ACE Scholarship Program Recipients for 2019 Announced

2018 Recipients hosted by  Centers of Excellence in Kenya pose with their lecturers

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), the Regional Facilitation Unit for the World Bank supported Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project, has announced the recipients of the ACE Scholarship Program for 2019. A Call for Applications for Masters Fellowships targeting female students in the nine project participating countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique and Malawi was announced in March 2019.

The aim of the competitive scholarship is to enhance the participation of young African female scientists at postgraduate level, encourage regional student mobility and identify and cultivate future leaders in the region. A total of 28 fellowships were awarded for the 2018/2019 academic year.

An Independent Selection Panel nominated from members of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the ACE II Project selected and recommended 32 applicants out of nearly 500 applicants for the 2019/2020 academic year. The selected candidates were found to have met all required conditions for the scholarship as specified in the Call.

For one to be eligible they had to be female and a national of one of the ACE II participating countries; be under the age of thirty five; be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable university at the level of at least Upper Second Class Honours in the relevant field; should have obtained admission to an ACE outside the applicants’ country of current nationality; and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by academic awards and transcripts.


Ms. Flata Mwale of Zambia is pursuing a Masters at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine. Here she receives her award certificate from Rwanda's Minister of Education and World Bank Practise Manager - Education

“Our Selection Panel was delighted to learn that the 28 women Fellows selected last year were making good progress in their studies. We were therefore determined to identify 32 additional Fellows who were the best from the very large pool of eligible applicants,” said Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai, Chairperson of the Independent Selection Panel. He added, “Sixty women Master’s graduates in Science & Technology fields could be considered a drop in the ocean, but they can really make a difference in the development of Africa. We need more of them and we hope resources will be available to award such additional women Fellowships.”

The selected students will study full time at some of the Africa Centers of Excellence (ACEs) in the priority disciplines of the ACE II Project, namely: (i) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or Industry, (ii) Agriculture, (iii) Health, (iv) Education and (v) Applied Statistics. The ACE II Project’s emphasis is on STEM to strengthen selected institutions to improve their quality and relevance of science and engineering education and applied research to address challenges in key priority economic sectors. 

“The World Bank is committed to supporting expanded access for all students who wish to pursue tertiary education opportunities that inspire them and lead to bright and purposeful futures.  This program supporting women in science is one about which we are particularly proud and excited,” remarked ACE II project team lead, Dr. Roberta Malee Bassett.  “We appreciate the selection panel’s committed efforts in selecting this newest group of scholarship recipients, and we congratulate all of these amazing women on their accomplishments achieved and those still to come.”

The ACE Scholarship covers tuition, stipend, research, visa fees, laptop, books/stationeries and a round trip air ticket between the beneficiary’s home country and the study destination.

The names of candidates recommended for the award, areas of specialization and host institutions can be viewed on the list below. The Independent Selection Panel noted that they were overwhelmed by the number of highly qualified candidates that responded to the 2019 call for fellowships, yet only a limited number of Fellowships could be awarded

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), the Regional Facilitation Unit for the World Bank supported Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project, has announced the recipients of the ACE Scholarship Program for 2019. A Call for Applications for Masters Fellowships targeting female students in the nine project participating countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique and Malawi was announced in March 2019.

The aim of the competitive scholarship is to enhance the participation of young African female scientists at postgraduate level, encourage regional student mobility and identify and cultivate future leaders in the region. A total of 28 fellowships were awarded for the 2018/2019 academic year.


Some of the 2018 recipients with the ACE II Project Coordinator, Dr. Jonathan Mbwambo, in Kigali

An Independent Selection Panel nominated from members of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the ACE II Project selected and recommended 32 applicants out of nearly 500 applicants for the 2019/2020 academic year. The selected candidates were found to have met all required conditions for the scholarship as specified in the Call.

 

For one to be eligible they had to be female and a national of one of the ACE II participating countries; be under the age of thirty five; be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable university at the level of at least Upper Second Class Honours in the relevant field; should have obtained admission to an ACE outside the applicants’ country of current nationality; and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by academic awards and transcripts.

“Our Selection Panel was delighted to learn that the 28 women Fellows selected last year were making good progress in their studies. We were therefore determined to identify 32 additional Fellows who were the best from the very large pool of eligible applicants,” said Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai, Chairperson of the Independent Selection Panel. He added, “Sixty women Master’s graduates in Science & Technology fields could be considered a drop in the ocean, but they can really make a difference in the development of Africa. We need more of them and we hope resources will be available to award such additional women Fellowships.”

 

The selected students will study full time at some of the Africa Centers of Excellence (ACEs) in the priority disciplines of the ACE II Project, namely: (i) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or Industry, (ii) Agriculture, (iii) Health, (iv) Education and (v) Applied Statistics. The ACE II Project’s emphasis is on STEM to strengthen selected institutions to improve their quality and relevance of science and engineering education and applied research to address challenges in key priority economic sectors. 

 

“The World Bank is committed to supporting expanded access for all students who wish to pursue tertiary education opportunities that inspire them and lead to bright and purposeful futures.  This program supporting women in science is one about which we are particularly proud and excited,” remarked ACE II project team lead, Dr. Roberta Malee Bassett.  “We appreciate the selection panel’s committed efforts in selecting this newest group of scholarship recipients, and we congratulate all of these amazing women on their accomplishments achieved and those still to come.”

