Scholarships for Tunisian nationals to study at the UM

Scholarships for Tunisian nationals to study at the UM

Scholarships for Tunisian Nationals offered through Official Development Assistance from the Government of Malta, through the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, and the University of Malta - Call for Applications 2024

The Government of Malta and the University of Malta launched this scholarship programme in 2015 with the aim of supporting capacity building in Tunisia. The response from Tunisian students has been encouraging and, consequently, a decision was taken to expand the offer a number of fields which include: digitalisation, artificial intelligence, telecommunications; renewable and sustainable energy, geoscience, engineering (mechanical); rural and marine sciences; humanitarian action.

Through its Official Development Assistance Programme, the Government of Malta aims, above all, to promote solidarity and provide assistance in a number of key areas including education and human capacity development. These scholarships provide an opportunity to a number of students to deepen their skills and know-how on important issues, thereby providing them with an opportunity to contribute towards the growth and prosperity of their own country.

A list of eligible full-time courses (taught or by research) is available below.

Candidates intending to apply for a programme of study by research are to submit a research proposal.  Guidelines are provided by the department offering the programme.


Course: MSc in Artificial Intelligence (Research)

Faculty of ICT

Mode: Taught & Research (Mainly by Research)


Course: MSc in Telecommunications Engineering

Faculty of ICT

Mode: Taught


Course: MSc in Strategic Management and Digital Marketing

Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy

Mode: Taught


Course: MSc in Sustainable Energy by Research

Institute for Sustainable Energy

Mode: Research


Course: MSc in Sustainable Energy

Institute for Sustainable Energy

Mode: Taught


Course: MSc (Sustainable Development)

Institute for Climate Change & Sustainable Development 

Mode: Research


Course: MSc in Geosciences by Research

Faculty of Science - Department of Geosciences

Mode: Research


Course: MSc in Engineering (Mechanical) (Mainly by Research)

Faculty of Engineering

Mode: Mainly by Research

Topic restricted to:  Life Cycle Assessment of Water Treatment and/or Renewable Energy Systems


Course: MSc (Rural & Environmental Sciences)

Institute of Earth Systems

Mode: Research


Course: MSc in Applied Oceanography

Faculty of Science, Department of Geosciences

Mode: Taught


Course: MA in Global Maritime Archaeology

Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology

Mode: Taught


Course:  MA in Humanitarian Action

Faculty of Arts, Department of International Relations

Mode: Taught

The Scholarships will cover:

  • Payment of the University of Malta Tuition Fee.
  • A subsistence allowance amounting to €1200 per month to be used towards accommodation, transport, living and academic expenses and any other costs that may arise during the student’s residence in Malta.  
  • One return journey (Tunisia – Malta - Tunisia), the cost of which is capped at €500.  Any additional trips or travel costs higher than this amount will have to be covered by the student.
  • Visa expenses to be capped at €250.

The selected students are expected to join the programme at the start of the first Semester of the academic year 2024/2025. The official start date is Monday 30 September 2024.

An orientation programme for international students will be held 26 September 2024. Details will be communicated to the students after selection.

The duration of the scholarship is 3 semesters of full-time study commencing on 30 September 2024 (18 months).

Only applicants who have obtained a full acceptance for the indicated courses will be considered for the scholarship award. Applicants who have a conditional acceptance cannot be considered.

Admission Requirements for each course is found in the respective course description.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants are required to present an internationally recognised English Language Proficiency Certificate passed at the required level.  Further information about English Language Requirements for the 2024/25 academic year entry is available here

The deadline to apply is 24 May 2024.

Documents, applications and requests that are submitted after the deadline cannot be considered.


Applicants are to follow a two-step procedure:


  1. Online application:

Applicants are to first submit an online application, and provide copies of their academic qualifications and all other requested documentation to the University of Malta.

Only applicants who have completed the online registration, including payment, will be considered. (The online application fee is non-refundable).

The online application is available here


  1. Scholarship application:

Apart from the online application, interested candidates are to apply for the scholarship by sending an email addressed to the Director, International Office. 

The email should include:

  • A letter of motivation,
  • Three letters of reference – on letterhead and signed.
  • Curriculum Vitae (kindly include mobile number)
  • Scanned copy of their Tunisian passport (details page)

The subject line should read “Scholarship Tunisia 2024” and it is highly recommended that students submit all documents together in one email and clearly indicate their selected course.

Documents and requests that are submitted after the deadline cannot be considered.



Applicants who intend to apply for the scholarship must meet the entry requirements set out by the University of Malta and the conditions for joining the specific programme indicated above at the time of application. Applicants who can only be considered on a conditional basis (i.e. are not in a position to provide proof of attainment of the academic qualifications required to join the programme) at the time of application cannot be considered for the scholarship

Applicants will be required to attend an online interview.

Applicants for other courses except for those listed above cannot be considered for this scholarship.

Applicants should be Tunisian nationals, are currently residing in Tunisia, and show a clear intention to return to Tunisia at the end of their studies in Malta. Dual nationals who also hold EU nationality are not eligible.

The applicant’s lived experience in Tunisia, limits and extent of access to international opportunities, background, location and access to further education locally and abroad may be taken into consideration during the selection process

Applicants employed in public office in Tunisia, or working actively with NGOs in Tunisia, will be preferred.

Preference will be given to applicants who would be unable to attend the programme without the scholarship. 

The scholarship holder will be requested to enter into an agreement with the University of Malta for the duration of his studies in Malta, which agreement will be binding in terms of the observation of rules and regulations of the host University and host country, to seriously engage in studies, register monthly progress with his academic tutor/coordinator and complete the set programme within the established time-frame.

The International Office - Scholarships University of Malta 

Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Tunisia, Ms Wissal Gheribi