Fully Funded Coimbra Group Scholarship Progamme for Young Researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa 2024

The Coimbra Group has announced applications are now open for its scholarship programmes to African researchers from the Sub-Saharan region. Universities of the Coimbra Group offer short-term visits (generally 1 to maximum of 3 months) to young African researchers from higher education institutions from Sub-Saharan Africa. The main aim of this scholarship programme is to enable scholars to undertake research in which they are engaged in their home institution and to help them establish academic and research contacts in Europe.

The Coimbra Group, which was set up in 1987, is an association now composed of 40 European universities. It aims to increase co-operation amongst its members by enhancing special academic and cultural ties and creating channels of information and exchange. The scholarships are financially supported by the Coimbra Group member universities participating in this programme, while the Coimbra Group Office is in charge of the administrative management of the applications.


  • Postgraduate scholarships

Targeted Countries

  • Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Europe


  • Same with programme

Eligibility Criteria for the scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicant must:

  • Be born on or after 1 January 1979.
  • Be 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 SubSaharan Africa.
  • Be preferably of doctoral/postdoctoral or equivalent status.
  • Be in possession of an acceptance letter/email from the tutor/partner with whom the work programme will be undertaken in the host institution. This document is mandatory.
  • Use the Coimbra Group Office electronic application process.
  • Apply for one university only. Multiple applications will not be considered valid.
  • Submit all information in English only

Selection Procedure

  • The administrative check of applications will be undertaken by the Coimbra Group Office in order to select candidates who meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Candidates must indicate the name and contact details of an academic supervisor at the host university and provide proof of acceptance (a letter or e-mail). Applications which do not fulfill this requirement will not be considered.
  • The selection of candidates will be undertaken directly by the host universities. They may request additional documents. When the selection has been agreed upon, the host university may send a letter of invitation directly to the successful candidate.
  • The Coimbra Group Office will contact all candidates and inform them about the result of their application by the end of June 2024.
  • Successful candidates currently employed by a university are responsible for ensuring that their home institution will grant them leave of absence to undertake the proposed visit.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • Full scholarship
  • Accommodation
  • Airfare Ticket
  • Stipends

Participating Coimbra Group Universities

  • University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • University of Cologne (Germany)
  • Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • University of Granada (Spain)
  • University of Graz (Austria)
  • University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Istanbul University (Turkey)
  • Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
  • Leiden University (Netherlands)
  • University of Padova (Italy)
  • University of Pavia (Italy)
  • University of Poitiers (France)
  • Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • University of Sienna (Italy)
  • University of Torku (Finland)
  • University of Wurzburg (Germany)

How to Apply for the Scholarship

For further information about the scholarship application process, kindly CLICK HERE to visit the official webpage

Application Deadline

April 5, 2024