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 Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme

​A PEI and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative, delivered in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences.

Launched on the 6th May 2016, the Phd Programme will begin with 10 full PhD research grants for Mauritian researchers (or African researchers studying in Mauritius). Following the pilot 10 grants, the Programme is aiming to expand across Africa to award 10,000 PhD Scholarships in the coming decade, helping to equip Africa with the critical mass of scientific leaders it needs to become a continent of knowledge-based, sustainable economies.

Each grantee will benefit from time spent at both a host university in Africa and in the United Kingdom, as well as placements within industry. The areas of research eligible fir the scholarship are those we believe will underpin the sustainable development of Africa, and boost the capacity of local scientists to answers the great challenges ahead. They are:

  • Energy
  • Water and sanitation
  • Agri-business
  • Health
  • Blue sky research

The grants awarded to these initial ten researchers from Mauritius will cover the entire PhD duration, and will include both the full cost of academic and research time required at host universities, as well as a generous living expenses stipend.

HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim:

“This PhD Programme is about offering a new and exciting opportunity for Mauritian researchers and also to take a further step toward Africa taking its rightful place as a leader in global science race. If Mauritius is to become a knowledge-based economy and Africa a knowledge-based continent we must invest in equipping our people with the skills they need to thrive. They must be problem solvers; job creators; innovators.”

 “We must not fail our young people, with Africa having some 11million entering the job market each year. We must not let these talents go to waste. This programme, starting with Mauritius as a laboratory and a test before rolling out across Africa, will support our talented young people to become entrepreneurs and to support the development of research critical to the future of Africa.”

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho:

“This is a very proud day for the Planet Earth Institute Foundation. With the Council Members of the Planet Earth Institute Foundation, including figures such as Lord Boateng, Sir Christopher Edwards and Sir Magdi Yacoub and with the support of leading scientists such as Professor Paul Younger, we are committed to creating a world-class PhD Programme for Mauritian scientists. We have partnered with the very best universities in the world in Africa and the UK. We will now partner with the very best of the private sector. And through the PEI Foundation networks, the winners of the PhD will have opportunity to promote their research to a global audience.”

“That is what today is about. Not just a scholarship programme but a world-class scholarship programme.”

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