UNU-IIST PhD Scholarships for International Students

VIDEO: Actress Iyabo Ojo In Tears As She Shares Her Emotional Life Story

Famous Nigerian Actress, Iyabo Ojo, shared an emotional story of how she raised her two children as a single mother.

She shared this in an Instagram video on Mothers’ Day detailing her gut-wrenching experiences in her previous marriage.

According to the actress, she got the shock of her life from her ex-husband on their wedding night when he said to her, “I only married you because you are pregnant, I don’t love you”.

This shocking revelation led to her focus on showering all her love upon her son, whom she was pregnant with at the time.

According to her “The moment he popped out of me, all the pain, blame, guilt went away.”

Iyabo Ojo narrated the way she tried to save her marriage and in the process became pregnant with her daughter, who is her second child with her ex-husband.

Situations became worse, as her husband was no longer present at home, and when she became due, she could not afford to go to a hospital because she had only ₦150 on her.

She had to appeal to a nurse who lived nearby to assist her with birthing the child. After giving birth to her daughter, Priscilla, she lost consciousness as a result of massive loss of blood.

She went on to recount how she picked up the courage and strength to walk out of the marriage in order to maintain her sanity and focus on taking care of her children. The actress shed tears of joy expressing how she has been able to take care of her children and even other people’s children.

She stated that she chose to share her story to encourage people, particularly mothers that they are capable of doing amazing things, and whenever they find themselves doubting how far they can go, they should remember how far they have come.


Brief description:

The United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) calls for applications for its 5 PhD programmes which start in September 2012 and January 2013.

Host Institution(s):

UNU-IIST (United Nations University International Institute of Software Technology), University of Pisa

Number of Scholarships:

One scholarship is available for each position except for Software Engineering in Healthcare which offers 2 scholarships

Target group:

The scholarships are open to all international students

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The duration of the study and the scholarship is 42 months, of which at least 6 months will be spent in Pisa, Italy.

Monthly stipend will be USD 1,000 during the stay in Macau and USD 1,500 during the stay in Pisa. Health insurance is provided free of charge. During the stay in Macau accommodation (except utility costs) is also provided free of charge.


Candidates for the PhD positions must have been awarded a Master degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Software Engineering, Computer Science or other discipline with a large ICT component, with strong academic records.

Please see the specific selection criteria of each position by going to the call for applications pages (see above).


Official Scholarship Website:  http://iist.unu.edu/academic-programs/phd-program


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