The University of Nairobi (UoN) is one of the largest and oldest universities in Kenya. The only institution of higher learning in Kenya for a long time, the University of Nairobi responded to the national, regional and Africa’s high level manpower training needs by developing and evolving strong, diversified academic programmes and specializations in basic sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts. The PhD Program in Physics seeks to address challenges facing communities in sub-Saharan Africa and globally by engaging in the research and development of Theoretical Physics including; Condensed Matter Physics (including energy), Applied Electronics, Applied Nuclear and Radiation Physics, Applied Laser Physics and Geophysics.
International Partner Institutions
Rsif International Partner Institutions (IPIs) are advanced universities, research institutes/centers or companies (public or private) that are willing and competent to offer research internship opportunities for Rsif PhD Scholars from Africa studying at universities in Africa Host Universities (AHUs).
Advanced/international research centers and civil society partners and private sector firms in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and universities in South Africa, may also qualify as IPIs.
Please see Family-Friendly and Gender-Related Services offered at Rsif IPIs here.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)
BGU, founded in 1969, is a multi-disciplinary research university of international stature. The university strives for excellence in research and teaching, scientific innovation, cross-disciplinary collaboration and applied research that impacts people’s lives wherever they are. BGU ranks among the top 100 global universities for the number of US utility patents awarded annually and was ranked number 39 among the world’s top technological universities. Be’er Sheva hub in the Negev Desert was identified as one of the seven up-and-coming hubs of technology and life sciences, thanks to BGU and the Advanced Technologies Park.
French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)
French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) is a public research institution that supports an original model of equitable scientific partnership and interdisciplinary, citizen, sustainability science committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Find out more here
Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. Ghent University is one of the biggest Flemish universities, consisting of 44,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The University also supports the University Library and the University Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. It is one of the greatest beneficiaries of funding from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).
Ghent University is acknowledged as an international top player in research. By striving for excellence, strategic clustering and the efficient support of a wide range of research niches, Ghent University aims to stay in this league.
Hanyang University is a private research university in South Korea. The Seoul Campus is located in the city centre of Seoul and the Education Research Industry Cluster at Ansan (ERICA) campus is located in Ansan city. The university was established in 1939 as an engineering school, and was the country’s first college that offered engineering and architecture programs. It is constantly ranked among the leading universities in STEM fields nationally.
In 2009, the ERICA campus of Hanyang University was designated as a government-supported public bicycle pilot school and received donations of infrastructure and bicycles, including public bicycle systems and storage stations. ERICA campus is hoe to 9 colleges and 42 departments. It is known for its Education Research Industry Cluster Program, which is intended to develop vocational skills. Currently, over 2000 international degree-seeking students an 400 exchange students are enrolled at ERICA campus.
The Helmholtz Center Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: around 1,100 employees create knowledge and innovations for more resilience and sustainability. The scientific spectrum of the Hereon includes high-performance materials, processes and environmentally friendly technologies for mobility and new energy systems. In addition, biomaterials are researched for use in medicine and to increase the quality of life. With the help of research and consulting, the Hereon meets the challenges of climate change in a solution-oriented manner and enables sustainable management and protection of the coastal and marine environment through a comprehensive scientific understanding. Understanding it fundamentally, applying it practically – the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique spectrum.
As part of an international network and as part of the Helmholtz Association, Hereon supports institutions from politics, business and society in shaping the future by transferring its expertise. Founded in 1956, the center is the largest non-university research institution in Schleswig-Holstein. In addition to the headquarters in Geesthacht and the location in Teltow near Berlin, Hereon has branch offices in Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin and Garching near Munich. The research center has an annual budget of around 130 million euros.
IMT Mines Albi
A school of the ministry of industry, the higher national school of mines of Albi-Carmaux (Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) Mines Albi is part of the Mines-Telecom Institute, which is today the first group of schools of engineering and management in France. IMT Mines Albi is also an associate member of the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and partner to a large number of institutions and prestigious universities in France and abroad. These privileged partnerships make it a welcoming ‘grand école’ and research centre, rich in opportunities, and in economic and professional development prospects.
The school is moving forward to transform the concepts, technologies and practices of the future. At the forefront of industrial issues on the international stage, it acts as a local scientific and economic driver. The specificity of the IMT Mines Albi is to combine four missions in a virtuous circle that promotes innovation: i) Training engineers, ii) Conducting research and innovating, iii) Contributing to local and national economic development, and iv) Promoting scientific, technical and entrepreneurial culture.
Institutes of Green-bio Science & Technology – Seoul National University (GBST-SNU)
The Seoul National University Institutes of Green-bio Science & Technology is a place that presents direction of green bio-integrated research through on-site education and research. It contributes to development by maximizing growth potential among universities, research institutes and related companies as a cluster of academy, research, and industry cooperation in clean areas.
PASET-RSIF scholars stand to learn a lot about specialized research technology for the research fields of agriculture, food, environment, bio energy and medicine; from one of the world’s leading research facilities leading the research of life sciences.
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
TheInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in the drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor.
ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture. ICRISAT is headquartered in Hyderabad, Telangana State, in India, with two regional hubs (Nairobi, Kenya and Bamako, Mali) and country offices in Niger, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ethiopia and Mozambique.
ICRISAT envisions a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. To achieve this, its mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics. It approaches this through partnership-based international agricultural research for development that embodies Science with a Human Face.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency. The scientists of KIT communicate the contents and results of their work to society. Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT.
Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER)
Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) is a public scientific research institute under the government of the Republic of Korea. Since its establishment in 1977, KIER has focused on energy technology research and development (R&D), greatly contributing to the energy security of the country. Particularly, KIER is committed to R&D in the areas of new and renewable energy, energy efficiency and materials, and climate change.
KIER has been cultivating partnerships with global leading technology research institutions through international exchanges and joint R&D projects in order to promote Korea’s top-tier cutting edge technology research and development in energy sector. By developing ground-breaking technologies for the industrial community through technological convergence, KIER aims to spearhead the development of future energy.
Its partnership with PASET-RSIF promises strengthened Research, Design, and Development and transfer of knowledge in the fields of Energy Saving Technologies; new and renewable energy; and climate change.
Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
KIST was established in 1966 with support from the Korean and U.S. governments as a multidisciplinary R&D institute to lay the foundation for Korean economic development. It has since become a pioneer in science and technology research. KIST also runs a Master’s and doctoral degree program at its International R&D Academy to nurture scientific and technological talent from all over the world.
KIST and RSIF’s collaboration is based on academic and scientific research cooperation, as well as capacity development. Areas of cooperation include training PhD and post-doctorate students; exchanging researchers and faculty; facilitating joint innovation projects in priority development areas; and promoting joint publications and research. In its current phase, KIST will offer sandwich PhD programs to RSIF scholars by hosting them for up to two years and co-supervising their research. It will also undertake collaborative R&D projects covering all thematic areas within the PASET framework, potentially necessitating partnerships with organizations in the private sector.
Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT)
Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) is the national chemical research institute for the Republic of Korea and was established in 1976. The Company focuses on the chemical technologies industry. KRICT’s divisions include Green Chemistry, Advanced Materials, Bio-Organic Science, Research Support, and Large Government-run projects. KRICT is a member of the National Research Council of Science & Technology.
The key research fields pursued by the institute are development of eco-friendly chemical process technology, development of high value-added green chemical materials, acquisition of new substance pipelines for disease treatment, and development of green convergence chemical technology to act as future growth engines. With a commitment to improve the chemical industry, KRICT has established the green management philosophy to undertake research in these areas.
The PASET-RSIF Ph.D. students will be participating in research and development projects that will contribute to the improvement of their national economies by further developing and exploiting technologies into new products, processes, applications, materials or services.
