester) or joint PhD (1 year at least at the host university) will be encouraged. (see here below – exchange/credit-seeking mobility).

What are exchanges/credit-seeking mobilities?

Students registered as full-degree students spend a short period (at least 6 months and up to 10 months) at one of the other institutions in the consortium and return to their home institution after the exchange period to complete their degree at the home institution.The educational components taken abroad by the student are recognised upon return as integrated part of the degree programme at the home institution.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Visit the section “Scholarships” on the website for further information.

Which permits or documentation do I need?

Details of additional documentation needed, or which visa to apply for, are communicated to successful applicants (after having received, reviewed and assessed their applications).

Please refer to the Application Manual to well prepare your candidature and all mandatory documents, supporting your application.

I did applied, what’s next?

Thank you for your interest. An email of acknowledgement is sent to the email you give on your application form. Please be sure you have received it. In case of any problem with the application tool or process, please contact us at applications@mounaf.com (Include screen shots if there is any technical problem to help us solve it as soon as possible).

After the application’s deadline, a selection committee meets to assess each application. Each applicant, who duly submitted his/her completed application, will receive an email specifying the result of his/her application.

All personal data will be used only for the purpose of the project implementation (Selection, implementation, networking, etc.) “Personal data protection”.

How do I stay in touch?

Write to us from our online contact form and an email reply will be returned to you, or contact us via email (info@mounaf.com) or telephone (+212 659 15 14 22).

Visit our facebook page to see more about MOUNAF.

If you’re a successful MOUNAF candidate, send an email to pm@mounaf.com to request access to the LinkedIN networking group for members of the MOUNAF scholarship (AfriMob Network) and stay in touch with our Alumni.

Can I have a mobility from my home university to another national university?

NO, mobility of selected applicants can take place ONLY from one African country to the other (and not within one of them). 

Can I receive more than one scholarship within the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme or former Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme?

NO, students can only benefit from one scholarship under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme. Students having benefitted from scholarship(s)s under the previous Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme cannot receive scholarships under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme.


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