EU and African Union



2021 applications Closed (1st Cohort)
2022 applications Closed (2nd Cohort)
2023 applications open, closing date: 30 April 2023 (3rd Cohort)

Infrastructure development is key to the achievement of sustainable development goals[1]. Its impact on economic growth as a direct contributor to GDP and as a catalyst for growth in other sectors is well acknowledged. Sub-Sahara Africa continues to take strides to close the infrastructure gap

The challenge of infrastructure development is further exacerbated by the need to address the interlinked issues of climate change, urbanisation and population growth[2]. Recent outbreaks of pandemics such as COVID-19 and Ebola on the continent have also brought to the fore the need to develop local solutions in terms of infrastructure delivery.

In addition, the growth in infrastructure projects will therefore demand an increased pool of local experts to deliver sustainable infrastructure. Some of the prerequisites required for African regions to fill their infrastructure deficit include political will and leadership, national reforms, and institutional capacity, among others[4]. This require talented professionals who can influence policy and practice.


Degree-seeking mobility – mobility for a complete course of an academic programme, leading to the award of a degree by the host university after the successful completion of the study period.

Creditseeking mobility – short-term mobility leading to the recognition by the home university of the study period spent at the host university: i.e. the educational components taken abroad by the student are recognized upon return as integrated part of the degree programme at the home institution (either the credits awarded by the host institution are recognized and transcribed by the home institution or the home institution recognizes the learning outcomes achieved by the student as compatible for the award of the home degree).

Academic and Administrative Staff mobility

The ASIM staff mobility programme focuses on capacity development and short-term mobility flows of 1 to 3 months.

The project has two staff mobility pathways:

  • Research leave programme: this will enable staff to visit another institution to develop specific research All applicants will be required to provide a proposal that defines the research activities, its fit with the thematic areas of ASIM, benefits to the recipient and the sending institution, and a long-term plan.
  • Academic programme management programme: staff mobility flows under this pathway will be ring-fenced to academic staff involved in managing postgraduate provisions designed to share best practices and enhance the postgraduate provision in their Staff will be required to submit a proposal that demonstrates the value of their mobility to the recipient and the sending institution.


UniversityProgramsLengthLanguage of Instruction (LOI) for each program
Ardhi University, TanzaniaConstruction Economics and Management18 monthsEnglish
Ardhi University, TanzaniaArchitecture18 monthsEnglish
Ardhi University, TanzaniaProject Management18 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria ArchitectureArchitecture18 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria Building TechnologyBuilding Technology18 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria Civil EngineeringCivil Engineering18 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria Real Estate ManagementReal Estate Management18 monthsEnglish
University of Johannesburg, South Africa University of JohannesburgCivil Engineering18 monthsEnglish
Construction Management18 monthsEnglish
Sustainable Urban Planning and Development (MSUPD)18 monthsEnglish
Urban and Regional Planning (by Research)18 monthsEnglish
University of Malawi – The Polytechnic,
Malawi. University of Johannesburg
Infrastructure DevelopmentEnglish


UniversityProgramsLengthLanguage of Instruction (LOI) for each program
Ardhi University, TanzaniaArchitecture and Urban Design36 monthsEnglish
Ardhi University, TanzaniaConstruction Economics and Management36 monthsEnglish
Ardhi University, TanzaniaArchitecture36 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria ArchitectureBuilding Technology36 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria Building TechnologyCivil Engineering36 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria Civil EngineeringReal Estate Management36 monthsEnglish
Covenant University, Nigeria Real Estate ManagementCivil Engineering36 monthsEnglish
University of Johannesburg, South AfricaConstruction Management36 monthsEnglish
University of Johannesburg, South AfricaPhD Civil Engineering36 MonthsEnglish


The following selection process is followed: 

  1. The applicants completes the online application form on the web or on the link provided in marketing materials.
  2. On the application the applicant select their preferred university and programme. Programmesare available in degree and credit seeking mobilities);
  3. They submit/upload the requested documentation;
  4. ASIM acknowledges receipt of application and documentation;
  5. Applicants simultaneously apply for admission to their preferred institutions. The institutions accept or reject the application for admission;
  6. Applicants to the University of Johannesburg also must apply for SAQA qualifications verification.
  7. ASIM evaluates and shortlists suitable candidates;
  8. Shortlisted candidates arc informed and invited for an interview;
  9. Successful candidates are informed of the outcome and award of a scholarship


Type of mobilitySubsistence allowance
(Per month)
Allowances for female scholarship holders
(Per academic year only for mobility equal to or longer than 2 academic years)
Tuition fees are paid directly to the institution
(Per academic year only for mobility equal to or longer than 10 months
Insurance costs
(Per month)
Travel and Visa costs
(paid per project)
Master600€600€3500€75€According to the travel band
Paid in full to scholarship holder monthlyPaid in full to the scholarship holderPaid directly to the institutionPaid directly to the service providerPaid in full by the partnership



  1. All applicants are notified by e-mail
  2. All non-selected applicants are notified immediately after the selection decision
  3. The notification includes the following:
    results of the selection
    procedure to follow for an appeal to the selection decision
  4. or the selected candidates, the notification includes:
    instructions for further steps (visa guidelines, etc.)
    a model of the Student Agreement
    Student guidelines/handbook with practical information
Contribute to sustainable development through capacity development of skilled professionals who can influence sustainable infrastructure delivery;
Enhance the quality of master’s degree students’ training for professionals who will be able to influence the sustainability agenda for Africa’s infrastructure projects;
Enhance the quality of doctoral students’ training for professionals who will be able to influence the sustainability agenda for Africa’s infrastructure projects;
Enhance management skills of academic staff engaged in managing postgraduate provisions in partner institutions;
Enhance the skills and competences of academic staff in research, training, and supervision of postgraduate research;
Develop an interdisciplinary research agenda for Sustainable Infrastructure in Africa beyond the project duration period, and
Create a critical mass of researchers focusing on sustainable infrastructure in Africa.
ASIM is a collaboration between four African universities and one EU Technical partner with a primary objective of developing education, training, and research capacity for African professionals to enhance the delivery of Africa’s sustainable infrastructure. The primary aim of this project, therefore, is to increase the talent pool of expertise in infrastructure and to develop the capacity of African HEI to deliver sustainable infrastructure education.
Specifically, ASIM aims to achieve the following objectives: