Tuesday, May 30, 2023


The University of Nairobi is launching a new Master of Arts in Women, Children and Nature Rights in Environmental Governance (WCNREG), which commences in August 2023. The WCNREG is a multidisciplinary course which seeks to promote sustainable development in the Eastern and Southern African region by addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. This programme, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), is regional in scope and brings together the University of Nairobi, the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women’s Law (SEARCWL) - University of Zimbabwe, the University of Malawi, and the University of Oslo. The programme takes an inclusive, engendered and decolonising approach to environmental governance, which recognises the rights of women, children and nature.

The WCNREG Programme is offering 35 scholarships (15 for Kenyans, 10 for Malawians, and 10 for Zimbabweans) to cover the full tuition fees for the entire duration of the course. The scholarship targets all critical actors working in the intersecting areas of natural resource and climate change law and women's, children's, nature's rights and environmental governance; those working in government national institutions and local government agencies; non-governmental organizations inclusive of community-based organizations, civil society organizations, grassroots organizations and even international NGOs working in these areas.

Eligibility for the WCNREG scholarship

To qualify for a WNCREG scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. Meet the minimum admission requirements of:
  1. A Bachelor’s degree, with at least Upper Second Class Honours, or equivalent in law, environment, physical or biological sciences, natural resource management, gender studies, human rights or other related fields; or
  2. A Bachelor’s degree, with at least Lower Second Class, or equivalent in the areas specified in (a) above, with additional relevant training or evidence of at least two years of research work or work experience.
  1. Have an outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by their certificates, transcripts and previous academic awards
  2. Demonstrate commitment to and potentially make a positive impact in environmental governance after the course;
  3. Be a national of one of the partnering countries namely Kenya, Malawi or Zimbabwe.

Women and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Application letter;
  2. Personal statement, not exceeding 800 words, indicating how the programme aligns with their career goals and personal contribution to environmental governance;
  3. Curriculum vitae;
  4. One letter of recommendation;
  5. Certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts.

Applications should be addressed to:

Regional Scholarship Committee

WCNREG Programme

Applicants should submit scholarship applications to wcnreg@uonbi.ac.ke AND complete the online application for admission to the programme at https://application.uonbi.ac.ke/

The closing date for applications is July 14, 2023