About TRECCAfrica

What is TRECCAfrica?

The Transdisciplinary Training for Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (TRECCAfrica) is a consortium of 6 academic higher education institutions in Africa, and 2 associate partners. The consortium provides postgraduate (doctoral and master) training to 72 postgraduate students and 8 staff members in Africa.

Through the support of the Intra-ACP Mobility Scheme of the European Commission working through the African Union, the funds for this mobility scheme will be disbursed over a period of 5 years. Potential candidates cross national and study boundaries, to address the challenges of climate change adaptation and natural resource depletion.


Who are the partners involved in the consortium?

The consortium comprises the 6 academic institutions, with support from two Associated Members, the African Technology Policy Studies Network and the Open Society Foundation. The academic institutions at which the TRECCAfrica scholarships are tenable are the universities of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Ghana, Mekelle (Ethiopia), Nairobi (Kenya), Nigeria and Stellenbosch (South Africa).

About academic aspects of the scholarship

Do I qualify for the scholarship – what are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for the Scholarship, masters and doctoral students must:

  1. Must be a national and/ or resident of any of the eligible countries
  2. Target group 1 students must be registered or admitted to one of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) comprising the consortium at the time of application for the scholarship.  Eligible students must therefore be registered/ admitted at the University of Ghana, Mekelle University, the University of Dar es Salaam, the University of Nairobi, Stellenbosch University and the University of Nigeria (Nsukka).
  3. Target group 2 students must be registered or admitted at a Higher Education Institution in one of the eligible countries identified in the Intra-ACP call.
  4. Students are also required to have sufficient knowledge of the language in which courses are offered at the host HEI.

For staff to be eligible for TRECCAfrica scholarships, they need to comply with the following criteria:

  1. Be a national or resident of the countries covered by the scholarship
  2. Work at or be associated with a Higher Education Institution
  3. The assignment of mobility of a staff member must be based on the agreement between partner institutions.
  4. There must be an agreement between the home and host HEI regarding the modules to be taught by the visiting lecturer, the type of research to be conducted, the type of training to be followed or the administrative tasks to be undertaken.
  5. Staff mobility may take the form of a direct post-to-post exchange or a one way flow of mobility to or from an eligible country.


What are the different target groups?

Target Group 1 refers to nationals and/or residents registered at one of the institutions comprising the TreccAfrica consortium.  Target Group 1 therefore comprises staff and students registered at the University of Ghana (Ghana), University of Nairobi (Kenya), Mekelle University (Ethiopia), University of Nigeria Nsukka (Nigeria), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa).

Target Group 2 refers to nationals and/ or residents of other African countries not represented by the TreccAfrica consortium or who have received a Higher Education Degree or equivalent in one of these countries. Target Group 2 students may therefore be employed in the public service or at public and private enterprises.


What are the programmes I may apply for?

Study fields are dependent on the institution for which you apply. A detailed list of the available programmes (taking into account the eligibility criteria as mentioned above as well as the relevant target group) can be found under the section ‘Scholarship Particulars’.

About financial aspects of the scholarship

What does the scholarship cover?

The TRECCAfrica individual scholarships cover one roundtrip flight ticket, visa costs, participation costs (which may include tuition fees, registration fees and service fees), comprehensive insurance coverage (health, accident and travel) and a monthly subsistence allowance from which scholarship recipients are also to cover accommodation expenses. The monthly subsistence allowance is calculated per mobility option (and can be viewed under the section ‘Scholarship Particulars’). Full details on the financial conditions of the scholarship can also be found under the section ‘Scholarship Particulars’.


What are the participation and travelling costs involved?

Participation and travelling costs vary, depending on the type of programme which will be pursued under the mobility scheme, as well as the institution and country to which the participant travels. This information is communicated to successful applicants (after having received, reviewed and assessed their applications).

About logistical aspects of the scholarship

What is the duration of the scholarship?

Applications can be submitted for either the pursuit of a full-degree or a short exchange – at both Masters and Doctoral levels. The scholarship covers the entire study period for which candidates have applied.


What are full-degree studies?

Students from one of the six consortium partners enrol as either full-time masters or full-time PhD students at one of the partner institutions for the full duration of their studies.  They receive their degree from the host institution.


What are exchanges?

Students registered as full-degree students at one of the six universities comprising the consortium spend a short period (up to 10 months) at one of the other institutions in the consortium and return to their home institution after the exchange period to complete their degree at the home institution.


How do I apply for the scholarship?

Visit the section “Apply now” on the website for instructions on how to complete your application.

Which permits or documentation do I need?

Details of additional documentation needed, or which visa to apply for, are communicated to successful applicants (after having received, reviewed and assessed their applications).


How do I stay in touch?

Write to us from our online contact form and an email reply will be returned to you, or contact us via telephone. Visit our facebook page to see more about TRECCAfrica.


If you’re a successful TRECCAfrica candidate, send an email to to request access to the LinkedIN networking group for members of the TRECCAfrica scholarship.