About us

The DigiBio Healthtech Innovation Fellowship is a 10-month fulltime postgraduate programme providing hands-on training in needs-led innovation. The fellowship aims to inspire and support the next generation of healthtech innovators and entrepreneurs.

During the programme, fellows spend a period of immersion in a healthcare environment identifying and assessing unmet needs followed by solution ideation and validation and building sustainable business opportunities.  Throughout the programme fellows are mentored by clinical, industry and technology experts.

The NQF level 9 programme runs annually commencing September 2024 and includes an 8-week period immersed in a target healthcare environment.

Opportunities for healthtech solutions include areas such as mobile health, health data and information technologies, AI, digital therapeutics, wearable devices, telehealth, telemedicine, and personalized medicine. Access to expertise and mentorship across these areas is available through the programme.

The programme is run by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) in partnership with RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences (core partner), Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and Tyndall National Institute. DigiBio is supported under the Innovators’ Initiative Programme co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021-2027.

Making the Transition – Programme Supports

To enable fellows fully commit to the programme, they will receive a tax-free scholarship of €38k for full-time engagement in the 10-month programme.

Third-level student fees are also paid for by the programme.

Who should apply?

DigiBio is aimed at high calibre ambitious mid-career experienced professionals with either clinical, commercial, financial, entrepreneurial and/or technical backgrounds.

Applicants must have 5-10 years’ post graduate experience and have a demonstrated track record in their respective professions.

Applicants must be available to commit fulltime to the programme from the beginning of September 2024 through to the end of June 2025.

Selection for the programme is competitive with just 12 multidisciplinary applicants selected each year.

Selection will be based on applicants’ experience, passion, and drive, as well as their potential to become leading innovators in the health tech field.

As well as being potential leaders, applicants must also be strong team players, as fellows will initially work as part of a four-member multi-disciplinary team.

We are now closed for applications.

Applications for the 2024/2025 fellowship closed midnight June 14, 2024.