The University of Malta is offering four Commonwealth and Valletta Action Plan Master's Scholarships provided by the Government of Malta for students from Ghana and Namibia in 2019 (two per country).
The Government of Malta announces the third call for Commonwealth and Valletta Action Plan Scholarship applications for two students from Ghana and two from Namibia wishing to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Malta. This call is part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP); an international programme under which Commonwealth member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959. Since its establishment, over 30,000 citizens of all Commonwealth countries have benefited from this programme. The granting of these scholarships by the Government of Malta is a result of Malta’s commitment to implementing Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims at expanding the number of scholarships available globally to developing countries by 2020, as well as a result of Malta’s commitment, made at the Valletta Summit on Migration of 11-12 November 2015, to launch projects in support of legal migration to selected African countries as an element of the comprehensive logic of the Action Plan.
The Scholarships are designed to facilitate the formation of young professionals in their respective area of study. Malta is an ideal location for the realization of this goal, not only because of the relevant expertise it offers in sectors in which these scholarships will be provided, but also because of the robust bilateral ties it enjoys with Ghana and Namibia.
The University of Malta
The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. Over the past few years, the University has reviewed its structures in order to be in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area. Conscious of its public role, the University strives to create courses that are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. The supreme governing bodies of the University are the Council and the Senate. The present structure of the University was established by the 1988 Education Act.
This Scholarship offer gives beneficiaries access to the following list of Master’s Degree level courses:
Masters programmes by research
Masters of Arts by research in:
• Anglo-Italian Studies
• Contemporary Mediterranean Studies
• European and Global History
• Fine Arts
• Humanities and Medical Sciences
• International Relations
• Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies)
• Oriental Studies (Arabic)
• Oriental Studies (Hebrew)
• Social Studies, and Sociology
Master of Arts in Cognitive Science
Master of Arts in Digital Arts
Master of Arts in Information Policy and Governance
Master of Arts in Knowledge and Information Management
Master of Arts in Media and Communications
Master of Arts in European Integration Studies
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
You must be a citizen of either Ghana or Namibia.
Deadline: May 27, 2019
Cost/funding for participants:
The four scholarships will cover:
- Payment of the University of Malta Tuition Fees.
- Health Insurance to cover a premium up to a maximum of EUR 500 per year. Students will be guided on this and other arrangements upon arrival.
- Reimbursement for the obligatory Health Test of EUR 45 to be carried out in Malta as required for the processing of the Residence Permit. This Health Test would need to be carried out once upon arrival and would not need to be repeated once the year elapses.
- One return journey to Ghana or Namibia, the cost of which is capped at EUR 1000. Any additional trips (including trips for research purposes) or travel costs higher than this amount will have to be covered by the student.
- Costs for full board accommodation for the duration of the course.
- An additional stipend will be provided. Students will be entitled to receive a stipend amounting to EUR 200 per month, for a period of up to 16 months which would allow applicants to cover other expenses, including transport, academic material and books, food and leisure. Kindly refer to the Annex for an indication of Malta’s Cost of Living.
- The National D-Visa fee of EUR 66 will be reimbursed upon the presentation of a receipt. The student is legally required to apply for a residence permit within the validity period of their visa. The residence permit application fee of EUR 27.50 shall also be covered by the scholarship.
Applicants from Ghana and Namibia should apply for their visa well ahead of time at the High Commission of Malta in Accra, Ghana as soon as award of scholarship is confirmed. If this is not possible, applicants will be instructed to apply at another nearby Maltese Embassy, in accordance with guidance provided by the Central Visa Unit / Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (Malta) on a case-by-case basis.
An additional one-off allowance will be provided for applicants from Namibia who need to travel to Ghana or another country as indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (Malta), to apply for an entry visa to Malta, at a Maltese Embassy, the cost of which is capped at EUR 1,673. Costs exceeding the EUR 1,673, will need to be borne by the selected candidate.
The scholarship holders will be requested to attend the Orientation Programme that is organised for all new international students joining the University of Malta. The date of Orientation will be communicated at a later stage.