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.
Target groups and types of mobility
There are two target groups and three different types of individual mobility:
|Target group 1||Students registered in or having obtained a degree from one of the six African partner institutions||Master’sDoctorate||6-24 months6-48 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’sDoctorate||6-24 months6-48 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 programme 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: PhD full degree-seeking mobility is no longer available
Student mobility – eligibility criteria
To be eligible for a scholarship, master’s and doctoral students must comply with the following criteria:
- Be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the Programme (see Section 2.1)
- 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:
- one of the higher education institutions included in the partnership (Target Group 1); or
- a higher education institution not included in the partnership but established in an eligible country (Target Group 2)
- Have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction in the host institution.
- 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.
Academic and administrative staff mobility
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.
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.
Closing date: 29 January 2019