Maastricht University (MU)
Maastricht University (MU) is the largest international university in the Netherlands and, with more than 16,000 students and 4,000 employees. It is known for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education as well as high-quality research and study programs.
The current collaboration between RSIF and MU focuses on ICT and will consist of MU offering sandwich PhD programs in ICT to RSIF scholars. MU’s support will later involve assistance by MU faculty to improve RSIF’s PhD curricula to match it to international standards; training of host university faculty in the new curricula; short-term teaching exchanges. MU will also assign qualified experts to assist the independent evaluation of host universities, and help the universities forge links within its academic network to facilitate their joint innovation projects in other thematic areas.
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P)
The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation. I t intends to place itself among the universally recognized universities in these fields. Committed to economic and human development, UM6P puts research and innovation at the service of development on the African continent. This positioning allows it to consolidate Morocco’s forward-looking position in these areas through the implementation of a unique partnership approach and the strengthening of the training offer in skills relevant to Africa’s future.
The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University’s main mission being to develop knowledge, science and technology, the UM6P aims to: (1) Ensure the development of skills and knowledge through comprehensive training focused on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. (2) Promote research and tackle the greatest scientific and technological challenges of the future, through living labs intended for real-scale practical applications.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with over 19,000 students and more than 135,000 graduates from 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. At RIT, we are always on to something amazing.
Telecom SudParis is one of the top French engineering schools of higher education and research that award engineering degrees in France. It produces engineers with skills in information and telecommunication science and technology and expertise in economic, social and environmental fields. Telecom SudParis has a research centre in the field of Information and Communication Science and Technology. Telecom SudParis is part of Institut Mines-Télécom and Institut Polytechnique de Paris.
The International Cooperation Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB)
GCUB, founded in 2008 in Brasilia, is a non-profit academic, scientific and cultural association of civil society comprising of 89 Brazilian Universities. GCUB’s programs and projects are aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and professors from all areas of knowledge. Through these programs, students can improve their studies and share values and visions with people from different cultures. This academic mobility also provides knowledge of different educational and research systems, and different paths of academic training.
GCUB’s mission is to promote academic, scientific and cultural relations between its associated institutions and international partners, through the realization of programs, projects and actions of international, bilateral and multilateral cooperation. GCUB’s activities are developed in partnership with International Organizations, Universities, University Networks, Councils of Rectors and Governmental Bodies from more than one hundred countries, located in five continents.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is one of 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and is the only centre dedicated entirely to animal agricultural research for the developing world. ILRI is co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, and has regional or country offices in 14 other locations in Africa, and Asia. The Institute works through extensive partnership arrangements with research and development institutions in both the developed and developing parts of the world.
ILRI’s mission is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock ensuring better lives through livestock. The institute’s research for development agenda covers a range of areas from laboratory-based biosciences to field-based research.
The Seoul National University Global Research & Development and Business Center (GRC)
GRC is a state-designated institute under Seoul National University, Seoul Korea. GRC has a global R&DB cooperation platform based on an international Science & ICT Innovation professionals network which has been firmly and actively established through the International Technology Professional Program (ITPP) since its start in 2003. As of 2019, GRC’s international ICT professionals network consists of more than 300 Science & ICT policy professionals from over 70 countries. GRC aims to reinforce the future of Science & ICT innovation on a global level with its experience and resources. GRC is actively and continuously building strategic national, regional and global partnerships with various stakeholders in the development of value-added Science and ICT innovation.
Université Côte d'Azur
Université Côte d’Azur is a Scientific, Cultural and Professional Public Establishment whose headquarters are located at 28 avenue Valrose, Grand Chateau, in France.
Since 1 January 2020, Université Côte d’Azur has been officially recognized as an experimental university. This new academic status helps develop a bold and independent strategy based on breaking down the barriers between education, research and innovation; developing agility and responsiveness through the increased autonomy of the units and the ability to harness the amazing potential for diversity represented by its 17 members. Université Côte d’Azur includes 17 major academic establishments around the historic university core to create one of France’s top 10 research-intensive universities.
