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

Fellowship Content

Learning Approach

The select fellows are undertaking a deep immersion into four pillars that will 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.


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Fellowship Application

Application Process

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


Shortlisting Process

After the close of the application period (20th September, 2019), the list of applicants will be shortlisted after which the successful applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview to better understand their interest in the fellowship program.



Dr. Tonny Omwansa

Director, C4DLab

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Mrs. Fransesca Odundo

ADD, University of Nairobi

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Dr. Peter Okech

School of Mathematics, University of Nairobi


Ms. Anne Atambo