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ABEM Scholarships for African Postgraduate Students and Academics



Application Deadline: 26th August 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) for African Postgraduate Students & Academics. Interested students should see the details below.

ABEM Scholarships for African Postgraduate Students and Academics

African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) Scholarship Details and FAQs

The scheme is modelled on Europe’s well-established and successful Erasmus-Mundus programme. As part of the Roadmap 2014-2017 of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme underlines the contribution of higher education towards economic and social development and the potential of academic mobility to improve the quality of higher education.

ABEM will build human and institutional capacity in Africa for needs-­based health technology research and development. The project will train postgraduate students with skills and specialisations not offered at their home institutions. Furthermore, it will support the development of biomedical engineering programmes that are being established, or have recently been established, at partner institutions and contribute toward harmonising biomedical engineering curricula across the continent. This will be achieved through the provision of scholarships to cover the full cost of mobility between African higher education institutions.

Overall, the project will enhance employment opportunities for graduates, enhance staff research profiles and teaching competencies, enhance institutional research profiles and inter-­university cooperation, and support the development of solutions for health challenges from an African perspective.

The call for applications for the 3rd round of scholarship awards is now open. ABEM will train up to 32 MSc and 10 PhD graduates, and offer development opportunities to up to 10 staff members. Mobility must be to an institution in an eligible country other than the home country / country of the home institution.

When is the application deadline?

26th August 2018

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

African countries under this program

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters, PhD, Training.

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

Applications for the following will be considered:

  • Credit-seeking mobility (6-12 months) for registered master’s and PhD students
  • Degree-seeking mobility (48 months) for PhD students only
  • Staff mobility

Student mobility – eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for a scholarship, master’s and doctoral students must comply with the following criteria:

  1. Be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the Programme
  2. At the time of the application for a scholarship, be registered/admitted in their final year or have obtained their most recent degree (or equivalent) from:
    1. one of the higher education institutions included in the partnership (Target Group 1); or
    2. a higher education institution not included in the partnership but established in an eligible country (Target Group 2)
  3. Have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction in the host institution.
  4. Meet the specific requirements of the host institution.

Students can only benefit from one scholarship under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme.

Students having benefited from scholarship(s) under the previous Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme cannot receive scholarships under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme.

Academic and administrative staff mobility:

Staff may undertake mobility visits for 1-6 months, at any of the African partner institutions.

  • Areas of activity
    Staff mobility should contribute to strengthening the academic, management and co-operation capacity of partner institutions, through participation in research projects, teaching, production of new teaching material, development of teaching methods, harmonisation of curricula, development of joint curricula, development of administrative tools and sharing of management approaches. The mobility is also expected to be an integral part of the institutional staff development plan and recognised as such upon return of the staff member.
  • Eligibility criteria
    In order to be eligible for a scholarship, staff must comply with ALL the following criteria:

    • Be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries (see Section 2.1)
    • Work in or be associated with a partner higher education institution.

How many scholarship awards are available?

Up to 32

What are the benefits of the award?

The scholarship will cover:

  • roundtrip flight ticket and visa costs;
  • participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where applicable
  • insurance (health, accident, travel);
  • a settling-in allowance;
  • a monthly subsistence allowance;
  • a contribution towards the research costs associated with student mobility of 10 months or longer.

What is the duration of the program?

Master’s and doctoral students may undertake:

  • Credit-seeking mobility of 6 to 12 months at a partner institution, leading to academic recognition of the study period towards a degree programme at the home institution,
  • Degree-seeking mobility to complete a full degree at a partner institution.The project aims for 50% of students and at least 30% of staff who participate in mobility visits to be women.
  • Academic and administrative staff mobility: Staff may undertake mobility visits for 1-6 months, at any of the African partner institutions.

How to Apply for the African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) Scholarship

Interested applicants should go through the Application requirements and Guidelines before applying.

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