Rules and Regulation for doing Research in Rwanda

The Rwanda Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) issued a “Ministerial Instructions No 003/2010” of 9th December 2010 regulating Research Activities in Rwanda. Associated with this Ministerial Instructions are Research Rules and Regulations Rules and Guidelines available on the MINEDUC link:

Before researchers (institutions or individuals) conduct research activities in Rwanda they must get authorisation to do so from the Director General (DG) of the Directorate of Science, Technology and Research (DSTR) in MINEDUC. Academicians and researchers employed in Rwandan Higher Learning Institutions (HLI) and Rwandan Research Institutions (RI) as well as students enrolled in Rwandan HLI are exempted; they are not required to seek authorisation from DSTR to do their researches. Please note that researchers from collaborating institutions, with whom Rwanda HLI or RI have Memoranda of Understanding are not exempted, they must get authorisation to carry out research in Rwanda.

All researchers conducting research projects in Rwanda are required to have an affiliation with a relevant institution in Rwanda called an Affiliating Body prior to submitting the application to DSTR. An Affiliating body is any public or private university, government ministry or parastatal, or any other research based organisation which will support the research project application process and subsequent research activities in Rwanda. A list of approved Affiliating Bodies is attached. Currently they are 58 (see MINEDUC link:

All researchers from outside Rwanda and those who are not staff or students of Rwandan HLI or RI (hereafter called the researchers) wishing to conduct research in Rwanda must abide by the following:

1. the researchers must be affiliated with a Rwandan HLI or RI meaning that they must abide by the rules and regulations of the affiliating institutions; conditions for affiliates of NUR are given in Doc25 List for Research Clearance found on the following link:

2. the researchers must be issued with a Research Clearance Certificate indicating the type of research, location and validity of the research activity before undertaking research in Rwanda;

3. the certificate is issued after getting the authorisation to do research in Rwanda which is issued by the Director General of DSTR (DG-DSTR) in MINEDUC; application forms can be found on the MINEDUC link:

4. the researchers shall also be issued with research identity cards to be presented where necessary;

5. the authorisation is issued after the DG-DSTR gets the ethics clearance letter and a letter from the affiliating institution’s Research Directorate;

6. Ethics clearances are issued as follows:

(i) Ethics clearance for normal researches is issued by the affiliating institutions;

(ii) Ethics clearance for health related researches on human beings is issued by the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) or the Ministry of Health (MINISANTE);

(iii) Ethics clearance for animals, plants and protected areas is issued by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) ethics clearance committee;

(iv) Ethics clearance for other protected entities e.g. prisons, is issued by the competent mandated institutions’ ethics clearance committees (DSTR can assist to inform on this);

7. Before conducting research activities in Rwanda, the researchers from abroad must be issued a visa permitting them to do research in Rwanda. They shall not do research using any other visa; the research visa is issued after:

(i) producing the research clearance certificate from DSTR,

(ii) a letter from the affiliating body (at UR the letter is issued by the Director of Research); and

(iii) an invitation letter from the Rector of the affiliating body


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