University of Bristol
Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK, ranked 55th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2024.University of Bristol is at the cutting edge of global research by creating innovations in areas ranging from cot death prevention to nanotechnology. Our research tackles some of the world’s most pressing issues in areas as diverse as infection and immunity, human rights, climate change, and cryptography and information security.
We aim to bring together the best minds in individual fields, and encourage researchers from different disciplines and institutions to work together to find lasting solutions to society’s pressing problems.
We are involved in numerous international research collaborations and integrate practical experience in our curriculum, so that students work on real-life projects in partnership with business, government and community sectors.
University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich, Natural Research Institute (NRI) is a specialist research, development and education with a focus on food, agriculture, environment, and sustainable livelihoods. NRI’s mission is to generate, apply and share knowledge and develop skills for a sustainable world.
NRI runs undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and has approximately 50 PhD students at any one time, many of whom are from overseas. NRI has BSI-accredited ISO9001 quality management systems supporting effective operational and financial management.
University of Lisbon (ULisboa)
University of Lisbon (ULisboa), the largest, most prestigious university in Portugal and one of Europe’s leading universities, is a public research university located in Lisbon. ULisboa brings together various areas of knowledge and has a privileged position for facilitating the contemporary evolution of science, technology, arts and humanities. The quality of teaching, research, innovation and culture of ULisboa is attracting an ever-increasing amount of talent from around the world.
University of Maryland
The University of Maryland (“UMD”) is a public land-grant research university located in College Park,
Maryland, USA. Founded in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, UMD is the flagship institution of
the University System of Maryland. It is also the largest university in both the state and the Washington,
D.C. capital region, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 134 countries, and a global alumni network of over 388,000. Its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree granting programs, including 102 undergraduate majors, 115 master’s programs, and 84 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten intercollegiate
athletic conference and its Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Universitas 21 consortium of global
University of Michigan (U-M)
University of Michigan (U-M) is the oldest, public comprehensive research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a mission to serve the people of the State of Michigan and the world through pre-eminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art and academic values and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. U-M has ranked first among public universities in the United States of America in terms of research expenditures at least since 2010 and has strength in research and training in all the PASET focus areas.
The African Studies Center (ASC) at U-M was founded in 2008 to serve as the conduit for U-M’s Africa focused research, teaching, partnerships and programming.
University of Pretoria (UP)
UP is one of South Africa’s top five research universities and has research at the apex of the University’s long-term strategic plan and aspires to be the leading research-intensive university in Africa. UP values its international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and the region, and deliberately balances its focus on research and innovation with partnerships that create an environment that is conducive to scholarly pursuits. The institution has experience and capacity in executing high-quality, collaborative, transdisciplinary food security related research.
UP’s internationalization approach outlined in the Africa-Global University Project (AGUP) leverages the University’s strong research foundation to attract and develop the best scholars and find solutions facing Africa and beyond. This approach puts increased focus on training a new generation of scientists including postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows who in turn have the potential to drive Africa’s innovation thrust. In that context, The University of Pretoria has established the Future Africa initiative as a platform to develop leadership in transdisciplinary research in Africa. Future Africa will position itself as hub for African and global research networks to address the ‘wicked’ challenges that hamper transformation towards a prosperous, equitable and sustainable future in Africa. The Future Africa initiative fosters a new generation of science leaders and provide a link for them to research networks across the continent and the world. This platform will connect scientists from different fields to meet, work together and exchange ideas to develop new research projects that are specifically aimed at addressing the challenges that hamper transformation towards a prosperous, equitable and sustainable future for Africa. As one of Africa’s leading universities, the University of Pretoria is well placed to develop the future leaders of science in Africa.
