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Small Grants Call for Applications: Issued March 2016

Call for Applications: Small Grants for Post Graduate Theses & Dissertations  (Issued March 2016 ) Deadline: 30th June, 2016


grants imageThe AAU is pleased to announce the 2016 session of its Small Grants for Theses and Dissertations Programme. In line with the Association’s aim of promoting the core functions of higher education institutions, the Small Grants Programme aims to facilitate timely completion of post graduate research.


  • Applicants should be post graduate students enrolled in AAU member institutions that are in good standing on payment of their annual subscriptions. Post graduate students who are lecturers in AAU member institutions, and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Research topics should fall within any of the following broad themes:
    • Agriculture and Food Security
    • Conflict, Peace and Security
    • Environment and Climate
    • Health
    • Higher Education


  • Small grants research budgets are limited to USD3,500 for PhD students and USD2,000 for Masters students
  • Small grants budgets may not include indirect costs (e.g. accommodation, field trips outside the country where the research is being conducted,

Application Procedure:

Please note that applications submitted via email will not be considered.

  • Applicants will be required to register and login afterwards, so they can access their applications and make necessary revisions until submission before the deadline
  • The form has been divided into four (4) sections. Applicants are required to save each section SEPARATELY by clicking on the “Apply Change” button at the bottom of the section.
  • Information relating to Personal Data, Project Description and Project Details will also be required
  • Under Project Details, applicants will have to paste the components of their proposals (research hypothesis, literature review, methodology, expected results, work plan and time table) in the appropriate spaces.
  • Applicants will also be required to attach a letter of institutional support to the online application.

Review Process and Criteria:

  • The review of the applications takes approximately 2 months after the deadline date.
  • Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
    • Relevance (the extent to which the proposed research aligns with the selected theme and addresses African development issues);
    • Innovation (the extent to which the proposed activity suggests and explores creative and original approaches); and
    • Feasibility (whether the project is feasible in terms of the proposed methodology, work plan and budget)
  • Award of grants will be based on merit – i.e. on the strength of the application
  • Applicants will be notified on the status of their applications two months after the expiration of the deadline


FRENCH Version

APPEL À CANDIDATURE: Programme De  Petites Subventions Pour Les Mémoires Et Les Thèses (Publié le 30 mars, 2016), Date limite : 30 juin, 2016.

L’AUA à le plaisir d’annoncer la session 2016 de son programme de petites subventions pour les Mémoires Et Les Thèses de doctorats. En conformité avec l’objectif de l’AUA de promouvoir les fonctions fondamentales des institutions d’enseignement supérieurs, le programme de petites subventions pour les Mémoires et Thèses vise à faciliter la réalisation de thèses de doctorats à  temps opportuns.


Les candidats doivent être inscris dans un programme d’études supérieurs au niveau doctoral dans une institution membre de l‘AUA à jour sur le paiement de ses souscriptions annuelles. Les étudiants du troisième cycle qui sont professeurs dans nos institutions membres et les femmes candidats particulièrement, sont encouragés à postuler.  Les thèmes de recherche devraient entrer parmi les grands thèmes suivants:

  1. Agriculture et Sécurité Alimentaire
  2. Conflit, paix et sécurité
  3. Environnement et Climat
  4. Santé
  5. Enseignement Supérieur


  1. Les budgets de petites subventions sont limités à 3500 $ pour les étudiants au doctorat, et de 2000 $ pour les étudiants en Maitrise.
  2. Les budgets de petites subventions ne couvrent pas les frais indirects (ex. hébergement, les excursions scolaires en dehors du pays où la recherche s’est déroulées).

