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 70 students will study the proposed Master program Embedded and Mobile Systems. In total, two cohorts will be considered. The project will cover 70 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 35 students each will be considered. The first cohort is expected to start in October 2018, the second cohort in January 2019. CENIT@EA is responsible for guaranteeing a balanced distribution of scholarships among the students applying to the Master program “Embedded and Mobile Systems” (MEMS) at NM-AIST. It was agreed among the partnership to fund 70 persons in total. Within the first cohort, 35 in country and in-region scholarships shall be awarded. For the second cohort, 35 in country and in-region scholarships will be available. In case the Master program will attract more than 35 students per cohort, the CENIT@EA team at NM-AIST will support in-country and in-region students when applying for AfDB (African Development Bank) and ACE (African Centres of Excellence) scholarships and other scholarships that may be available.
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.