Tony Elumelu programme to fund students to conduct research in Kenya, Nigeria




The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Institute for Research in Africa, Nigeria (IFRA Nigeria), have signed a partnership agreement on the programme “Supporting Entrepreneurship in Africa”.

Beginning in 2015, the Supporting Entrepreneurship in Africa programme is a philanthropic initiative which goal is to identify and empower young African entrepreneurs.

As part of the agreement, one Nigerian master student in Economics or Political Sciences of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) or the University of Ibadan (UI) will be selected to conduct field research in Nigeria and Kenya, starting in January 2019. The research will aim at studying the impact of the “Supporting Entrepreneurship in Africa” programme in the targeted countries.

The successful applicant will be co-supervised by the IFRA team and the TEF. They will be endowed with a monthly stipend of 500 Euros over a period of one year to fund his/her research. Additionally, transport and research fees in the other targeted country will be covered. The student will have access to the TEF data and logistical support in Nigeria and Kenya. They will be required to produce a master thesis presenting the key research findings as well as a technical report to be submitted to both TEF and IFRA.

The successful applicant will team up with a French student starting fieldwork in January 2019 in other African countries. Both students will compare their collected data and exchange ideas.

Below are the details:

  • Eligibility: Nigerian Master Students in Economics or Political Sciences matriculated in UNILAG or UI for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Applicants must email their CV and cover letter to info@ifra-nigeria.org
  • Deadline: Applications must be submitted not later than Thursday 20th of December, 2018.




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