After nearly two months of deliberations, the Planet Earth Institute announced last week that it has chosen the 10 lucky PhD applicants who will receive funding from the scholarship programme the foundation is running in Mauritius.
Students will receive a generous amount of funding as part of the scholarship, including the payment of all tuition fees at their university, all the associated costs of their research, travel expenses and a generous stipend on which to live. Alongside the financial benefits, students will be able to use the Planet Earth Institutes network of connections to industry in order to secure placements for themselves within successful, leading businesses.
Research findings will be promoted through the Planet Earth Institute networks and students will have the opportunity to present their work at various online and live Planet Earth Institute events. The scholarship aims to create scientific leaders that can support African development and advance scientific progress on the continent, as well as supporting the individuals research objectives.
Dr Alvaro Sobrinho explained that the scholarship is about producing quality of the highest standard and helping young researchers along the path to becoming leaders in the field of science. It is his hope that their research will prompt the emergence of new innovations and technologies that will counter some of the many problems facing Africa.
The advancement of scientific learning and educational capacity in Africa has long been one of Alvaro Sobrinho’s primary goals. He firmly believes that Africa’s future success hinges on the continents ability to adapt to new technologies and become a leader in scientific advancement. It is to this end that he has personally contributed to financing the 10 scholarships that have been awarded by the Planet Earth Institute this week. Other financial contributors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and African Academy of Science, along with several other international organisations.