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ECOWAS Fellowship Programme – 2015 Call

ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters & PhD – 2015 Competition

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) is pleased to announce the 2015 maiden edition of the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters and PhD (EFP) under the sponsorship of the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS). The Programme seeks to promote capacity building within the ECOWAS 15-member countries by providing full fellowships for training and education for nationals of ECOWAS member states in higher education institutions of ECOWAS.
Eligibility: The Programme is open to qualified nationals (including graduate students, researchers, lecturers, and staff) of ECOWAS member states who will be admitted for Masters or PhD degree programme at any one of the following three universities:
(a). University of Lagos, Nigeria
(b). University of Ibadan, Nigeria
(c). Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
A good first degree (at least second class upper division or its equivalent) is required for Masters degree programme. An MPhil degree or its equivalent is required for PhD programme.

Priority will be given to Anglophone nationals who want admission into Francophone institutions, as well as to Francophone nationals who want admission into Anglophone institutions. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Study Disciplines

Applications are invited from all disciplines linked to the fields of strategic importance to the West African region such as:
1.    Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);
2.    Earth and Life Sciences;
3.    Health including maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, etc.;
4.    Agriculture, Food Security and related disciplines
5.    History of Africa
6.    Information technology; and
7.    Gender issues.

Full Scholarship

The ECOWAS Fellowship Programme (EFP) is a full scholarship intended to cater for each fellow’s costs of living, tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. In this respect, ECOWAS will pay the tuition fees directly to the institutions and provide a monthly stipend of US$600 per Masters student and US$800 per PhD student to cover all other expenses for the duration of the degree programme.

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates will be admitted to one of the three institutions mentioned above. Please ensure that the institution that you have selected offers the course you have chosen.  All the three universities provide information about their degree programmes on their websites.

Each application must include the following:
1.    A photocopy of the degree and other certificates.
2.    Most recent curriculum vitae.


The 2015 Applications are accepted before October 15, 2015 from eligible students from ECOWAS member institutions. Applicants submitting applications in response to the 2015 ECOWAS call are hereby informed that an online application form has been created to facilitate the application process. Those that already emailed their applications should also re-apply using the new instructions. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Open the link from here:
  2. Make sure that you have all the required information ready including your CV and scanned certificates
  3. Each supporting document that you upolad must not exceed 1MB
  4. You need about 45 minutes online to complete the form
  5. Please email the following people if you encounter challenges:
    • Technical Issues with the online form:
    • Queries about the ECOWAS call:
    • Or telephone: +233302774495

We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences caused by this change.

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  1. Oduyale Sunday says:

    Interesting! I wish to participate in the scholarship programme. I want clarification on where to submit my data, online through email to the email provided or send through courier agent directly to the address supplied.

  2. Oduyale Sunday says:

    Please notify me on this.

  3. Mussa Nanque says:

    Good afternoon dears.
    I’m Mussa Nanque, I’m Jurist, I’m Bissau Guinean, my oficial language is portuguese and I just want now if I can apply? I asked becouse my english is low.

  4. vic says:

    Try to send a mail but got failure notification

  5. vic says:

    Three times

  6. Enitan says:

    please, When I click the link to download the form, its saying page not found. Has anyone been able to download the form.

  7. Abdulkareem Mas-ud says:

    Please the application form is not available on the link provided. Kindly help us get the correct link please. Thank you.

  8. Adika says:

    The EFP form is available online. Please what do I do?

  9. Adika says:

    The EFP form is not available online. Please what do I do?

  10. Oluwadamilola says:

    The EFP form is not available on the website, kindly do something about it. Thanks !!

  11. Oluwadamilola says:

    Once it has been resolved, kindly notify me. Thanks !!!

  12. Taibou Sonko says:

    Thank you, I wish to apply for the offer

  13. RAJI. MICHAEL says:

    Wao ! This is a piece of good news. I would love to apply.. My area of interest is development and my Research focus is unemployment issues and challenges in Nigerian: a policy recommendation. Please I need further clarification to help in my Ph D programme. Thanks

  14. eric fordjour says:

    Is it permitted to select the same institution as the first and second choice indicated in number 13 of the application form?

  15. Joseph Deema says:

    I am humbly appreciative to ECOWAS and the different institutions that are behind this resounding and hallmark initiative that will pay so much to the people in the sub-region whose sons and daughters are benefiting from said undertakings.

    I am elated and will take seriously this opportunity that has come forth; and the knowledge that will be gained will be used optimally to benefit West Africans in particular and the African Continent in general.

  16. […] Visit the Official Webpage of the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters and PhD […]

  17. Emmanuel says:

    Do I need to print the EFP form, fill it manually and submit it by scanning it to the email provided

  18. Okhaifo Daniel O says:

    When do I have to supply my documents/information, is it after I have been offered admission or when?

  19. Andrew N, Ngolloe says:

    I appreciate highly this ECOWAS initiative, this proofs that we African can do things for ourselves.
    I can wait to apply.
    Andrew Ngolloe

  20. William says:

    Am I supposed to print the EFP form, fill it manually then upload the scanned copy as attachment

  21. Kamal says:

    please what do you mean by a photocopy of the degree and other certificates? what other certificates? thank you.

  22. Omorogbe Anne says:

    would be eligible to apply next year or two, does this scholarship program go on annually? if yes, what time of the year?

  23. Darlington says:

    Thank you so much.But do I need to fill the downloaded form with ink,then scan and send or what ? Is there any need to sign on the back of the passport since we are sending it electronically.

  24. I am really interested in this. I already registered for my PHD in University of Ibadan and I have been admitted. Can I still apply or this is strictly for fresh applicants. Thank you.

  25. Sir, my name is Olalekan Olawale Jubril, a Masster in Agriculture (M.Agric) graduate of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. I have been looking forward to an opportunity like this to pursue my PhD programme in Plant breeding. Sir, can we print the form to fill and then scan to submit or should we fill it in the word format and scan our signature on it? Also sir, can I apply using my M. Agric Attestation letter as my certificate is not yet ready? thank you in anticipation of your response sir.

  26. Lafat Sunday says:

    That is a beautiful innovative synergy from ECOWAS on regional stride for African brotherliness. Education is Power.

  27. jamiu Oladigbolu says:

    thanks for that clarification..!

  28. jamiu Oladigbolu says:

    thanks for that clarification

  29. Syb says:

    Can someone who has not already gained admission into the above mentioned universities apply?

  30. Chioma G. says:

    Will there be any entrance examination?

  31. Sadiya Ali says:

    Am I to print the downloaded EPF application form and fill it with my handwriting or it should be typed?

  32. Olalekan Olawale says:

    Sir, thank you for your encouraging response. Sir , it is only University of Ibadan that is only doing my course (plant breeding and genetics) and you said we should choose University outside our official language, you said also that the choice of university must be two and different from each other. Can you please advise me on what to do sir? Thank you.

  33. Francis says:

    I have tried to submit through the provided email but its not going through.

  34. Francis says:

    I have tried submitting like thrice but i keep getting the mailer- daemon message that server wasnt found. How do you advice i best submit?

  35. richard says:

    kindly help me out,i am from Ghana and you want me to choose a university outside my language block meanwhile the courses i prefer are only in Nigerian universities. secondly,what is the difference between the first point to fill and point 11? are they the same?

    • aaublog67 says:

      Read the call carefully and respond using the perimeters allowed in the call

      Kindly take time to understand the form and respond to it as per each question

      Best Wishes

  36. francis Amekorgbe says:

    thank you sir iam second class lower degree holder can i also apply

  37. Iweibo Oluwanisola says:

    What should be the subject of the mail please. Also i have to print the form to sign on it and i also have to print the form to tick the specified categories where it is required. Is it ok for me to just print fill it and then scan and mail it?

    • aaublog67 says:

      Subject of the email can be your full names.

      Send the application form in electronic format, CV and degree copy to AAU. The admission to the university will be negotiated if you are selected for the fellowship

  38. Joseph Deema says:

    Sir, do i have to file in my credentials to the selected institution where I am anticipating to pursue my studies since I have not gotten admission at said institution? As a foreign student, besides filling in the form and attaching my previous degree, what do I need to do?

