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Small Grant for Graduate Internships
The Association of African Universities (AAU) has intensified its advocacy for students from African universities to acquire employable skills for the world of work upon graduation from their universities. Through financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the AAU has secured some funds to offer small grants of up to US$1,000 per person for graduate internships for its member universities.
2. Conditions for the Award of the Grant
Grant applicants should be students pursuing post-graduate degree programmes. Applicants should note that the grants are for training purposes only and not meant for the completion of theses or dissertations.
Applicants shall commit to undertake an internship programme for a period between twelve (12) and twenty-four (24 weeks).
Applications should be supported with an authorisation note from the Head of Department of the applicant’s university as well as an official acceptance letter from the establishment wishing to host the intern.
All applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae.
A detailed but confidential supervisory report would be required from the host institution on the progression of the applicant during the period of internship, and from the university of the applicant on academic progress after the period of internship.
Consideration would be given to applicants who have no practical work experience.
In the Grant Award Agreement, sixty percent (60%) of the total grant would be disbursed upon the submission of the required letters of intent from both the university and the employer to cater for transport and other incidentals. The other forty percent (40%) would be disbursed after the successful completion of the internship, receipt of deliverables from the university and the employer.
A tracer of the intern’s employment status would be conducted six months after graduation from the university.
Any breach of these Conditions shall lead to the termination or invalidity of the grant for which the Grantor shall recall or request the amount awarded to be refunded.
3. Selection Criteria
Selection of successful applications would be based on a quota system revolving around gender (at least 40% of beneficiaries should be females); country (not more than 10 applicants per country) and language (at least 30% from Francophone institutions).
All grantees would be from AAU member institutions in good standing.
4. Deadline for Submission of Applications
Interested applicants should submit their applications and supported documents in soft copy to the undersigned to reach him not later than Monday 25 May, 2015:
The Directorate of Research and Academic Planning
Association of African Universities
P. O. Box AN 5744
Accra – North