On behalf of the EU Delegation to Somalia, UNOPS is pleased to announce the second round of the EU Resilience Supplementary Scholarship.
The scholarships will support qualified Somali students pursuing a Bachelors and Master’s degree in a variety of fields related to resilience, including but not limited to; climate change adaptation, livelihoods, food security, nutrition, durable solutions and sustainable development in selected study programmes at any certified university across the region.
The scholarship is open to all eligible students above the age of 18 years old and is intended to provide support for student costs for a one-year cycle, where relevant. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded to eligible students. The EU and the UN are both committed to the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To this end, female candidates will be prioritized in an effort to improve gender diversity in academia as well as the resilience sector.
I. What is the objective of the Scholarship Programme?
The scholarship has been set up as part of the efforts of the European Union to contribute to Somalia’s resilience sector. The Scholarship aims to strengthen educational opportunities for youth, with the optimal goal of transforming Somali students’ expertise relating to resilience, further building capacity for staff in the public sector.
IV. What does the Scholarship cover?
Scholarships will be awarded to Somali students that meet the requirements outlined in section V below. The scholarship can be used towards tuition fees, covering programme enrolment fees, computers, boarding costs, and any relevant costs associated with obtaining a Master's or Bachelor's degree.
Examples of scholarship uses:
The scholarship does not include:
V. Who is eligible to apply for the Scholarship?
To ensure equal opportunity for each candidate, the competition for the scholarship is based on merit and open to all eligible applicants who meet the following requirements:
VI. Selection Process
The selection process will be in three stages and all eligible applications will be provided an equal opportunity. The applications will be reviewed by a Evaluation Committee using the following scoring methodology:
The decisions by the Evaluation Committee will be final and will not be subject to any appeals.
How to Apply
Step 1: Interested applicants can APPLY HERE. Applicants must attach the required supporting documents. The deadline for submitting applications is 20 April 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern Africa Time (EAT).
Step 2: The Selection Panel will shortlist candidates for written tests and interviews. There will be one written test. The test will be conducted in English.
Step 3: The shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation to a virtual interview.
Applicants will be asked to produce an essay (400-500 words) related to resilience, including but not limited to; climate change adaptation, livelihoods, durable solutions and sustainable development.
To ensure equal opportunities for all, applicants will be notified of the exact date of the test and will be provided 24 hours to submit their documents for assessment.
The successful applicants will be interviewed using the following areas and will be notified of the designated time and date with 24 hours notice.
During the interviews, the Interview Panel will give high consideration to the motivation of students, their openness to other cultures.
Applications received after the specified date and time will not be accepted or considered for review. Incomplete applications will be disregarded. Applicants must only submit one application.
Qualified female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
The list of scholarship recipients for the academic year 2021-2022 will be announced at the end of May 2021.
The entire application process for the scholarship is free of charge.
For additional information during the application process please contact: Fatuma Ahmed email@example.com.