Scholars must have been born in Africa, live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries. To be placed on a roster of available candidates, scholars also need to hold a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. University staff, research associates and postdocs are not eligible. Scholars submit brief personal statements and information on their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience. A letter of reference from an administrator at the scholar's current college or university with the position of dean or higher is required. Candidates matched with a project receive a fellowship, to engage in an educational project at an African institution for one visit of between 14 and 90 days.
Log in to apply to the roster
Download guidelines for the scholar roster application (262 KB PDF)
See the Review Criteria and the How to Apply for African Institutions links at the top of this webpage for further information.
Project Requests and Activities
Project requests to host scholars are submitted online by an African higher education institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda. A scholars on the roster is only considered for a fellowship if a complete project request is received at IIE by the program deadline that either requests the scholar by name or fits the discipline specializations and expertise of the scholar. A scholar whose experience fit the activities and objectives proposed in a project request may be matched with the project.
Types of project activities that can be requested by an African host institution are:
- Curriculum co-development,
- Research collaboration,
- Graduate student teaching, training and mentoring.
Download a program description for African-born academics in the United States or Canada (364 KB, PDF)
An African host institution may, but is not required to, name a proposed scholar in a project request. Both the proposed scholar and the project request itself are subject to evaluation by a review committee and approval by the Advisory Council. It is possible that a project request from a host institution will be approved, but that the prospective fellow identified will not. All due consideration will be given to prospective fellows identified by host institutions.
African institutions and prospective fellows (scholars) can collaborate on ideas for a project that the institution submits. Scholars must submit information online for the roster. IIE will maintain and search the roster for one or more possible matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request.
For the fellowship, the African Diaspora Fellow will receive
- a $250/day stipend
- visa costs
- limited health insurance coverage
- round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from home and the U.S. or Canadian airport.
IIE manages the fellowships and payments to fellows. Host institutions are strongly encouraged to provide cost-share to cover the fellow's costs while in the host country. These costs include daily meals, lodging and transportation to and from the host country airport and to and from campus to the site of lodging.
To be considered for Round 3 of fellowships, a scholar application with letter of reference and an African institution project request with letter of support need to be received online at IIE by December 8, 2014. For Round 3, selection decisions will be made by the end of March 2015. A relatively small number of fellowships will be available. The project visit can begin as early as May 2015, and the visit must be completed by the end of August 2015.
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