African Biomedical Engineering Mobility(ABEM) scholarship

African Biomedical Engineering Mobility(ABEM) scholarship

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.

Application process


The applicant should:

  1. 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).
  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 programme.
  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 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 hosts 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 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.
  9. Prepare a motivation with regard to the benefits and expected outcomes of the mobility

Online submission

The Application Form is completed through the following steps:

  1. Applicants should have a valid e-mail address and an internet connection. Communication of results will be done exclusively by e-mail to the address provided.
  2. In order to access the form, the applicants should create a new login in the “Apply now” section of the ABEM wesite, selecting the type of scholarship for which they wish to apply.
  3. Applicants should then complete the online Application Form. The system will save a draft of the application every time the “Save” button is pressed, allowing it to be revised, edited and completed. The applicants should carefully prepare and revise the application before pressing the “Submit” button.
  4. After pressing “Submit”, it is not possible to make any additional changes to the application.
  5. The Application Form must be completed English.
  6. The deadline for the submission of online applications is provided on the ABEM website. The Coordination Office will do everything possible to avoid system failures, but cannot assume any responsibility should applicants encounter technical difficulties preventing submission just before the deadline. Applicants must therefore avoid last minute applications. Applications sent by any other means, eg mail, fax or e-mail, will NOT be accepted.
  7. Once the “Submit” button has been pressed, the application is closed and sent to the Coordination Office, which gives it a code. A digital certificate that contains the date and hour of the submission is issued and sent to the applicant as well as a full copy of the application. This digital certificate does not constitute a confirmation of eligibility nor of selection; it only confirms submission of the application.
  8. Applicants should have only one valid once the deadline has been reached. If the same applicant submits several online forms, the system will automatically consider the last one as the only valid one and will disregard the other applications.
  9. Applicants for student mobility are advised to consult a mentor at their home institution for assistance with the application and with selection of a host institution.

Documents to be submitted

Digital copies of several documents are required. If a candidate fails to submit all required documents the application will be excluded without any possibility of appeal.

For all applicants:

  • Copy of passport
  • Degree certificate(s) – Must have been issued by a higher education institution, dated, signed and stamped, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be excluded. In the case of the applicant having achieved more than one academic degree, one uploaded file must contain all documents.

For student mobility:

  • Transcript of academic records for degrees completed, stating in detail all courses taken and grades obtained in the course. Documents must be dated, signed and stamped by the institution, otherwise they will not be considered valid and the application will be immediately excluded.
  • Target Group 1 applicants:
    • Statement of support from the home institution – this document must be dated, signed and stamped by the home partner institution, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be excluded.
    • Academic reference from someone other than the person who signed the statement mentioned in (a) above.
  • Target group 2 applicants:
    • Letter of support from an academic staff member of a higher education institution in an eligible country (the letter may be from a partner institution); this letter must be dated and signed, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be excluded.
    • Academic reference from someone other than the person who signed the statement mentioned in (a) above.
  • For credit-seeking mobility:Statement issued by the home institution confirming the applicant’s enrolment in a postgraduate degree programme and endorsing the applicant’s mobility proposal. The statement should include a description of the degree programme, the degree duration, the number of credits for the degree, and the number of credits per course.
  • Certificate of language skills, if applicable, in accordance with the requirements of the host institution.

For staff mobility:

  • Statement by a senior staff member at the home institution with a brief description of the applicant’s main activities and an endorsement of the mobility proposal. This document must be dated, signed and stamped by the institution, otherwise it will not be considered valid and the application will be excluded. The declaration should be written in English, by the person to whom the applicant reports (eg Head of Department, Director or Dean) at the home institution.
  • Statement by the hosting staff member at the host institution confirming the programme of activities and duration.

Additional documents, if applicable:

  • Document confirming physical disability (e.g. declaration from a doctor; recent medical exam; etc.)
  • Document confirming vulnerable socio-economic situation. This document must be dated, signed and stamped by a suitable organisation or authority.
  • Document confirming refugee or asylum status. This document must be issued by a recognized authority and must be dated, signed and stamped.
  • Other documents relevant to the application.

All documents must be attached to the online Application Form. Applications that are incomplete or have blank or unreadable documents will be disregarded.

If an applicant wishes to attach more than one document in the same field (eg support letters from the home institution), one file should be attached that includes all documents, up to a maximum of 2MB.

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Emamanuel Olapade

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