Research Internship opportunities

Research internship

Thank you for your interest in research internship at the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) in Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC).

The KCRI offers a diversified and flexible exposure to both clinical and biomedical research areas in a typical tropical setting. We accept graduate students, postdocs and research attachments for Scientists as well as undergraduate students between 3 months and above (4 weeks and above for undergraduate students from Tanzania and other East African countries). In general, we admit students with and without experience in research, although preference will to those with some previous research exposure.

Our internship program has been tailored to ensure that interns have an opportunity to work with and be mentored by experienced researchers. In addition, the interns will have the chance to interact with fellow researchers and/or students who are based at KCRI.

On their part, the interns are expected to contribute intellectually and technically in the research area they are engaged in the form of participating in research project/laboratory meetings, scientific forums and presenting their research findings. Interns are also expected to show initiative and take the lead in developing their own independent research questions and those who show outstanding initiative may be supported to apply for a training grant from funding agencies.


We have a short procedure for applying for a research internship at KCRI which involves completing a short application form.

Due to the usually large number of applications received, you are advised to apply at least six months in advance of the expected starting time. For interns from Southern African countries application can be made at least 3 months before expected starting date. Placement of elective students will be on a first come, first served basis in accordance with the receipt of your completed application form. 

KCRI provides logistical support to Elective Students, postdoctoral fellows and PhD’s and research interns before and after arrival. We provide assistance with:

  • The Visa application process
  • Travelling arrangements
  • Accommodation
  • Opening of bank accounts
  • Medical aid
  • The registration procedure and Immigration matters


International Applicants

For a 3 month attachment, a fee of $ 500.00 for research interns/postdocs, $300.00 for graduate students and $250 for undergraduate students will be charged to cater for administrative logistics during the intern’s stay at KCRI. Additional months will be charged $ 100.00 and $80.00 per month for research and graduate interns respectively and $50.00 for undergraduate interns.

Local Applicants

For a 3 month attachment, a fee of Tshs 500,000 for research interns/postdocs, Tshs 300,000 for graduate students and Tshs 100,000 for 6 weeks to 6 months for undergraduate students will be charged to cater for administrative logistics during the intern’s stay at KCRI. Additional months will be charged TShs 50,000/= for the whole attachment period. 

A COMPLETE application must include:

  • A completed Application form or an online application form
  • A short statement outlining why you would like to spend your elective at KCRI and how the experience will be of benefit to you.
  • A letter of recommendation from a senior official in your home institution to confirm that you are affiliated to the institution.
  • A copy of your brief curriculum vitae.
  • A copy of your passport/African - national identity card. 
  • Good quality 2 passport photographs. 

Please return your completed application, and also address any further enquiries that you may have to the following address: kcriadmin [at] kcri [dot] ac [dot] tz  If applying online, please have electronic copies of the associated documents available for upload. If applications are submitted by post, the address below should be used:

Director,Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute,P.O. Box 2236,Moshi KilimanjaroEmail: kcriadmin [at] kcri [dot] ac [dot] tz

Areas for attachment include:

  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis
  • Medical parasitological
  • Medical entomology
  • Health system research
  • Neglected diseases eg. Trypanosomiasis
  • Clinical laboratory
  • Field Visits

In the case of 1-5, studies involve wide varieties of high throughput techniques in immunology, molecular biology, and functional genomics in addition to the standard techniques. Interns who would like field exposure on sample collection can opt for item/unit number 9. Multiple units of up to 3 may be selected for attachment.

We look forward to working with you as a KCRI intern.