What is the selection process?

     Eligibility Criteria

The following process will apply in the evaluation and selection of the applicants. Eligibility check for TG1 will be conducted by the home/sending HEI while that of TG2 will be conducted by the CSAA Secretariat. The criteria for eligibility will include:

  1. Proof that the candidate is from a legible country
  2. The candidate fulfills the Target Group requirements
  3. The application deadline is respected
  4. The right application form is used
  5. All required supporting documents are provided and are legible
  6. The application is in English

Evaluation of Applications

A committee comprising of representatives of all the partner institutions will evaluate the applications. A panel of three members selected from the committee will assess and score each application independently based on the criteria outlined in the table below. Members of the panel for each candidate exclude the home/sending HEI and include a member from the host HEI.Weighting for Applications (MSc and PhD)

CriteriaMax. points for MSc/MPhil.Max. Points for PhD
Academic Merit  10  10
Quality of Motivation Statement  05  05
Language Abilities  03  05
Work Experience  02  05
Quality of Concept Note  00  10
Publications  00  05
Total Max. Points  10  10

Selection of Candidates

The results of the independent assessment will be compiled and aggregated. The final selection by the committee will be based on the aggregated scores and other cross-cutting criteria such as gender. Applicants currently in the diaspora will have an added advantage.

Communication of the Selection Results

After the final selection of the applicants by the committee, the CSAA Secretariat will communicate to all applicants (by email) regarding the outcomes of the selection process. A candidate may be selected outright, put on reserve list or rejected. The communications will also be copied to the respective home/sending and host HEIs as necessary. Only the successful candidates will be published on this website unless we receive an objection from the candidate.