  39. Alimamy Dumbuya says:

    What should I enter in this first space provided in the form. Is it my first degree or the course I want to apply for?

  40. Olanrewaju says:

    I am glad about this initiative in assisting ecowas sons and daughters. Pls,can those that have applied to other institutions apart from University of Ibadan & Unilag and awaiting admission letter still apply for this offer at the same time? and ignore the former if this is granted.
    Secondly, how do we make our choice for those of us that have only one institution offering our programme out of the 3 designated institutions.

  41. Sir, thank you for your encouraging response. Sir , it is only University of Ibadan that is only doing my course (plant breeding and genetics) and you said we should choose University outside our official language, you said also that the choice of university must be two and different from each other. Can you please advise me on what to do sir? Thank you.

  42. Iskeel says:

    I have an issue here. I recently had a change in one of my names, and i have all legal proof and publications as regards this. Would i need to attach this to the application too? As i now uses the new names in all applications.

    Also, i would like to know if it doesn’t matter if I still apply to the same school and department where i finished my first degree from.


  43. bakare erick says:

    Please how do I attach my passport photo on d form and likewise my signature

    • aaublog67 says:

      Type into the form
      Print the form
      Sign the form
      Scan the signed form
      But if you had a scanned signature you could paste it into the e-form
      Attach your scanned passport picture to the email

  44. Jenneh F. Bebeley says:

    Sir,the website of the University in Senegal is in French. How do i know that the course i want to offer is offered by the University when i can not speake french? Is the course going to be taught in french?

  45. Obi says:

    Sir, I have already gained admission into the University of Ibadan, and currently in my second year of study. Can I still apply?

  46. Alabi Shittu says:

    Sir am a fresh graduate my certificate is not yet ready now, can I send my last semester result and attestation letter for application, can I also apply

  47. Alimamy Dumbuya says:

    What should I put in the first space provided in the electronic form, that asks the degree applying for? Should I put my first degree or my intended master’s program.

  48. Alimamy Dumbuya says:

    Should I also include my diploma and other training certificates over the years.

  49. Toyin_Ajayi says:

    Hi, I am a fresh graduate without certificate for now, but I do have my statement of result available. Can I use that for the application pending the time my certificate will be ready?

  50. abdiulhakim says:

    me i am from togo .is it necesserary to translate my documents before apply

  51. Folarin says:

    please can you help me with the Master courses offered at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

  52. OTU SOLOMON says:

    Sir, am awaiting graduation this November and I have a copy of my transcript can i apply with that so that i forward my certificate after November?

  53. Oruah, Prince Ogheneruona says:

    I’m interested in this. I have a Masters in Medical Sociology – UNN. I desire a PhD in the same discipline. What must I do?

  54. Bernard Njor says:

    This is a very interesting development in ECOWAS. Thanks for the opportunity given us to forge ahead with our dreams of acquiring higher education. Please I studied Mathematics at bachelor’s degree level and wish to study Statistics at Master’s degree level. Can I apply for this scholarship?

    • oduah Nora says:

      I applied for the 2015 ECOWAS Scholarship. How will I know if am elgible for the scholarship though I was given a code after submission. Or will I be informed before hand of the commencement of what to do.I await your response. Thanks

  55. Syb says:

    Please, when you say ‘state all these in your application’. Are u saying asides all we are to send electronically i.e the certificates and the form, we are to stil submit a written application?

  56. […] For more information, enquiries and application, click here […]

  57. Syb says:

    @ Dumbuya, I think your degree to be applied for on d top of the form means “MSc. or PhD”

  58. Syb says:

    Sir, are we to also write an application letter as we send the certificates?

  59. I am a Bachelor of Library and Information Science holder with Third Class Degree can i apply for scholarship?

  60. This maiden program of ECOWAS is a wonderful one. What else can be good as this again on this planet?l am praying vehemently to obtain this scholarship. Long live ECOWAS, Long live Africa and all member countries.

  61. Kamal Mustapha says:

    when I click submit after filling the form online, an empty page is displayed. This means the application was not successful. please what should I do?

  62. eric fordjour says:

    please with a sense of respect and humility, i have sent my application to the e-mail provided but how do i know my application has been received.Thanks!

    • Syb says:

      @ Eric, the page should display a confirmation that all fields have been successfully uploaded. Then u’ll get an email to that respect.


    Sir, is transcript also required to be uploaded along with certificate?

  64. Abdul Ghaniyyu says:


    I would like to know whether the scholarship is strictly for Master’s or one can also apply for Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), as the duration on in most cases vary?

    Also, I have MSc. in Mathematical Science and would like to know if it’s possible to apply for another Master’s in a specific field?


  65. Ufondu, Julius Onyeka says:

    Dear Sir/Ma,

    Pls during the attachment of credentials, i forgot to attach my CV along with it. I had submitted before i realized i made a mistake. I have afterwards tried uploading a new application inclusive of the CV but i was told the applicant has already applied.
    Pls is there any help you can render to allow me participate in the major selection coz am afraid the omission of the CV might cost my application.

    Thank you.

    Waiting in Anticipation.

    Ufondu, Julius Onyeka.

  66. diaby says:

    I would like to know in which language should I apply since my native language is french ?

  67. Lucia Paye-Layleh says:

    Hi, I have completed all my credit hours for my undergraduate degree program but my graduation is scheduled for December can I apply using just my attestation letter, will I stand a good chance? This type of opportunity is rare so I don’t want to miss out on it especially with females being encouraged to apply.

  68. Adeyonu B. Adeola says:

    This is a very nice development.

    please does this include an application letter?

  69. Kolade Deborah Ibukun says:

    Hello sir/ma, I applied for the EFP 2015 Masters but I made a typographical error in my email address so I didn’t get a feedback after I submitted the form successfully. I already sent a mail to the address I saw on the website and I thought I should leave this comment here as well. Kindly help to correct the error so I can get feedback on my application. Thanks.

  70. diaby says:

    Could I compress my supporting document with Winrar to apply ?

  71. bakare erick says:

    Please when are we going to be permitted to verify our applications and make necessary adjust (if possible) on the documented submitted sir?

  72. bakare erick says:

    Please admin kindly answer my question: are we to submit a cover letter or letter of introduction with our applications?

  73. Moses Jaja says:

    Dear Sir,

    Are Higher National Diploma (HND) graduates eligible to apply.

  74. francis Amekorgbe says:

    Sir can my scanned singnature be at the immediate top of my passport photograph?

  75. Joseph Deema says:

    Sir, I really need information with respect to the courses offered at the different specified universities for admission. May I get help from you?

  76. Akwuobi Annthony says:

    i love this development. Am hopeful.

  77. Paulo Batica says:

    Dear sir/ma
    I am Paulo Batica From Guinea-Bissau,in West Africa. Thanks for the Fellowship updates and i have bachelor degree in English language and i think i will be delighted if i get a chance to study Education science.
    I have six years of teaching English language as a foreign language in high school in Bissau city. Would you please forward my request to the fellowship committee?
    Thank you in advance
    Paulo Batica

  78. Folabi Sofela says:

    I just feel that the window of opportunity shouldn’t have been short prematurely. Everyone should be give the same oportunity for it takes time for information to circulate. I just just heard above this opportunity some hours ago. On getting to the web application had closed. Its so sad.

  79. Alimamy Dumbuya says:

    I have sent in my application through the provided email address ( and am yet to receive a confirmation of my sent application.

  80. Alimamy Dumbuya says:

    I have attached all my documents like degree, diploma, electronic form and curriculum vitae and sent it to the official email address. Please notify me if it is correct to do it that way.

  81. Just Knowing about it now and I am very much interested

  82. salakonajeem says:

    Please when will ecowas fellowship program shortlists be out or when should we be expecting response from ecowas EFP in respect to our applications

  83. kator peter says:

    when will the list of selected candidates be released?

  84. Oluwaseun says:

    please admin, when is the screening coming up ?

  85. Jenneh Fatima Bebeley says:

    Dear AAU, Please i want to know about the ECOWAS Scholarship. Since the aknowledged receipt of my documents i have not heard from you.

  86. Abdullahi Hamza says:

    Although I have all the academic excellence required and I applied for the course public health which my country Nigeria is lacking after meeting the course requirements at university of lagos but my name is not there in the list. Is there another list coming out or not?

    • aaublog67 says:

      Thank you for your keen interest. Please try again when we circulate the 2016 Call. I am not sure of the dates for that call

      • Darlington Chukwuma says:

        Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Good morning. I want to Know wether the result is out for those that applied in the Anta Diop University.

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        aaublog67 commented: “Thank you for your keen interest. Please try again when we circulate the 2016 Call. I am not sure of the dates for that call”

      • peter kator says:

        was there no selection for chiek anta diop university senegal?

    • Osas says:

      Can you kindly send me the link to check for those that were successful in Ibadan and Lagos university. The link provided is no going through.
      I am osas with email
      Many thanks

  87. hakizimana says:

    when the list of shortlisted in universite anta diop de dakar will be published?

  88. kator peter says:

    when will the list of shortlisted candidates for Chiek anta diop university senegal be out. please inform me. i will be most disappointed if i am not selected as i believe i am qualified. expecting a prompt response. thank you.

  89. kator peter says:

    please intimate me of the selection for chek anta diop university senegal. i want to know please. thanks

  90. Audu Bello says:

    Please when will the list for shortlisted applicants for University of Senegal be out. More so, the link shortlisted candidate for University of lagos and ibadan is not opening. Thanks

  91. Chinedu says:

    I tried to open the link that contains the list of selected students for univ of lagos and ibadan but I was told that the page can’t not be displayed. Please, is there any other way I could view the list? Thank you

  92. mbonu Chinedu says:

    Please I was selected for the masters program at ucad Senegal, please what’s the next step

  93. Kasfarin says:

    Hello Admin… how do I check the list of those selected for Lagos & Ibadan. The link up there is not opening.

  94. Osas says:

    How long should those of us that applied for University of Senegal wait??
    It is good to know our fate early so we can make necessary preparations.

  95. francis says:

    The list for the University of Cheikh Anta Dioup is still not yet out. thank you

  96. Please, which month will 2016/2017 scholarship come out?

  97. Toyin says:

    I wish to know when the list of shortlisted candidates for the ECOWAS scholarship of Cheikh Anta Diop University will be out.
    I look forward to your prompt response.


    I visited the recommended web for lagos and Ibadan uni list and couldn’t see any name

  99. Adebayo says:

    The link for the successful candidates that has been posted recurrently is a dead one. Please publish the list to ensure transparency. Thanks

  100. Jeffrey says:

    Hello AAUblog
    I have been waiting to see the list sent to our emails, nothing of such was done till I came across this blog, and the link you provided for people you chose UNILAG and University of Ibadan keeps given me an error message saying PAGE NOT FOUND.
    Please how do I check my name as I chose UNILAG and Chiek anta diop university senegal .
    Your urgent reply will be highly appreciated
    Kind regards

  101. kola2geo says:

    Good day Admin. I applied for the scholarship last year and I have been waiting for the list. However, I have tried the links you supplied above for the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan admission but it appears the link no longer functions. Please how else can one check and when is the Senegal list coming up. Thanks

  102. A S. Said says:

    Hi admin i am from Nigeia and i cant access the page you just shared for the list of selected candidates for the university of lag and ibadan pls can u help me.
    Many thanks

  103. Kenneth says:

    Hi aaublog67 Admin,
    I did apply for the ECOWAS scholarship but got to know when the list came out and was not notified as well. Tried checking the list link you shared but it is not accessible anymore, how can I get to verify if I was selected please.

  104. kator peter says:

    i think the section process was fraudulent. there was no advertised list for university of senegal and there was no clearly shown list of criteria for selection. stop this fraud.

  105. Boluwajide says:

    On the list for the successful candidates chosen for msc scholarship at university of Ibadan and university of Lagos, there is a word “waiting list” . Please what does it depict? Should we still be expecting another list or wat? If so, wen???

  106. usman Dahiru says:

    Is the list for ECOWAS PhD fellowship 2016 out?

  107. taiwo kayode says:

    when is the ECOWAS fellowhip programme for 2016 going to commence

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