The Division for Africa through the Technical Cooperation Programme requests for applications for the PhD Sandwich Programme. In 2020, IAEA will plan to award on a competitive basis at least 20 PhD sandwich fellowships to students/scientists from Chartered Universities in Africa.

1. Programmatic Context

The PhD Sandwich Fellowship Programme will be implemented within the framework of the regional TC project RAF0052: Supporting Human Resource Development in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA). This project was recently approved within the framework of TC Cycle 2018-2019. This project is approved for 4 years (2018-2021) and is managed by the Division for Africa, Department of Technical Cooperation (TC), in collaboration with the Nuclear Knowledge Management (NKM) Section, Department of Nuclear Energy.

2. Member States’ contributions for the PhD Sandwich Fellowship Programme

Under this Programme, the selected candidates will be partially funded by the IAEA. However, nominating Member States will provide Government Costs Sharing estimated at half of the total training costs before the award of the PhD sandwich fellowship programme. Due attention will be given to candidates from LDCs to ensure that this programme contributes to develop/enhance their human resources capacities. It is envisaged that the second cohort of PhD sandwich fellows could start their training for the academic year 2020/2021.

3. Priority Thematic Areas of the PhD Sandwich Fellowship Programme

The PhD Sandwich Fellowship Programme focuses on the following regional priority thematic areas defined in the AFRA Regional Strategic Cooperative Framework 2019-2023. These include:

  • Food and Agriculture;
  • Human Health and Nutrition
  • Water resources management
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Industrial Applications
  • Energy Planning
  • Climate Change and
  • Radiation Safety.

4. Duration

part of their study programme in their home university and pursue their PhD research work in a foreign university for a maximum duration not exceeding 24 months.

5. Application Requirements

The following required application materials shall be sent to Division for Africa by 18 September 2020 for the academic year 2020/2021 admission: