The Mideva Design Fellowship offers an immersive environment for professionals seeking to build the skills, mindsets, work experience, network and credibility to begin, transition, or develop their careers in research, human-centered design and innovation.

The fellowship bridges the gap between design education and the industry by bringing learners, practitioners, change-makers, and organizations together.

The 2024 design fellowship offers;



Intensive learning and practice of human-centered design and innovation through a fellow-led project and client project, deepening your experience and credibility. This will help you transition your career into design.

Practice Project

Fellow-inspired project + Client-inspired project


Full time (4 Months)

Program Cost

120,000 Kshs ( Limited scholarships and financing options available)


  1. 3-6 years of work experience.
  2. Commit full-time. ( 40 hrs/5 days)
  3. Can be available in person during the fellowship.
  4. Looking to fully transition into the design space.

HCD Foundational Program


Introduction to Human-centered design. Collaborate and work on current social challenges or Mideva-inspired community projects using 21st-century skills. This will help you gain experience and start your path in design.

Practice Project

Fellow-inspired project


Full time (10 Weeks)

Program Cost

75,000 Kshs ( Limited scholarships and financing options available)


  1. 0-2 years of work experience
  2. Commit Full time ( 20 hours/ 2.5  days in-studio work, 16 hours off-studio sessions)
  3. Can be available in person during the fellowship.
  4. Looking to start your path in design

Learning Approach

Facilitated learning and coaching sessions (with experienced facilitators, design practitioners, design leaders and other industry leaders)

Immersion in real-time design projects (in collaboration with partner organizations)

Peer learning and collaborative working sessions

Immersion in diverse work environments

Practice of 21st century skills such as leadership, project management, communication and collaboration

Field and community immersion experiences

What the fellowship offers

Immersive Learning Experience:

Gain hands-on experience and practical skills in human-centered design, behavioral design and other innovation methodologies. You will learn through workshops, training sessions, coaching, and real-world projects.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration:

You will be taking the fellowship alongside participants from diverse backgrounds, such as marketing, design, engineering, psychology, and business, among others.

Portfolio Development:

By working on real-world design projects and receiving feedback from facilitators and design practitioners,  you will build a strong portfolio showcasing your design skills and experience, which will be valuable when for your next journey in employment or consulting.

Exposure to Industry Practices:

You will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends, tools, and best practices in the field of human-centered design and innovation which can provide you with insights into how HCD is applied in different industries and sectors.

Personal and Professional Growth:

You will be able to enhance your creativity, critical thinking, empathy, communication, project management, team collaboration and leadership abilities throughout the fellowship.

Professional Networking:

You will have the opportunity to build a professional network in the field of human-centered design and in the sectors of the project through your interaction with partners, clients, mentors and facilitators.

Real-World Design Projects:

The fellowship involves you working on real-world design challenges or projects, with your peers and the Design Studio team. You will apply your skills and knowledge to solve complex problems, address user needs, and create innovative, impactful and sustainable solutions.

Mentorship and Guidance:

As part of the fellowship, you will receive mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals in the field of human-centered design. This will include valuable insights, feedback, and support as you navigate through the fellowship and as you develop your skills.

This year’s learning projects will focus on:

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Quality Health Care and Access

Caregiving and Parenting

Consultancy and freelancing

Sustainability and Climate Action

Experiences and testimonial by past fellows

Here are some experiences from past design fellows

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Maureen Mutheu

Construction Manager

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Margaret Gatwiri

UX Analyst

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Michael Oduor

Architectural Designer

Where our fellows are at

See our past fellowship projects

Partner with us for the Design Fellowship

The value of the design fellowship is only as strong as the community and partnerships that we have built. We collaborate with diverse stakeholders and organizations who have a shared vision of investing in talent to achieve impact in organizations and communities. Here are some ways to get involved:

Work with us to provide unrestricted or restricted funding to run the fellowship. This can be in the form of grants, scholarships or financial aid to fellows and the program.

Provide us with a challenge that your organization is looking to solve and the financial support to deliver the project.

Provide employment or consultancy opportunities for our fellows. You can also invest in talent at the start of the program.

Support the fellowship delivery as a facilitator, curriculum designer, mentor, guest speaker or design practitioner.