CENIT@EA seeks a balanced distribution of scholarship activities. The Project Coordinator together with the Admissions Committee is responsible for guaranteeing a balanced distribution of candidates among the Department of Computing Sciences at the NM-AIST. Through a selection process, all partners together must ensure capacity building and institutional development.
In this sense, NM-AIST have to assess the relevance of each scholarship. In addition to the work of the Selection Committee, each academic partner must have an important role in the selection procedure. Each institution must evaluate the potential candidates supported by the Admissions Committee.
During the project’s runtime, at least 80 students will study the proposed Master program Embedded and Mobile Systems. In total, two cohorts will be considered. The project will cover 60 scholarships. For a transparent, fair and equal evaluation of the scholarship applications, it is necessary to have clear rules for the admission and selection process. In general, two cohorts with 40 students each will be considered. The first cohort is expected to start in July 2018, the second cohort in January 2019. It was agreed among the partnership to fund 60 persons in total, 45 persons (75%) from Tanzania (in-country) and 15 persons (25%) from the EAC (in-region). Within the first cohort 30 in-country and 10 in-region scholarships shall be awarded. For the second cohort, 15 in-country and 5 in-region scholarships will be available. In addition, CENIT@EA will support 20 applicants (15 in-country and 5 in-region) while applying for an AfDB (African Development Bank) or ACE (Africa Centers of Excellence) scholarship.
The scholarships awarded by the project will not only cover the monthly allowance, rent assistance, financial assistance for studies and research, and writing and printing costs, but also the tuition fees applied at NM-AIST. During the proposal preparation phase, efforts were made to receive a tuition fee waiver. Unfortunately, we were not successful yet. As soon as the project starts, these efforts will be set up. The requirements and regulations set out by the DAAD regarding awarding or cancellation of a scholarship will be respected. It is also advantageous that UOL was the coordinator of different Erasmus Mundus projects; all of them dealing with the organization of mobilities for all academic levels based on scholarships. In case additional funding could be obtained by the project, the top 5 students of each cohort will engage in short term exchange (four weeks, internship at a partner institution) to Germany.