Application Deadline:11:59pm East African Time on 29 January 2019
The African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) project is funded by the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. 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 ABEM individual scholarships cover one roundtrip flight ticket, visa costs, participation costs (which may include tuition fees, registration fees and service fees), comprehensive insurance coverage (health, accident and travel) and a monthly subsistence allowance from which scholarship recipients are to cover accommodation expenses.
Target groups and types of mobility
There are two target groups and three different types of individual mobility:
|Target group 1||Students registered in or having obtained a degree from one of the six African partner institutions||Master’sDoctorate||6-24 months6-48 months|
|Staff working in or associated with one of six African partner institutions||Visits for teaching and/or research, or for engagement on administration and management||1 – 6 months|
|Target group 2||Students registered in or having obtained a degree from a higher education institution not included in the partnership but established in an eligible country (see below)||Master’sDoctorate||6-24 months6-48 months|
The eligible countries are presented in the table below:
|Regions of Africa||Countries|
|Central||Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Principe|
|Eastern||Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania|
|Northern||Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco|
|Southern||Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe|
|Western||Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo|
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.
PLEASE NOTE: PhD full degree-seeking mobility is no longer available
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