Applications for the 2019 partnership exchanges are now closed.

EaBW interns and host entrepreneurs


The Engineering a Better World: Partnership Exchanges places groups of talented UK engineering students with members of the Academy’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation alumni for four to eight weeks over the summer break in order to:

  • Support the entrepreneurs with technical assistance
  • Enable the exchange of knowledge through partnership
  • Inspire the students to pursue a career in challenge-led innovation for sustainable development


The Africa Prize programme encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.

Alumni from this programme have been invited to apply for the 2019 Partnership Exchange, to host groups of UK students who will work with them and their teams on innovations such as:

  • Low-cost water purifiers
  • Biogas cooking systems
  • Sustainable power supplies and meters
  • Affordable healthcare innovations
  • E-learning, transport and agricultural platforms

The Africa Prize alumni: Engineering a Better World Partnership Exchanges 2019 (1.43 MB)

The African entrepreneurs benefit from hosting students with skills such as AUTOCAD, Javascript, Raspberry Pi, welding, biogas processing, and proposal writing. At the same time, students will benefit from the opportunity and challenge of living in a developing country, working in teams to solve practical problems, and using creativity to address real, meaningful challenges.


During the 2018 pilot partnership exchange, 6 students had successful and rewarding placements in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

How to apply

The 2019 round of the scheme is now closed for applications.

This year the Academy has partnered with Churchill College Cambridge and Unviveristy College London.

For any enquiries, or if your university is interested in partnering with the Academy on the next round of exchanges, please do get in touch.