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RSIF identifies and nurtures African talent in Science, Engineering and technology fields

Fostering Scientific Excellence

Call for proposals for innovative research projects linked to Africa’s socio-economic transformation

Translating Scientific Knowledge into Impactful Innovations in Africa

Call for proposals for innovative projects in applied sciences, engineering and technology

Africa’s first Pan-African Science Fund

Fully Africa-led to foster pan African collaboration and knowledge generation and exchange

Harnessing the Digital Revolution in Africa for growth

Measures to ensure implementation continuity and student support during the COVID-19 pandemic

The RSIF Regional Coordination Unit’s response…

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Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF)

RSIF offers a unique and historic opportunity for African countries to train new doctoral students in high quality PhD programmes in applied sciences, engineering and technology, at an affordable cost in competitively selected African universities partnered with international universities. Beyond doctoral training, RSIF systematically nurtures research capacity by fostering partnerships between universities and domestic and international firms to find solutions to local challenges.

RSIF is the flagship programme of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), an Africa-led, World Bank-affiliated initiative.

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RSIF 10th Webinar: Potential of underutilized food resources: Insects for food, feed and other uses


Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa region is highly biodiverse with large rural populations that are highly dependent on nature, livestock, agriculture as well as consumption of insects and wildlife products. This…

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Face à l’explosion de la demande continentale, les gouvernements africains tiennent leurs promesses en matière de formation avancée en sciences appliquées et en technologie


Un total de sept gouvernements africains ont rejoint le Fonds régional pour les bourses d’études et l’innovation (RSIF), l’initiative naissante du continent pour soutenir la formation avancée en sciences appliquées,…

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African governments make good their pledges for advanced training in applied sciences and technology, as continental demand soars


A total of seven African governments have joined the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), the continent’s nascent initiative for bolstering advanced training in the applied sciences, engineering and technology….

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IWD 2021 – Future Women Leaders. Spaces, Time and Temperature


Susan Ojochide (Nigeria), talks about her research that will contribute to tackling one of Africa’s worst enemies: Drought. Tell us about yourself. Where were you born and where did you…

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IWD 2021 – Future Women Leaders. Agriculture 4.0


Fatoumata THIAM (Senegal), talks about her groundbreaking research on Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence in agriculture, with broader implications for Africa’s ambitions to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Tell…

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IWD 2021 – Future Women Leaders. Crops for Health


Sylvia Wairimu Maina (Kenya), talks about her PhD research on the nutritional and health benefits of the African cabbage. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you born and…

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Intellectual Property Rights Management Underpinning Successful International Collaboration


As countries seek new ways to strengthen their economies including through diversification, the need for increased local, regional and global collaborations in scientific research, technological development and innovation has become…

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Celebrating #WomenInScience and our first 30 female RSIF PhD Students


Addressing imbalances in the number of women and disadvantaged groups in applied sciences, engineering and technology fields in Africa – This is one of the targets of the Regional Scholarship…

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icipe led consortium wins funding to “unlock” the transformative potential of digital technologies


icipe, the Regional Coordination Unit for the Regional Scholarships and Innovation Fund has been selected by the European Union financed ACP Innovation Fund for “Accelerating inclusive green growth through agri-based…

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President Kenyatta calls for Increased Investment for Research and Development in Africa


Speaking at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi on the 20 November 2020, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta applauded icipe…

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RSIF measures to ensure implementation continuity and student support during the COVID-19 pandemic


The entire higher education, science and technology community has been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. The RSIF Regional Coordination Unit’s response has been enabled by a closer engagement with students…

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Her Journey to the PhD: Petronille Dusingizimana


Ms. Petronille Dusingizimana comes from Rwanda and is pursuing her PhD in climate change, bioversity and sustainable agriculture at the University Felix Houphouët-Boigny in Cote D’ Ivoire. She narrates her…

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Jean Baptiste Habinshuti’s experience during COVID-19 Crisis


I am on sandwich program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA. The first time that I heard about the outbreak of Covid-19 was in December 2019. It was spreading from…

