University of Nairobi Research and Innovation Fellowship 2021 Application Requirements

Last Updated on January 14, 2021

As a leading institution of learning and research, the University of Nairobi, through C4DLab (the Innovation and Incubation Hub) and a strategic industry partner, is running a 6 month-long prestigious Research & Innovation Fellowship.

The competitive fellowship will give 20 select fellows an opportunity to solve real-life local problems while applying the 21st century 4Cs skills and explore human-centered design / Design thinking methodologies. The fellows – together with other curious change makers and a community of research and innovation experts – will engage in rewarding research, problem solving and innovation projects in financial services.


To be admitted, the fellow will be required to have satisfied the following requirements:

  • Final level undergraduate and Masters-level students (interested PhD students will also be considered)
  • Students from the following Schools/faculties/departments: Computer Science, Business, Development Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Law, Actuarial Science, Engineering, and Agriculture
  • Curious about research and innovation and particularly application of Design Thinking to solving real-life local problems.
  • Submit evidence of challenges that one has attempted to solve, CV, practical work portfolio and a motivation why your application should be considered.
  • Available to commit close to a 6 month-long program allocating an average of 15 hours per week to the fellowship program.
  • Demonstrated passion and interest in problem-solving and innovation challenges.


  • The applicant will be required to fill a four-part form that will collect the following information:
  • Personal Information: This includes basic information about the applicant such as name, student identification number, etc.
  • Educational Background: Considering the Fellowship program targets students at specific education levels, the applicant is required to fill in the correct information regarding their education history/current status
  • Professional Background: The applicant is expected to answer a couple of questions about their interest in the fellowship and ways in which it will aid their career paths.
  • Documents Upload: Finally the applicant will be required to upload specific documents that include their CV,  Work Portfolio, Academic Recommendation Letter and Professional Recommendation Letter


The select fellows will undertake a deep immersion into four pillars that shall prepare them as researchers and innovators. The four pillars are:

21st century 4 C’s skills of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.

Principles and practices of Design Thinking, Innovation, and Problem Based Learning (fundamentals)

Multi-disciplinary practical problem-solving.

Practical research techniques – data collection, surveys, Focus Group Discussions, observation, and contextual interviews.

Application Deadline: 22nd January, 2021

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Nairobi Research and Innovation Fellowship 2021

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