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UNFPA Scholarship for a First Level Master Program in Coffee Economics and Science for Cameroonian women graduates (Fully Funded to Italy)

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

With the vision of scaling up investment in the development of the full potential of the young people in Cameroon, their innovation capital and addressing the gender gap, the United Nations Population Fund in Cameroon, in partnership with the Ernesto Illy Foundation in Italy, is launching a call for applications to select one female candidate to benefit from a scholarship to participate in the 14th edition of the  International First Level Master Program in Coffee Economics and Science Ernesto Illy, a collaboration between the University of Udine and the University of Trieste, of a value of 60 CFU, for the academic year 2024-2025,

The Ernesto Illy Foundation offers annual financial aid to worthy graduates coming from coffee producing countries to cover the Master tuition fee and most of the logistics costs. Cameroon is the seventh largest coffee producer in quantity of unique Robusta and Arabica coffee quality.


  • The application is open to Cameroonian women graduates interested in working in the world of coffee (and in the agri-food sector in general) with a view to benefiting from appropriate multidisciplinary preparation throughout the production chain, from cultivation to hotel and retail sales, via logistics, trade and the industrial process.
  • This master’s degree includes 400 hours of lessons and includes   9 educational modules: 5 modules are dedicated to coffee economics and 4 modules to the coffee sciences. The Master that will have the majority of lessons taking place online, gives the participants 60 formative university credits A description of the master’s program is attached.
  • The course curriculum, to be given entirely in English, is open only to University Graduates (bachelor’s) in Economics, Engineering, Sciences, Agriculture and similar disciplines.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must meet the following conditions:

  • Being a woman
  • Being of Cameroonian nationality or a Refugee living in Cameroon for the last 3 years
  • Being younger than 24 years old;
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree in economics, engineering, science, agriculture, or any other similar/related discipline;
  • Not have previously received this scholarship;
  • Being enrolled in a Cameroonian university in a course closely related to the programme.

Scholarship Worth

The scholarship includes:

  • 100% of the university tuition fee (equivalent to 15.000 Euro) of the International Master of 1st level in Coffee Economics and Science “Ernesto Illy”
  • All the teaching materials (texts books, handouts and lecture notes) needed to attend the residential period of the Master program in Trieste, Italy (4/5 weeks);
  • All meals provided during the days of class of the Master program in Italy;
  • Accommodations for the residential period in Italy;
  • The round-trip ticket from the country of origin to Trieste, Italy;
  • A subscription for the public transport network of Trieste, Italy (bus) for the residential period;
  • The transfer service from and to Venice or Trieste Airport.

The scholarship does not include eventual passport and Visa fees, any administrative costs not mentioned, nor a laptop and internet access to attend online lessons as well as pocket-money for staying in Italy.

Application Procedure:

The application must include the following documents:

  • A copy of the student’s valid passport et/ou and identity card (the passport will be necessary once the master starts) 
  • A Cover and Motivation Letter
  • an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae in the European format (available here)
  • A copy of the student card or receipts and registration form for the current year
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher in the course of study (University , head of department, etc);
  • A summary (1 page) of an initial idea of the final Project Work

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNFPA Scholarship for a First Level Master Program

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