VIRGINIA TECH is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States of America, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) creates, integrates, and shares knowledge to enhance life sciences, food, and agricultural systems; the economic prosperity and life quality of the greater community, stewardship and health of land, water, and air for future generations; and student learning through diverse, hands-on, experiential opportunities.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
WPI is a mid-size private college in Massachusetts. It was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society. Today, WPI holds firm to its founding mission to provide an education that balances theory with practice. It was recently ranked #1 in the nation for quality and accessibility of professors, highlighting the school’s commitment to combining scholarly research with classroom instruction.
WPI’s 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
The university’s curriculum features a flexible, rigorous program that is project-based and globally engaged, aimed at quality experience and a positive impact for the communities it partners with. WPI faculty members work with students on interdisciplinary research seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems, both on campus and at more than 50 project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.
Graduate research programs include robotics, materials science, cybersecurity, and learning sciences and technology. WPI invests in research in critical areas, seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems in such diverse fields as fire protection engineering, life sciences and bioengineering, energy and data science.
World Vegetable Centre
WorldVeg, legally known as the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC), is an international non-profit institute for vegetable research and development with headquarters in Taiwan and regional centers in Benin, Mali, Tanzania, India and Thailand. The Center mobilizes resources from the public and private sector and works in partnership across the research to development continuum to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. WorldVeg’s improved varieties, production and postharvest methods help farmers increase vegetable harvests, raise incomes in poor rural and urban households, create jobs, and provide healthier, more nutritious diets for families and communities.
African Host Universities
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI (UON)
Center: Department of Physics
Theme: Energy including renewables
UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT
Center: African Center of Excellence in Oilfield Chemicals Research (ACE-CEFOR)
Theme: Energy including renewables
The University of Port Harcourt was founded in 1977 and is a leading university in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. The PhD program in Petroleum and Gas Engineering/ Energy Economics is offered by the African Center of Excellence in Oilfield Chemicals Research (ACE-CEFOR) which was established in 2013 with the aim of supporting quality postgraduate training and human resources development in Africa. The ACE-CEFOR offers international graduate programmes for sustainable development in the petroleum industry and is well-positioned to deliver high quality professional services to the oil and gas sector through capacity building/cutting-edge research for addressing regional development challenges.
UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA (UR)
Center: African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT)
Theme: ICTs including big data and artiﬁcial intelligence
The University of Rwanda (UR) is the largest higher education institution in Rwanda with over 30,000 students studying at its 14 campuses. The PhD program in the Internet of Things (IoT): Embedded Computing System is a Research based doctoral program offered through the Africa Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT), in the College of Science and Technology at UR. UR-ACEIoT aims to train a critical mass of African Scientists and Engineers in the field of IoT through Higher Education and Research, and to establish an IoT living lab in Rwanda for open innovation and co-creation of IoT4D. ACEIoT will build on UR’s existing collaborations with the local and international partners and excel as a focal point for enhancing regional and international research collaboration by providing a forum for researchers to share ideas and results on IoT applications. This ensures that the training will be conducted by a truly global faculty.
Rsif is owned and led by African governments through PASET.
Rsif is the flagship program of The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. Rsif focuses on transformative technologies that have a far-reaching positive impact on society. In 2018, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya was competitively selected as Rsif’s Regional Coordination Unit with mandate to manage the implementation of the Rsif and achieving benchmarks set by the PASET Governing Council. icipe works closely with the PASET Secretariat and reports to the PASET Executive Board.
USD 54 million has been raised to date for PhD scholarships and to catalyze Africa’s research and innovation agenda. Rsif is funded by African governments, the World Bank, the Government of Korea and the European Union through the ACP Innovation Fund.
Contributors to Rsif
Contribute to the Rsif
Contributors can fund any of the three windows of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF):
(1) PhD training (2) Research Grants (3) Innovation Grants.
Funds can be channeled to the General Fund or the Endowment Fund. Investments through the endowment fund will generate returns and promote long-term sustainability.