(ABEM) Scholarships 2020 (Fully Funded)

The African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) project designed to reach students for a scholarship is funded by the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.

The aim of the ABEM project is to train postgraduate students with skills and specializations not offered at their home institutions. They also, support the development of biomedical engineering programs that are being established, or have recently been established, at partner institutions and contribute toward harmonizing biomedical engineering curricula across the continent.

ABEM scholarships target is to train up to 32 MSc and 10 Ph.D. graduates and offer development opportunities to up to 10 staff members.

ABEM Scholarships Details

Mobility must be to an institution in an eligible country other than the home country/country of the home institution.

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

Participants Mobility types Duration
Target group 1 Students registered in or having obtained a degree from one of the six African partner institutions Master’s Doctorate 6-24 months 6-48 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’s Doctorate 6-24 months 6-48 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 program 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: Ph.D. full degree-seeking mobility is no longer available

How to Apply for ABEM Scholarships  


  1. Verify the eligibility criteria (if a candidate does not fulfill all of the eligibility criteria, he/she should not submit an application, as the application will be considered invalid and will not be evaluated).
  2. Identify the Target Group to which (s)he belongs and the available scholarships.
  3. 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 program.
  4. Create an account on the application website for the project.
  5. Read attentively the Guidelines for Applicants, the FAQs, and the online Application Form.
  6. 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 the case of unreadable documents, the application will be considered invalid and will not be evaluated.
  7. Select the host institution(s) with consideration to the following:
    1. The language requirements of the host institution.
    2. The identified areas of excellence and available projects in each partner institution.
    3. The required academic background for the field of study, research project or activity.
    4. The cost of living at prospective host institutions, personal needs for subsistence, and the monthly stipend for the scholarship.
    5. The need to adapt to different cultural realities at the host’s institution and also to different climate conditions, in case of selection
  8. 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 program 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 program of activities, eg lectures or administrative work to be delivered; research activities to be carried out; type of training to be followed; etc.
  9. Prepare a motivation with regard to the benefits and expected outcomes of the mobility


Application Deadline: October 30th, 2019

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) Scholarships 2020


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