Call for EANBIT MSc Fellowships – 2020/2021 Academic Year



The Eastern Africa Network for Bioinformatics Training (EANBiT) is a collaborative network supported by Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (FIC-NIH, USA) under Award Number U2RTW010677 with supplementary co-funding from the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL). EANBiT has three Universities; Pwani University, Makerere University and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences(MUHAS), and four Research Institutes; International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology(icipe), KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI hub) and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

EANBiT aims to develop a critical mass of practitioners in this region who can develop and utilize Bioinformatics approaches to Biosciences. The focus over the 5-year period of this phase of the project is to enhance bioinformatics training at Masters level and increase the size and quality of the pool of potential PhD students and researchers. We have had two successful fellowship cohorts of students registered at Pwani University and Makerere University which have a very competitive MSc. Bioinformatics course running. MUHAS is preparing to launch their program.

EANBiT will offer 12 highly competitive fellowships for the MSc. in Bioinformatics for the 2020-2021 academic year (up to FOUR at each of the participating universities). The fellowships are to cover a maximum of two years of study, including both course work and the thesis work.


✓ The EANBiT fellowships are open to nationals of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania only.

✓ Applicants must meet each of the separate university admission requirements for the MSc degree.

The MSc Scholarship Package

The network will provide full scholarships for MSc Fellows in the 2020 academic year and will cover the University tuition fees for the entire course, and a stipend to cover reasonable living expenses.


The applicant must submit together with the application:

✓ A comprehensive curriculum vitae including any relevant research work and experience

✓ A one-page letter of motivation explaining why one wants to pursue an MSc. in Bioinformatics

✓ Certified copies of academic transcripts and degree certificate

✓ Contacts of at least two referees


How to Apply

The application process is two-fold:

  1. Applications for places should be made to the preferred host training institution.


Pwani University; Kilifi, Kenya

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Makerere University; Kampala, Uganda

Please access the following website for more details:


  1. Once the applicant meets the university qualifications, then they can proceed to apply for the scholarship here:



Only online applications will be accepted

Only fellows who have secured admission with the Universities will receive sponsorship


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