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Coimbra Group Short Stay Scholarship Programme for young researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa

Selection criteria

Purposes:Short stay/research, Ph.D.
Countries of Origin:Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo (Dem Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional information

Eligible candidates:

The scheme is intended for young academics (normally those under the age of 45). Applicants should nationals of and current residents in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Be current staff members of a university or an equivalent higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, and, in most cases, should be of doctoral/postdoctoral or equivalent status.

Grant information:

The Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme for young African researchers aims to enable scholars to undertake research for a short research period (generally 1 to maximum 2 months) in which they are engaged in their home institution, at a selected Coimbra Group university, and to help them establish academic and research contacts.

University of Groningen

  • Duration of visit: maximum 2 months per scholarship
  • Field: All available fields (at PhD or postdoc level)
  • Available facilities: Assistance in finding accommodation, access to university facilities (computer, libraries, canteens, etc.), visa service (if required)
  • Financial support: A grant of 1275,- EUR/month will be given to cover accommodation, food and local expenses
  • Insurance: Health insurance for the duration of the stay can be provided by the University (about €55,- per month)
  • Travel costs: reimbursement up to €1250,-


  • Objective: the visit of maximum 2 months is meant for an early career research visit. Candidates can already have a PhD or are developing a PhD research proposal. The visit should lead to a (draft) paper, PhD proposal and further collaboration between the home institution and the partners at the University of Groningen. Preferably, the subject of the research proposal fits into one of the focal areas of the University of Groningen: Healthy Ageing, Energy, Sustainable Society or Digital Society.
  • Participants from all ACP countries are welcome to apply Available facilities: Access to computer and library; visa service (if required).
  • Applicants should be in contact with a colleague/ professor (host) from the University of Groningen before applying.
  • When contacting the potential host, it is required to include a CV and research plan/proposal.
  • The host will provide an acceptance letter which should be uploaded in the application.
  • Latest possible starting date: 31 December 2021

Website: Faculty Graduate Schools & Research

Grant provider:

Coimbra Group

Available positions:



before 15 april 2022


Applicants must fill in the on-line application form on the website of the Coimbra group

Online Application

When selection has been agreed, the host university may send a letter of invitation directly to the successful candidate. The Coimbra Group Office will contact candidates who are not successful in obtaining a place under the scheme. Successful candidates who are currently employed by a University are responsible for ensuring that their home institution will grant them leave of absence to undertake the proposed visit.

More information: Contact the Mobility and Scholarship Desk of the University of Groningen ( msd ) for practical information, contact the faculties via for a possible supervisor or look at the website of the Coimbra Group .
Last modified:01 March 2022 10.36 a.m.