New Call for CBM Scholarship Programme Announced

A female doctor is examining a 9-year-old boy Kassim at Kwale Eye Hospital in Kenya.

Dr. Yusra Sharif is a CBM Scholarship recipient from Kenya. She is examining 9-year-old Kassim at Kwale Eye Hospital in Kenya.

The programme aims to address the shortage of trained and qualified ophthalmologists that is particularly prevalent in developing countries.

CBM invites applications for its scholarship programme: Award to Study Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology, for the academic year 2022/2023.

Twelve scholarships will be awarded to doctors across Africa who wish to pursue a Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology (or equivalent) in the academic year 2022/2023. The scholarship package covers tuition fees, stipend, relocation expenses, in-patient medical cover for the resident, seminars, and a set of ophthalmic instruments.

The programme aims to address the shortage of trained and qualified ophthalmologists that is particularly prevalent in developing countries.

According to the WHO World Vision Report 2019, eye conditions and visual impairment are influenced by using eye care services. The lack of trained professionals is one of the biggest challenges in increasing the availability of eye care services and reducing the prevalence of visual impairment and blindness that could have been or is still preventable.

 A female doctor in a white lab coat is showing an elderly male patient an image on a medical monitor. The doctor is smiling and pointing at the screen, which displays medical imaging results. The patient, seated beside her, attentively looks at the monitor. The setting appears to be a well-lit examination room with medical equipment in the background. The doctor's coat reads "Dr. Birungi Angela Mercy, Department of Ophthalmology."

A female doctor - Dr. Angela Birungi - explains her findings to a patient Kagwisagye John Bosco diagnosed with cataracts. They are in a diagnosis room at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.


Meet the Alumni

Who can apply

Qualified medical doctors who wish to specialise in the field of ophthalmology and who;

  • reside and are currently working in the following African countries: Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • can obtain admission to the postgraduate programme in Ophthalmology at any of the following universities: Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia / Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCMUC), Tanzania / Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana / Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda / Muhimbili University of Health Allied and Science (MUHAS), Tanzania / University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Malawi / University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe and University Teaching Hospital, Zambia.
  • who are willing to work for a 'service term' in an eye care facility serving communities in underserved areas of their country. A service term is a bond agreement signed between the applicant and their employer committing to go back to work at their current facility for a specified period.
  • are willing to adhere to CBM's Core Values, CBM Disability Inclusive Practices for Strengthening Comprehensive Eye Care and CBM's Safeguarding Policy.

How to apply

Potential candidates are required to send their applications to scholarships.afe(at)cbm(dot)org by submitting the following documents:

  • A motivation letter stating the reasons for the scholarship application.
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Admission letter from a training institution in East or Southern Africa. If not received by the time of sending the application, the applicant will send it to the address above as soon as she/he receives it.
  • Signed service term agreement.
  • Signed consent to allow CBM and its stakeholders to process the above information necessary in consideration for the award.

The deadline for submitting your scholarship application is 27 January 2023, but applications will be processed as they are received. For more information about the scholarship award, please contact the address below; scholarships.afe(at)cbm(dot)org