 Procédure de candidature:

  1. Les candidatures doivent être soumises en ligne via ce lien:
  2. Les candidatures envoyées uniquement par courrier électronique ne seront pas considérées.
  3. Les candidats auront besoin d’un nom d’utilisateur et d’un mot de passe valides afin d’ouvrir un compte qui leur donnera accès à leur formulaire de demande de candidature afin d’effectuer d’éventuelles corrections avant la date limite.
  4. Le formulaire a été divisé en quatre sections. Les candidats doivent sauvegarder chaque section séparément en cliquant le bouton “Apply Change” au bas de la section.
  5. L’information liée aux données personnelles, description du projet, détails de projet seront requises.
  6. A la section ‘Détails de projet’, les candidats doivent coller les éléments de leurs propositions (hypothèse de recherche, analyse bibliographique, méthodologie, résultats prévus, programme de travail, et horaire) dans les espaces appropriés.
  7. Les candidats doivent aussi joindre une lettre de soutien institutionnel à la candidature en ligne.

 Processus de révision et critères:

  1. La révision des candidatures prend environ 2 mois après le délai.
  2. La révision des candidatures sera basée sur les critères suivants:
  3. Pertinence (la mesure dans laquelle le projet de recherche est en conformité avec le thème sélectionné et comment il aborde les questions de développement en Afrique)
  4. Innovation (la mesure dans laquelle le projet de recherche suggère et explore les approches créatifs et originaux)
  5. Praticabilité (s’il est réalisable en termes de la méthodologie proposée, du programme de travail et du budget)

Les subventions seront accordées en fonction du mérite. C’est-à-dire la solidité de dossier du candidat. Les candidats seront informés sur l’état de leurs demandes deux mois après l’expiration du délai.


  1. msolo37716 says:

    If I am a beneficiary of AAU fellowship program, am I eligible to apply for this grant?

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  3. Aisha Ahmed says:

    I really second and recommend this idea. Is truelly commendable.

  4. Jean-Luc Kouassi says:

    Côte d’Ivoire is not included in the country list. It should not?

  5. Charles Omollo. says:

    I applied for the same some times last year. However, I neither received any acknowledgement nor the outcome of my application. I’m afraid the same trend might occur again.

  6. Gayle says:

    Do you have a list of 2015 Awardees? I applied, never received confirmation of receipt, and no one ever responded to the two email enquiries I sent months later enquiring about decisions deadlines and success or not. Very disappointing organisation for quite an intensive application compared to others with much greater rewards! Would just love to see that the funds actually went to real graduate researchers before recommending this call to colleagues. I ended up selling household items to survive 2015 and Crowdfunding to raise a bursary for 2016!

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    • AMY says:

      Hello, I have a problem when applying for the grant for Thesis and Dissertations. Is it mandatory to write only in English. I have just been informed of this grant and I do not have time to write a good text in English as I am a French-speaking country and my English is average. I was sent my text in French. is it possible?

  8. NGO Nina says:

    My name is Ngo Nina, I am PhD student, I would like to know if the AAU scholarship is an intra african mobility program. For example in my home institution we are lacking of some facilities, but in others AAU institutions the facilities are available. So, does it possible to submit a research proposal that will be only feasible outside of my home country? does it impact negatively my application during the selection process?

  9. Afolayan ayo says:

    Kindly provide me with the address of the relevant AAU officials who can be addressed by my deputy vice chancellor of academics in the letter he is drafting as one of the requirements for the grants (letter of institutional support). Your timely reply will be highly appreciated. I am a PhD student from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria

  10. Gafou says:

    Hello, I have the same problem that GANDA Is required to write only in English. I have just been informed of this grant and I do not have time to write a good text in English as I am a French-speaking country and my English is average. I was sent my text in French. is it possible?

  11. AAU says:

    No not yet. We will communicate to you.

  12. Joseph Musara says:

    Hello, I wanted to find out whether successful applicants have been contacted already. Thanks.

  13. Deneke Dana says:

    I want to get application format of 2017 small grants for Graduate Theses and Dissertation. But I wrongly started to fill membership institutional format. How I could unsubscribe the already started format? And also how I could get the appropriate format to apply 2017 small grants for Theses and Dissertation write-up?

  14. Adedamola says:

    Please when will the application for 2017 AAU small grant for postgraduate theses and dissertations be released?

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