This programme is now open for applications – the deadline is 4pm GMT on 31 January 2017.

The Higher Education Partnership Programme – supported by the Anglo American Group Foundation and the UK Government through the Global Challenges Research Fund – was established by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016, following the successful pilot scheme, Enriching Engineering Education Programme. This helped to address the engineering skills shortage in sub-Saharan Africa and to showcase engineering’s role in driving economic development in the region.

By forming and strengthening relationships between academia and industry, the programme aims to ensure that the higher education system in sub-Saharan Africa produces engineers with the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of industry and to tackle local challenges.

To maximise the impact of this collaboration, the programme is implemented through a ‘hub and spoke’ model. The pilot phase of this programme, which ran between 2013 and 2015, the two Hub universities were the University of Zimbabwe (Southern Africa) and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (East Africa). The Hub universities are funded to undertake bilateral staff and industry work placements with local industry partners, and in turn, share their experiences with a larger number of Spoke universities through a series of workshops that they organise and fund. During the pilot, ten Spoke universities across a further five countries in sub-Saharan Africa participated in the programme.

This programme offers support for travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to conducting visits and exchanges in support of collaborative activities among industry and academic partners in Africa and the UK.

Enriching Engineering Education in sub-Saharan Africa

How to apply

This scheme is open for applicants. The scheme will close on the 31 January 2017

All applications must be submitted via the online grants system. Applications can only be submitted by the Lead Applicant.

This programme is specifically for Sub-Saharan African Universities.

Application form (via our online grant system - you must first register with the system and create an account)

Guidance Notes (210.80 KB)

Budget Template (Excel) (12.27 KB)

For any questions concerning the application or the online applications system, please contact Sebastian Scott or the International Team.