The ACE Scholarship covers tuition, stipend, research, visa fees, laptop, books/stationeries and a round trip air ticket between the beneficiary’s home country and the study destination.

The names of candidates recommended for the award, areas of specialization and host institutions can be viewed on the list below. The Independent Selection Panel noted that they were overwhelmed by the number of highly qualified candidates that responded to the 2019 call for fellowships, yet only a limited number of Fellowships could be awarded.  

LIST OF STUDENTS AWARDED MSc. FELLOWSHIP UNDER THE ACE II PROJECT FOR 2019/2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

 

NO.

NAME OF CANDIDATE

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

MSc PROGRAM

NAME OF ACE

DESTINATION

1

NASANGWE Bernice

Burundian

MSC. In Agricultural and Applied Economics

CESAAM

Njoro, Kenya

2

NYONGERA Eliane

Burundian

MSc Epidemiology

SACIDS

Morogoro, Tanzania

3

NEZA Ange Nelly

Burundian

Masters in Energy Economics

ACEESD

Kigali, Rwanda

4

SHEGENA Efrata Ashuro

Ethiopian

Msc.of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy

PHARMTRAC

Mbarara, Uganda

5

GEBREMICHAEL Fana Gebremedhin

Ethiopian

Masters in Hydrocarbon Processing Engineering

CS-OGET

Maputo, Mozambique

6

AREFAYNE Fiyori Mebrahtu

Ethiopian

Masters of Science in Fishery

AQUAFISH

Lilongwe, Malawi

7

KIFLE Meron Alemnew

Ethiopian

MSc. In Data Science(Data Science)

ACE-DS

Kigali, Rwanda

8

WAGAYE Admase Waganesh

Ethiopian

MSc Energy Studies

PTRE

Eldoret, Kenya

8

VUGUTSA Cynthia

Kenyan

MSc Rural Development and Extension

AQUAFISH

Lilongwe, Malawi

10

OCHIENG Millicent Auma

Kenyan

Msc in Data Science (Econometrics)

ACE-DS

Kigali, Rwanda

11

NJERU Sarah Mueni

Kenyan

MSc.Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

SACIDS

Morogoro, Tanzania

12

KIITI Ruth Wairimu

Kenyan

Masters of Science in Epidemiology

SACIDS

Morogoro, Tanzania

13

MAKAWA Sunge

Malawian

MSC. In Data Science

ACE-DS

Kigali, Rwanda

14

JAMES Stella

Malawian

MSc Water Management

ACEWM

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

15

Cuco Anacleta Bibiana Jaime

Mozambican

Masters in Public Health and Food Safety

SACIDS

Morogoro, Tanzania

16

IGIZENEZA Acsa

Rwandese

MSc. In Health Molecular Biology

SACIDS

Morogoro, Tanzania

17

MUJAWIMANA Violette

Rwandese

MSc. Railway Engineering Civil Infrastructure Specialization

ARERI

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

18

DUSABE Angelique

Rwandese

Masters in Life Sciences (Food and Nutitutional Science)

WISE FUTURES

Arusha, Tanzania

19

MOSHI Sylvia Denis

Tanzanian

MSc Public Health

ACEPHEM

Blantyre, Malawi

20

KAFURIA Angela Dennis

Tanzanian

MSc Data Science

ACE-DS

Kigali, Rwanda

21

LASWAI Flomena Cyprian

Tanzanian

Masters of Science in Food Science

CESAAM

Njoro, Kenya

22

GWALUGANO Alune Afyusisye

Tanzanian

Master of Education in Chemistry Education

ACEITLMS

Kigali, Rwanda

23

KIBWEJA Grace Maclean

Tanzanian

MSc. Railway Engineering Train& Traction Control

ARERI

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

24

NAZZIWA Cissy

Ugandan

MSc. Of Education in Physics Education

ACEITLMS

Kigali, Rwanda

25

NSHEMEREIRWE Annitah

Ugandan

MSc Water Management

ACEWM

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

26

NALWANGA Rosemary Noeline

Ugandan

MSc Internet of Things - Embedded Computing Systems

ACEIoT

Kigali, Rwanda

27

BYONANEBYE Marion

Ugandan

MSc. In Epidemiology

SACIDS

Morogoro, Tanzania

28

EKATUSHABE Margaret

Ugandan

Masters of Education in Biological Education

ACEITLMS

Kigali, Rwanda

29

PHIRI Chikumbusto Memory

Zambian

MSc. In Aquaculture

AQUAFISH

Lilongwe, Malawi

30

NGWEWA Faith

Zambian

Msc in Public Health and Food Safety

SACIDS

Morogoro, Tanzania

31

ZIMBA Sharon Duba

Zambian

MSc Health Sciences (Antimicrobial Stewardship)

ACEPHEM

Blantyre, Malawi

32

NKOLOLA Babra Namwiinga

Zambian

MSc Water Management

ACEWM

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

More details about ACE II can be found on the project website

https://www.ace2.iucea.org/

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