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Call for Applications from Universities/Africa Centers of Excellence in sub-Saharan Africa to become PASET-RSIF Host Universities


Opening date: 25th September 2020 Closing date for applications: 23rd November 2020 The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) – Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF)…

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My Experience as an RSIF PhD Scholar at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology by Waema Maxwell Wambua


When I received the official invitation for PhD sandwich placement at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), I was not sure what to expect. After arriving in KIST,…

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Promoting Doctoral Training for Prosperity in Africa


Eusebius J. Mukhwana, PhD Director General and CEO Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Nairobi, Kenya After decades of decline, African higher education is now arguably in a new era of…

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Life, study and research at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST): RSIF PhD scholar Sylvia Wairimu Maina’s story


My research title is “Deciphering Biosynthesis of Bioactive compounds in African Cabbage (Cleome gynandra)”. I am working on this local orphan crop that is used both as a vegetable and…

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Icipe holds a Seminar on Enhancing Women’s Participation in PhD Programs and Research in Africa


Women’s participation in research remains low in Africa, with women making up only 30% of the science community. This is similar within the tertiary education sector in many countries. Some…

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Life, study and research at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST): RSIF PhD Scholar Noel Gahamanyi’s story.


As soon as I completed my field work and portion of my laboratory work that I could do at Sokoine University of Agriculture’s Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance…

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RSIF Holds Orientation Training Workshop for Cohort II scholars


The Regional Scholarship and Innovation fund (RSIF) is organizing a six-day orientation and training workshop between 2-9 June 2020 for the recently selected 69 second cohort RSIF doctoral scholars. The…

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Welcome to the RSIF Weekly Newsletters


Dear RSIF Stakeholders, We are indeed pleased to share with you our maiden issue of the RSIF Weekly Newsletter. We hope that the newsletter will be informative and help to…

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Press Release: Major scholarship opportunity for African scientists


PASET-RSIF, Africa’s first Pan African Fund to support doctoral training, research and innovation, announces a Call for PhD funding. This is the third RSIF Call for PhD Students 30 April…

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COVID-19


  COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK. PREAMBLE The icipe family, alongside the rest of the world,…

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Meet Africa’s Future Leaders in Science, Engineering & Technology


March 5th, a lunch was organized at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, as a showcase for the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) RSIF…

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Postponement of RSIF Technical Annual Learning Meeting


After reviewing the current prevailing circumstances on the evolving Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic and the implications on the health and safety of participants, as well as emerging and potential difficulties…

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Significant milestone for doctoral training, research and innovation in Africa


Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, 7 October 2019: The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), in its capacity as the Coordination Unit of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF),…

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Very little beats tertiary education as a poverty-reducing investment, but it needs to be done right


Achieving the NDP’s higher education targets could lift more than 20% out of poverty by 2030. The extra resources can be understood as an important investment only if there is…

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Media Invitation: Forum to deliberate strengthening of ASET training in Africa


Nairobi, Kenya – On Monday, 7 October, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), will host a high level discussion forum on strengthening Africa’s capacity in applied sciences,…

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African Host Universities visit Keio University’s Graduate School of System Design and Management


The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) Regional Coordination Unit, together with the World Bank organised a visit for representatives…

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS


RSIF Institutional Capacity Building Program (RSIF- ICBP) The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an Africa-led initiative to strengthen skills in ASET fields in order…

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Delegation from the German Bundestang (Federal Parliament) visits icipe


On July 11, 2019, icipe was honored to host members of the Committee of Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Federal Parliament. icipe has several collaborations with Germany…

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Scholarship Opportunity for African Scientists


Press Release 26 June 2019 Major scholarship opportunity for African scientists PASET-RSIF, Africa’s most innovative doctoral training initiative,  announces Call for PhD funding This opportunity is provided by the Regional…

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Africa has the power to harness winds of change


The emergence of the Digital Economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are radically transforming the way the world works. Governments and institutions are rapidly converting their public services to digital…

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The PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is seeking international experts to review RSIF applications for African Host Universities, PhD scholarships, Research Grants & Innovation Grants


  The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an Africa led initiative to address fundamental gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long-term, sustained economic…