Scholarship Programme for Young African Researchers

Coimbra Group Universities have been providing, since 2008, young researchers from universities in Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to spend a short period (generally 1 to 3 months) at a Coimbra Group University to carry out part of their research there.


We will inform all candidates about the outcome of their application around the end of June 2021


Eligibility criteria and list of participating universities in 2021

Eligible countries: all African countries except Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia (applicants from these countries are eligible under the Scholarship Programme for Young Researchers from the European Neighbourhood).

Overview 2015-2021

Number of grants available & applications received


Africa 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Universities 11 13 11 12 12 14 15
Grants available 19 20 17 21 23 32 29
Eligible applications 94 91 73 130 172 190 172



PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE APPLYING 1 – Applicants should provide the name and contact details of an academic supervisor in the receiving Coimbra Group University who will supervise their work during their stay abroad. If you do not have any contacts, we suggest you visit the website of your chosen institution or get in touch with the contact person whose email address is indicated in the brochure. The Coimbra Group Office is not in the position to provide assistance in this. 2 – All applicants are requested to provide a letter/e-mail of acceptance (to be submitted together with your application) written by the academic supervisor from the host university where you would like to carry out the proposed working plan. The letter should state that the supervisor is willing to work with you in case you obtain a Coimbra Group Scholarship. 3 – Applicants can select one institution only. Multiple applications from the same candidate will be rejected. 4 – Please fill in your application form only when you have all the data available (i.e. name of and letter of acceptance by supervisor at Coimbra Group University, etc.). Incomplete applications will be rejected, no exceptions will be made. 5 – The dates of your stay should be agreed upon between the applicant and the academic supervisor at the Coimbra Group University. Typically this will be during the academic year 2021/2022.