The African Network of Centers of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE) is a continent-wide initiative led by the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) and supported by the African Development Fund of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Power Utility Companies of Africa.

The overall objective of the project is to enhance performance of the power sector and intensify regional trade through technical and managerial capacity building in different areas, including the governance of the sector.


1. Provide additional financial support to speed up the professional development of the trainees working in the core trades in electricity, in particular the operators and technicians

2. Increase the number of in-service training courses for the staff of power utility companies of Africa

3. Reward the individual efforts made in the pursuit of careers in the power utility companies of Africa

4. Encourage gender parity in the Sector (33% of scholarships set aside for women)

5. Reduce the opportunity gap in respect of training offered to countries in vulnerable economic circumstances and the well-endowed countries

6. Anticipate and bring under control the effect of an ageing technical staff

7. Encourage the mastery of new and renewable energy   


The amount of scholarship per person will vary depending on the training programme (its duration, the location and the training center, the costs of educational materials, equipment and activities scheduled under the curriculum) bearing in mind that:

1. ANCEE scholarships will cover the full cost of selected trainees for the entire duration of the course (registration, educational materials, accommodation), with the exception of travel expenses (round trip air tickets);

2. A trainee shall be entitled to only one scholarship per training course or training session;

3. The scholarships shall be made available every year to applicants considered to be eligible without however going beyond the approved ceiling for the duration of the ANCEE project.


Every prospective applicant must: 1. Be a national of an African country 2. Be an employee of an African Power Utility Company or any structure operating in the African electricity sector (Ministries/Organizations in charge of: (i) Electricity; (ii) Environment/Sustainable Development of Energy; (iii) Power Pools; (iv) Electricity sector regulatory agency, etc.)

3. Be covered by accreditation/appointment of the Director of Human Resources of the employer

4. Justify their academic or professional backgrounds for the training requested for

5. Pursue the capacity building programme designed for trainees in order to offer improved service to the company

6. Have a formal employment with their employer in order to assume duties at the end of the training;

7. Forward the duly completed application through the company or employing organization with all the required supporting documents to the ANCEE before the deadline for the submission of applications.

NB:  Applicants must fulfil all the requirements without any exception whatsoever and provide all the supporting documents for each of the requirements.  Employers are responsible for making sure their applicants do indeed meet all the eligibility requirements.  Female representation in proportion to at least 1/3 of the applications is strongly encouraged.  Any incomplete application will be rejected.



The applications are received and reviewed at the ANCEE four times a year. The ANCEE Coordination Unit will publish the dates for the submission of the applications. 


All the applications will be processed by an Assessment Commission whose members will be appointed through written notice by the Director General of APUA. This Commission shall be made up of between three (3) and five (5) persons including:

 A representative of the ANCEE Steering Committee;

 A representative of the training sub-committee of the APUA Scientific Committee;

 The ANCEE Coordinator or his representative;

 Two representatives of power utility companies and active Members of APUA;  

 A representative of the Centers of Excellence.

Language Equity must be met.

The sessions are free. However, the ANCEE Coordination Unit will play the role of secretariat and provide administrative and logistical support for this Commission. 


The Assessment Commission shall meet within a reasonable time after the application deadline to give an account of the files submitted and start analysing applications.

First, a classification shall be prepared highlighting the total number of applications received, their provenance (by company, country and region), rejected applications (incomplete or non-eligible), gender distribution and the breakdown by area and field of expertise.

Secondly, the Commission reviews each file by applying the rating scale of the selection criteria. At the conclusion of the assessment, the Commission issues a report to the financial sponsors of the scholarships for their consent before submitting the results to the ANCEE Steering Committee for validation.

The ANCEE Steering Committee takes a decision on all the applications based on the Commission’s report. However, it can carry out a posteriori audit, if needed.   

The Steering Committee publishes the results. All the applicants will receive an answer by electronic mail from the ANCEE. The list of scholarships recipients will then be made public.    

Lastly, all the applications will be filed at the ANCEE and shall be submitted for possible audit. None of the applications, including all supporting documents submitted, shall be returned to the applicants or their employers.

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