About the PAMAPS Programme

Specifically, the programme aims to: a. To implement physician-scientists exchange and staff mobility exchange systems in support of the MSc. and Ph.D. programmes in highly-specialised medical disciplines. b. To provide platforms for African physicians to obtain joint/dual sandwich postgraduate medical science degrees. c. To develop legal frameworks between the HEIs within this consortium for recognition of qualifications and transfer of credits. d. To develop inter-institutional guidelines for exchange of staff in academia and research within the partnership on short-term basis.  e. To build local training/teaching/research capacity of physician-scientists in the HEIs through seminars and workshops.

LOT 1 PAMAPS Partner Universities
Nigeria University of Ibadan & University of Lagos.
South Africa University of Cape Town
Cameroon University of Yaounde
Ethiopia Addis Ababa University
Kenya University of Nairobi
LOT 2 NON – PAMAPS Partner Universities All other universities under same geographical band(country) with LOT 1

The Postgraduate Academic Mobility for African Scientist seek to provide platform for African-physicians to obtain postgraduate medical degrees thereby implementing physician-scientists exchange and staff exchange. It focuses on development of legal frameworks between African universities within its consortium for recognition of qualification and transfer of credits.

During application you will be required to select one of the following as either “home” or “host” institution:

Addis Ababa University Ethiopia
University of Ibadan (Coordinating Institution) Nigeria
University of Lagos Nigeria
University of Yaounde Cameroon
University of Nairobi Kenya
University of Cape Town South Africa
  • Ensure that you have mastered the language of tuition or that adequate linguistic support is offered for applicants.
  • Carefully consider the identified programmes and areas of excellence in each partner institution.
  • Ensure that you have the necessary academic background in terms of study areas/degrees before you apply.
  • Be aware of the real cost of living at each partner institution and analyse it, considering the monthly subsistence of the scholarship.
  • Consider the need to adapt to different cultural realities and also the different climate conditions.

Yes, all personal data (such as names, addresses, CVs, etc.) will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the European Union institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

Answer:     Yes, all personal data (such as names, addresses, CVs, etc.) will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the European Union institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

  1. Monitor the academic individual progress of each PAMAPS scholarship holder registered at their institution.
  2. Provide the coordinating institution (University of Ibadan – Nigeria) with reports from each PAMAPS scholarship holder every 6 months in the case of masters students and every year in the case of PhD students.
  3. Ensure gender-balance (with particular emphasis on the selection of women), equal opportunities and the participation of disadvantaged groups (disabled students, economically disadvantaged students) in the selection process.

Academic Information

Carefully read the ”Before you Apply” section on the website. Please complete the online application.  If you are a first time user, you will need to register; if you are already registered, simply login!

You will also be asked to submit electronic versions of your resume, essay responses, transcripts, and name and email of your references. Please scan your transcripts and resumes into electronic format (PDF format preferred for all requested documents).

The distribution per mobility type are in compliance with the percentage indicated in the initial consortium Call for Proposals and tabled below as:

Target Group Masters    Doctorates Staff TOTAL Percentage
Target Group 1 31 6 10 47 55%
Target Group 2 23 16 N/A 39 45%
TOTAL 54 22 10 86
Distribution per Mobility type 63% 25% 12%
  • Full degree scholarships for Masters students
    Students who meet the criteria will be able to apply for full degree scholarship for completion of a Masters degree at one of the Higher Education Institutions in the consortium.
  • Sandwich PhD mobilities
    Students who are already enrolled for a PHD at their home institution will be able to apply for an 11 month period of supervised research at a host university that is one of the Higher Education Institutions in the consortium.
  • Academic and administrative staff mobilities

Staff employed by the Higher Education Institutions of the consortium will be able to apply for short term mobility opportunities which could include benchmarking exercises, sabbatical research periods, guest lecturing, curriculum development, knowledge and resource sharing trips etc. on the basis that both institutions support the trip.

Exchange opportunities (Masters and PHD)
Students registered as full-degree students at one of the partner universities comprising the consortium, spend a short period (10 months and less) at one of the other institutions in the consortium and return to their home institution after the exchange period to complete their degree at the home institution. Exchange students will spend their period at the host university as researchers mainly, being engaged in literature reviews, specialised theoretical or methodological training, or field studies and they will closely co-operate with their African (host) and African (home) supervisors.

For the PAMAPS Programme, study credit recognition and transfer will be regulated according to the principles of the Bologna process. As there is no current international African credit transfer system comparable to the ECTS system,  the PAMAPS partners will all use the ECTS grading scale in this context, as a commonly shared conversion scale which brings the different national credit systems into alignment. In recognition of different credit recognition system amongst PAMAPS partners, each Partner agrees to:

  • To consider the study period abroad of each PAMAPS scholarship holder as an integral part of the study /research programme.
  • To guarantee the full academic recognition (including exams and other forms of evaluation) of the study/research period undertaken at the PAMAPS partner institution, through the signature of the Individual Student Learning Agreements.


With regards to transcripts each partner institution undertakes:

  • To provide the incoming student as well as the sending partner institution with a transcript of study results confirming that the programme has been completed.
  • To issue transcripts to PAMAPS scholarships holders in accordance with regulations at its own institution (for example which department can issue them, who signs them off and to issue transcripts) for both full degree and partial mobility.

PAMAPS allows study only within the field of Medical Sciences.

You may be expected to submit (but not limited to); Personal contact information of the candidate, year of birth, CV, fulfilment with the eligibility criteria for a scholarship (proof of nationality, Certificate of highest degree obtained, relevant requirements for different target groups and type of mobility, proof of sufficient knowledge of the tuition language at the host institution), choice of courses and/or study programme and preferred PAMAPS host institutions.

Upon application you will be required to select the target group you belong to –

Target Group 1 (TG1) can be defined as:
African nationals and/ or residents registered in one of the Universities that is member of the consortium. In order to be considered eligible for TG1, applicants have to receive formal support letter (letter of recommendation signed by a senior lecturer or Dean) of the home institution.

Target Group 2 (TG 2) can be defined as:
African nationals and residents (students) registered in Universities of African countries not included in the partnership, or whom have obtained a University degree or equivalent from an institution of these countries. This allows for providing mobility opportunities to students in same geographical band.

For students mobility

In order to be eligible for a PAMAPS scholarship under this Intra-ACP EU funded project, applicant must:

  1. Be a national of one of the AFRICAN Countries.
  2. Have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses or of one of the official languages of teaching in the hosting countries.
  3. Belong to either Target Group I or Target Group II

For academic and administrative staff

In order to be eligible for a PAMAPS scholarship, the academic and administrative staff applying to a mobility scholarship must:

  1. Be a national of one of one of the AFRICAN countries of the PAMAPS partners institution;
  2. Have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses or of one of the official languages currently spoken in the hosting countries;
  3. Work for full time in a PAMAPS partner University;
  4. Base the mobility activities on the partnership agreements and the sustainability strategy defined by the members of PAMAPS partnership;
  5. Agree with the home and host universities on the programme of activities, namely: lectures or administrative work to be delivered by the visiting staff; the research activities to be carried out; the type of training to be followed; etc.
  • Selection decisions are assessed and evaluated at the respective institutions and eligible candidates then recommended to the Consortium Management Group as award recipients.
  • The Consortium Selection Committee shall evaluate applications taking into consideration transparency of the process, gender, brain drain prevention and disadvantaged groupings and make such recommendations to the Consortium Management Group for endorsement and implementation.
  • Finally the Consortium Management Group oversees equal distribution of obligations, rights and tasks to all Consortium Members as well as awarding scholarships taking into consideration transparency, gender equality, brain drain prevention and representation of disadvantaged groupings.

All regretted and accepted applicants will be notified immediately after the PAMAPS Scholarship Selection Committee decision has been finalised.

Logistical Matters

PAMAPS recommends that students and staff liaise with home and host institution co-ordinators for more specific requirements.

  • It is advisable to photocopy all your essential documents (personal and academic), retain a set of copies for yourself, storing it in a safe place separately from the originals, and to leave another set of copies with a family member or friend.
  • Should you need to apply for a study permit, ensure that it is valid for studies at the institution you will be studying at.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your studies. You will need it to open a bank account. In most countries, a passport is the recognised form of identification for international students / staff.
  • If you are bringing a laptop, please make sure that the computer can operate on the voltage of the country you will be studying in and that you have the necessary transformer for the current.  You may also need to purchase an adapter plug that enables you to plug your computer into an outlet.  (If you are bringing a lap-top or other electronic equipment please ensure that it is adequately insured against loss or theft and be vigilant in protecting your property at all times).
  • Medication; If you take a prescription drug on a regular basis remember to keep the prescription and to retain original packaging.
  • Sleeping bag (if you want to go camping).
  • Raincoat with hood.
  • Shoes for hiking or all-day walks.
  • Camera.
  • Other electronic equipment; If you intend to bring electronic equipment (e.g. hairdryer) please make sure that it can operate on the voltage available for the country.
  • Cell phone and International Calling Cards
  • Cash in local currency for emergencies.

According to the rules of the PAMAPS programme, the host universities are required to assist students and staff members to find suitable housing on or near campus.

Yes, upon arrival you will receive your information and orientation pack with information on orientation and the campus of your choice. Please read through the information carefully and ensure that you participate in the scheduled orientation and registration sessions.

During orientation week the host institution will officially welcome you and give informative useful to your academic and social wellbeing. Each session will equip you to identify and utilize the necessary resources and smooth your transition into Higher Education in a different African region and at the relevant host institution.

Money Matters

The European Commission, in partnership with ACP Secretariat, oversees the management of the Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme. It manages the budget and sets priorities, targets and criteria for the Programme. Furthermore, it guides and monitors the general implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the Programme.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), with the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) will be in charge of the implementation and follow-up this programme (phase one).

The Scholarship covers –

  • One roundtrip flight ticket and visa costs (using a preferred travel agent and calculated against direct linear distance)
  • Direct 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 to the equivalent of:
Type of Mobility Subsistence Allowance Durations
Master €600 Max 24 months
Doctorates €900 Max 48 months
Staff €1000 Max 6 months

The coordinating institution will provide comprehensive health, travel and personal accidents insurance directly to each scholarship holder which is valid in the host country and in line with European Union Requirements. The insurance will cover all worldwide travel required for the participation in the PAMAPS action. Reasons for travel may be: departure to the destination where the action will take place, travel between the participating higher education institutions, return trip home following completion of the action or during the academic breaks within the specific eligibility period of the action, preparatory meetings, mid-term evaluation meetings, final evaluation meeting, courses, conferences, seminars, research, cultural and intercultural sessions.

In the event of a return trip home during the period covered by his/her scholarship; the participants shall also receive cover for medical costs and urgent dental care. This coverage will be guaranteed for periods up to 4 weeks.