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The Nyerere Program is an umbrella for implementing scholarship and mobility initiatives including the Basic Nyerere Scholarship as well as other initiatives such as the Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme (or Extended Nyerere) within the framework Africa-Europe collaboration; and the Africa-India Fellowship Program under the Africa-India strategic partnership. The Program is still open for new partnerships and development of innovative scholarship and academic mobility and collaborative schemes.


 The Nyerere program has the following major objectives:

  • Increase the access of talented young men and women to university education in Africa, particularly at post-graduate level
  • Promote intra-African academic mobility and strengthen institutional partnerships towards regional integration and harmonization of higher education and research
  • Improve the quality of higher education by promoting cooperation between tertiary education institutions
  • Establish an influential group of Nyerere Alumni
  • Contribute to the attractiveness of African Universities and alleviation of brain drain

Basic Nyerere Scholarship Scheme:

The Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme was launched in 2007 to contribute to the production and retention of high level African human capital in critical areas for sustainable development of the continent while promoting regional integration through intra-African mobility of students. The Scholarship Scheme is intended to enable young Africans to study in leading African Universities preferably outside their own countries, with a binding agreement that beneficiaries will work in any African country for two to four years after graduation.


Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme:

An expanded Nyerere program (also called Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme) was developed in 2009 with support from the European Commission. The scheme involves mobility of students and exchange of academic staff among selected Networks of African Universities to strengthen cooperation between higher education institutions across the continent.

The Africa-India Fellowship Program: 

The Africa-India Fellowship Program was started in 2010 to support Agricultural human resource development for African Universities and Research Institutes, through Masters and PhD studies in selected Indian Agricultural Universities.