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2021 African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) Scholarship For African Postgraduate Students and Staff

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.

  • Host Universities: Addis Ababa University, Kenyatta University and Cairo University
    • Category: Masters & PhD
  • Eligible Countries: African Countries 
  • Reward: Full Scholarship with Stipends
  • Deadline: January 13, 2021
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Scholarship Details

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.

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Scholarship Requirements

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 (see Section 2.1)
  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.

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.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • 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.


    Allowances paid to the scholarship holder
    Mobility typeMonthly allowanceOnce-off settling-in allowance
    Master’s€ 600€ 600
    Doctoral€ 900€ 900
    Staff€ 1,200——–


    Funds managed by the partnership
    Mobility typeParticipation costs per academic year for mobility equal to or longer than 10 monthsResearch costs per academic year for mobility equal to or longer than 10 monthsInsurance (maximum per month)
    Master’s€ 3,500€ 600€ 75
    Doctoral€ 4,000€ 2,000€ 75
    Staff——–——–€ 75


Target groups and types of mobility

There are two target groups and three different types of individual mobility:

 ParticipantsMobility typesDuration
Target group 1Students registered in or having obtained a degree from one of the six African partner institutions



6-24 months

6-48 months

Staff working in or associated with one of six African partner institutionsVisits for teaching and/or research, or for engagement on administration and management1 – 6 months
Target group 2Students 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)



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Method of Application

Like to submit an application? please indicate your interest. The application process are Online Applications

  1. Verify the eligibility criteria to ensure you do fulfil all of the requirements and criteria to be able to submit an application.
  2. Identify the Target Group to which you belongs and the available ABEM scholarships.
  3. The candidates must Create an account on the application website, fill in the online application form (Link is given below)
  4. Select the host institution(s) with consideration to the following:
  5. The language requirements of the host institution.
  6. The identified areas of excellence and available projects in each partner institution.
  7. The required academic background for the field of study, research project or activity.
  8. The cost of living at prospective host institutions, personal needs for subsistence, and the monthly stipend for the scholarship.
  9. The need to adapt to different cultural realities at the hosts institution and also to different climate conditions, in case of selection
  10. 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.
  11. Applicants must submit by uploading all required documentation in their application process
  12. Prepare a motivation with regard to the benefits and expected outcomes of the mobility
  13. Submit completely filled programme application form

Deadline: January 13, 2021

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