Re-Announcement for Postgraduate Program in Railway Engineering Scholarship Announcement 2021/22

Application Deadline: September 17, 2021

African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE) has received several petitions from national and regional students regarding to scholarship application time extension and national applicant students cost sharing clearance certificate. 

The Center administration has discussed on the issues and agreed that to extend the scholarship application time till 17th of September 2021; and to make the request cost sharing clearance certificate not be mandatory for this application stage. However, after the announcement of first stage selected applicants, national selected candidates must submit cost sharing clearance certificate within two weeks in order get final acceptance and University admission.

 Objectives of the Program

African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE) is one of the African Center of Excellence II projects supported by the World Bank. Through this support from the WB, the center aspires to become sustainable regional hub for training and research in Railway Engineering and Management, capable of leading efforts to address priority development challenges and improve lives in South and Eastern Africa. The aim of the center is to strengthen railway professionals’ development through short-term training, MSc and PhD level education, and research in Ethiopia and the region at large.

To this effect, ARCE is offering scholarships to citizens in African countries to pursue MSc studies in Railway Engineering specializing in “Civil Infrastructure”, “Rolling Stock” and “Traction and Train Control” for the 2021/22 academic year.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants have to:-

  1. Have completed their last degree less than six years ago during the time of application
  2. Be Citizens of African countries
  3. For MSc applicants: Applicants should have Bachelor’s degree qualification with at least a CGPA of 3.00/4.00 for males and 2.5/4.00 for females (grading shall be converted to 4.00 scale or at the level of Upper Second Class Honours or above).
  4. The applicant should write a personal statement/motivation letter describing the candidate`s interest to join the program.
  5. The applicant should have two letters of recommendations of advisors/ supervisors from previous educational institutions.
  6. All regional applicants shall submit a certificate that states English language is a media of instruction in your previous degree issued university.
  7. All Ethiopian applicants are encouraged to submit cost sharing certificate. (But at this stage, it is not mandatory to submit cost sharing certificate.)

Female candidates and candidates from underprivileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

 Eligible Fields

  • For MSc in Railway Engineering (Civil Infrastructure)

Applications may come from engineering subject areas with strong relevance in Civil Engineering or potentially related fields with Railway Engineering.

  • For MSc in Railway Engineering (Rolling Stock)

Applications may come from engineering subject areas with strong relevance in Mechanical Engineering including Mechanical Design, Industrial Engineering, and Thermal Engineering, Electro Mechanical Engineering or potentially related fields with Railway Engineering.

  • For MSc in Railway Engineering (Traction and Train Control)

Applications may come from engineering subject areas with strong relevance in Electrical Engineering including     Electronic Communication Engineering, Power Engineering, Industrial Control Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Microelectronics Engineering, Electro Mechanical Engineering or potentially related fields with Railway Engineering.

Place of Study

Addis Ababa University (AAU), Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Duration and Commencement

Study period for Masters Students is 2 years only. The scholarship will be initially granted for one semester and may be extended for those who completed the first semester successfully.

Application Procedure

The applicants should submit their document in a single pdf file through the application form link. The application file name must be [applicantname_Field of Study.Pdf] for example jhon_Rollingstock.pdf and application only be complete if the following documents are submitted.

  1. apply using ARCE 2021/2022 Application  form Click here To Apply
  1. Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF; please use the Euro pass CV template (
  2. Scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  3. Scanned copies of all university transcripts
  4. Letter of motivation (Maximum 2 pages)
  5. Academic reference from senior lecturer and proof of employment if applicable (scanned copy)
  6. English language certificate for regional applicants
  7. Cost sharing certificate – Ethiopian applicants
  8. All the documents listed above should be scanned in a single PDF document.
  9. Separately submitted documents will be considered incomplete.

Scholarship Type

  • Type A. Full Scholarship only for regional Applicants: Covers monthly stipend (USD400 for MSc students), tuition fee, health insurance and transportation cost.
  • Type B. Half Scholarship only for national competent Female Applicants: Covers monthly stipend USD200 for MSc) and tuition fee.
  • Type C. Part Timer Scholarship: Covers tuition fee only.
  • Type D. Self-Sponsored Students: Student should cover all the expenses. And have to be stated on application form.
  • Authentication fee, Registration fee, Application fee, resident permit fee and local transportation should be covered by selected candidates.
  • Stipend payment will be effective only after applicant has been admitted by Addis Ababa University.

Application Schedule





Deadline of Application

17th  of September 2021


Announcement for short listed national candidates and final short listed regional candidates 

24th of September 2021


National Students Interview and Written Exam

2nd of October 2021



Final selected national students announcement

12th of October 2021


AAU Competency exam for national  selected candidates

16th of October 2021


Registration at Addis Ababa University (for selected candidates) – applicants should fulfill additional requirements expected by university registrar which includes official transcripts and authenticated credentials

Oct 28th & 29th 2021


AAU competency exam for regional students  

6th  of November 2021


African Railway Center of Excellence

Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT)

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