World Bank/ARCE MSc & PhD Scholarships in Railway Engineering 2020/2021 for African Students

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World Bank/ARCE MSc & PhD Scholarships in Railway Engineering 2020/2021 for African Students


African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE) is offering competitive scholarships to citizens in African countries to pursue MSc studies in Railway Engineering specializing in Civil InfrastructureRolling Stock and Traction and Train Control for the 2020/21 academic year.

Application Deadline: 14th September 2020

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Addis Ababa University (AAU), Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), Ethiopia

About the Award: African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE) is one of the African Center of Excellence II projects supported by the World Bank. Through this support from the WB, the center aspires to become sustainable regional hub for training and research in Railway Engineering and Management, capable of leading efforts to address priority development challenges and improve lives in South and Eastern Africa. The aim of the center is to strengthen railway professionals’ development through short-term training, MSc and PhD level education, and research in Ethiopia and the region at large.

Eligible Fields of Study: 

  1. For MSc in Railway Engineering (Civil Infrastructure): Applications may come from engineering subject areas with strong relevance in Civil Engineering including Structural, Geotechnical, and Construction Technology, or related fields.
  2. For MSc in Railway Engineering (Rolling Stock): Applications may come from engineering subject areas with strong relevance in Mechanical Engineering including Mechanical Design, Industrial Engineering, and Thermal Engineering, or related fields.
  3. For MSc in Railway Engineering (Traction and Train Control): Applications may come from engineering subject areas with strong relevance in Electrical Engineering including  Electronic Communication Engineering, Power Engineering, Industrial Control Engineering, Computer Engineering, Microelectronics Engineering, or related fields.

Type: Masters

Eligibility:  Applicants have to:-

  1. Have completed their last degree less than Five years ago during the time of application
  2. Be Citizens of African countries
  3. Applicants should have Bachelor’s degree qualification with at least a CGPA of 3.00/4.00 for males and 2.5/4.00 for females (grading shall be converted to 4.00 scale or at the level of Upper Second Class Honors or above).
  4. The applicant should write a personal statement/motivation letter describing the candidate`s interest to join the program.
  5. The applicant should have two letters of recommendations of advisors/ supervisors from previous educational institutions.
  6. All regional(Non Ethiopian Citizens) applicants shall submit a certificate that states English language is a media of instruction in your previous degree issued university Female candidates and candidates from underprivileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: 

  • Type A. Full Scholarship: Covers monthly stipend (USD600 for MSc students), tuition fee, health insurance and transportation cost.
  • Type B. Half Scholarship: Covers monthly stipend (USD250 for MSc) and tuition fee.
  • Type C. Part Timer Scholarship: Covers tuition fee only.
  • Type D. Self-Sponsored Students: Student should cover all the expenses.

Duration of Programme: Scholarships are available from November 13, 2020 up to July 30, 2022 (for Two Academic years). The scholarship will be initially granted for one semester and may be extended for those who completed the first semester successfully

How to Apply: The applicants should submit their document in a single PDF (COMPILED) file through email addresses; – [email protected] The application file name must be [applicantname_Field of Study.Pdf] for example jhon_Rollingstock.pdf and application only be complete if the
following documents are submitted.

  1. Filled ARCE 2010/21 Scholarship form (Link for Application form)
  2. Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF; please use the Europass CV template (
  3. Scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  4. Scanned copies of all university transcripts
  5. Letter of motivation (Maximum 2 pages)
  6. Academic reference from senior lecturer and proof of employment if applicable (scanned copy)
  7. All the documents listed above should be scanned in a single PDF (COMPILED) document. Applications submitted separately will be considered incomplete

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