1st callWANIDA Scholarship Campaign 2020-2021

Call status : Closed

The West African Network of Centers of Excellence (WANIDA) on infectious diseases aims to strengthen collaboration between health research institutions in West Africa.

The WANIDA network is financed by the World Bank, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), as part of the Ace Impact andACE Partner projects. It aims to strengthen training and research collaborations between the AECs, and thus ensure the sustainability of the networks in order to position them as leaders and contribute to the development of West Africa.

 WANIDA network partners :

  • West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious (WACCBIP), University of Ghana, Ghana, network coordinating center;
  • African Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety (ACEMFS), Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria;
  • African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer's University, Ede, Nigeria;
  • African Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biology (ACENTDFB), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria;
  • African Centre of Excellence for Population Health and Policy (ACEPHAP), Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria;
  • Center d'Excellence Africain en Innovations Biotechnologiques pour l'Élimination des Maladies à Transmission Vectorielle (ITECH-MTV), Université Nazi Boni, Burkina Faso;
  • Center d'Excellence Africain - Prévention et Contrôle des Maladies Transmissibles (CEA-PCMT) Université Gamal Abdel Nasser, Conakry, Guinea.

The WANIDA network promotes capacity building in research and training at graduate and post-graduate levels. It encourages African research teams to work in a collaborative environment, enabling them to network and create partnerships with other researchers and players at different socio-economic levels (emerging centers, university faculties in the region, research organizations, private sector, NGOs, etc.).

WANIDA is offering partial master's and doctoral scholarships to students enrolled in the 2020/2021 academic year. Fellows will have access to the resources of the WANIDA network.

Eligibility criteria

 To apply for this scholarship, you must :

1. Be an African national admitted as a regional student (i.e. abroad) to a master's or doctoral program taking place during the 2020/2021 academic year at one of WANIDA's partner institutions.

2. Develop a research project on one of the priority topics in infectious diseases with a thesis supervisor affiliated with one of WANIDA's partner institutions. (You also have the option of having a co-director at another WANIDA partner institution).

Priority topics

  • Covid-19
  • HIV
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis
  • Ebola
  • Mycobacterial infections
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Food-borne pathogens


  •   Master's scholarship holders must :

- Carry out an excellent research project leading to at least one scientific publication

- Present the research project at WANIDA workshops and conferences

- Obtain a Master's degree at the university where the scholarship was awarded

  • Doctoral fellows must :

- An excellent research project with at least two scientific publications

- Present the research project at WANIDA scientific meetings and conferences

- Contribute to the training of undergraduate students

- Obtain a doctorate at the university where the scholarship was awarded

Financing the scholarship

 The duration of funding will be 2 years for the Master's level and 4 years for the PhD level. Fellows will receive a partial scholarship to cover..:

- tuition fees

- research costs

- an allowance

Applications will be received by e-mail only

The complete file must be sent in electronic format only, by e-mail to the following address:

The file must be in a single PDF format with all the constituent documents in a single document. The file will be named "WANIDA 2020 Scholarship_YourFirstName".

 The deadline for submitting applications is December 05, 2020. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

 Required documents

1. Completed form

2. Description of the research project, including plans for partnership(s) with other AECs, budget and timetable for research activities (2 pages maximum).

3. Candidate's cover letter (1 page maximum)

4. Approval of thesis supervisor and CEA lead center

5. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)

6. Letter of admission from the university to the master's or doctoral program

7. Official transcript of most recent diploma


Completed applications will be evaluated by the WANIDA selection committee. Successful applicants will be contacted by e-mail.


November 05, 2020Call for entries
December 05, 2020Deadline for submission of complete application
December 2020Sorting of files, evaluation of files by the selection committee and posting of results