Call for applications: Education for Laser-Based Manufacturing Scholarships 2021

Closing date: 31 January 2021

The Education for Laser-Based Manufacturing (ELbM) has opened the above call for applications for master's and doctoral students.


The Education for Laser-Based Manufacturing project is funded by the Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme of the Education Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. The project will capacitate partner institutions in teaching and research programmes related to Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering in order to develop the necessary expertise needed for economic development. It will also support the development of new laser-based manufacturing programmes that are being established and support existing ones with the intension to harmonise the laser-based manufacturing curricula across Africa and also align the curricula with industry needs.

The programme will in general offer training opportunities for partner academic staff and postgraduate supervision in laser-based manufacturing as well as broadening educational offerings in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Biomaterials/Biomedical Engineering.

ELbM is jointly implemented by four (4) African partner institutions, where selected students and staff will be able to engage in postgraduate studies, research, teaching or training.

Areas of support

  • Industrial & manufacturing engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Mechanical engineering (industrial engineering)
  • Mechanical engineering (industrial & production engineering)
  • Mechanical engineering (metallurgical & materials engineering)
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Mechanical engineering (design & production engineering)

Who may apply?

The eligible countries are presented below.

Regions of Africa countries:

  • Central: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Principe
  • Eastern: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania
  • Northern: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco
  • Southern: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Western: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo

Value of the award

Please see the attached prospectus for more details.

Application process

All submissions must be made online:

For more information, please contact Mr Thomas du Plooy( at the CSIR National Laser Centre or 

Click here for the call for applications and click here for more information.

* Posted by Mr Tau Moholoopa, Research Grants Assistant: Research Support Directorate.

Publish date: 2020/10/09