East Africa Biodesign Fellowship Program

East Africa Biodesign Fellowship Program

The East African Biodesign (EAB) fellowship is a leading-edge initiative at the University of Global Health Equity in partnership with the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign and the Center of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and eHealth under the University of Rwanda.

At EAB, we believe in need-driven innovations that can minimize risk and maximize impact. The fellowship is fundamentally rooted in the Biodesign innovation process – an evolving process that has been tried and tested for the past two decades yielding medical technologies that have helped approximately 7.6 million patients globally to date and inspiring similar successful training programs Worldwide. We have carefully tailored the Biodesign methodology to the growing needs and requirements of the East African region.

Over the 10-month fellowship, successful applicants will engage in a transformative project-based learning experience, combining classroom instruction, hands-on experience, and mentorship from experts in the field.

They will learn how to identify unmet clinical needs, conduct rigorous research and analysis, and leverage a deep appreciation of health needs and opportunities to develop innovative solutions that make a real impact towards equitable healthcare delivery.

Throughout the program, fellows will interact with global experts and build a professional network that can help them launch or boost their careers in health technology innovation. Whether you’re early in your career or an experienced professional looking to excel in this dynamic and rapidly evolving field, the EAB fellowship offers an exciting pathway to high-impact entrepreneurship in healthcare.

The inaugural EAB cohort
will be four fellows, priority will be given to candidates from the East African Community member states with a background in the fields of engineering, business, medicine, and other health sciences.

About this Program:

  • Start: January 2024

  • Format: Full-time

  • Duration: 10 months

  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda, with occasional travel to different regions

  • Tuition: Fully covered by the program

  • Stipend: Successful applicants will receive a modest stipend to cover living expenses

    Note: This is not a degree-granting program; fellows who complete the fellowship will receive an EAB certificate and continue to be part of the greater Biodesign community.

    Required Qualifications

  • University degree holders in Medicine, Rehabilitation, Nursing, Global Health, Public Health, Health Informatics, Engineering (Biomedical, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, etc..), Biotechnology, Internet of Things (e.g. Embedded Computing Systems), or Business.

  • Demonstrated interest in health technology innovation via research, entrepreneurship, granted patents, coursework, or other means.

  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • English proficiency is required (See English language proficiency criteria below)

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; East Africa Biodesign Fellowship Program

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