The Scholarship covers
Roundtrip flight ticket and visa costs (using a preferred travel agent and calculated against direct linear distance)
Participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where applicable
Comprehensive Travel Insurance (Health, Accident and Travel)
A monthly subsistence allowance for the mobility period
Settling in Allowance
Research Costs: Students that received a scholarship equal or longer than 10 months are eligible to receive funds to cover their research needs. The indicative maximum amount of research costs per academic year is of 600 Euros for Master students and 2000 Euros for Doctoral candidates. The distribution of funds from this pool shall be decided by the partners on the basis of the actual research needs of selected students. Students will be required to submit a budget for research.
An extra allowance corresponding to the monthly subsistence allowances will be paid per academic year to female master students and doctoral candidates, for mobility equal or longer than 2 academic years.
You are eligible for a second return ticket in case the mobility is equal or longer than two academic years.
Participation costs are transferred directly the host institution. Insurance is arranged by the co-ordinating institution on behalf of students.
Determine your Target Group
Target Group 1 (TG1) can be defined as:
African nationals and/or residents registered or having had obtained a degree in one of the Higher Education Institutions that is member of the consortium.
Target Group 2 (TG2) can be defined as:
African nationals and residents (students) registered in Higher Education Institution of African countries not included in the partnership, or whom have obtained a Higher Education Institution degree or equivalent from an institution of these countries. This allows for providing mobility opportunities to students working in public administration, public and private enterprises.
Each student category has its own eligibility criteria. Please check the eligibility criteria of your particular student category carefully.
The eligible countries are presented below:
Regions of Africa Countries
Central African Republic
Gabon and São Tomé and Principe
Select at least one host institution among the set of institutions of the consortium:
Mekelle University, Ethiopia – www.mu.edu.et
Moi University, Kenya – www.mu.ac.ke
The Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria - www.futa.edu.ng
Ain Shams University, Egypt – www.asu.edu.eg
University of Zambia, Zambia – www.unza.zm
Each partner institution undertakes to provide academic support to SPREE scholarship holders at their institution by:
Setting up agreements with students on an individual work programme and on the workload required to pass any examinations or other forms of assessment (i.e. student agreements, learning agreements).
Assuring SPREE scholarship holder (all types of mobility) benefits of the same working conditions and the same health and security protection levels similar to the local students and members of the academic community.
Providing mentoring for SPREE scholarship holders
Keeping student records of SPREE scholarship holders
Arranging supervisors for research students
Arranging field trips for research students where necessary
Providing counselling for future career and work placements
Providing linguistic support
Awarding degrees to SPREE scholarship holders upon successful completion of the degree programme.
After the application deadline, first the local Academic Evaluation Committee and then the Consortium Management Group (endorsing recommendations made by the Consortium Selection Committee) will review all received applications. Only complete applications will be considered for selection. Your application is complete if you have uploaded all the requested documents. The home and host universities of the consortium will work together to evaluate the applications based upon the following criteria:
Motivation for the mobility period
Learning Agreement or Study Plan (for master’s students)
Research/Teaching Plan (for PhD and academic staff)
In addition to these academic criteria, the following administrative criteria will be taken into account:
Relevance of the mobility for both the host university and the home university
Equal geographic representation of the partner universities in the mobility scheme
Equity considerations for designated groups
If you have given incorrect or misguiding information in your application, this will be a reason to withdraw your grant.
Notifications of application outcome to students are done as follows:
All applicants will be notified via e-mail
All applicants not selected for the programme are notified immediately after the selection decision has been made. Notification will include:
The results of the selection
The procedure to follow for an appeal to the selection decision
For the selected candidates the notification will include:
Instructions for further steps (visa guidelines, etc.)
A model of the Student Agreement
As well as any other relevant information
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you may submit an appeal in writing to the SPREE coordinating unit no later than 14 days after taking receipt of the application outcome notification letter.
The SPREE coordinating unit will evaluate the grounds upon which the appeal was made.
If the reasons of the appeal are reasonable and legitimate, the coordinating unit will refer the matter to the SPREE Consortium Selection Committee whom will then evaluate the appeal.
The decision made by the Consortium Selection Committee will be referred to the SPREE Consortium Management Committee for ratification. Following which, the applicant will be informed of the decision in writing.
Cancellation of Studies
Important to note in the event of interrupted studies or in the case of drop-out
The scholarship can be put on hold if the student has to temporarily leave the host institution following duly justified and well documented reasons (i.e. illness etc.). In that case the scholarship payment must be interrupted he/she has returned to the host institution and can actively participate in the activities. If despite the temporary absence the scholarship holder can catch up on the study/research without extending the originally agreed scholarship duration, the monthly allowances corresponding to the period of interruption could be paid to the candidate if agreed among the partners and notified to the agency.
If the reasons are due to force majeure, the absence of the scholarship holder would lead to an extension of the originally agreed eligibility period in order to finalize the mobility concerned. Hence, the coordinator must send to the Agency a duly substantiated request to extend the eligibility period of the Grant Agreement in question. This request will be treated as an official amendment.
If the interruption is due to academic reasons, as students have to study or carry out research or other activities for a short period at the home country or at other countries which are not the ones of the institutions included in the partnership, the monthly allowance is not paid for this period. Mobility flows are not allowed between institutions placed in the country of origin/nationality of the individual(s) concerned. The interruption can take place only after 6 consecutive months of study at host institutions.
The mobility for staff can be split in several shorter periods of minimum one month each.
If a scholarship holder decides to withdraw before or during the study period, the Partnership has the possibility to replace her/him from the reserve list and within the deadlines for start mobility of the respective cohort. If such replacement is not possible, the remaining monthly allowance and participation costs could be reallocated to another scholarship holder.