Launched in 2016, the “Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme” awards PhD research grants in five key areas critical to the sustainable development of Mauritius and the African continent: energy; water and sanitation; agri-business; health; blue skies research. The grants cover the cost of research and academic fees, a student living stipend, travel and accommodation, as well as opportunities to benefit from industrial placements and disseminate work through the Planet Earth Institute’s live and online events. The Programme is funded by a network of businesses and international institutions, as well as directly by Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, the well-known philanthropist and Chairman of the PEI.
The Mauritian researchers now in receipt of the award will have the opportunity to conduct research and spend time at some of the world’s leading universities, including the University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, amongst others at the pinnacle of international research. The selection process was run by the Planet Earth Institute with an Academic Board led by eminent scientists Prof Atta Ur Rahman of the University of Karachi, and Prof Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences.
The PEI is delighted to announce that Tawseef Latona, one of our HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD scholars, will pursue at PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. We will profile Tawseef in the coming weeks.
The PEI reserves the right to place award winners at partner universities and academic institutions in the best interests of the PhD Programme as a whole.