Rosatom, Russia’s nuclear energy corporation, is currently accepting applications from African students for nuclear studies in a number of Russian educational institutions for the next academic year. It lays emphasize on students from African countries looking to adopt nuclear energy as it aims at helping develop the next generation of African nuclear scientists and engineers.
The undergraduate and graduate scholarships fund tuition fees in full and living expenses in part and free preparatory courses of Russian language, depending on the university program. Students have access to subsidized accommodation, library funds and practical experience at nuclear enterprises in the Russian Federation.
The deadline for the first round of applications closes on February 15, 2019.
“The goal of the scholarship is to support interest in nuclear research and capabilities among young African scientists and engineers, and contribute to solving some of the world’s most critical issues in the nearest future, allowing for the continent to be self-sufficient,” said Rosatom Central and Southern Africa CEO Dmitry Shornikov.
“This is a great opportunity for scientists and engineers based specifically in sub-Saharan Africa as well as for the recent matriculants in the region who made progress in mathematics and sciences, and want to apply for nuclear specialties,” added Shornikov, noting further that Russia was one of the global leaders in nuclear scientific development.
In 2017, it offered an opportunity for 60 African students, including 10 South Africans, to study for various degrees in nuclear-related subjects at the cutting edge learning institutions, a great opportunity for foreign students who want to become part of a unique learning experience in Russia. But, last year the number reduced by half.
This year, however, it’s not been disclosed how many scholarships that are available for sub-Saharan AfricaRosatom is the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation bringing together over 262 000 people in 360 enterprises and scientific institutions including all Russian civil nuclear companies, research organizations and the world’s only nuclear-propelled icebreaker fleet.