EADB-AAI STEM Scholarship

Applications Open

Due March 14, 2019

The East African Development Bank and the Africa-America Institute are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 EADB Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Masters Scholarship Program. Applications are due March 14, 2019. 

The EADB Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Masters Scholarship Program was launched in 2015 as a partnership between the East African Development Bank (EADB) and the Africa-America Institute (AAI), to support the capacity of faculty teaching in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields which are critical to local employment and the growth of national economies. The fast-track, 12 month scholarships provide experienced teachers and lecturers from EADB member countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda) to earn a Masters’ degree in science, technology, engineering and Math (STEM) at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.

Since 2015, 16 students have received this full scholarship to pursue a graduate degree at Rutgers University. As alumni, they have returned to their respective countries and are contributing towards building a skilled workforce in STEM fields in East Africa. For more information about past scholars, click here

The following Master’s Degrees are eligible under the EADB-AAI STEM Graduate Program: 

  • Math Education:


  • Science Education:


  • Cell and Developmental Biology(MS)    

https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/GraduateProgram/Detail.aspx?code=16148&degr ee=MS

  • Industrial and Systems Engineering (MS)    



Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for this prestigious scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda
  • A university graduate with a bachelor’s degree with first class/upper second honors in mathematics, sciences or engineering
  • Have at least three (3) years of teaching experience in a Science related field at a public institution in East Africa;
  • Currently working full-time in public, government-owned educational institutions
  • Committed to returning to their home country, to teach in a public government owned institution which is a mandatory requirement.
  • Able to submit your GRE by April 1 ** no exception  ( we encourage to submit your application now and ensure that you have taken the GRE by April 1)

Application Requirements: 

Phase 1: Due March 14

  • A copy of your Bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts of your grades
  • A completed application form 
  • A copy of your valid Passport or National ID
  • Your CV
  • Letter of support from your employer committing to employ you on completion of studies and confirming that your role is currently that of a teacher or lecturer in the STEM field.
  • One-page essay on how you imagine the masters level education would advance your own career; and how you would then make a positive impact in advancing STEM skills development in your home country; also specify why you should be added to the pool of the applicants to apply to Rutgers University?

Phase 2: Application to Rutgers University 

Selected students will be invited to apply to Rutgers University in one of the selected graduate programs. It is important to note that only those who have been selected from Phase 1 are invited to apply to Rutgers University.

However, to ensure that once selected you have all the required documents, we urge you to take the GRE now. Rutgers University requires applications to take the General GRE as part of their application process and results are to be received by AAI and Rutgers, no later than April 1, 2019.

Please refer below to specific information regarding the GRE:


Important Information about the GRE test dates

If selected, each applicant is responsible for submitting his/her GRE scores to Rutgers University by April 1.

Due to limited availability for the GRE, we suggest you reserve your seats as soon as possible. As you book your test dates, please note that it generally takes 10-14 days to receive your GRE results. AAI does not cover the fee for the test.

To find out more information about the available dates and the test centres in your country, please go to the following link https://ereg.ets.org/ereg/public/workflowmanager/workflow?workflowItemId=tcAvailability




The Partners

The Africa-America Institute

Founded in 1953, The Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a premier U.S.-based international organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, program implementation and management.  AAI raises funds to develop programs that focus on leadership and management, vocational training and entrepreneurship to help African youth develop leadership skills, become globally competitive and find sustainable employment.


East African Development Bank (EADB)

The East African Development Bank (EADB) was established in 1967 with the remit to provide financial and other support to its member countries, which currently are Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.  Burundi has applied to become a member state.  It was re-established under its own charter in 1980 after the break-up of the East African Co-operation in 1977. The new charter opened up the Bank to a wider membership and allowed for the introduction of consulting and advisory services.

The EADB’s loan portfolio is spread widely, but more than 60% of its lending is to projects in health and education, hotels and tourism, construction and building, electricity and water, and agriculture, all of which are central to the current and future prosperity of the region and its people.  EADB sees education as immensely important for the future of East Africa.


University Partners


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.

Rutgers University campus comprises: