Opportunity for Rwandan | East Africa Biodesign Fellowship at UGHE

Are you driven by a passion for healthcare innovation? Do you envision transforming the healthcare landscape in East Africa?

Are you driven by a passion for healthcare innovation? Do you envision transforming the healthcare landscape in East Africa? The East Africa Biodesign (EAB) Fellowship is your gateway to making a profound impact. Join a dynamic community of forward-thinking innovators dedicated to developing sustainable, accessible, and contextually appropriate health solutions.

About the EAB Fellowship

The East Africa Biodesign Fellowship is a prestigious training program forged through a collaboration between the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, the Center of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and eHealth at the University of Rwanda (UR), and Kenyatta University. Our mission is to empower the next generation of leaders in health technology by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative problem-solving.

For the 2025 cohort, we will select eight exceptional fellows who will be divided into two teams. One team will be based at UGHE in Kigali, Rwanda, and the other at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. This full-time, 10-month program offers a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of health innovation in East Africa.

Program Details

  • Start Date: January 2025
  • Format: Full-time
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Locations:Kigali, Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya
  • Tuition: Fully covered by the program
  • Stipend: Modest stipend provided to cover living expenses
  • Application Deadline: August 02, 2024

While this is not a degree-granting program, fellows will receive an EAB certificate upon completion and will continue to be part of the greater Biodesign community. Applications are accepted through a single portal, where you can indicate your preferred fellowship location or choose ‘no preference’ if you are open to either site.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for motivated individuals from the East African Community member states who have:

  •  A university degree in Medicine, Rehabilitation, Nursing, Global Health, Public Health, Health Informatics, Engineering (Biomedical, Electrical, Mechanical, etc.), Biotechnology, Internet of Things (e.g., Embedded Computing Systems), or Business.
  •  A demonstrated interest in health technology innovation through research, entrepreneurship, patents, coursework, or other experiences.
  •  Experience in working with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Strong problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English (see English language proficiency criteria below).

 Application Process

To ensure a smooth application process, please prepare the following materials:

  1. CV: Submit a current CV (maximum of 3 pages) in PDF format. Highlight your leadership, problem-solving, creativity, teamwork, communication skills, community engagement, awards, achievements, intellectual property filings, key academic publications, conference presentations, and projects with substantial business impact.
  2. English Language Proficiency If you are not a native English speaker or did not study at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, submit a copy of one of the following:
    – TOEFL iBT score
    – IELTS score
    – Diploma from an English-speaking country
    – Other acceptable proof of English proficiency
  3. Academic Transcripts and Diplomas: Provide a copy of your degree and transcript for your highest level of education. A bachelor’s degree or higher is required.
  4. Passport or National ID: Submit copies of valid passports (at least six months before expiration) or national IDs for Rwandan or Kenyan nationals. If you don’t have a passport, you must apply for one before joining the program if accepted.
  5. Contact Information for Records Office:Provide the email and phone number of your last degree’s records office.
  6. References: Names and contact information of three references (recommendation letters are not needed at this stage).
  7. Video Essay: Record a 2-minute video answering: “Tell us about some of the challenges and hurdles you have faced on your path to your current place in life. How have these experiences shaped who you are today?”
  8. Written Essay 1:In a document (MS Word or PDF), answer the following prompts in no more than 500 words:
    – Describe your experience with health innovation and health equity.
    – Explain how the East Africa Biodesign Fellowship aligns with your future plans.
    – Discuss how you hope to utilize your training after the fellowship.
  9. Written Essay 2: In a document (MS Word or PDF), answer the following prompts in no more than 300 words:
    – Describe a time when a partnership was crucial to achieving your desired outcome.
    – What was your role in creating or maintaining the partnership?
    – What did you learn from that experience?

 Ready to Make a Difference?

Submit your application by August 02, 2024, and embark on a transformative journey to revolutionize healthcare in East Africa. The East Africa Biodesign Fellowship is more than a training program—it’s a movement towards sustainable health solutions for our communities. We believe in your potential and look forward to seeing the incredible impact you will make.

Apply now and be part of the change!


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