International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education

IMFAHE Fellowships

A key goal of the International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education (IMFAHE) is to encourage and support the professional development of young European scientists and professionals by promoting collaborations among national and international institutions and excellence in their professional development. 

To advance this goal, IMFAHE, in collaboration with its partnered universities every academic year launches the IMFAHE´s Excellence Fellowships. Through these fellowships, the awarded students have the opportunity to carry out internships at top international organizations. This unique professional experience also helps the awardees to learn about different cultural values, improve their communication skills in English, expand their professional network, internationalize their curriculum, improve their transferable skills, etc.

50% of the students who have received these fellowships in the past have been hosted by Harvard University and MIT.

These are the 10 IMFAHE Fellows 2020. Congratulations!!!



*HOSTING CENTER  (*To Be Confirmed)

Soraya Salinas Fernández

UVA (Biomedicine)

Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Antonio José Vela

UVA (Engineering)

Purdie University, IN, USA

Andrea Fernández Sanz

UVA (Economics)

University of Edinburgh, UK

Paula Díaz Fernández

UAM (Biomedicine)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

María Isabel Fariña

US (Behavioral Sciences)

Trinity Collage Dublin, Irland

Manuel Carranza García

US (Engineering)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

Dina Medina Vera

UMA (Biomedicine)

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Mar Llorens Gámez

UPV (Engineering)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

Nura Watson

UEMC (Biomedicine)

Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA


The winner of the IMFAHE’s excellent fellowship for women in STEM/entrepreneurship 2020 is Alicia González Martínez, MD Neurology Resident at Hospital Universitario La Princesa, & PhD candidate at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Madrid (Spain). With this fellowship Alicia is going to carry out an internship at Harvard Medical School- Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, USA.

These are the 12 IMFAHE Fellows 2019: Congratulations!!!





Génesis Palacios Cortés 

ULL (Biomedicine) 

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA 


Judith Hernández Garcés 

ULL (Biomedicine) 

Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA 


Carmen Corbella Pardo 

ULL (Engineering) 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA 


Noa Feas Rodríguez 

UVA (Biomedicine) 

BWH/Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA 


Sara Uzquiano Pérez 

UVA (Engineering) 

Harvard University, MA, USA 


Laura Barrero Bayon 

UVA (Economics) 

Mirai,-Bi-Geek Boston, MA, USA 


Patrycja Michalska 

UAM (Biomedicine) 

The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA 


Verónica Miguel Herranz 

UAM (Biomedicine) 

Beth Israel Medical Center-Harvard Universityl, Boston, MA, USA 


Nieves Lara Ureña 

US (Biomedicine) 

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 


Francesca Cascone 

UMA (Engineering) 

Schepens Eye Research Institute-MEE (Harvard), Boston, MA, USA 


Raimon Calabuig Moreno 

UPV (Enginering) 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA 


Laura Barrero Santiago 

UEMC (Biomedicine) 

                                 Karolinska Institute, Sweden   



As a novelty, this year, in order to balance the underrepresentation of women in Entrepreneurial and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, IMFAHE launches a WOMEN IN STEM/ENTREPRENEURSHIP Fellowship where all women mentees of the program, regardless of whether their University provides an IMFAHE’s Scholarship or not, are eligible to apply.

The scholarship covers J1 visa, medical insurance for 3 months and $4,000 to be used at the student's discretion to cover a 3 month stay.

Meet the winner of 2019 Women in Stem/Entrepreneurship.

Yolanda Larriba PhD student at the University of Valladolid (UVa). Winner of the IMFAHE´S Excellent Fellowship for Women in Stem/Entrepreneurship 2019.
“Science fascinated me since I was a child. I still remember my first Cell Biology lesson at school where I imagined cells orchestrating all biological processes -everything makes sense, I thought”












Here are the testimonies of IMFAHE Fellows 2016-2017:


Testimonies of IMFAHE Fellows 2015-2016: