Makerere University PhD Scholarships in Engineering Application

By | November 8, 2023

Call for Applications: PhD Scholarships in Engineering for the 2023/2024 Academic Year (New deadline)

TUM SEED Center @ Makerere University invites applications from suitable candidates from Uganda for a fully funded PhD scholarship in Engineering for the 2023/2024 Academic Year tenable in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT).

The scholarship is part of a partnership between Makerere University and the TUM SEED Center, in Munich, Germany. Specifically, the scholarship is to further research at the Makerere University Living Lab – one of eight living labs created in partnership with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) SEED Center that aims at offering higher education at the intersection of sustainable energies and entrepreneurship and conducting research to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is expected that upon graduation, the student would contribute towards frameworks for sustainable energies and entrepreneurship in Uganda.

Key Priority Research Area

The combination of off-grid energy, productive uses of energy, and electric mobility can be a game-changer for rural communities. Drawing a basis from the Makerere Living Lab, key priority areas for research entail innovative energy solutions for rural communities. The Makerere University Living Lab (MULL) is located at Kyampisi, about 75 km from Makerere University, about 10 km from the main electricity grid and 12 km from the main tarmac road. It is within a clustered community of approximately 200 households, which is predominantly agricultural.

The Living Lab Kyampisi seeks to facilitate research at the nexus of sustainable energies and entrepreneurship and to provide a context for research relating to subjects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Among other activities, we seek to expand the energy
generation and storage capacity to develop an electric mobility ecosystem and to further support the productive uses of energy related to the local agriculture potential. This is expected to unlock the entrepreneurial abilities of the community in the areas of agricultural
value addition, banking and mobile services, and transport services.

This scholarship thus seeks to support research in affordable and clean energy. This includes areas of renewable energy production, energy storage, energy distribution, monitoring and evaluation systems, and any other pertinent areas that an applicant is able to identify and
articulate a research issue therein.

How to Apply

Develop research synopsis and compile required academic/supporting documents as per the announcement attached. For any further information about the scholarship, contact the Dean, School of Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) via email at

Closing date for Applications: Thursday 30 November 2023 (new deadline)