1. Background 

The University of Rwanda-College of Education is partnering with MasterCard Foundation to run a five-year Project on Leaders in Teaching Initiative to strengthen teacher training of Rwanda’s Competency Based Curriculum, provide quality practicum opportunities to help student-teachers put theory into practice, promote the integration of ICT in teaching and learning and support academic staff to strengthen research skills.

The Project will assist UR-CE in building academic staff and pre-service teachers’ capacity through a set of activities under four core objectives :


  1. Eligibility

Funding will be given to projects : 

  1. Whose research topics are focused on teachers and teacher quality in secondary education ;
  2. Led by a Principal Investigator(PI) who is a UR-CE Academic Staff, holding a Doctoral Degree with proven research activeness, based on good publication record in the past 10 years ; the volume of projects carried out successfully in the past 5 years would be an added value. 

In case of absence of the qualified PI within UR-CE as per this requirement, a senior academic staff with a PhD can be considered ; or the latter can have a qualified co-PI from any other HLI in Rwanda ;

  1. Involving a minimum of three researchers in a team. A balance of senior and junior staff in the team is encouraged in order to enhance knowledge and skills transfer to the young academic staff ;
  2. That match the priority needs of Rwanda as given in the National strategy for transformation (NST 1) ;
  3. That reflect gender balance in team membership and within the research content ;
  4. That can be executed within the limitation of the available funds.


  1. Mode of application

Interested and qualified candidates must submit the application on :
litproject.mcf@gmail.comwith a copy to :


The Deadline of submission is 23rd January 2020. Late submission will not be considered.


For more about : 

  • Grant objectives, 
  • Project duration, 
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Conditions and mode of Application, 


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