The African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) project is open for master’s and doctoral students for 2018/2019 academic year.
The 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.
Worth of 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.
To be eligible for a scholarship, master’s and doctoral students must comply with the following criteria:
(a) Be a national of and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the Programme (see Section 2.1)
(b) At the time of the application for a scholarship, be registered at or have obtained their most recent degree (or equivalent) from:
• one of the higher education institutions included in the partnership (Target Group 1);
• a higher education institution not included in the partnership but established in an eligible
country (Target Group 2) Students applying for PhD degree-seeking mobility, are expected to have obtained at least their bachelor’s degree in an eligible African country, from a different institution from the prospective host institution, and in a different country to that of the host institution.
(c) Have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction in the host institution.
(d) Meet the specific requirements of the host institution.
Students can only benefit from one scholarship under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme. Students having benefitted from scholarship(s) under the previous Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme cannot receive scholarships under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme.
How to Apply
The applicant should:
- Verify the eligibility criteria (if a candidate does not fulfil all of the eligibility criteria, he/she should not submit an application, as the application will be considered invalid and will not be evaluated).
- Identify the Target Group to which (s)he belongs and the available scholarships.
- Select at least one host institution. It is highly recommended that applicants select up to 3 different host institutions from the available options but always with consideration to language and background requirements defined by each host institution and programme.
- Create an account on the application website for the project.
- Read attentively the Guidelines for Applicants, the FAQs and the online Application Form.
- Collect all necessary information and documents to complete the Application Form:
Several documents are mandatory and the online system will not allow the application to be submitted without them. In case of unreadable documents, the application will be considered invalid and will not be evaluated.
- Select the host institution(s) with consideration to the following:
- The language requirements of the host institution.
- The identified areas of excellence and available projects in each partner institution.
- The required academic background for the field of study, research project or activity.
- The cost of living at prospective host institutions, personal needs for subsistence, and the monthly stipend for the scholarship.
- The need to adapt to different cultural realities at the hosts institution and also to different climate conditions, in case of selection
- Prepare a mobility project proposal describing the aims, activities and foreseen study/work plan and taking into consideration the objectives and goals of the host programme and of the ABEM project. The proposal must be clear in its methodology, impact and benefit, as well as its feasibility within the time-frame established by the duration of the scholarship. Staff should liaise with the home and host universities on the programme of activities, eg lectures or administrative work to be delivered; research activities to be carried out; type of training to be followed; etc.
- Prepare a motivation with regard to the benefits and expected outcomes of the mobility
Deadline: applications close 26 August 2018