University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship


Africa’s future is undoubtedly promising. The capability to solve problems and design solutions will ensure sustainable
growth is achieved across our societies. The University of Nairobi recognizes this reality.

As a leading institution of learning and research, the university through C4DLab, the innovation and incubation hub,
and strategic industry partners is running a year-long prestigious Innovation Fellowship.

The competitive fellowship will give 15 select fellows an opportunity to solve real-life local problems while applying the 21st century 4Cs skills and explore human-centered design thinking methodologies. The fellows will interact with a community of leading innovation experts from various industries, and join a network of changemakers curious to ignite sustainable growth and development in Africa


Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Masters-level student or final-level undergraduate in any field.

  • Curious about innovation and particularly application of Design Thinking to solving real-life local problems.

  • Submit evidence of challenges that one has attempted to solve, CV and practical work portfolio

  • Submit 2 recommendation letters (One academic referee & one professional referee)

  • Available to commit an average of 15 hrs per week for the duration of the year long fellowship
  • Demonstrated passion and interest in innovation challenges.

Learning Approach

The select fellows will undertake a deep immersion into four pillars that would prepare them as innovators.

The four aspects are:

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

  • Principals and practices of Innovation, Fundamentals of Problem Based Learning and Design Thinking.

  • Multi-disciplinary practical problem-solving.

  • Practical experience in planning and executing the Nairobi Innovation Week.

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